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November 16, 2012

Results from the the schedule survey are now available.
2013 Schedule Survey Results [PDF]

November 5, 2012

Powder Mills Park - Annual Meeting and Scrooge-O - Dec 1.
Rand Lodge - Scrooge-O starts at 6:00pm
Please use ROC online registration.

The Scrooge-O is a fun event that is different from the normal orienteering event. There is a mass start at which time everyone is given a punch card, however, 3 of the punch cards handed out will say "Scrooge" on it. On the go signal, those who get a Scrooge card turn their card back in and receive a special red flashlight which they take on the course with them. If they flash someone with the red light that person has to give up their punch card and becomes a Scrooge. The former Scrooge then checks the punch card to see which controls have not been visited and continues to get as many as they can. There is a 1 hour time limit and, at the end of the hour, whoever ends up with the red flashlights are this year's Scrooges!

We have a couple of rules:
1. If you are flashed you must immediately give up your cannot run away.
2. Within 5 meters of any control is a safe zone, can't be Scrooged in this area.
3. No immediate tag-backs. You can be Scrooged by the same person later in the hour but only after they have Scrooged someone else and have gotten re-Scrooged by someone else.
4. You must stay out for the entire hour (except in cases of injury or other health related condition). There will be a signal such as a car horn that let's you know when time is up.

The ROC Annual Meeting will be held prior to the Scrooge-O event. Here's the schedule:
3:30-5pm - ROC Board of Director's meeting (members are welcome to attend)
5pm-5:30pm - Pot-luck dinner
5:45-6pm - ROC Annual Meeting (election of BOD members, any other business such as awards etc.)
6pm-6:15 - Prepare for the Scrooge-O
6:15pm - Scrooge-O briefing and distribution of maps and punch cards
6:20-7:20pm - Scrooge-O
7:20pm Dessert and awards.

Anyone coming to just the Scrooge-O should plan to arrive by 6pm. You may go out individually or with a group, the group must stay together for the entire hour.

October 28, 2012

Next event November 3 | AM Mendon Trail Run | PM Night-O

Mendon Ponds Park - Sunday, Oct 28, 2012
Night-O at West Lodge. Mass Start at 6:30 p.m.

Please use ROC online registration.

The Night-O will have ~30 controls with an 1:15 time limit. It will be near impossible for someone to clear the whole course. Participants to select the Course (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) ability level they would like to be listed under. All controls will be open to all classes. There will be some worth higher values.

Results from the Oatka Creek Park meet and final Club Series standings are now available on the results page.

October 13, 2012

Oatka Creek Park - Sunday, Oct 28, 2012
Regular meet WYOBGR. Start from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Please use ROC online registration.

Preregistration is not just for those that are definitely coming. We merely want to take care of as much paperwork and data entry before the event as possible. If your plans include even the slightest chance that you will attend please Register Online. If you don't show by the end, no harm, we simply remove you from the entries list. Plus, because you only pay your entry fee at the check in, you don't lose any money if you don't show up. Also, not sure what course you would like to select? Take your best guess and register anyways, this is a minor change that can easily be taken care of when you check in or even at the end after you download. Thank you.

Beginner White course is normal Point-to-Point, follow the course in order.

Intermediate and Advanced courses are Scatter courses (some people know this format as 'Western Mass. Rules'). From the set of points on the map visit the number indicated next to the color course you select in ANY ORDER. Ex. Red visit 21 of the 23 points, Orange visit 15 of the 20 points etc.

You may look at the map before you start if you wish and choose the points and order you think will be most efficient.

Course Controls Length
Beginner White 9 1.7 km 35m 
Intermediate Yellow 10 (20) 2.5 km
(20 CP) Orange 15 (20) 3.5 km
Advanced Brown 14 (23) 3.6 km
(23 CP) Green 18 (23) 4.5 km
Red 21 (23) 5.5 km

*The course lengths for Intermediate and Advanced courses are for reference only of a possible route; there may be slightly shorter routes or routes that are longer that would be easier for runners to complete quicker than a shorter route that has more obstacles.*

October 1, 2012

Results from the Letchworth State Park West meet and updated Club Series standings are now available on the results page.

September 26, 2012

Letchworth State Park, West side. Trailside Lodge. Regular meet WYOBGR. Start from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 30th.
Please use ROC online registration.

Course Controls Length Climb
White 10 1.6 km 55
Yellow 12 2.5 km 60
Orange 11 4.1 km 85
Green 16 5.1 km 185
Red 18 6.4 km 250

(Those signed up for Brown will be moved to Orange or change your course at the meet when you check in with the person manning the laptop.)

September 20, 2012

ROC is in the process of planning it's events schedule for the coming season and needs your help. Please fill out this quick ROC 2013 Schedule Survey so we may know how best to plan our events in the future.

Please submit your responses by Oct. 7th. Thank you!

September 10, 2012

Results from the Highland Park meet for National Orienteering Day and Sprint Series final standings are now available on the results page.

Also, RG for the Webster Park Trail Challenge is now available on the results page.

September 10, 2012

National Orienteering Day Saturday
September 15 at Highland Park

Annual National Orienteering Day will be Saturday, September 15, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Highland Avenue in Highland Park. People can start any time between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.

What is National Orienteering Day (NOD)? NOD 2012 is held during the month of September, with most clubs having NOD events on the third weekend (September 15-16). Each of the NOD events across the country features newcomer instruction, a variety of courses from beginner through advanced, a souvenir topographic map, a complimentary copy of Orienteering North America magazine (while supplies last), and a chance to take home sponsor prizes.

Don't forget to Register Online for the event if you plan on coming.
As ROC has traditionally done for NOD, entry is free for anyone doing the White course.

Courses offered are:
• White (easiest) – 1.9 km
• Yellow (novice) – 2.4 km
• Sprint (intended for intermediate to advanced orienteers) – 2.4 km
• Random-O (intermediate to advanced) – visit 24 controls in any order

The Sprint course is the final race in the club’s annual Sprint Series competition, which consists of 6 Sprint races, with competition in different age and gender categories. Each person’s best 4 out of 6 races counts towards the series score. At the conclusion of the Highland Park Sprint, the winners and runners-up in each category will be announced.

September 9, 2012

Results from the Webster Park Trail Challenge are now available on the results page. There are some issues for splits times mostly for people that used their own SI-card because we wouldn't have those when we fixed the problem after the event.

August 30, 2012

Webster Park Trail Challenge on Sunday, September 9
Mass start at 10:00am.


  4k TC – 3.2km, 50m, 11 controls
  8k TC – 6.6km, 145m, 18 controls
  12k TC – 10.2km, 155m, 23 controls

Details and registration on the Trail Challenge page.

UPDATE 09-06-12:

Final trail challenge race for the season Sunday September 9 start at 10:00am. Race will use the trails of Webster Park and Whiting Road Nature Preserve.

Pre-Entry for the Webster Park Trail Challenge closes Friday September 7 midnight.

Entry fees go up for registration day of for the TC races. This includes the fees for members too. So please register now if you think you may come.
All payment is made at the event so there is no reason not to enter now. Don't show up, you don't have to pay.

Everyone is encouraged to come early and park at the main parking lot for Webster Park where the finish is indicated on the map on the TC details page (click to enlarge). Then walk about a mile to the start/registration by following the road to the campgrounds access road or follow the trails there indicated on the map. You could also use this as a warm up for the event. There is limited parking along the road to the start if you were running late and wouldn't make it to the start of the race.
Mass start is at 10a.m. on the road to the Campgrounds, near the Entrance, about 600m from Lake Road. Look for the “O” signs. Most participants need to park anywhere along Lake Road, there are several large parking lots, and then walk to the start. The finish is on the south side of Lake Road west of Holt Road.

August 25, 2012

Results from the Powder Mills Park meet are now available on the results page.

August 21, 2012

Powder Mills Park - Saturday August 25
Start times 10:00am - 12:00 noon.
Regular Meet and Club Championship Series #4.
Starting from the East Area Shelter.

Don’t forget to Register Online for the event if you plan on coming.

Course Setter’s notes:

Powder Mills Park represents a rather controlled environment. With just a few exceptions, you can't find park land more than 300 meters from a park road.

And as a result I haven't tried to work long navigation into the courses.

The park does offer interesting route choices, hills and views.

There'll be multiple ways to get from one area to the next, and the fastest orienteers will be the ones that find the best routes for their capabilities.

The courses will take you across the park into recognizable and (hopefully) some less well known areas. Within these areas, you'll need to stress quick decision making, and short route skills.

Given the traffic through the park, please take extra care when on, near, or crossing roadways. While the white course does not cross any major roads, it does run along one of them for a short ways. Every other course involves multiple road crossings, and participants must be aware of and plan for automotive traffic.

Course lengths

White = 1.2 km  20m climb                             
Yellow = 2.0 km  45m climb
Orange = 3.3 km  100m climb
Brown = 3.7 km  55m climb
Green = 5.2 km  110m climb
Red = 7.0 km  230m climb

August 18, 2012

Results from the Seneca Park meet are now available on the results page.

August 15, 2012

There will be an orienteering meet put on by the Rochester Orienteering Club this Saturday, Aug. 18, at Seneca Park in Rochester.

The following courses will be offered:

Sprint -- 2.6 km
White -- 2.8 km
Score-O -- 24 controls, 45 minute time limit

For the Sprint and White, you can start any time between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. These courses will use a 1:6000 scale map.

The Score-O mass start will be at 11:00 am. The Score-O will use a 1:10000 scale map.

For all courses, the map is totally new, using LIDAR contours and high-quality aerial photos. It is (for the most part) mapped to ISSOM (Sprint) standards.

Seneca Park is a long but narrow park, with some spectacular views of the Genesee River gorge.

Seneca Park is located in the northern part of Rochester, along the Genesee River. For anyone not familiar with its location, a map is shown below.

As you come into the park, you'll see the zoo parking lots. Do not park in these lots; for one thing, they're for zoo patrons only, but more important from your standpoint, you'll have a reasonably long walk to the meet location if you park there! Continue past the zoo parking lots; you'll go down a hill, which will take you to the lower park. There is a one-way road around the perimeter of the lower park.

The meet location is at Hawk Shelter which is about 3/4 of the way around the perimeter road.

August 1, 2012

Results from the Cobbs Hill Trail Challenge are now available on the results page.

July 28, 2012

ROC is excited to announce its latest permanent orienteering course at Dryer Road Park. Map available to download as pdf on the ROC Permanent Courses link on our website. The course will be available until the end of 2012.

Called a Map Hike borrowing the concept from our neighbors BFLO the POC is available for a year, then new courses designed and set each following year. The plan is to hopefully expand this to other local parks in the coming years. Feel free to share this with everyone you know that might be interested to give orienteering a try at their own pace. The map should also soon be posted at the trail head and copies available there or at the park office for local users of the park to discover orienteering.

July 20, 2012

Cobbs Hill Trail Challenge on Wednesday, August 1, next to Lake Riley.
Mass start at 6:30pm.


  5k TC – 4.3km, 140m, 14 controls
  10k TC – 8.2km, 230m, 22 controls

Details and registration on the Trail Challenge page.

July 14, 2012

Results from the Mendon Ponds meet are now available on the results page.

July 10, 2012

Upcoming meet at Mendon Ponds Park Saturday, July 14


* White – 1.5km, 9 controls
* Sprint – 2.1km, 11 controls
* Score-O – 75 minutes, 25 controls, 880 points possible

Starts are from the Beach Area parking lot on the west side of Mendon Ponds Park. (Big parking lot north of Stewart Lodge, please park at the north end.) White and sprint starts 10-11am, score-O mass start at 11am.

Don’t forget to Register Online for the event, to save time and effort for yourself and the meet volunteers!


* There are lots of trails and the woods are fairly open, but there are places on both the sprint and score-O where you may appreciate leg coverings.
* The mosquitos and deer flies are definitely out, especially in wetter areas and thicker woods. Plan to run fast or bring appropriate deterrents!
* It is very dry, so expect water features to appear less wet than mapped. Seasonal marshes may be completely dry.
* I did not notice much poison ivy, but it is always best to assume that it is there and to take appropriate precautions.
* You may see flags from other courses – check the control codes to make sure you are punching the right control!
* On the map, blue circles are water pumps and blue dots are fire hydrants. They are described in the clues as “well”.

White Course

* The white course crosses a major park road twice. Watch for cars and use caution when crossing!
* The clue “power pylon” is used to describe a telephone pole.


* The trail through the marsh on the northeast side of Hundred Acre Pond is overgrown (grassy) and resembles a deer path more than an established trail. It is not easy to see from a distance but followable once you find it.


* 75 minute time limit.
* See the sprint notes about the overgrown trail.
* There is at least one well-established unmapped trail out there.

June 27, 2012

Results from the Black Creek Park event are now available on the results page.

June 22, 2012

Next meet: Black Creek Park, Pathfinder Shelter, Tuesday evening, June 26, starts 6-7p.m. for White & Sprint Series #3 and Score-O mass start 7p.m.

Our next Orienteering event is Tuesday, June 26th at Black Creek Park, starting from the Pathfinder shelter. There will be Sprint and White courses available by 6pm, and a Score-O will kick off with a mass start at 7pm. It will have a 75-minute time limit (compromise between the size/layout of the park and getting the controls picked up by dark). Distances are not finalized for the Sprint or White courses, but expect the fastest sprinters to be under 15 minutes, and the White course will be of typical length (~2km).

The deer flies are out, so use your favorite means of mitigating the annoyance (bug spray, hat, blue cup…). The Score-O controls will have different point values, so you will have to choose a route based on the locations and point values. We don’t expect anyone to clear the course this time.

Don’t forget to Register Online for the event, to save time and effort for yourself and the meet volunteers!

Volunteers needed for registration and start/finish/e-punch. Please consider helping especially if you are planning to be there anyway. Contact Sandra Lomker |slomker(at)|

June 11, 2012

Results from the Rochester Map Adventure event are now available on the results page.

June 9, 2012

We had a great day at the ADK at Mendon Ponds Park on June 9th sharing our sport with the folks who stopped by. A lot of rain to start the day, but the sun managed to come out later on.  31 people tried either Karl Kolva's 5 control "WORD-O" course or went out to find whatever controls they wanted to. Several were bragging when finishing that they found all 19 controls! We hope to see them at upcoming ROC events. Thanks to our volunteers: Tom Cornell, Sandra Lomker, Carol Moran, Rukhsana Cofer, Nancy Burgey, Rick Worner and Linda Kohn!

Don Winslow
Meet Director

June 3, 2012

Results from latest meet are now available on the results page.

May 31, 2012

Rotary Sunshine Camp event notes.
Sunday, June 3rd starts 11-2pm courses close 3:30pm.
Please Register Online for the next meet.

Attention ALL ROCers official members and unofficial too. We have a great ROC MEET planned for this coming Sunday at Rotary Sunshine Camp in Rush. A fun and challenging course has been prepared for all to enjoy. However, in order for this meet to be fully successful, we need more of you dedicated ROCers to volunteer your time and effort to make the event run to the high standards that we have established for Orienteerers in our area.

We are a bit too lean in the volunteer ranks for several of the key roles that make or break the success of any given ROC Meet. I’m asking as the Meet Director for the June 3rd event, for volunteers to please sign up to fill some of these crucial vacancies. We currently need 1-2 people to serve as Greeters as we presently have 0 signed up for this task. We also need 2 more people each for Registration and Start/Finish duties. We need more people to hang around after the Meet to pick up control flags, we currently have 1 person signed up.

Please go to the ROC site and click on the Volunteer link to support your club in having yet another successfully managed ROC O Meet.

Thanks in advance for your support.
Sandi Willsey
Meet Director Rotary Sunshine Camp

Course Controls Length
White 12 1.8 km
Yellow 12 2.7 km
Orange 13 3.7 km
Brown 11 3.4 km
Green 13 4.7 km
Red 14 5.9 km
Sprint 10 2.2 km

Course Setter’s notes:

1.   In March NYSDEC did a controlled burn of the low lying vegetation on the DEC lands (North and western parts of map). As a result the vegetation conditions have been rapidly changing. Dick has done a great job updating the map but be aware the vegetation maybe a bit more over grown in some areas then what is shown on the map.

2.   Due to the use of controlled burns as a management tool on the DEC property, in some areas the forest litter is very thin or non-existent. In some areas this can results in some rocky footing. watch your footing when running on this surface.

3.   Note for the control in the NW most portion of the map: remember the control description is used to clarify the feature that is circled on the map, not to clarify what you will physically see at the control location. The control is in the location shown, it will be obvious when you get there, however you may say to yourself “they call this a ____?”

4.   The red course will have a map exchange; you will take both maps with you at the start. All red course competitors will start on RED-1 and finish on RED-2.


1.   OVERGROWN TRAILS. Some trails are overgrown, or not mowed, and are difficult to spot if you are not concentrating. Be careful! This affects all courses, particularly in the Rotary camp area.

2.   WESTERN PORTION OF MAP. The western edge of the map (in the overgrown fields to the west of the forested area in the DEC lands) is mapped to a lower standard than some of the rest of the area. Please do not rely on fine detail of vegetation mapping in this area. Some of the contours in this area are taken off LIDAR without further fieldwork, so while they are fairly accurate, they are not perfect. The problem is particularly acute in the southwest corner (affects green and red), and slightly less so in the northwest corner (affects brown, green, and red).

3.   ROCK PILE SYMBOL. This refers to the symbol described on the legend as 'rock pile,' and consisting of a black circle with a central black dot. This is not used correctly on this map - it is supposed to refer only to man-made rock piles, but here it is mostly used for natural rock jumbles.

The vetter and course setter both say HAVE FUN.

May 20, 2012

Results from last meet are now available on the results page.

May 17, 2012

It looks like a beautiful weekend for ROC’s next regular meet of the season and the second meet of the Club Series at Webster Park. A full range of courses will start from the Valley View shelter from noon to 2pm. The foliage is lush and green and there are some muddy areas, so be sure to “dress for success” in the battle against poison ivy, deer ticks and muddy feet.

Course    Controls Length
White 9 1.5 km
Yellow 12 2.5 km
Orange 15 3.8 km
Brown 13 3.7 km
Green 18 5.1 km
Red 22 6.4 km

Please Register Online for Sunday’s event. Pre-registering saves time, work, and paper and gets everyone out in the woods more quickly. If you aren’t sure if you can attend please pre-register anyway. No need to cancel your registration if you can’t make it.

Please note that the last start time is 2pm and course closing time is 3:30. We must adhere to this policy for safety reasons, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time to complete your course.

New reduced membership rates are in effect and meet fees are half price for members. Join ROC today on our website or at the event.

May 13, 2012

If you are interested in intermediate and advanced orienteering training, come out to ROC’s Tuesday Night Training sessions. The club is offering free training sessions to all current ROC club members every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm at various parks throughout Greater Rochester. Sessions are planned from now until the end of September. If you wish to find out more about the training sessions, including downloading custom training maps, please join the ROC Training site at Our next training session will be this Tuesday evening 5/15 at Durand Eastman Park.

Note you must be a current member of the ROC club to participate. If you wish to join ROC, please complete the online registration found by clicking on the “Membership” menu item or register at the next orienteering event.

April 28, 2012

The Mendon Ponds Trail Challenge is on Saturday, May 5. Details and registration for the Trail Challenge (page also linked from the schedule page for the relevent events). Note the entry fees are slightly different than our regular local meets [in other words please pre-register, this is non-binding as always.]

The courses are 5k and 10k listed as their nominal distance that one might expect to travel. Straight line orienteering distances are about 4k and 7.5k.

The control locations are of white/yellow nature and are on or near trails. Although going off trail may be helpful at certain points, legs are designed to be completed mostly on trails. Wherever possible, legs have multiple route choices.

April 26, 2012

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the 3rd annual Pick Up the Parks. If you can support this event by participating, please help at the park of your choice and wear your ROC tee shirt. Let Sandra Lomker know that you participated as this event will earn you points towards next year's ROC tee shirt! Information below:

I wanted to get in touch with you to let you know about the 3rd annual Pick Up the Parks Event, which will take place on Saturday, April 28th, from 9am-noon. Last year's PUTP event collected 3,200 pounds of trash; 1,500 pounds of it recyclable!

We will be expanding the event to include seven meet-up spots/parks: Churchville, Durand Eastman, Genesee Valley, Northampton, Powder Mills, Seneca, and Webster Parks.

This year, immediately following the pick up, County Executive Maggie Brooks will offer a Thank you Picnic (ONLY at Genesee Valley Park) for all PUTP volunteers, along with an Eco-Fair, and an e-scrap collection event. Several local environmental and outdoor recreation groups will host an interactive, educational table. Thank you to Sunnking Electronics Recycling for their partnership.

April 21, 2012

Results from the RIT meet and Sprint Series standings are now available on the results page.

April 16, 2012

Come and join us as we take on the RIT campus this Saturday, April 21st. We will have both a long sprint and a shorter white sprint that are open from 11am – 1pm followed by a score-O with a mass start at 1pm. The long sprint will be the first in the ROC club sprint series. Members of the RIT community are free with ID, so we hope to see a big crowd of students, staff, and faculty.

As always, please use Online Registation to make it easier for everyone! Registration will be in the breezeway between Clark Gym and the Campus Center, which is close to the 73 foot tall Sentinel sculpture. It is best to park in the field house parking and come up the ramp between the field house and Ritter ice rink.

NOTES from course setter, Linda Kohn:

The sprint courses will make use of a section of the RIT campus. There will be a white/yellow sprint and a green/red sprint. There are several symbols and rules that apply to sprints.

--The garden areas marked on the map (green) are out of bounds, and even if not marked as such gardens must be avoided.
--Building insides (dark gray) are off limits although you may use underpasses that are marked with a light gray.
--Impassable walls are a thick black line, passable walls are a thick gray line.
--sculptures are shown with a black X
--construction areas are fenced with the uncrossable fence symbol and are out of bounds
--individual pine trees are represented with a green circle, leafy trees with a green X, in places where there are numerous trees the white with yellow dots symbol is used.

Check codes carefully since there are many controls out there.

See you on Saturday!

April 16, 2012
Results from the Mendon Ponds Icebreaker are now available on the results page.

The next event at RIT on April 21 is open to Online Registation. Please do so if you plan on coming.

[Update: Control 180 has been recoverd. Thank you to everyone who may have helped with the search.]

During the Icebreaker at Mendon we weren't using the proper meet equipment with the flags that the control boxes clip into so they were tied to the stakes. When they were picked up 2 of the blue control boxes fell off. A search party was organized and one was recovered. Still missing is control unit 180. The map below details the area the control went missing. The bent lines are the best guess of the pick up route (not very reliable so don't limit your search to that line, its possible it fell off and slid down a slope) until it was noticed missing when grabbing 192. So if you are nearby or interested in a treasure hunt there is a $20 reward for its safe return. Please let us know as soon as you find it so we can let other treasure hunter know they don't need to go searching in vain.

Map removed

April 8, 2012

Icebreaker course notes: Spring has reached Mendon Ponds Park early this year. The leaves are budding, but not leafed yet! At this time the woods are extremely dry, some areas that are covered with leaves and loose gravel can be slippery. The good news is that the tangley vines (black swallow root) has not started to grow yet so the runnability is good. If we get some rain this week the ground cover will green up fast.

Course    Controls Length Climb
White 10 1.7 km 75 m
Yellow 9 2.8 km 170 m
Orange 11 3.5 km 200 m
Brown 11 3.0 km 175 m
Green 16 5.4 km 190 m
Red 18 6.7 km 275 m

Please use Online Registation if you are planning on coming.

Things to note in the woods: Due to our very mild winter you may encounter deer ticks, dress accordingly, and check yourself when you get back. There are many places where there is old cattle fence laying on the ground, BEWARE. The barberry is leafed out. The briar patches are sprouting new prickers; gaiters and long pants might be helpful. The green and red courses have a route choice that goes through an old dump with metal debris, BEWARE. We did not see any poison ivy but it is out there.

Mendon Ponds Park has lots of interesting terrain to go orienteering in, and we have attempted to set the courses through some of the more challenging parts. Have fun!

Nancy Burgey

March 19, 2012

2012 ROC TNT (Rochester Orienteering Club Tuesday Night Training)

Are you interested in intermediate to advanced orienteering training? ROC will be holding informal training sessions that are open to current ROC members on the first and third Tuesday evenings (6:30 – 8 pm) of each month starting in April and running through September. The training will be in various parks throughout the Greater Rochester Area. The training sessions will be run by volunteers and focus on developing technical skills and endurance. If you are a member of ROC and would like to participate in any of the future training events, please visit the Rochester Orienteering Club Training meetup group and request membership to the training group. While you are there join our regular ROC group on meetup too which is open to everyone. If you are not currently a member of ROC, then it is time to take advantage of the new membership rates by downloading a membership form and either bringing the form to the next orienteering meet or mail to the address on the form.

March 12, 2012
2012 ROC T-Shirts

ROC will again print “schedule” t-shirts. They will be virtually the same as other years varying only in color and should be available at the April 15 Icebreaker event at Mendon Ponds Park. The donation per shirt will still be $7.00 unless you qualify for a free shirt*. Available sizes are Adult XXL, XL, L, M, S, Youth L, and Youth M.

If you would like to order a shirt, respond to Tom Cornell at by Sunday, March 18, 2012 with your desired size(s) and quantity. Please put “T-Shirt” in the subject line. Only a limited number of extra shirts will be available. Any ordered shirts not claimed by June 3 will be offered for sale.

*If you have volunteered 5 or more times in 2011 and are listed below, according to our records you are entitled to a free shirt but you must still respond to Tom with size (and any information for additional shirt orders).

Bob Bundy, Brian Thomas, Carol Moran, Chris Lyons, Dayle Lavine, Dick Detwiler, Don Winslow, Faith Reh, Jim Borden, Jim Pamper, Joel Shore, Kameron Holmes, Karl Kolva, Laurie Hunt, Linda Kohn, Lindsay Worner, Mary Kolva, Mike Lyons, Mike Meynadasy, Nancy Burgey, Nate Lyons, Patty Borden, Pete Dady, Ravi Nareppa, Richard Burgey, Rick Lavine, Rick Worner, Rob Holmes, Rob Stevens, Rufhsana Cofer, Sandi Willsey, Sandra Lomker, Stephanie Reh, Steve Tylock, Stina Bridgeman, Tom Cornell, Tyler Borden, Vince Cassano, Zachary Borden, Zack Lyons.

February 27, 2012

Preliminary plans for ROC 2012 events now posted on the schedule page.

January 25, 2012
ROC members,

You are cordially invited to the Rochester Orienteering Club Spring Workshop Day on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 AM -2:30 PM at the Cornell Cooperative extension opposite Highland Park.Lunch will be provided from 12-12:30.

The following sessions will be offered depending on interest:

1. Overview of the E-Punching Process
2. Responsibilities of a Meet Director
3. A Course Setting Workshop
4. The Basics of Field Checking and Mapmaking
5. Promoting Orienteering and Growing Our Club
6. Other (As suggested by members)

Please indicate the numbers of workshops that interest you and we will use this information to set up a schedule that accommodates the most requests.

RSVP by February, 15th to Rick Worner,

January 23, 2012
Results from the Harriet Hollister Ski-O are now available on the results page.

Last minute update from Stina Bridgeman:

Harriet Hollister is ON! There was a couple of inches of snow last night and the groomer was out rolling the trails - one or two trails are a bit sketchy (I skied one before he'd groomed it), but coverage on the groomed trails ranges from just enough to very good. If the 3-5" in the forecast materializes, it'll be very nice.

January 20, 2012

The Harriet Hollister Ski-O originally scheduled for Sat Jan 14th that was cancelled has been re-scheduled for Saturday January 21st.

Conditions are currently very icy, and we'll update with a final go/no go Friday. (There's supposed to be some snow Thursday tonight, and potentially a bit more Friday night.)

Registration and starts 12-1:30. Registration and finish will be in the parking lot, with starts for most courses a 1.2km ski up the road. (White will start at the parking lot.) Courses close at 3:30.

Course information:
   white - 2.7km, 40m, 7 controls - Rec
   brown - 3.7km, 60m, 8 controls - F-16, M-16, F-18, F55+, F70+, M70+
   green - 4.4km, 110m, 10 controls - M-18, F40+, M55+
   red - 6.3km, 170m, 14 controls - F19+, M40+
   blue - 7.4km, 195m, 16 controls - M19+

Distances are straight-line; sticking to the trails will definitely add to it.

Facilities are minimal - there's no shelter at the parking lot, and bathrooms are a 1.2km ski up the road (by the start). We don't know if they are unlocked.

We could use help in registration, start/finish, and control pickup. Volunteers will have time to do a course.

Directions: Harriet Hollister Spencer: 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. Click here for the state's web page and directions.

Hope you can get out!

January 12, 2012
Harriet Hollister meet is canceled and may be rescheduled to 1/21 due to lack of snow.

Sunday, January 15th - Mendon Winterfest - Starts 11:30-2 from Hopkins Point Lodge.
Please pre-register if you plan on coming by clicking on Online Registration to the left of the page.

  Courses CLOSE and pick-up at 3:30.


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