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December 10, 2014

Results from the Camp Piperwood event are now available on the results page.

November 30, 2014

The Annual Meeting, a Potluck meal, and a members-only orienteering event will be held at Camp Piperwood (on Turk Hill Road, near Casa Larga winery).

Date: Sunday, December 7.

-Board of Directors meeting at Noon (everyone is welcome)
-Club Annual Meeting at 1:00pm (90 minutes for Potluck and meeting)
-Event at 2:30pm (please arrive by 2:00 to participate)
-Control pickup at 3:30pm with enough time to get back before dark.

For the Potluck we ask that you bring a dish to pass. Something that you really enjoy sharing with others - a salad, side dish, main course, or perhaps a dessert.

The club will supply cold drinks, coffee and tea. You will need to bring your own plates and dinnerware. Please bring serving utensils for all Potluck items.

There is no charge for the event, but we would like you to pre-register so we know how many people are coming in order buy drinks and to plan the activity.

We looking forward to seeing you there!
-- Steve Tylock, ROC President

ROC Orienteering Team Challenge For this year's annual meeting orienteering event, we will have teams of 3-4 work together to complete three different orienteering challenges as fast as possible while having fun chilling out with your fellow orienteers. Teams will be formed at the start of the event. Teams will be assigned to the first challenge but can choose the order of the 2nd and 3rd challenges. Now for a brief description of the challenges:

Gridmania-O: Team members alternate walking/running ten grid-O courses back to back. After confirming an individual grid-O was successfully completed. The team will clear and check their epunch and then it is off to the next grid-O course. This continues until all courses are completed.

Memory-O: Teams can only view maps in a designated area and must visit approximately 10 controls in any order without a map. Not all team members have to be out at the same time, but there is only one epunch dibbler per team. One team member can punch a portion of the controls, while others are memorizing the map for other controls.

Straight-O: Two maps will be provided with 13 control locations with playing cards affixed to each control. The team is expected to visit all the controls and see the cards on each control. The team will then gather and decide which controls to visit so the team has a straight of five consecutive cards and no additional controls.

For those quick teams that want a bonus challenge, a team can attempt a Cell-O course. Cell-O is where one team member is a runner but does not have a map and the rest of the team remains in the warmth of the lodge with a map and give verbal directions using cell phones to the runner. The runner is permitted to take a compass. If you want to try this challenge be sure to bring a cell phone and a headset if you have one.

November 15, 2014

Results from the Powder Mills Park Night-O are now available on the results page.

November 10, 2014

Next meet is a Night-O event starting at Wadhams Lodge in Powder Mills Park. Mass start for Score-O 7:00 for beginner course and longer Score-O course 60 minutes time limit with penalty for being late. Registration from 6:20-6:50. Instructions and map distribution immediately before mass start.

Bring a headlamp or flashlight and a watch to keep track of the time limit.

November 2, 2014

Results from the Mendon Trail Run are now available on the results page.

October 29, 2014

The Mendon Trail Run will be held on November 1.

We are very close to the race cap with only fifteen spots remaining. Registrations will still be accepted on the day of the race, but please note that these are first come, first served and may sell out before the close of 50k packet pickup. We cannot add additional spots.

October 19, 2014

Results from the Vampire-O are now available on the results page.

October 11, 2014

Next event Camp Eastman Vampire-O at Veteran's Memorial Cabin. Event is on October 18, starts at 7:00pm. Arrive at 6:00 and register/check in, there will be games and costume contest. Those in costume earn an extra point for the event so dress up. Bring a flashlight and/or headlamp and a watch to keep track of the time limit.

Vampire-O is a cross of orienteering and flashlight tag. Navigate and find checkpoints to earn points, but also avoid the vampires that will tag you and take your score card. You then become a vampire and have to find someone else to take their card and then continue finding checkpoints.

More details

Use Online Registration to avoid the lines.

October 6, 2014

Results from the 2014 US Nationals A-Meet are now available on the results page.

September 27, 2014

ROC will be hosting the 2014 US Nationals - October 3-5.

Recreational courses will be available for White and Yellow on Saturday and Sunday only. On Saturday arrive before 1:00pm. On Sunday arrive before 11:00am.

Arrive early to check in and then bus and walk to the start, 25-30 minutes.

Registration is at the event and $10 for everyone.

September 21, 2014

Results from the Cobbs Hill Park NOW meet are now available on the results page.

September 15, 2014

We will be starting the NOW event at Cobbs Hill Park from School No.1 parking lot on Hillside Ave Sunday, 9/21, starts from 12 noon to 2:00pm.

Use Online Registration to avoid the lines.

For NOW (National Orienteering Week) we are offering the White and Yellow course for the special price of $2.00, so invite everyone you know that has been meaning to give orienteering a try.

White - 1.4k
Yellow -2.4k
Orange - 3.5k
Green - 5.1k

Courses will be picked up at 3:30pm

September 7, 2014

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

September 2, 2014

The next meet is on Sunday Sept. 7,2014 in Mendon Ponds Park at the shelter near the Devils Bathtub. Watch for signs posted from the entrance by Nature Center. Start times will be from Noon to 2 pm. Course closed and flag pick up will start at 3:30 pm. Registration starts at 11:00 am. Please use Online Registration so we have a count for the number of maps. If you do not come to the meet there is no penalty.
This event will have the following courses:
Course  Controls  Length
White   8  1.8 km
Yellow   10  2.7 km
Orange   14  3.8 km
Brown   15  3.6 km
Green   16  5.0 km
Red   12  6.8 km

There will be a String-O for the youngsters.

Course setter notes:
White course will travel around the meadow. Grassy trails.
All other Courses:
Swallow wart (tripper vine) is high at this time of year and likes to trip you up. Would recommend long pants and gaiter - Poison Ivy in lots of places. Swamps will be swampy. If it is a warm muggy day the bugs might be bad. There will be bug spray available.

August 16, 2014

Results from the Highland Park Trail Challenge are now available on the results page.

August 8, 2014

The next meet is the Highland Park Trail Challenge. Meet in front of the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Highland Ave. in the park. The race is Saturday, August 16 and starts at 10:00am. Registration open at 9:15, get there early, maps are handed out when you register at the meet.

4k and 8k TC
The 4k is the first half of the 8k so you may continue and do the 8k if you make the time cut off.

Road Crossing
There will be a road crossing on the course, at the crosswalk punch the checkpoint and your time is paused. Cross the street safely when traffic is clear, then punch the checkpoint on the other side of the road and your race time resumes.

Bring the kids too, we will have Grid-O orienteering game set up suitable for the younger crowd similar to Sting-O to keep them entertained.

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

July 31, 2014

The next ROC meet will be next Thursday, Aug. 7.

The starting location will be Magnolia Shelter at Durand Eastman Park. Magnolia is on Log Cabin Road which if off of Lakeshore Blvd. It is on the loop where Log Cabin Road dead-ends.

Courses offered are:
Score-O: 28 controls, 45-minute time limit. Mass start at 7 pm. 1:10000 scale map.
Sprint: 1.5 km, 10 controls. Start anytime between 6 pm and 7 pm. 1:5000 scale map.
White: 2.0 km, 8 controls. Start anytime between 6 pm and 7 pm. 1:5000 scale map.
(There may be some slight changes in course lengths as the courses still need to be fine-tuned.)

All courses close at 7:45 pm sharp.

Note that the White course, although longer than the Sprint, is distinctly easier navigationally. Thus, the White course is recommended for beginners or people with limited orienteering experience, rather than the Sprint.

Registration will open around 5:30 pm.

Dick Detwiler, course setter

July 22, 2014

Results from the Durand Eastman Park Trail Challenge are now available on the results page.

July 15, 2014

Trail Challenge (4 km and 8 km), Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 pm mass start
Durand Eastman Park

The next ROC event is a Trail Challenge at Acorn Shelter, Durand Eastman Park. Acorn Shelter is on Log Cabin Road, off of Lake Road. Acorn is the first shelter, on the right side of the road, approximately 0.2 miles from Lake Road.

A Trail Challenge is a mass start cross-country race over tracks and trails with a difference. The course is not marked out by marshals and streamers but is instead defined by checkpoints that are marked on a specially made map. The Trail Challenge arises from choosing the fastest route between one checkpoint to the next.

These mass start races require navigation to visit a series of checkpoints along the way. Feel free to follow other runners or enter with a friend and work together. Basic navigation instruction is available during registration and check in.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. (everyone starts at the same time). Registration/check-in opens at 5:50 p.m.

Unlike regular orienteering meets, as soon as you check in, you receive your map! So to have the maximum time to get familiar with the map and plan your route, arrive early!

There will be two distances to choose from - 8 km and 4 km. Note that unlike most orienteering courses where the distances refer to the straight-line distances from control to control, these distances are the estimated best-route distances that people will cover. There are a few places where distance can be reduced by cutting through woods, and of course nearly an infinite number of ways that a person's distance could be more than the stated distances!

The time limit is 90 minutes for both distances. Please be back by 8 pm even if you can't complete all of the controls on the second loop. If you plan on walking the entire distance, please plan on doing the 4K. If you can run at all, even slowly (say 12 minutes/mile), you should be able to finish the 8K course within the time limit, even with a few "non-optimum" routes.

To offer maximum flexibility in terms of which distance to do, you do not need to choose the distance before the race. This course consists of two (non-identical, but similar) loops of approximately 4K each. There will be two maps which everyone will receive (back to back); one of the first loop and one of the second loop.

If you want to do the 4K, simply punch the finish control after the first loop and you're done. If you want to do the 8K, do NOT punch the finish control, but instead punch control #14 on your map, which is very close to the start-finish area; turn your map over to see the map of the 2nd loop, and continue.

We will have a time cutoff of 7:15 for starting the second loop; if you complete the first loop after 7:15, you'll need to finish rather than doing the 2nd loop.

You are strongly encouraged to pre-register, to save you money and to allow things to go much more smoothly at registration / check-in. Entry fees for pre-registration are $5 for ROC members and $9 for non-members. To make it even better, you don't even need to pre-pay when you pre-register. You pay on the day of the meet. Day of meet entry fees are $6 for members and $10 for non-members. Link for pre-registration:

July 14, 2014

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

July 6, 2014

The next orienteering meet will be Sunday, July 13th with starts form 12 noon until 2 pm. Location is Powder Mills Park at Shadyrest shelter which is on the south side of Woolston Rd across from the downhill ski area. Look for the "O" signs. A link to the map of Power Mills Park from the Monroe County website.

Be sure to use our Online Registration so we can have a better idea of the number of maps we will need.

The courses offered for this meet are:
Scatter-O Long
Scatter-O Short

All courses can start from 12 noon until 2:00 pm. Controls will be picked up starting at 3:30pm. If you plan on competing in the Sprint and the Scatter-O be sure to allow yourself enough time. Remember that there is a $2.00 charge for competing in a second course.

There will be 2 Scatter-O courses. What is a Scatter-O you ask? You are given a map with X number of controls marked on it, that you can visit in any order and there is no time limit. However the shortest time to complete all controls on the course is the winner.

Our Courses setter has 2 Scatter-O coursed planned for the meet. One has more controls and will be a longer course.

** All courses will cross park roads: USE CAUTION WHEN CROSSING.

We could still use some volunteers for this meet, if you are a member and planning on coming and would like to volunteer remember your meet fee = $0.00

June 22, 2014

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

June 19, 2014

Have you tried our Map Hikes yet?

Map Hikes are Permanent Orienteering Courses (POC link on website sidebar) that have been set up for use limited to a few seasons are marked with 4x4 inch plastic tags. Courses have been designed and have been available to our members through the link ROC Training on our website sidebar.

The 2013 Map Hikes are now available for all to do. Links on the Permanent Courses page of our website. These are great for extra practice on your own time between meets and also a great introduction to the sport for anyone unsure or too intimidated before they make it to one of our local meets to give it a try at their own pace. Please share with anyone you think would be interested.

New Map Hikes will be available to members first as we get people to volunteer to set them up. Contact us if you are interested.

June 17, 2014

Our next orienteering meet will be on Sunday June 22nd, at Mendon Ponds Park starts from 12 noon until 2:00 pm. Our location will be Southview Shelter located south-side of Canfield Rd. across from East Shelter. Watch for the "O" signs.

Please pre-register if you think you will be attending.
<<<< Online Registration this will insure that there is a map for you.

W 1.9k 50m
Y 2.7k 75m
O 3.1k 65m
Br 3.8k 70m
G 4.5k 150m
R 6.6k 250m

Nancy Burgey Meet Director

June 8, 2014

Results from the Dryer Road meet are now available on the results page.

June 4, 2014

Dryer Road Park, Sunday June 8th

Mountain Bike-O starts: 11am - Noon
Foot-O Starts: Noon - 2pm

There will be 2 Bike-O courses: Easy (~2.5 km) and Advanced (~4-5 km)
There will be 4 Foot-O courses: White (~2 km), Orange (~3 km), Green (~4.5 km), and Red (Orange + Green)

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in trying mountain biking and doing some orienteering! We will be trying a new format for the map to make it easy to determine which trails are easy, intermediate and hard. The easy course is appropriate for all all ages so bring the kiddies to try out their skills!

Some extra contour detail has been added to the map and some trails will be removed to allow for easier map reading for the more advanced Foot-O courses.

June 2, 2014

Map Adventure now available on the results page.

May 23, 2014

Rochester Map Adventure on May 31st, pre-registration deadline 5/29. On site registration may be limited. Course notes updated, links below.

May 18, 2014

The Rochester Map Adventure is the next Rochester Orienteering Club event taking place on May 31st.

This event is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning more about Rochester, and no orienteering experience is necessary. Go out on foot or on bike, bring a friend or the family.
Registration | Course Notes
* Groups required to select a map for each adult member when registering.

May 10, 2014

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

May 2, 2014

Oatka Creek Park Meet

Course Controls Length Climb
Red - 16 6.0 km 90m
Green - 13 4.8 km 70m
Brown - 11 3.8 km 70m
Orange - 11 4.2 km 70m
Yellow - 10 2.9 km 45m
White - 11 2.3 km 35m

This time of year, the light and medium greens are in general passable and quick. The rough open is also quite clear for the most part. Although many boulders, pits, and deep depressions are mapped, not all are mapped so don't rely solely on counting pits or depressions when navigating.

April 24, 2014

RMA 2014 Course Notes added.

April 19, 2014

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

April 15, 2014

The next ROC orienteering meet will be April 19 at Webster Park starting at the Kanatota Lodge B. We will be sharing the parking lot at Kanatota Lodge so please try to carpool or "park and bike" from the main parking lot at the corner of Lake Rd and Holt Rd if possible. We are also participating in Earth Month Clean-Up. Bags will be available for use in collecting trash. Don't forget to pre-register online. There's a $1 discount for pre-registration and no penalty if you decide not to attend.

This is a regular meet with starts from 10am - 12pm. Control pickup will begin at 1:30pm. The following courses will be offered:

White - 10 controls 2.2k 30m
Yellow - 10 controls 3.0k 70m
Orange - 10 controls 3.8k 75m
Brown - 12 controls 3.8k 95m
Green - 13 controls 4.5k 105m
Red - 14 controls 6.5k 155m

Course setter notes: Start/Finish will be on the south side of Lake Rd. The park is very wet and muddy. Expect to get your feet wet on all courses. There are lots of deer tracks criscrossing the medium green "forest, slow" areas. Visibility through the woods is great since there are no leaves yet. There is a lot of blow down, especially in the pine woods. This makes some of the "easy forest" sections more challenging. No courses will cross Lake Rd. Be sure to check yourself for ticks after the event.

See you there! Heidi Hall - Meet Director

April 6, 2014

Results from the Genesee Country Village meet are now available on the results page.

March 30, 2014

The 2014 Rochester Orienteering Club annual Icebreaker is scheduled for April 6th at Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd.,Mumford, New York 14511. Follow the link at the top of our webpage for the next event in the yellow header. There is a map on that page, click it to zoom if you need further directions. The Nature Center is to the south of the large parking lot. If you have not already registered please use the following link: Online Registration. Remember if you pre-register you will save $1.00 off your registration fee! If you are not able to get to the event there will be no harm done. You pay at the event.

This will be a regular event with White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green and Red courses. Course information will be available soon.

Course setter notes:
  -As of last Thursday the trails were ice covered and slippery.
  -There was still snow in the lower areas.
  -The wet areas were wet and will be wetter with the rain and snow over the weekend.
  -Watch out for wire fencing along the fence lines.

There will be areas on the map that has lines and cross hatching, PLEASE STAY OUT of these area. The GCVNC has asked us to not use these area, please.

For the new members and those that were at the March Workshop this is a good place to put your skills to use. There will be instruction for those who would like it. Come out and join us.

Nancy Burgey - Meet Director

February 5, 2014

Sharpen your skills! Orienteering Skills Workshops to be held on March 15th

Got cabin fever? ROC is offering workshops in orienteering skills on March 15th at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Highland Avenue. Classes will be offered in beginner and intermediate orienteering skills. They will run from 8:30-11:30 am. Classes will include outdoor orienteering activities, weather permitting.

Beginner class is FULL - 3/13

Workshops are free to members. Non-member fees are $10 per person, $15 per family. All fees are fully redeemable towards ROC membership on the day of the workshop. Or join ROC now and attend for free. Beginners class is appropriate for age 10 and up. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register online and mail your check payable to Rochester Orienteering Club by March 8th to:

Laurie Hunt
28 Hearthstone Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
For more information contact Laurie.

February 5, 2014

Updated standard entry fees for the coming orienteering season. These fees have been adjusted to cover the cost of organizing our events, shelter rentals, insurance, and equipment which have increased over the years. Fees have been set with the hope that they can continue to stay the same for the next several years. Membership remains the same low fees for the 2014 season.

As listed on the Local Meets page of our website:

The entry fees to ROC meets are $6.00 per map for ROC members and $10.00 per map for non-members. If several people (a family group for example) enter as a group using the same map, the fee is still $6.00 (members) or $10.00 (non-members). There is a $1.00 discount if you use Online Registration. The beginner White and Yellow course is $5.00 per map. A person or group can do a second course for $2.00 additional charge (if you complete the White course and decide to try the Yellow course, for example).

February 1, 2014

Results from the Durand Eastman Ski-O meet are now available on the results page.

January 23, 2014

Ski-O Durand Eastman Park Saturday, February 1. Meet at golf clubhouse 1200 Kings Highway. Please Register Online TODAY so we can estimate maps needed.

9am- Registration and building opens, no inside waxing or gear storage.
10am- Mass Start, (90 minute time limit), Random format, ESG categories, E-punch, Water, juice and cookies only.
12pm- Building closes and event ends.
Parking in Ski designated(signs) parking area. Combination of groomed and ungroomed ski trails. Some skating and some classic. Foot and snowshoe orienteers welcome as long as they stay off the ski trails.

January 19, 2014

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

January 15, 2014

Are you missing orienteering? Ready to get out in the woods? This Sunday the annual Winterfest is taking place at Mendon Ponds Park. Each year we end up being down to the wire, wondering if we will have snow for Winterfest. Things aren't looking good for this year, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying some winter orienteering. Course setter Jim Russell is doing his best to set courses that will work in any conditions. This is what he has so far, subject to some tweaks:

White (beginner): 1.7 km 6 controls
Yellow/orange (intermediate): 3.3 km 7 controls
Brown (short advanced): 4.1 km 7 controls
Green (long advanced): 5.3 km 9 controls

We encourage beginners and are offering the White course for FREE as part of Winterfest! ROC's usual fees apply to all other courses. Registration opens at 11 am. Starts from 11:30 to 2 pm.

Please Register Online TODAY so we can estimate maps needed. No need to cancel if you can't come after all. We'll take care of that for you. Pay when you arrive, no penalty for no-shows.

There will lots of other demonstrations and activities taking place around the park for you to enjoy, too!


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