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Meet This Wednesday in FNBP at Mile 1.1

Wednesday’s meet will start at mile 1.1 of Basher Drive. There will be White (1.7 K), Yellow (2.6 K), Orange (4.2 K), Green (4.7 K) and Red (5.7 K) courses; starts from 5 to 7; finish by 9:00.  Our permit requires us to make sure participants are aware of bear and other wildlife issues; please see the thoughts below about hazards that include but are not limited to bears. While we haven’t seen a lot of bear sign while setting the course, bears are out there, and we have seen some scat and prints.

Are you prepared to manage the inherent risks of orienteering in Alaska?

Examples of potential hazards are:

  • bear and moose encounters
  • sharp sticks
  • logs and holes hidden by vegetation
  • stinging insects
  • prickly and toxic plants
  • cold
  • heat
  • slippery surfaces
  • uneven footing
  • disorientation (getting lost)

Please participate only in the level of orienteering that is suited to your skills, experience, equipment, and level of comfort. Partnering with another person or two may help you build skill and participate more safely.

We orienteer in bear and moose habitat and see animals regularly. Consider carrying pepper spray and being prepared to deploy it. And consider making noise sufficient for animals to hear you approaching. Some ways to reduce your risk are to participate with a team; talk with your team (if you are part of one); pace count out loud; wear bells.

Canceled – Meet Director & Volunteer Social – This Thursday

This event is canceled because last minute planning on our part led to an underwhelming number of RSVPs. We will figure out if we are going to hold it later in the season or plan some other event.

We are having a gathering to show our appreciation for our awesome meet directors and volunteers! Everyone is who is helping (or would like to help!) with an orienteering meet this season is invited to attend. We will discuss some of the finer points of putting on an orienteering meet, and help meet directors get the help they need for their events. For meet directors, it is an opportunity to get help wherever you need it (mapping software, course vetting, volunteers, etc.) For others, it is an opportunity to assist with a meet in whatever capacity you like. If you have been interested in helping out, but didn’t know where to start, this is the place! See the event details for more information.

We’ll have pizza and beverages from Moose’s Tooth.

Register for Fossil Creek

Update: The deadline has been extended to Wednesday May 24, 2017. As of Wed morning, there are still 23 spots available. Register.

To participate in the Fossil Creek Orienteering event on May 31, you must have access to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. You can do this 3 different ways.

Option 1

Have a military ID card and car with a base access sticker, or car pool with someone who does.

or

Option 2

Stop at the Fort Richardson Visitor Access Center and register for temporary base access. You will need to present current vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and a valid driver’s license. There may be a line, so plan ahead and leave plenty of time to get processed.

or

Option 3

Fill out the pre-registration form. You will need to do this by Midnight Wednesday May 24, 2017. You must include all the requested information, or your request will be rejected. If you use this method you will be authorized to enter the installation through any gate. Present your ID to the guard and let them know you should be on the “Orienteering Event List”. Every visitor in the car must be on the list, not just the driver. This list is limited to 50 participants, so please do not use the form if you are unsure if you will attend, or if you can use one of the other access methods. If you are unexpectedly not on the list, you can still use Option 2. No Foreign Guests can be included on the list.

Important

Regardless of the method chosen, everyone who looks remotely over 16 will need to present a valid government issued picture ID (driver’s license) to the guard at the gate. Even if you are on the list, you may be asked to present current vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

iSportsman Pass

In addition, all orienteers must have an iSportsman Pass and be signed into training areas 411 and 412 for the evening. You can register for an iSportsman Pass at https://jber.isportsman.net

We are looking forward to seeing you at this awesome and under-used orienteering venue. Please do not be intimidated by the hassle of getting on base. We promise it will be worth it.

Special Event – Orienteering in Palmer

Night Score-O type event in downtown Palmer with navigation suitable for beginners and terrain suitable for all speeds and fitness levels. And it’s in the dark!

When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Sign up at 6:30. Start at 7 pm.

Duration: Choose 30 minutes or 60 minutes

Where: Palmer, start/finish at Downtown Deli, 550 South Alaska Street (map)

Cost: $5, free for 18 and under

Reflective Gear and Flashers are Required! You will also want a headlamp for reading the map

Ski-O Training Opportunity

Dimond HS Ski Team will be hosting an informal 1 hour Ski Score-O for high school skiers not traveling to the Besh Cup Races this weekend. They have invited the public to participate as a training event.

The start will be at 12 Noon Saturday (Jan. 21, 2017) at the Raspberry parking lot in Kincaid Park. If you are doing this as a training event, you can show up before during or after, but the controls are only guaranteed to be up around race time. You will need to show up near the start time to get a map.

It will not be very technical course – most of the controls will be on the trails.

This is not a club event, and your participation is at your own risk.

Contact Shelly Laws (shellylaws@ak.net) for more information.

Questions about Mapping

The Arctic Orienteering Club board is trying to decide what sort of mapping projects to work on in 2017 and would like input from club members and meet participants. Orienteering maps can be expensive to create and maintain. Skilled “mappers” must be brought in to walk the terrain and make significant corrections and additions to existing topo maps and data. The board is considering several options and would like to know what is important to you.

Please take 5-10 minutes to answer this brief survey before our next board meeting on February 6th.

https://goo.gl/1GrmDo

Ski-O Training Opportunity

Junior Nordic is celebrating the end of their first session by having all groups meet at Kincaid Park on Saturday, January 6th and doing a Ski-O course. Junior Nordic will use the course from 10:15-11:30, so you might not want to be out there with 300+ kids, but we will leave the course out for the rest of the day Saturday. The course is a Score-O format, meaning that you can choose the order that you do the controls. The Junior Nordic skiers have a 1 hour time limit, but feel free to take as long as you’d like. The course is intended to be at the beginner level.

There are two maps for the course: one using the club’s OCAD map as the base map, and another using a ski trail map. The main advantage of the ski trail map is that it shows the directions of one-way trails, which is important to know if you are not familiar with the Kincaid ski trails. Otherwise, the OCAD map is superior for navigation. Please look at the instructions on the control card before going out and use extreme caution if you decide to go backwards on any of the trails.

This course is for training purposes only. This is not a club event and you assume all risk by going out on it.

Orienteering Map
Ski Trails Map
Score Card

If anyone is interested in helping to take down the course Sunday morning/afternoon, please contact Art Harmon at 333-2422.

2017 Executive Board

The officers of the Club and three elected at-large Board members shall constitute the Executive Board.

Officers of the Club

President
The President shall coordinate the affairs of the Club and preside at meetings.
Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson
786-1001
Mike moved from Florida to Alaska on a whim over 20 years ago and discovered his love of the outdoors. He likes orienteering because the running is optional but the thinking is not.
Administrative Vice President
The Administrative Vice-President shall assist the President and shall assume the duties of the President in the President’s absence.
Dela Grey
Dela Grey
929-9930
I got introduced to orienteering in the fall of 2005 and was hooked immediately. I have always loved maps, and am happy to have found a place where being a map geek is cool! If I ever take up running, I could become seriously competitive. For now, it’s just great physical and mental exercise in the beautiful outdoors. AOC Board member since 2012 (At-Large 2012, Admin. VP 2013 – present).
Secretary
The Secretary shall maintain current records of the general affairs of the Club, including meeting minutes and correspondence. The Secretary shall keep the Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Incorporation, Bylaws, Policy Guidelines and resolutions in a binder, and may post any of these documents on the Club’s webpage.
Joyce Goodell
Joyce Goodell
348-0012
Orienteer since 2000, Club member for 10 seasons, on the board for the past three years as Member at Large.
Treasurer
The Treasurer shall maintain accurate and current records of the financial affairs of the Club.
Dan Billman
Dan Billman
345-1749 (home) 644-2042 (work)
Dan Billman joined ARCT in the mid-1990s and has been a Board member most of the time since. He’s served as President, Vice President of Events, and the past 4 years as Treasurer. He loves to run in the woods.
Vice President of Media
The Vice President of Media shall promote the Club and specific events, including disseminating news of Club activities (newspaper and website), and contacting potential sponsors for donations.
Lia Keller
Lia Keller
Running around the woods in orienteering meets for the last four years. My boys used to be in backpacks, but now they run ahead to find the flags!
Vice President of Equipment
The Vice President of Equipment shall store, care for and monitor the Club’s equipment, including providing forms and supplies for Club functions.
Regan Sarwas
Regan Sarwas
345-1915 (home) 230-0433 (cell)
Regan followed his Alaskan bride to Anchorage in 1992. Once his three kids were mostly grown, he needed a new hobby and fell in love with orienteering in 2011. Being an engineer and a computer programmer, he enjoys the intellectual challenge of orienteering. As he nears 50, he also appreciates the fact that he has a lot of room for improvement in orienteering, despite the fact that his body is slowing down.
Vice President of Mapping
The Vice President of Mapping shall identify and review locations suitable for Club events and coordinate the preparation of suitable maps.
Ian Moore
348-0237
Vice President of Training
The Vice President of Training shall organize and direct the teaching of orienteering skills in schools, lectures and workshops.
Cory Smith
Vice President of Events
The Vice President of Events shall propose a schedule of events, secure permission from land owners, designate meet directors for events, and coordinate assistance and training for meet directors.
Lexi Hill
Vice President of Membership
The Vice President of Membership shall maintain an accurate and current list of members and interested non-members, and shall notify those whose membership has expired.
Art Harmon
Art Harmon
333-2422
Art loves the thrill of the “hunt” and sharing that love with others, especially children.

At-Large Board Members

The at-large members have no specific officer duties beyond the responsibilities of the Executive Board. Nevertheless, the at-large members are typically responsible for some non-official duties.

Member At-Large
Jill Follett
346-2294
Member At-Large
Shelly Laws
243-1274 (home) 230-2639 (cell)
Member At-Large
Liaison to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Chris Tomsen
Chris Tomsen
244-7700

Prior Executive Boards