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December 26, 2006
The January'07 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

December 1, 2006
On Saturday, December 2, at Camp Eastman, the Rochester Orienteering Club will have its annual Scrooge-O.

To get to Camp Eastman, take Rt. 590 north to Durand Blvd (the last stoplight before the north end of 590). Go left (west) on Durand Blvd. The name will change to Sweet Fern Road and then to Lakeshore Blvd. Camp Eastman is off of Lakeshore Blvd, west of all of the entrances to Durand Eastman Park. Look for the orienteering signs.

Schedule of events:
   4:00 Board of Directors meeting (all are welcome to attend)
   5:00 Annual general membership meeting (which will be brief), followed by a potluck dinner
   6:00 (approx) Scrooge-O starts

Please bring a flashlight (or headlamp), a dish to pass, and a place setting.

November 14, 2006
Results from the November 11th Mendon Trail Run are now available on the results page.

November 12, 2006
Results from the November 4th Night-O at Powder Mills Park are now available on the results page.

November 6, 2006
The 12th annual Mendon Trail Run will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11. It is sponsored by the Rochester Orienteering Club.

The 50K starts at 8:00 am; the other distances all start at 9:30 am. Distances offered are 5K, 10K, 20K, and 50K.

On-line entries are accepted through Nov. 7. The pre-registration entry fee is $15 for the 50K and $10 for all other distances. After the cut-off dates, the only entries that are accepted are day-of-meet entries. Add $5 to the above fees if you are entering the day of the meet.

The Entry Form contains a lot of information about the race, so it's worth checking out even if you plan on entering on line.

If you don't plan on competing, volunteers are always needed. Contact Larry Zygo if you are willing to assist with the race.

November 5, 2006
The November'06 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

November 1, 2006
The next ROC meet will be a Night-Orienteering event on Saturday, November 4th, at Powder Mill Park. Registration will begin by 5pm at Wadhams Lodge. The Night-O will use a Score-O format (you choose which controls to collect, and in which order), with a 90-minute time limit (large penalties for exceeding the time limit) and a mass start at 6pm Ė maps will be handed out just prior to the start. Gil Robs is the meet director; Mike Lyons is the course setter.

Whistles are highly recommended. Bring a flashlight or a headlamp. The controls will be fitted with reflectors that make them show up clearly in a flashlight beam. There will be a single course, consisting of 24 controls, at least 8 of which are designed to be suitable for beginners.

Course Setterís Notes

The leaves were falling fast and furious during the high winds last weekend, so the trails can be tricky to follow at times, even in the daylight. Fortunately, the leaves seem to collect more on the larger trails (which tend to be easier to follow) and yet leave some of the smaller trails more visible.

I did not hear back from the folks at Camp Arrowhead, regarding use of their property for the event, so I have marked the property east of the river Out of Bounds (OB) with magenta lines. I do not expect people to be tempted to go west of the river thru their property, so I didnít clutter that up with OB marks; however, that area is also OB (there are park boundary marks on the map in this area).

There may be a control or two near the southern end of the park. I would expect that only the more advanced orienteers are likely to visit these controls, but if you do, you may come close to the park boundary which does have some signs posted that announce year-round hunting is conducted on the adjoining private property, so please use caution when near the boundary. The trail thru the marsh near the boundary is now blazed with orange paint (maybe it has been for a long time, and I never noticed) Ė but I donít know how visible that is at night.

I found several changes in the terrain while checking control locations. I donít think they are overly confusing when associated with the course Iíve set, but there are individual trees mapped that no longer exist, I saw no signs of one mapped fence, and the trail network has Ďevolvedí since the last mapping. Also, there are some vegetation changes since the map was last updated, but they donít seem to push one off course by much.

Mike Lyons, Coursesetter

October 24, 2006
Results from the October 22nd meet at Mendon Ponds Park are now available on the results page.

October 21, 2006
The next ROC meet will be at Mendon Ponds Park on Sunday, October 22 starting at East Lodge at the North end of the park. Tim Gorbold is the course setter. The courses offered will be:

White Beginner 2-3K
Yellow Adv. Beginner 3-4K
Green Advanced 5.3K
Blue Adv. Advanced 9.5K

A String O will be offered for young children with stickers for all those that complete the course. Beginner instruction will be available throughout the meet.

Parking is restricted to the East Lodge parking lot. Another group will be using West Lodge. Additional parking is available across the street. Bathrooms are available on site.

Starts will be offered from 12-2. If you have any questions please contact meet director Rick Worner at of call 581-2979 before 10 AM on Sunday morning.

October 20, 2006
Sunday, October 22nd, will be our last REAL orienteering event of 2006. Come and enjoy!

AND bring a donation to St Joseph's house in memory of Daniel Brooks, the son of one of our members. In years past,Doug and Peg played important roles in our club. New members will not know of them, but us oldies remember them with great fondness.

St Joseph's House is a refuge for the Homeless and troubled in Rochester; please check its website for the list of items it needs.

Hope to see you, all, at Mendon!!

October 13, 2006
Results from the October 8th meet at Irondequoit Bay Park are now available on the results page.

October 5, 2006
Orienteer this Sunday in Beautiful and rugged Irondequoit Bay Park East. We are setting out controls for a White, Yellow and Orange course. Bring your walking stick, if you have one, because the trails can be steep and slippery.

The event is located behind the Bayview YMCA on Bay Road, off of Empire Blvd. Start anytime between 12 noon and 2pm.

Unfortunately , the bathroom situation is a little tricky. Plan to use the bathrooms in Wegman's, across the street ( a bit of a distance that will necessitate driving). The Y will let us use their bathrooms, IF they are not too busy, in a pinch .

October 3, 2006
Results from the September 30th meet at Webster Park are now available on the results page.

September 28, 2006
There will be an orienteering meet at Webster Park this Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Orchard Hill Shelter. This is in the tennis court area.

Directions: Take Route 104 to the Holt Road exit. Go north on Holt Road. As you come into the area that begins to look like a park, there will be a road to the left that goes to the tennis courts and two shelters, one of which is ours. If you come to the end of Holt Road (where it ends in a T at Lake Road), you've gone too far, but not that much too far. Turn around, head south on Holt Road, and you'll come to the road that you want (it will be on your right this time).

You may start anytime between noon and 2 pm. Three courses, plus one "combo" course, are offered:
  White: 2.03 km
  Yellow: 4.01 km
  Orange: 4.86 km
  And the combo course: Orange plus Yellow: 8.87 km
The Orange plus Yellow is for anyone who wants more of a workout than the Orange course alone will provide.

To do this option, let the registrar know when you sign in. You'll be given two punch cards, one for the Orange course, and the other which will be labeled "Orange + Yellow" which you'll use for the Yellow portion of the course. When you check in at the start, the same start time will be written on both punch cards (the time that you start on Orange). You do the Orange course and finish, hand in your Orange punch card, and you'll be given a finish time for Orange (and the result counts in the standings of the Orange course). You'll be immediately given a Yellow map; then you go out on the Yellow course. You don't need a new start time because it will be a running time, from the time you started Orange to the time you finish Yellow. If you want to get a drink, change clothes, catch your breath, etc., that all counts against your time for Orange + Yellow. Then when you finish Yellow, hand in that punch card.

As of this past weekend, there were some muddy areas on some of the trails, so choose your footwear accordingly.

The White course is nearly entirely on trails. The Yellow course is mostly on trails or open fields, with controls generally located off of trails. The Orange course includes some opportunities for trail running/walking, but it much more "off trail" than Yellow. Leg covering is recommended for the Orange course, probably not needed on White and Yellow (depending on air temperature of course!).

If you have any questions about the meet, feel free to contact Dick Detwiler.

September 27, 2006
The September'06 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

September 20, 2006
Results from the September 16th National Orienteering Day at Highland Park are now available on the results page.

September 15, 2006
ORIENTEER this Saturday, September 16th, in beautiful Highland Park. The Recreation Center on South Ave (behind school #12) has generously given us the use of their facility as a starting location.

We have prepared three courses, White, Yellow, and a Sprint in celebration of National Orienteering Day (and a String O for the little ones). The idea behind NOD is to hold an event that will focus on first-timers). COME and bring a friend, or a whole family, along to try orienteering for fun and exercise. Tell your friends about your orienteering experiences and how much fun you have exploring our local parks with map and compass. This is an adventure sport for the whole family! There is NO charge for first-timers!

Rick Lavine has also designed a Sprint Race for our experienced club members to challenge your quick decision making ability as well as your legs ( It makes a fine walk, too).

It promises to be a sunny day, we look forward to seeing you all

September 15, 2006
Two new sources for Permanent map-kits. Letchworth kits are now available through the Friends of Letchworth in Letchworth State Park. Mendon map-kits are also available from Wild Wings in Mendon Ponds Park. See Permanent Courses for details.

September 12, 2006
Results from the September 9 event at Letchworth are now available on the results page.

August 29, 2006
The first regular meet of the Rochester Orienteering Club fall schedule will be Sat. Sept 9th on the East side of Letchworth State Park. The Start/Finish area will be at the "E cabin area" that lies several miles past the parade grounds down the main park road on the East side. Start's will be between 12:00 and 2:00. There will be a green, orange, yellow and white course offered. Start's will be between 12:00 and 2:00. Many will find these courses to be slightly more challenging than similar courses in other parks as there are far fewer trails than are found in many of the county parks. Please plan on starting early to give yourself time to finish! Also long pants are recommended for orange and green.

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. Follow 436 until you reach the entrance to the park on your right. Follow the signs until you reach reach cabin area E.

The Gorges Goat event will be held in conjunction with the Standard meet on Sept. 9th I'm sure many of you are scratching your heads and asking "Isn't a Goat a barnyard animal known more for eating than for orienteering?"

Well true...but in this case it's on orienteering event that can be traced back to some very ummm, unusual people in the New England Area ( Specifically it is a mass start orienteering event, generally longer than all but the longest of the standard courses (in this case around 12km), with lots of hills (in this case....lots of hills), and some unusual choices to be made on the course (shhhhh, it's a secret!!!!).

Goat Specifics:
REGISTRATION: Opens at 11:00 am
MAP HANDOUT AND START: 11:30 (No, you will not have any free time to plot your route!)
TIME CUTOFF - There will a cutoff time announced at the start (approximately 2:00), those who have not completed the first half of the course by this time will automatically be dropped into the "Baby Beautiful Goat" event and asked to stop at the half way point. COURSE CLOSES: 4:00 p.m. - Please be back to the start by 4:00 p.m.

If you know for sure your coming to the gorges GOAT can you please send an email to Eric Barbehenn, so Eric can get a rough estimate for maps needed!

August 5, 2006
The August'06 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

August 1, 2006
For those of you who can not live without orienteering till September we have a new feature available exclusively for the visitors of the ROC website. Linda Kohn has set some semi-permanent courses in Mendon Ponds park that you can try on your own. All you need to do is download a map with a pre-marked course (in PDF format), print it and get to the park! The control locations are marked with streamers which have control codes written on them.

  Green-P: 5.9km, 15 controls
  Green: 5.7km, 14 controls
  White: 1.9km, 7 controls

Disclaimer: we don't know how long the streamers will be able to sustain the abuse from the park aborigines, specifically, the squirrels and the deer. So if you get to the center of the circle and there is nothing hanging out there, do not get frustrated - just move on to the next control!

July 29, 2006
Results from the July 29 event at Genesee Valley Park are now available on the results page.

July 26, 2006
The next ROC event will take place on Saturday, 7/29 at Genesee Valley Park (Genesee Junction shelter). The following courses will be offered:
Score-O - mass start at 10am with 1 hour time limit
Sprint - 2.5km
White - 1.6km

You can start Sprint and White course anytime between 10am and noon, and do either one or both of them in addition to the Score-O.

July 22, 2006
Results from the July 18 score-O event at Cobbs Hill are now available on the results page.

July 17, 2006
The next Rochester Orienteering Club Event will be a Score-O at Cobbs Hill park on Tuesday 7/18, starting at Tay House Lodge. Registration starts at 6pm with the start being at 6:30. Time limit will be one hour with dreadful penalties for those that return late. There will also be a white course of about 1.5km running at the same time.

July 8, 2006
Results from the June 28 score-o event at Black Creek Park are now available on the results page.

June 29, 2006
Results from the June 25 event at the Apple Shed are now available on the results page.

June 19, 2006
The next ROC event will be a special event at the Apple Shed north of Newark. Start between noon and 2 PM. The following courses will be offered:
white - 2km
yellow - 2.5km
orange - 3.5 km
green - 4km.

This is a special event designed to introduce our Wayne County neighbors to orienteering. Volunteers are needed to help with all of the usual jobs (most jobs don't require any orienteering expertise). The good news is that you will get to run on a new map and perhaps win some fresh strawberries. The Apple Shed has a variety of goodies for sale including strawberries, ice cream, fresh produce, baked goods and country craft gifts.

Please let Linda Kohn know if you can help out!

Directions to The Apple Shed:
Take Rt. 104 east to Sodus, then Rt. 88 south into Fairville. Turn right on Maple Ridge Rd., go about a mile and see The Apple Shed on the left.
Take Rt. 31 east into Newark, Then Rt. 88 north into Fairville, turn left on Maple Ridge Rd., go about a mile and see The Apple Shed on the left. If you get lost that day coming out, call Steve on cell phone 315-945-5559.

June 19, 2006
Results from the June 18 event at Power Mills Park are now available on the results page.

June 15, 2006
The next meet of the Rochester Orienteering Club will be this Sunday, June 18, at Powder Mills Park. Start from noon to 2 pm.

There will be four courses offered:
White 1.13 km
Yellow 2.23 km
Orange 3.16 km
Red 5.8 km

The event will start at Oak Tree Lodge which is on Woolston Road right at the center of the park. And since this will be Father's Day, DADS CAN ENJOY THE MEET FOR FREE!

June 13, 2006
Results from the North American ROGAINE Championships have been posted.

June 1, 2006
New event has just been added to the schedule! Sunday, 6/25, at The Apple Shed. Meet director Karl Kolva and course setter Linda Kohn will offer White, Yellow, Orange and Green courses with start from noon to 2pm.

Additional information including directions.

May 30, 2006
Results from the May 28 event at Durand Eastman park on the results page.

May 26, 2006
The next meet of the Rochester Orienteering Club will be this Sunday, May 28, at Durand Eastman Park, on the east side. Start from noon to 2 pm (sprints may start up to 2:30 pm).

There will be four courses offered:
White 1.66 km
Yellow 2.68 km
Orange 3.34 km
Sprint 2.41 km

The event will start at Magnolia Shelter, which is on Log Cabin Road (off of Lakeshore).

May 22, 2006
Results from the May 20 Paddle and Foot-O are available on the results page.

May 14, 2006
Foot and canoe-O Saturday, May 20, 2006

Start will be at the Wetlands Center off Empire Boulevard, parking lot just east of Froggy's Restaurant on south side of the road. This will be a score-o with mass start at 12:00, finish by 4:00. The course may be done by foot or by paddle and foot. The start location is the Wetlands Center, 500 m. down a gravel road from the parking lot. Boats may be driven in and dropped off there, but parking at the Center is very limited.

Boats can be rented at the two facilities nearby, Bay Creek and Oak Orchard, and can be paddled from these facilities to the start. (From the bridge under 404 stay left and paddle about 500 meters to a house with a dock.)

The course will visit Irondequoit Bay East and Ellison parks as well as the wetlands, but will not be as extensive as it was two years ago. Paddlers will have many opportunities to stretch their legs by landing to get land controls. The terrain is very steep in places. Teams of two have the option of splitting up; one moving the boat along while the other gets land controls, but there will only be one punch card per team. A loop route is possible with a portage of 100 m (easy in and out) or 10 m. (trickier in and out.) Allow for wet feet.

Foot orienteers may have an opportunity for a river crossing to allow a loop. (This is still being researched. It would involve wading on a firm surface in knee deep but not waist deep water.)

Extra points will be given for trash picked up along the way (but no large items like tires.) For those who did it last time, the weather will probably be better this time! Expect chili after the event.

Call Rick or Dayle (585)442-6358 for more info

May 14, 2006
Results from the May 13 meet at Irondequoit Bay Park West are available on the results page.

May 10, 2006
The next club meet will be held at Irondequoit Bay Park West on this Saturday, May 13th.

Courses offered will include: White, Yellow, Short Orange, Long Orange. E-Punching will be used for the Orange courses.

To get to the park get off NY I-590 at Empire Blvd and go East (toward the bay and Webster) 0.3 miles, turn left on Orchard Park Rd (just before going down the hill to the bay). Follow Orchard Park (approximately 1 mile) down the hill to the bay making a sharp left at the water, past the marina and look for O-signs and a small Blue Tent. In order to prevent parking issues, please try to park well off the road on the BAY SIDE ONLY.

Please be advised that facilities are limited. A port-a-john will be on site, however no running water is available. Be sure to bring a healthy supply of drinking water, roughly 32fl-oz (1 Liter) per person, per hour of activity and any snacks that will help to fuel the body.

The courses will be open for starts from 12 noon until 2:00pm, come rain or shine, and the courses will close promptly at 3:30 for flag pickup.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday for another exciting orienteering event in one of our fine local parks.

May 10, 2006
E-punching splits the April 22 meet at Letchworth have been posted.

May 8, 2006
In prepareation to the North American ROGAINE Championships a new article, The Science of Partner Matching, has been added to the O-Library.

May 4, 2006
Long-avaited results from the April 22 meet at Letchworth are now available on the results page. E-punching splits are yet to be posted.

May 1, 2006
Results from the April 30 meet at Basil Marella Park are available on the results page.

April 27, 2006
The next meet of the Rochester Orienteering Club is this Sunday, April 30, at Basil Marella Park in Greece.

There will be four courses offered:
White: 2.2 km
Yellow: 2.4 km
Orange: 4.4 km
Sprint: 2.1 km

The Sprint is the first of this type of event that ROC has offered. It intended to be a short, fast course, with many controls for its length, and many quick decisions needed. Control difficulty for this sprint is in the White to Yellow range. The projected winning time is around 12-14 minutes. Everyone is encouraged to compete in a regular course plus the sprint (no additional charge for the sprint, if you're also competing in another course).

To get to Basil Marella Park, take I-390 north to the Vintage Rd exit. Turn left on Vintage Rd, then right on Fetzner Rd, then turn right onto the park entrance road off of Fetzner.

You can start the regular courses anytime between noon and 2:00 pm. Since we're encouraging people to do the sprint in addition to another course, the sprint course can be started between noon and 2:30 pm. All courses close promptly at 3:30 pm.

To save time and congestion at registration, please consider filling out an entry form ahead of time and bringing it to the meet.

April 17, 2006
ROC Spring Training session is scheduled for 4/19/2006.

Location: Webster park. Look for Webster Park Campground entrance from Lake Road; follow the road till you see O-signs or fellow orienteers.

Meeting and instruction time: 6PM

Training session will start at 6:15PM

Cost: $2,-

Format for the training session: From Central location all training session participants will get assignment to set one, two or more flags. Once you set up your assigned flags you continue the course from the last flag you set up till the last flag you did not set. Regardless of if you finished the course or not all participants must report to the central location at 7PM latest. Every participant gets a flag pick-up assignment at 7PM.

RSVP via Email to Gil Robs ( - if you plan to participate or have any questions. There will be 20 pre-printed maps for the training session available.

April 13, 2006
Results from the April 9 Icebreaker meet at Mendon Ponds Park are available on the results page.

March 19, 2006
The March'06 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

February 19, 2006
Results from the February 11 meet at Mendon Ponds Park are available on the results page.

February 9, 2006
The ski reports from Mendon get better by the hour. Therefore, we'll be having a Ski-O this Saturday, 2/11. Start from noon to 2pm from a parking lot to the SW of Calvary lodge.

January 24, 2006
Results from the January 22 meet at Mendon Ponds Park are available on the results page.

January 21, 2006
Due to the rather unseasonable weather - no snow! - we will not be having a ski-O this Sunday. However, we will go ahead with a Score-O instead.

Orienteering starts at Hopkins Point Lodge (changed from Cavalry), in Mendon Ponds Park, this Sunday, 1/22. Enjoy a 60 to 90 minute score O. Start anytime between 12noon and 2pm.

Remember, this is also the Winterfest weekend (not much winter though) and much of the Winterfest activities will go on. For the full list of activities for Sunday go to

January 11, 2006
Results from the January 7 meet at Oatka Creek are available on the results page.

January 6, 2006
The Ski-o scheduled for Oatka Creek tomorrow is cancelled for lack of snow. There was some snow in the area but certainly not enough in Oatka for skiing. BUT...

Come one, come all to beautiful Oatka Creek park. We have set out 15 controls to challenge your orienteering skills. It will be a score O format, find as many controls as you can in ONE hour. You can start anytime between 12noon and 1:30pm.

The trails have a light coating of snow, but NO ice. The air is bracing and it will feel sooo good to breathe in some fresh air.

Be prepared to copy the controls on your map (this is great eye training) - dress appropriately. We will keep the fire burning in the lodge and will have the hot chocolate ready for consumption after you have had a good dose of orienteering FUN.

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