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November 26, 2007
Our Annual Membership Meeting will take place at 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Powder Mills Park - North Lodge. Everyone Welcome!

Agenda includes election of board members, potluck supper, a presentation by Randy McGarvey on his trip to Ski-O World Championships in Russia and, of course, the Scrooge-O.

Enter park from route 96 south of Bushnell’s Basin near route 490. Follow signs to the lodge and a great time! Bring a flashlight, compass, dish to pass, and place setting. For more information, call the ROC Hotline - 377-5650.

Additionally, Board of Directors will met at 4 PM, everyone is welcome to attend.

November 11, 2007
Results from the November 10th Mendon Trail Run are now available on the results page.

November 6, 2007
Results from the November 4 meet at Oatka Creek Park are now available on the results page.

October 19, 2007
The next ROC meet will be at Oatka Creek Park on Sunday, November 4, with starts from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. There will be three courses. The WHITE course is 1.5 kilometers, with 6 controls. The YELLOW course is 2.5 kilometers with 7 controls. The ORANGE course is 4.8 kilometers with 13 controls.

There are more pits and depressions than are shown on the map, with a few areas containing pits partly obscured by vegetation. None of the courses will take you into those areas.

Oatka Creek Park is located just about a mile west of Scottsville, just south of the Mumford-Scottsville Road. The entrance to the park is off Union Street.

October 14, 2007
Results from the October 13th meet at Webster park are now available on the results page.

October 10, 2007
The next meet of the Rochester Orienteering Club will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 at Webster Park. Starts will be at the Valley View shelter. You may start at any time between noon and 2pm. All courses close promptly at 3:30pm.

Courses: Four courses will be offered:
   white: 1.8 km
   yellow: 2.9 km
   orange: 5.0 km
   advanced: visit all but one of the white, yellow, and orange controls - it isyour choice which to skip. The length depends on your route!

Directions: Take Route 104 east towards Webster. Exit on Holt Rd and go north for about three miles. The park is on the left side of the road, before the lake.

Questions: For questions about the courses, contact Stina Bridgeman at For questions about meet logistics, contact Sergey Dobretsov at

October 2, 2007
Results from the September 29 meet at the Dryer road park are now available on the results page.

September 26, 2007
The next meet of the Rochester Orienteering Club will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at Dryer Road Park in Victor. This is a newly-mapped area for the club. The orienteering map covers three contiguous areas: Dryer Road Park (Victor town park), Ft. Hill (state land), and Ganondagon (Native American historical site).

Three courses are offered:
  White: 1.6 km
  Yellow: 3.1 km
  Green: 6.0 km

You may start any time between noon and 2 pm. All courses close promptly at 3:30 pm.

Here are the directions to Dryer Road Park (directions assume you are coming from the Rochester area): Take Rt. 490 east to the Victor exit. Take Rt. 96 into Victor. At the second stop light after coming into the village of Victor (School Road), turn right. Proceed to Dryer Road. Turn right again. The entrance to the park is on the left, approximately a mile after turning onto Dryer Road.

Map notes:

Dryer Road Park has a very extensive trail network, developed primarily by mountain bikers. You may well encounter mountain bikers on the trails; please be courteous to them and yield the trail to them, as they may have more difficulty avoiding you, than vice versa.

The trail network at Dryer Road is so extensive that mapping it was a major challenge. The mapper notes that there may be some inaccuracies in capturing the trails in spots, although he feels that they are for the most part mapped reasonably well. In addition to the mapping challenge, navigating the maze of trails will also not be easy. Normally, having a large number of trails makes navigation easier, but when they are this numerous and this complex, that is not always the case.

Ft. Hill and Ganondagon have a more "normal" network of trails (and are off limits to mountain bikers).

The White course will be confined to Dryer Road Park. The Yellow course will utilize Dryer Road Park and Ft. Hill, and the Green course will utilize all three areas.

If you have any questions about the courses, please contact Dick Detwiler at If you have any questions about meet logistics, contact Eric Barbehenn at

September 19, 2007
Results from the September 15 National Orienteering Day meet at Highland Park are now available on the results page.

September 19, 2007
The September'07 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

September 12, 2007
We will observe National Orienteering Day this Saturday at Highland Park, starting from the Recreation Center behind #12 School on South Avenue opposite Highland Hospital. The main purpose is to introduce newcomers to orienteering, and they will have free entry.

There will be white and yellow courses and a sprint. The sprint is a little under 3 km. with no underbrush, 16 controls, and plenty of route choice. Come and do the sprint (You can walk as soon as you're out of sight), bring along some friends new to orienteering, and stay to help out.

As usual, starts are 12-2.

September 9, 2007
Results from the September 8 meet at Powder Mill Park are now available on the results page.

September 4, 2007
There will be an orienteering meet this Saturday, September 8, at Powder Mills Park. Starts will be between noon and 2 pm at the Butternut Grove Shelter, which is located on the South side of the park off of Woolston Road. The shelter is directly across the creek from the children’s downhill ski area. It looks like the weather will be nice, so bring some friends and introduce them to orienteering in a beautiful park. There will be four courses designed by Rob Holmes to choose from.

We are still looking for volunteers for this meet, especially for control pickup. If you are interested please contact the meet director, Rob Stevens ( or the volunteer coordinator, Sandra Lomker (

Course Setter’s Notes:

The courses for this weekend will be on a recently updated map. Several new trails have been added, there have been some vegetation updates and overall detail has been added to the map. Many of the new trails have been recently blazed and cut, so they may not be well worn and visually obvious out on the courses. The trails have orange blazes so that may help when crossing or using a new trail. The rootstocks are fairly well updated, but please keep in mind that only the ones that are at least 5-6 feet tall have been mapped. The maps will be at 1:10,000 for this meet – so the fine detail may require a bit more effort to see.

The courses lengths will be as follows:
  White: 2.1 km – 7 controls
  Yellow: 3.0 km – 10 controls
  Orange: 4.5 km – 13 controls
  Red: 6.1 km – 18 controls

Please note that on the advanced courses you will likely leave with muddy shoes (although there are some longer route choices available to avoid the marshes), and that all of the courses, except the White course, have road crossings. Red and Orange will likely involve some road running – so please be careful and mindful of the traffic.

See you out there!

September 2, 2007
Results from the August 25 event at Webster Park are now available on the results page.

August 22, 2007
ROC’s next event will be a “doubleheader”, on Saturday, August 25th, at Webster Park (Parkview Lodge – just south of the main parking lot at the corner of Holt and Lake roads in Webster). First, a Sprint course will be offered: 2.2km, 11 controls, 66m climb. You may start the Sprint course anytime between 6 and 7:30pm. E-punching will be used!

There will also be a Night-O event. Bring your flashlight, headlamp, or other device to light your way. There are two options for the Night-O: a Score-O event, rumored to be 60 minutes, and a White course. The Score-O will have a mass start, at approximately 8:30pm, depending on lighting conditions. The White course will be available after the Score-O is underway – plan to start before 9pm.

If you have any questions regarding the event, you may contact the Meet Director, Mike Lyons ( or 787-0088).

August 21, 2007
Results from the August 15 event at Ellison Park are now available on the results page.

August 13, 2007
There will be an orienteering meet Wednesday, August 15, at Ellison Park, Island Shelter. A 1-hour Score-O will be the main event with a mass start at 6PM. There will also be a White Beginner's Course with starts from 6:05-6:30PM

Directions: Exit 590 at Blossom road exit. Go east on Blossom Road crossing Landing road, past Tennis Court Drive, then Rich' Dugway Road on left. Take a right at the end of the end of left-side parking lot and look for Island Shelter. There will be orienteering signs posted about an hour before the meet leading to Island Shelter from Blossom road. Also you can get to the park from Browncroft Blvd taking Blossom road going south, down the hill and taking first park road on your left – just before parking lot on right side.

To save time at registration come early with your waiver filled out.

Any questions call or email Gil Robs, Meet Director, 585-385-3669 or

July 30, 2007
Results from the July 28 event are now available on the results page.

July 19, 2007
There will be an orienteering meet Saturday, July 28, at Black Creek Park, west side, in North Chili. A 1-hour Score-O will be the main event with a mass start at 10AM sharp. There will also be a briefing and map distribution at 9:50AM to all registered participants. Any late starters will still need to finish by 11AM.

There will also be a White Beginner’s Course with starts from 10:05-11:00AM and a recognized Sprint course following the Score-O. This event will include a picnic with hot dogs and drinks provided. Bring a dish to pass, chips, salad, dessert, or whatever you choose.

Directions: Take 490 west to Exit 4 (Route 259, Union St.). Make a left on Union, right on Route 33A (Chili Ave), left on Betteridge Rd., and left on Green Rd. Watch for orienteering signs.

To save time at registration come early with your waiver filled out (from ROC Website). Wear long pants to protect yourself from the poison ivy.

Volunteers are still needed for Finish, Flag Pick-up, Food, and Typing Results. Contact Sandra Lomker at

Any questions call or email Gil Robs, Meet Director, 585-385-3669 or

Enjoy the day in one of our beautiful county parks.

July 16, 2007
Results from the July 15 event are now available on the results page.

July 11, 2007
There will be an orienteering meet this Sunday, July 15, at Irondequoit Bay Park East. (Note that this is a location change.) The start location is behind the Bayview YMCA, on Bay Road just north of Empire Blvd. We will be starting in the open pavilion behind the YMCA.

The event will feature a 1-hour Score-O, and a White course. For the Score-O, there will be a mass start at 1:00 pm. People can start out on the White course at any time between noon and 2 pm.

Irondequoit Bay Park East is a small but very interesting and challenging park, with significant hills, detailed contour features, and few man-made features outside of the area around the YMCA.

The course setter predicts that no one will be able to visit all 24 controls on the Score-O course in the one hour time limit, so decisions will need to be made as far as what controls to pursue and in what order. The point values of the controls range from 1 point (for control numbers 1-6) to 4 points (for control numbers 19-24). It should be emphasized that the point value does not necessarily correlate with difficulty, so do not assume that low-point controls will be easier than high-point controls.

The Score-O map will be printed at a 1:7500 scale for easier readability. To do this, the mapped area itself will be all that will be printed, not the legend, title, etc. If you need a legend, it would be helpful if you could bring one from another map that you might have. A small number of copies of legends alone may be available at the meet. The White course will be printed at 1:10000 in order to show the legend for the course that would be more likely to attract beginners.

Being mid-summer, the vegetation in the park is out in full force. There should be no or very few areas of really obnoxious vegetation that have to be encountered to visit all of the controls (after all, the course setter wouldn't put himself through that discomfort). But there are trails that are barely visible because of vegetation encroaching from either side, for example. There is a fair amount of poison ivy, so leg covering is suggested for anyone doing the Score-O. Probably of more significance than the vegetation, though, are the numerous and very significant hills. There really wasn't any way to avoid the hills when designing the course, so be prepared for substantial climb!

There is one area in the southeast portion of the park that has changed very significantly since the area was last thoroughly mapped. This change has created an access point between the southern part of the park and Empire Blvd. This has been roughly mapped but not field checked in any level of detail, and no aerial photos are yet available that show these changes. So the map is not all that accurate in the area where there is access to Empire Blvd, but it has been revised to indicate that there is a trail and to make it clear that one can get from the park to Empire. This could be a useful route choice, depending on one's strategy for the Score-O.

If there are any questions regarding the park, map, or courses, please contact Dick Detwiler. Any questions about meet logistics, please contact Rick Worner or Linda Kohn.

June 25, 2007
Results from the June 24th event at Cobbs Hill are now available on the results page.

June 21, 2007
There will be an orienteering meet this Sunday, June 24th It will be held at Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester at the Tay House.

Directions: Culver Rd Exit off Rt 490 head South. First Left into the Park onto Norris Drive. Follow the road past all the baseball fields on the left. The road forks, veer right onto Hillside Ave and take the first right. This road goes past a school on the left and ends at the Tay house parking.

Starts are from 12 to 2pm

There will be four courses offered:
   White (easy): 2 km    Yellow (not as easy): 3 km    Orange (intermediate to advanced): 5 km    Sprint (yellow to orange difficulty): 2 km

The Sprint is intended to be done in addition to a regular course, although it is not required to do a regular course first. If you're planning on doing a regular course and a sprint, the regular course should be done first.

June 11, 2007
Results from the June 10 Adventure Run event are now available on the results page.

June 8, 2007
Come out to the ADK Outdoor EXPO at the Beach Area in Mendon Ponds Park this Saturday, the 9th, from 9-4PM. Become acquainted with many different ways to enjoy the great out-of-doors including orienteering, workshops, hikes, demonstrations and test driving a canoe or kayak. You will have a chance to do some easy orienteering. Learn the names of some birds while doing it! The weather should be great! See you there!

We could still use a few more volunteers to pass out information about orienteering from the ROC booth, especially the 11-1 or 1-3 shifts. If any volunteers have ROC shirts, please wear them.

June 7, 2007
ROC is hosting an Adventure Run at Mendon Ponds Park. It is scheduled for Sunday, June 10th, with a 1PM start from Hopkins Point Lodge. Test your endurance and strategy as you cover a 10K(-ish) route through Mendon Ponds Park. Teams of 2 (or more) are encouraged to complete the adventure together, but individuals are permitted.

Try something different:
- Can you identify and follow the shortcuts?
- Can you make your way thru The Labyrinth?
- Are you strong enough to finish? Are you fast enough to win?
- Or, are you just ready for a pleasant June afternoon at Mendon Ponds Park?

   11am-12:30pm – Registration and Questions Answered
  12pm – Navigation Clinic
  12:45pm – Mandatory pre-race briefing
  12:58pm – Maps handed out
  12:59pm – Maps may be viewed
  1pm – Race Starts
  2:15pm-4pm – Post-race refreshments
  4pm (or earlier, if teams are finished) – Awards (Male, Female and Co-Ed in Junior [born in 1987 or later], Open, Masters [40+] and Veterans [55+] categories)

- Maps (provided)
- Checkpoint Card (provided)
- Compass (recommended, some available on loan)
- Whistle (recommended)
- Water or Sports Drink (recommended, some water available on the course)
- Power Bars or Gels or other endurance snack (recommended)
- Studded, Spiked or Cleated shoes (optional)

Entry fees:
$12 per team ($9 for club members), includes two team members. $3 per additional team member.

Teams will complete a series of stages (undisclosed prior to the start), passing checkpoints along the way, where the checkpoint card must be punched to provide proof of visit. The stages may consist of the following formats:
   Road Run
   Trail Run
   Cross Country Run
   Simple Navigation Challenges
   Optional Advanced Navigation Challenges
There may be a mini Score-O available for those who choose to forego the full adventure.

For more information, contact Mike Lyons (585-787-0088) or

June 6, 2007
The June'07 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

May 28, 2007
Results from the May 28th Webster Park event are now available on the results page.

May 23, 2007
There will be an orienteering meet this Sunday, May 27.

The location has changed; it was originally scheduled for Irondequoit Bay Park East, but it has been moved to WEBSTER PARK.

It will be at Valley View Shelter, which is off of Holt Road. The shelter is very close to the tennis courts.

Directions: Take Route 104 to the Holt Road exit. Go north on Holt Road for about 2.8 miles. Look for a park road on the left side of Holt Road. It will have a sign for tennis courts and the Valley View Shelter. If you get to Lake Road (where Holt ends in a T), you've gone too far.

You can start any time between noon and 2 pm.

There will be four courses offered:
  White (easy): 2.0 km
  Yellow (advanced beginner): 3.6 km
  Orange (intermediate to advanced): 5.5 km
  Sprint (yellow to orange difficulty): 2.2 km

The Sprint is intended to be done in addition to a regular course, although it is not required to do a regular course first. We do strongly suggest, however, if you're planning on doing a regular course and a sprint, that you do the regular course first, then the sprint.

In addition to the individual courses, there will be combined course "challenges" with total times computed and tabulated, as follows:
  Orange plus Sprint (7.7 km total)
  Orange plus Sprint plus Yellow (11.3 km total), for anyone wanting a significant workout! (Your Yellow course time won't count in the Yellow course standings, as there are a number of controls that are shared between Yellow and the Sprint, and Yellow and Orange.)

You don't have to do the courses consecutively (without a rest in between). Come in from one course, have a drink, have a snack, and go out on the next course when you're ready. But please keep in mind two deadlines:
- You can't start out on a course after 2:00 pm, and
- Everyone must be back by 3:30 pm, when controls will be picked up promptly

The park is relatively free of mud, although participants on the Orange course will have a couple of opportunities to transfer mud from the ground to their shoes.

And again, a reminder that the meet is at WEBSTER PARK.

If there are any questions about the courses or about the meet logistics, please e-mail either Dick Detwiler (course setter) or Paul Schwartz (meet director).

May 22, 2007
Results from the May 12 event are now available on the results page.

May 8, 2007
The next meet of the Rochester Orienteering Club will be this Saturday, May 12th, on the east side of Letchworth State Park. Starts will be from noon to 2 pm.

There will be courses for all skill levels - from a 2K White course to a 9.3K Red Course. The courses offered will be:
  White 2K x 7 controls,
  Yellow 4K x 9 controls,
  Green 7.5K x 13 controls
  Red 9.3K x 15 controls.

Due to a washout in the park road, we cannot access the originally planned start area. Adjustments have been made and we will be starting from Cabin Area 'D' near the Parade Grounds. Directions are as follows: 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. The Parade Grounds and Cabin Area 'D' will be just inside the park. Follow the Orange and White O-signs to the start area. See you there!

April 29, 2007
Results from the April 29 event are now available on the results page.

April 16, 2007
Results from the April 15 event are now available on the results page.

April 2, 2007
Orienteer this sunday in magnificent mendon ponds park-start from cavalry lodge anytime between 12 and 2pm. Don't let rain, sleet or snow stop you from having some orienteering fun and challenge.

   White 2.2 k
   Mango 3.2k
   Green 5k
   Red 7k
   (these lengths are as the crow flies)
   String O

April 2, 2007
Results from the April 1st IceBreaker event are now available on the results page.

April 1, 2007
A 6-session orienteering class is offered through the Webster Community Education program. It will be held Monday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm, from April 30 through June 11.

The class covers skills needed for White, Yellow, and Orange course. Three of the sessions are indoors, and three are outdoors (alternating; first session is indoors, second is outdoors, etc.).

The indoor sessions will be at Webster Schroeder High School on Ridge Road. The first two outdoor sessions (White and Yellow levels, respectively) will be in Webster Park, and the third outdoor session (Orange level) will be at Irondequoit Bay Park West.

The class is intended for people who have never orienteered, and for those who have done some orienteering but wish to improve their skills.

The registration fee for the class is $40, plus there is an $8 supply fee to cover copying expenses and payments to ROC for the use of the Webster and Irondequoit Bay West maps.

To register for the class, go to the website, then under Categories, select Special Interest, and locate Orienteering in the list of classes.

If you have any questions about registering for this class (as opposed to course content), contact the Webster Community Education office at 670-5037.
For any questions about the course content, you can contact Dick Detwiler who will be teaching the class.

March 29, 2007
The annual ROC Ice/Mudbreaker is being held this Sunday, April 1st. Being April Fools' Day you should expect the unexpected! Let's start with the map...I did extensive revisions on the map, mostly taking out yellow features and adding green. Although this is usually not a good thing you can rest assured that most of the green is still matted down from the snow cover and the blackberry briars haven't started growing. Please note that I said extensive revisions, not extensive field checking and then what if the printer runs out of green ink...but don't worry, the contours are still the same as they were when the original map was made.

I don't want to say it's wet but imagine the map covered with blue screen...plan to get your feet wet! ...and maybe a little muddy! ...and don't forget to tie your shoes real tight! Don't worry, it's supposed to rain so you'll probably be wet anyways. We will have the usual hot/cold drinks and snacks afterwards so you can warm up. With any luck someone will have time to bake brownies with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting!

The courses for the day will be RED 7km, ORANGE 4.5km, YELLOW 3.3km, and WHITE 2.3km. The STRING COURSE will have a special pre-Easter treat for the first 10 participants. There is a special treat for the first 45 people to come through the door! You won't be disappointed!

We hope to offer members their own line at registration so they feel special and Orange and Red runners will get their maps at the start so they won't be tempted to look at their maps ahead of time. A special prize will be offered to the person who brings back the most golf balls.

See you Sunday

Linda & Rick

(Any questions? please e-mail Linda or Rick at

March 27, 2007
The April'07 issue of the ROC newsletter, The Wild Times, is available.

March 17, 2007
ROC 2007 Schedule is now availavle.

February 14, 2007
Results from the February 10th and 11th Ski-O events are now available on the results page.

February 9, 2007
February 10th- Ski-O, Letchworth State Park, Trailside Lodge - Starts 12:00-1:30

Directions to Letchworth (Saturday): Starts are at Trailside Lodge on the west side of the Park. North entrance (Mt. Morris) can't be used to get to Trailside Lodge in winter. Enter from Denton Corners Rd., accessible from Castile via Iris Rd. or the junction of 19A and 436, or take the south entrance from Rte 436.

February 11th- Ski-O, Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area. - Starts 12:00-1:30 - (Last skier in by 3:30)

Directions: Harriet Hollister Spencer (Sunday): The area is southwest of Honeoye Lake. From Rte 20A (west of the town of Honeoye) take rte 37 south, keep going straight after 37 bears right. HHS is about 5 miles from 20A.

For further directions and ski conditions visit XC Rochester website.

There are very limited facilities at HHSRA. We will be registering out of cars in the parking lot. No warming facilities. Bathrooms are located approximately 1km from the parking lot up the ski trails :) Please keep this in mind on arrival! Right now I'm told conditions are good to very good! 90% of trails will be rolled for skating, and there will also be classic tracks set on many trails. I've spoken with the groomer and he's hoping to do some touch up for us on Saturday afternoon. So barring a ton of new snow trails should be very good and very fast!

Course will be anywhere from about 3km to 12km. Mens' open, women's open and men's master will all have map exchanges during the event.

Any other questions - email Eric Barbehenn at

February 5, 2007
Ski-O at the Harriet Hollister park which was originally targeted for January 6th of this year has been rescheduled for February 11th. That's right - a big ski-O weekend is coming our way with the events at Letchworth State Park on Saturday, 2/10, and at Harriet Hollister on Sunday, 2/11.

There are 2 trail maps of Harriet Hollister available for download, a brochure format, and a trail map image.

January 24, 2007
Results from the January 21 Ski-O at Mendon Ponds Park are now available on the results page.

January 20, 2007
The Mendon Ponds Ski-O on January 21st is a GO! The courses are skiable. Except for the white course everyone must be on s kis or snowshoes. (Taking them off is allowed, but they must go with you.) We can't forbid people to walk on ski trails, but we don't have to encourage it!

The skiing is pretty good, except in a few wet areas. The fields are a winter wonderland. The start will be from noon to 2pm at Hopkins Pt lodge.

January 16, 2007
The next Board of Directors meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday, January 22nd, at the Penflield Public Library: 1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526.

BOD meetings are not limited to the BOD members. Everyone is welcome to attend.

January 4, 2007
Mother nature has not cooperated at all so far this year in this part of the country!

Temperatures expected to be in the 50s with no snow for hundreds of miles force us to cancel this week's event at Harriett Hollister.

We hope to reschedule if more seasonable conditions return.

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