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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.

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

The President shall coordinate the affairs of the Club and preside at meetings.
Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson
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
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).
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
Orienteer since 2000, Club member for 10 seasons, on the board for the past three years as Member at Large.
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
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
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
Member At-Large
Shelly Laws
243-1274 (home) 230-2639 (cell)
Member At-Large
Liaison to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Chris Tomsen
Chris Tomsen

Prior Executive Boards

Training Opportunity

If you are looking for a fun fall training opportunity, Bill Spencer has set a training course at Ruth Arcand Park just for you! The course will only be available this weekend (Oct 15-16), so act now!

Just print the map, then head over to Ruth Arcand and have a good time.


This is not an official club sponsored event, so you accept all the risk involved. Also, please be respectful of the equestrian center and other park users.

Update: Controls 30 and 43 are missing (probably attacked by a moose). Don’t spend too much time looking for them, but if you find them in another spot, please let us know.

Lost and Found

The following items were left behind at meets this year and have yet to be claimed.

Nike Dri-Fit purple shirt

Nike Dri-Fit purple shirt

Misc. lost and found

Misc. lost and found

  1. Nike Dri-Fit Exercise shirt
  2. Water bottle
  3. Water bottle
  4. Bear bell
  5. Camera lens sun shield

If any one of these is yours, please contact Regan ( These items will eventually be recycled if not claimed.

Tim Neale

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016 for early Anchorage orienteeer, mountain runner, and general outdoor fun organizer Tim Neale.
It starts at 4:30 with a run, bike, walk, whatever you’d like to do on the trails; followed by dinner (provided) and sharing of stories about Tim.
At Lydia Selkregg Chalet at Russian Jack Springs Park.

Free Orienteering!

Healthy Futures Logo

Healthy Futures

Thanks to a generous grant from Healthy Futures, kids under 19 can orienteer for free for the entire 2016 orienteering season.  Kids, come on out and be healthy!

In addition, if you have never orienteered before, regardless of your age, the orienteering club would like you to try it for free. Just let the meet director know that you have never orienteered before, and your entry fee will be waived. We hope you will enjoy orienteering and come back all summer long.

Big-O Orienteering Meet

Big-O Orienteering Meet

Tuesday, May 3rd

Mass Start at 6:30pm

Kincaid Park Chalet

The Anchorage School District’s Health and Physical Education Department runs an orienteering event each year for elementary and middle school students on Tuesday, May 3rd, and they are keeping the course set up so that the club can enjoy it in the evening.

The meet will be a mass start in the Score-O format.  All participants will have 1 hour to find as many controls as they can before returning to the start.  The start location will be on the East side of the Kincaid Chalet.  ASD is using the same course as last year, so it may be a fun opportunity to experiment with your route choice or test your fitness against last year’s performance.  The course is made for beginners, with all controls on or very near the major trails.  That being said, intermediate and advanced orienteerers will find that since the vegetation is still low, you have greater opportunities for off-trail route choices that would be almost impossible later in the summer.  While there are some small areas where the trails are muddy, for the most part the trails are dry and in great shape.

Whether you can make it on Tuesday or not,  the meet director would appreciate some help taking down the controls after the event.  If you can help, please contract him by email:

Hope to see you out there!