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The 2018 North American Orienteering Championships are being held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon CA from August 17-24. That’s practically in our neighborhood! This is great opportunity to combine a vacation with some excellent orienteering.

  • Check out the website for tons of information –
  • Save some money with Early Bird registration by March 31st
  • You can enter a competitive age-group category or an open category for events
  • We will build a gap in our season schedule to accomodate the championships
  • We are working other ways to support club members who are planning to attend

Fall-O Results

Saturday, September 9, 2017
FNBP Trailside Elementary

The Arctic Orienteering Club celebrated the end of the season with an afternoon of orienteering in Far North Bicentennial Park. Fifty three participants were greeted with partly sunny skys and challenging terrain in the woods and trails on the southside of FNBP. Ian Moore won the season finale on the expert course and Jen Jolliff had the fast time among the women. The meet was preceded by the annual membership meeting and followed by an after-party at a nearby home.

Thanks to Bill Johnston & Mike Robinson for designing and setting the courses; Regan Sarwas for deliverying meet equipment and taking down controls down; and Eric and Jill Follett for hosting the end-of-season party.

Red (5.7km, 19 controls)


1) Ian Moore 1:11:55, 2) Cory Smith 1:22:22, 3) Regan Sarwas 1:48:33


1) Jen Jolliff 1:38:28, 2) Shelly Laws DNF

Green (4.4km, 13 controls)


1) Steve Gruhn 1:16:09, 2) Eric Follett 1:30:50, 3) Mark Findlay 1:43:33, 4) Steve McKeever 2:20:33


1) Lorena Knapp Billman 2:08:14, 2) Agneta Kupilik DNF


1) Leslie & Mark Kroloff 2:18:18, 2) Chris Zafren & Jill Follett 2:20:24, 3) Lexi Hill & Dela Grey 2:41:16, 4) Brittay & Ariel Hippe DNF

Orange (3.9km, 15 controls)


1) Andy Olnes 2:36:00, 2) Mischa Carlson DNF, Chris Tomsen DNF


1) Joyce Goodell 1:53:20, 2) Emily Davenport 2:09:00


1) Scott Morton & Jasmine Langmann 1:14:33

Yellow (3.0km, 13 controls)


1) Springer Moore 40:54, 2) Baxter Harvey DNF


1) Kim Bakic 1:07:17


1) Chad & Orion Jensen 1:02:27:17, 2) Owen & Matthew Nordstrom 1:04:10, 3) Barbara Brown & Tim Wiepking 1:08:25

White (2.0km, 11 controls)


1) Andrew, Art, Corin & Jennifer Harmon 49:13, 2)  Kyle, Marne, Hudson & Sydney Shafer 1:04:07, 3) Ruth, Sidney & Rory Kvernplassen 1:05:40, 4) Colton, Lisa, Caden & Evie Hester 1:08:17, 5) John, Connor & Dellan Lyons 1:09:07

Using Route Gadget

screenshot.20Route Gadget is a fun way to compare your route choices with other orienteers.  It is also a great way to see how you could improve, and to answer questions like Was it faster to go left or right around the lake?

Anyone can use Route Gadget to see the route choices of the Red course racers (just skip down to the section Comparing Routes). In order to add your route all you need is your memory, so it is best to enter your route as soon as you can – meet directors will usually have the map available within 24 hours of the meet.  Route Gadget works best if you have split times at each control.  You can also import GPS tracks from a forerunner, or any device that can export a GPX file. (See the Route Gadget help if you want to use this feature).

To start, click on the link at the bottom of the results page for your meet, or select your meet from this list.

Route Gadget requires Java to run, so it won’t work on most mobile devices, including iPhones. It also doesn’t seem to be fully functional on a Mac. Even if it does run on your computer, you will probably get security warnings, or suggestions to download or upgrade Java on your computer.  Hopefully any messages will be helpful and direct.  If not, then cross your fingers and click randomly.  If you are one of the lucky ones, your browser window should look like something like this:



Adding Your Route

Put a check mark in the Draw your route box at the top right: screenshot.4

Choose your class/course (i.e. White, Yellow, etc.).  If your course is not listed email the meet director.


When you select the course, the map will update with the controls, and you will have a collection of boxes for entering your split times.


If you can’t see the whole course, you can move around by dragging (click-move-release) the map with your mouse.  You can also zoom in/out with the + and – buttons on the right edge.

Type in your name where it says Your Name.

Enter your split times in the boxes for each leg.  If you are missing a split time, you can estimate it, or leave it blank and Route Gadget will distribute your time between the legs.  If all you know is your finish time, just enter that in the last (FIn) box.  NOTE: the split times are cumulative, and must be minutes (no hours) followed by seconds.  For example, if it took exactly 25 minutes to get from the start to the first control, enter 2500 in the first box.  If it took 40 minutes and 25 seconds to get from the first control to the second control, enter 6525 in the second box (25 minutes + 40 minutes = 65 minutes, and 00 seconds + 25 seconds = 25 seconds).  Seconds must be between 00 and 59,.  Be prepared for some advanced math if you collect lap times instead of split times.

The example below is for a sprint course, so the split times are much shorter than for a traditional meet:



Next you need to draw you route on the map. Pan and/or zoom to the first leg of the course.  This leg should be highlighted with a purple line over the pink course lines.  The purple line will change to red as you click to add points along the route you ran.  You do not need to click on the start, but you do need to click on a control in order to start the next leg.


If you make a mistake, click the undo button at the top right


When you finish the leg, click on the control, and start the next leg.  continue until you get to the finish, then click Save Route.



Success!  Click the link to view your route on the map.


Comparing Routes

First choose the class/course


Then click on up to 10 competitors from the list


Then click on View Routes at the bottom right to see the routes of the competitors you selected.



Click View Animation, and then Start, to see your favorite orienteers compete head to head.


If you select the check box labeled by control, then the competitors will wait at each control for everyone to catch up before racing to the next control.

Have Fun!!

Training Cancelled

cancelledBummer!  Due to the late thaw, we are postponing the advanced field training scheduled for Monday, May 6th.  We will try to reschedule this training for later in the summer, but at this point we do not have a date set.  The other advanced field training will still be held as scheduled.  We will update the schedule as soon as we have a date, so check back often.  Thanks for your understanding.


Junior Orienteer

Welcome to the website of the Arctic Orienteering Club, based in Anchorage, Alaska. Orienteering is the sport of cross country navigation using map and compass. To some it is a competitive race while to others it is a chance to get out and explore the countryside, challenge the mind, and enjoy the company. Either way, you are welcome to participate. Training is part of our purpose, and beginners and young people are encouraged to take part.

The Arctic Orienteering Club is a sanctioned club of Orienteering USA and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.