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December 24, 2004
New issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

December 12, 2004
Scrooge-O results have beed posted.

November 16, 2004
Results from the Cobbs Hill Night-O are available.

November 12, 2004
This Saturday night (November 13) there will be a night orienteering meet at Cobbs Hill Park with two courses: white and orange. Both will use the same map, which shows 24 controls. Participants on the white course will get up to 10 controls, taken in any order, with a time limit of one hour. Those on the orange course will get as many as possible, in any order, in one and a half hours (a standard score-o.) Both will have a mass start at 5:30 PM. Allow extra time to register beforehand, since everyone will be starting at the same time.

There will be about 12 controls at the white level of difficulty (trail junctions, etc.) but white course participants may choose any 10 controls. The rest are yellow to orange in difficulty, but everything is harder at night! Bring a flashlight or headlamp and compass. The controls will have reflecting tape which shows up clearly with a flashlight.

Most routes will involve road crossing, confusing woods, or both, so this course is probably not suitable for unaccompanied young children.

IMPORTANT: The open area around the reservoir is off limits for this meet! The area is now closed at night for security, and supposedly monitored by cameras. you are likely to get in trouble if you stray into this area. There should be no temptation to do this, and the restricted area is marked on the map.

Vegetarian chili and other refreshments will be available after the meet. The start and finish are at Tay House, up the hill from School #1 on Hillside Ave, which is just south of 490 and runs west from Winton Rd., merges with Norris Drive which runs west to Culver Rd.

November 7, 2004
Results of the 2004 Mendon Trail Run have been posted (Adobe PDF).

October 22, 2004
Online registration for the Annual Mendon Trail Run is available.

October 19, 2004
Results from the Oatka Creek meet are available.

October 15, 2004
Oatka Creek Park directions below have been updated: if you go from I-390 Exit 11, go WEST on Rt. 251.

October 11, 2004
The Club will host the next meet this coming Sunday, October 17. The site is a brand new area for our club, Oatka Creek Park, near Scottsville. The park offers some characteristics not generally found in other local parks, including probably the deepest pits (from earlier mining activity) you've seen around here; also stone walls, rock piles, and boulders (small to medium sized).

Courses offered will be as follows:
White: 2.6 km length, 50 meter climb
Yellow: 3.5 km, 85 meter climb
Brown: 4.1 km, 90 meter climb
Green: 5.4 km, 145 meter climb

Directions to the park:
Two sets of directions are given, one from I-490 exit 4 (near Chili), the other from I-390 exit 11 (near Rush). The park is approximately the same distance from I-490 exit 4 as it is from I-390 exit 11, so depending on what direction you're coming from, one way will probably be better than the other.
1. From I-490 exit 4: Go south on Rt. 259 (Union Street). Travel about 5 miles to where the road ends in a "T";. Turn left, then take first right (still Union St.). Proceed approximately 1 mile to park entrance on right (shortly past the bridge over Oatka Creek).
2. From I-390 exit 11: Go west on Rt. 251. Proceed approximately 6.3 miles, going straight at each intersection (do not follow Rt. 251 when it turns right). When you've gone as far as you can go, park your car because you're there.

October 2, 2004
Results from today's meet at Irondequoit Bay West are available.

October 1, 2004
There's an orienteering meet this Saturday at Irondequoit Bay Park West. Start times are between 12 and 2PM. Here's some information from the course setter and some logistical information.

The courses will be short but with plenty of climb.

White course - 1.1 Km (65 meters of climb)
Yellow course - 1.7 Km (100 meters of climb)
Orange course - 3.1 Km (225 meters of climb)

Parking is going to be an issue. We will not be allowed to use the Irondquoit Bay Fish and Game club upper lot as they have other activities that will use most of the lot. Cars will need to be parked along the road (PLEASE PARK ONLY ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD GOING AWAY FROM THE START AREA - TO THE SOUTH PARK AWAY FROM THE BAY AND GOING NORTH PARK ON THE BAY SIDE.CARS ON BOTH SIDES WILL CAUSE A SAFETY HAZARD) If possible, carpool to reduce the number of cars in the area.

DIRECTIONS to the park: Exit 590 at Empire Boulevard and head east (toward Irondequoit Bay). Turn left on Orchard Park (just after you start to go down Empire into the "dugway" or end of Irondequoit Bay). Follow Orchard Park to the park which will wind down to the bay and turn sharply left past a marina and then to the start area.

September 29, 2004
The electronic version of the Fall 2004 edition of The Wild Times is available online.

September 21, 2004
Results from the National Orienteering Day event at the Highland Park have been published.

More route choices and some pictures from the September 11th Mini-Rogaine .

September 19, 2004
Link to some pictures from today's event at Highland Park

September 18, 2004
Long awaited results from the July 14th Score-O are finally available.

September 15, 2004
Results from the September 11th Mini-Rogaine have been posted.

September 14, 2004
This Sunday, September 19th, we will celebrate National Orienteering Day with a meet in Highland Park. The main goal of this meet is to introduce orienteering to people who haven't tried it before. Those people will orienteer for free! So why not bring some friends and neighbors along? The courses will be easier than usual, because the park is mostly open, and not too large. This is a chance to add some speed, if you're so inclined, or just take a tour of the park at a beautiful time of year. And there are still opportunities to get confused, as I did there at my first meet, though it was almost my back yard! There will be white, yellow, and orange courses (i.e., beginner to intermediate) and special courses for GPS users.

We can also use help, whether it is manning a table for a while, or just reaching out to newcomers who may be unsure of what to do.

Starts will be as usual, from 12 to 2, with registration starting at 11:30. We will start at the Recreation Center behind School # 12, in Rochester on South Avenue just northwest of Highland Park, opposite Highland Hospital. Look for orange and white signs.

August 27, 2004
Information about The Tour de Gorges rogaine event on September 11th has been updated.

August 17, 2004
Results from the August 11th meet are available.

August 8, 2004
The next local event will be a one hour Score-O at Black Creek Park this Wednesday, August 11 with mass start at 6:30pm from Pathfinder shelter.

Directions: Take I-490 West to exit 4, go South on Union St. (Rt 259) to the park entrance. Once you enter the park, turn left and go all the way to the end of the paved road.

August 3, 2004
Results from the July 31st meet are available.

July 23, 2004
July 31 meet will be a Score-O with a mass start at 10AM from Magnolia shelter at Durand Eastman Park.

July 10, 2004
The next meet will be a challenging Score-O at Irondequoit Bay Park East. Course setter Joe Seyfried has put together a great course on the steep terrain and trails along side the bay for those of you who think you're up to it. For newer and more relaxed orienteers, he has included a White Course as well. In addition, we will be hosting our first 'advertised' GPS event. The start of the meet will be at 6:30PM on Wednesday July 14.

Most of you are already familiar with the Score-O and the White course. The GPS event will consist of several controls taken from the White Course as well as controls from the Score-O course. You will receive a list of coordinates and will be able to download them from a laptop at the meet if you have the right cable. The available software (Easy/Expert GPS) communicates through either a USB cable or a serial cable. You will also receive a map of the park without any marked controls and a clue sheet.

June 16, 2004
Results from the June 13th Paddle and foot mini-rogaine are available.

June 5, 2004
Permanent courses section has been updated with GPS information for the Webster Park courses.

May 28, 2004
Detailed information about the June 13 event is available.

May 27, 2004
Results from the Letchworth meet have been updated.

May 26, 2004
On June 13, ROC will host one of our annual "fun" events. This one will involve a combination of foot and canoe orienteering and will be headquartered at the new Monroe county park off Empire Blvd at the foot of Irondequoit Bay.

There is an intellegence report that suggests the foot part of the event will involve controls spread between Irondequoit Bay Park East and Ellison Park (yes, this is now connected by a trail system). The canoe part will cover large sections of the Wetlands and Irondequiot Creek.

More details (like the real coverage of the event) and start times will be available early next week.

May 22, 2004
A mesaage from Kathy Bannister, course setter of the May 23 meet:

If you are willing to take a chance on weather, some pretested courses await your arrival at Letchworth S.P. this Sunday. The starts will be NEAR Trailside Lodge in the south end of the park 12 noon - 2pm.

The white course is 3km, 30m climb; yellow 3.46 km, 95 m climb; orange 5.33 km, 120 m climb are largely the same as those of the club A meet last fall. So if you got to do the A meet you may want to opt for a different course. The red course 6.96 km, 295m climb is a modification of last fall's blue course. We will not be doing e punching.

Directions: NY I-390 south to Mt. Morris (exit 7), turn left on Rt. 408. Follow Rt. 408 for about 10 miles to Nunda, go right on Rt. 436 to Portageville for about 5 miles, after the bridge turn right on Rt. 19a. Park entrance will be on the right side. Trailside Lodge is located off the main road at the South end of the park; look for the signs and our tent.

Please be aware that there is a park entrance fee ($6. I believe) per car. The club could use a couple more volunteers at registration. So come on out for a little mental and physical exercise, meet old friends and have a great day.

May 9, 2004
Results from the Mendon Ponds meet are available.

May 5, 2004
Our next event will take place on Saturday, May 8 at Mendon Ponds Park. The forecast for looks promising and the woods are still nice and open so get ready for a great day on one our best orienteering maps. Veteran course setter Linda Kohn is doing the courses so you know they will be fair and challenging:

WHITE 2.5 km
YELLOW 3.3 km
ORANGE 3.9 km
GREEN 4.8 km
RED 6.0 km

E-punching will be required on O,G,R courses. Rental E-punches are available. All maps will be pre-printed with courses thanks to Jim Russell.

The location is Calvary Lodge. Enter the park off Clover Street (Rt. 65) at the north or south entrance. Follow the orange and white signs to the lodge on Douglas Road. There is a small parking area next to the lodge and another area southwest of Calvary.

We will likely have a good turnout so if you want to get out quickly click here and print the entry form and complete it before you arrive. This is especially true for larger groups. Starts are from 12-2 with the biggest backups occurring at the beginning. Consider coming a little later to avoid the crush.

We still need a few volunteers for flag pickup, registration and the start/finish. Please let Rick ( know if you can help. Hope to see you all on Saturday. Rick and Linda saw nearly 50 deer tonight driving out of the park. They may out number the orienteers even with a good turnout. Please contact Rick if you have any questions.

April 25, 2004
Results from the Webster Park meet are available.

April 7, 2004
Icebreaker results from Powder Mill Park are available.

March 9, 2004
The course setters workshop will take place from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, March 21, at the Worner/Kohn residence, 874 Edgemere Drive.
Directions: I-390N to Latta Road exit. Turn right on Latta and take the first left on to Island Cottage Road. Follow Island Cottage to Edgemere Drive (Schallers Restaurant) and bear right to the curve in the road. Look forthe brown stucco house with the brown picket fence on your left.
Reservation suggested. Email:, phone: 581-2979.

February 29, 2004
The 2004 schedule is finally available.

January 26, 2004
Mendon Ponds Park Ski-O results are available.

January 23, 2004
Things look good for the Mendon Ponds Ski-O in Rochester, Sunday, February 25. We have been getting snow every day for weeks, and it looks like that will continue. The skiing here is the best we have seen in a long time. Many of the trails are groomed for skating; these are in the hilly area. There are also trails with skier-made diagonal tracks, mostly in the flatter parts. There will be 3 competitive courses, about 8-15 km skiable route, and a recreational course. Everyone will have to cross plowed roads. The meet is at Cavalry Lodge, which is heated. Starts are from 12-2. All but fast skiers should try to start by 1.

Copying EMPO, we will also offer a short but challenging snowshoe course. Our meet is part of Winterfest, which will be in progress throughout the park; it offers various outdoor related activities.

Cavalry does not have waxing facilities. (Put on cold wax before you come!) There is an outhouse. Running water and bathrooms are available at Stewart Lodge, about a mile away. Snacks will be offered.

January 12, 2004
Webster Park Ski-O results are available.

January 9, 2004
Well winter arrived just in the nick of time! This Saturday starts the Ski Orienteering season here in Western New York, and the place to be is Webster Park. This race is also a qualifying race for the Empire State Games in February.
We'll have 3 courses this weekend:
    Short (White): 3K 33m climb --- rec course
    Medium (Orange) 6.2K 57 m climb --- M/F Scholastic, Female masters
    Long (red) 9.1K 120 m climb -- M/F Open, M Masters
Note that for ski orienteering, course lengths are determined by the shortest ski-able routes, so they are not really that much longer than normal events.

If you enjoy orienteering, and like to play in the snow (preferably with cross country skis), come out and join us.Normal starting times are 12-2 with flag pickup about 3:30. Standard ROC rates apply ($3 for members, $5 non menbers), except there is a $2 added charge for ESG qualifiers.

January 7, 2004
The ski-orienteering season is starting. We have a meet scheduled this Saturday at Webster park, and another in Mendon Ponds Sunday, January 25. (That one will be a part of Winterfest, with lots of opportuniyies for winter fun.)

There are other ski-o events scheduled in upstate NY. These are mostly qualifiers for the Empire State Games. Those who do 2 ski-os in their age group, and join NYSSRA can compete in the games in Lake Placid. (There is an additional $2 charge for those attempting to qualify.) Juniors qualifying for the Games can have their entry fees refunded. Everyone is also welcome to try the races just for fun, too.

Our meet this weekend won't happen unless we get more snow. (Call the hotline 585-377-5650 for info after Thursday). If it does go on, we could use some help at registration and start/finish. All helpers will be able to ski. There are 3 courses planned: 3.5, 5.5, and 10 kilometers.

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