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Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner
Sunday December 6th
Stewert Lodge, Mendon Ponds Park

1:30 - 3:00 BOD Meeting
3:00 - 4:30 Events*
4:45 - 5:15 Pot-Luck Dinner
5:15 - 5:30 Annual Meeting (All club members welcome)

Trail O is a little different from standard courses. You walk/run to a location (on a trail) and from that vantage point you must look and pick the control that is described/shown on your map. There will be 3 controls visible and as you look from left to right you pick one of the controls A, B, C or none of them as the control shown on the map and described in the control description. The course is around 3km but you can do as many or as few controls as time permits.

A twist on the usual favorite. Instead of a rectangle grid shape it will be a triangle. Challenge your spacial skills to read the map fast. There will be different levels of difficulty, so fun for the whole family!

*This is a member only event (FREE) (if you aren't a member, join when you arrive! It is only $15 for an individual and $30 for a family. You membership will be good to March 2017)

Don't forget your potluck dish to pass and bring your own utensils and dishes. The club will provide drinks. Based on your last name please bring the following type of dish so we don't end up with all desserts (although I wouldn't complain):
A-H (Appetizers), I-P (Main Courses), Q-Z (Desserts)

See you there!
The Worner/Kohn Family


Results from the Webster Park Night-O event are now available on the results page.


Next Orienteering event Night-O on Nov. 14 at Webster Park meeting at Parkview Lodge. 90 minute Score-O and a White course. Start window 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Online Registration open.

White will be 1.2k, 30m climb, 11 controls. Score-O will have "many" controls with point values 10-20-30 depending on location and difficulty.


Next event on the calendar Mendon Trail Run - Saturday, Nov 7th. Details and registration link on event webpage.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help can contact Sandra Lomker through the volunteer link on the side.


Next event Sunday Oct 18, beginning at noon Oatka Creek Park.

Training event, copies of map available. Learn from more skilled orienteers hiking/running and navigating map. Some flags could be set out in woods to mark on map and find.


Results from the Zarpentine Farms Corn Maze-O event are now available on the results page.


October Newsletter added to website.


Next event at Zarpentine Farms Corn Maze-O on Saturday October 10.
Mass starts begin at 9:30am.
Zarpentine Farms
163 Burritt Rd. Hilton, NY 14468.

Online Registration now open.

Fees for this event:
$8 for everyone (member/non-member) and additional $6 for each person in a group.

Courses for 3 difficulty levels Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. Everyone gets same map with checkpoints marked. Each difficulty level will have to find a set number of checkpoints and finish before the 1 hour time limit. Will be using epunch.

The Market opens at 9am with food to buy donuts, pies chili etc. that is available after run. Event finishes by 10:45am and The Maize is open to the public at 11am for those that may want to try the regular corn maize.


Results from the Cobbs Hill Park event for National Orienteering Week are now available on the results page.

:Lost and Found:
-Water bottle blue tint
-Sports glasses blue lense white frame


Cobbs Hill on Saturday September 19th. Tay House Lodge. Starts are from 10:00 am to 12 noon. National Orienteering Week!

Online Registration now open.

White - 11 controls, 1.4km length, 60m climb
Yellow - 11 controls, 2.5km, 95m
Orange - 13 controls, 4.6km, 120m
Green - 21 controls, 4.9km, 160m

The trails were in good shape prior to this weekend's rain. With a dry week ahead conditions should be great for Saturday!

Reminder: You MUST stay on the trail in the Washington Grove section of the park. This area is notated on the map with a boundary box and a note to this effect. Additionally, the Monroe County Water Authority property is marked Out Of Bounds per their request (also notated on the map).


Results from the Letchworth State Park East event are now available on the results page.


Letchworth State Park event on Saturday, September 12. which will start on the East Side at the Parade Grounds, no charge for entering the park.

Starts from 11-1pm, courses closing at 3:30.

White 1.9km 70m climb
Yellow 2.5 km 80m climb
Brown 3.8km 140m climb
Green 4.4 km 150m climb
Red 5.5 km 270m climb

The woods are generally very dry due to lack of rain. Crossable marshes and ponds are dry and special attention to locate or use as navigational aids will be required. Springs are still active, making most streams easy to locate.

The West side of the park near the Glen Iris Inn should be avoided between 11:30 and 1. There is a 5k race that closes the roads from the Castile entrance to the Trout Pond. This shouldn't affect anyone unless they decide to take a scenic route through the West side of the park.


ROC had a great presence at the Lehigh Valley Festival in Mendon. There were many outdoor clubs there as well as arts and crafts, a bicycle ride, a half-marathon, and many music performances. ROC's booth was on the sidewalk and we were very busy answering questions about orienteering as few people knew anything about the sport. We had a map adventure including controls on historical buildings as well as interesting spots on the trail, one a cow tunnel for cows to go under the railroad track. The profits from this event supported the Mendon Foundation which maintains 14 miles on the linear trail from Mendon to Rush and the Genesee River.

Volunteers included Anne Schwartz, Tom Cornell, Carol Moran, Lori Rayburn, Sheryl Zenzen, Nancy, Richard and Daniel Burgey, and Sandra Lomker.

Participants who negotiated the Map Adventure were Tabetha Besanceney, Anne Schwartz, Chester & Gregory Doskos, and the Burgey family (Nancy, Richard, & Daniel)


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


Next event at Mendon Ponds Park at Cavalry Lodge. Starts 12 noon to 2:00 pm.

The advanced courses are a rerun+ of the the WDOC middle event. If you have already run those come and try to beat your time or run one of the other courses. Orange and White courses also available.

Online Registration now open.

Red - 4.7 km
Green - 3.9 km
Brown - 3.6 km
Orange - 2.7 km
White - 1.8 km


ROC is hosting for the World Deaf Orienteering Championships on Aug 6-9.
Event Website:

Unofficial results will also be posted on the results page.

Other news the Rattlesnake Rogaine scheduled for Aug 29 has been canceled, possible for sometime Spring 2016. A replacement event at Mendon Ponds Sunday Aug 30 is in planning.


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


Highland Park Orienteering Meet Saturday 7/25 10:00 AM start for White and Sprint, 11:00 AM Mass start for Score-O. There will be a 1.1 km White course, a 2.2 km Sprint course, and a 60-minute Score-O. The White and Sprint courses start any time between 10am and noon, with the courses closing at 1 pm. The Score-O will be a mass starting at 11am, with the course closing at noon. If you wish to do the sprint or the white course before the score-O, please come early so you are ready for the mass start at 11am. We will start in the parking lot just off of South Avenue, about half a block South of Highland Avenue. NOT the Vietnam Memorial Parking lot, the next parking lot south. "Look for the "O" signs.

Don't forget to pre-register and save a buck. See "Online Registration" link to the left. Please consider volunteering. The club runs on volunteers, plus you get a free entrance fee for the day for volunteering. We still need some volunteers for a greeter, 2 more for registration, 3 more pick-up, food, and instruction. Please contact Sandra,, and meet director Nancy,


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


Next event at Mendon Ponds Park.

There will be a 1.8 km (approximate) White course, a 2.0 km (approximate) Sprint course, and a 60-minute Score-O. The White and Sprint courses start any time between noon and 2 pm, with the courses closing at 3 pm. The Score-O will be a mass start at 1:30, with the course closing at 2:30. This should give ample time for anyone who wishes to do either the White or Sprint in addition to the Score-O to complete the White or Sprint and have time to get ready for the Score-O start.

The start location is the Pond View Shelter, reached via the middle entrance to the park off of Clover Street.

Always in need of volunteers, use the link on side menu to see what positions still need to be filled. Helpful when we can get the positions all covered well before each meet. Please contact Sandra if you can help out.


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


The Rochester Orienteering Club will host a mid-week TRAIL CHALLENGE on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at Webster Park starting at the Orchard Hill shelter. Instead of marking the trail with flags or marshals, participants will be given maps of the park with checkpoints noted. They choose how to reach each of these locations after the mass start. 5 kilometer and 8 kilometer courses will be available.

The challenge starts at 6:30 P.M., with on-site registration opening at 5:30 P.M. Competitors are encouraged to arrive with enough time to register and prepare. Basic navigation instruction will be available during the registration period, and following is allowed - if you follow people that know where they are going and can keep up!

Online Registration through a link on the side navigation of the website is encouraged but not required.

Had a great time yesterday at the ADK EXPO sharing orienteering with the folks who came by. We had 30 people go out on the intro course and handed out a 100 copies of our schedule. Hope to see some new faces at the next start! Thank you to all of the ROC Volunteers who helped...Don Winslow, Sandra Lomker, Stephanie Reh, Rukshana Cofer and daughter, Vince Cassano, Sean Sims, Carol Moran, Richard and Nancy Burgey, Marsha Reed, Pam Follett, and Carl Palmer.


Results from the Rotary Sunshine Campus event are now available on the results page.


Preliminary course information for Sunday's event at Rotary Sunshine Campus --

- white 1.5km, 10 controls
- yellow 2.6km, 12 controls
- orange 4.0km, 13 controls
- brown 3.9km, 9 controls
- green 5.1km, 11 controls
- red 6.5km, 16 controls
Climb is minimal.

Other notes --
- Registration and starts 12-2. Save a dollar and pre-register online - there's no commitment, so use online registration even if you only think you might come.
- There were very few bugs in the chilly rain last Sunday, but I expect they will be out in force with better weather. Be prepared.
- There is poison ivy. I didn't notice any dense patches, but keep an eye out and take precautions if you are sensitive.


Results from the RMA 2015 event are now available on the results page.


Event Details for RMA 2015 added to event page. Online registration closes May 27.


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


Next event at Powder Mills Park - Sunday May 17 at East Area Shelter.
Start from 12 noon to 2:00 pm

At 11am there will be a workshop with the focus on pacing and compass skills. This workshop is appropriate for those currently doing Yellow to Orange level courses. Anyone wishing to improve their compass skills is welcome to attend.

White - 1.1 km , 15m
Yellow - 2.7 km, 70m
Orange - 3.2 km, 105m
Brown - 3.2, 95m
Green - 4.1 km, 215m
Red - 5.0 km, 200m

Course Notes
Things seemed pretty dry. I did not try to cross any bogs but it was evident we are not dealing with high water levels. Black Xs should be regarded as possible hazards such as dumps of glass or barbed wire fencing. Please be careful.


Registration for the Rochester Map Adventure 2015 is now open.


Results from the Genesee Valley Park event are now available on the results page.


There will be an orienteering event this Sunday, April 26 starting at the Roundhouse shelter in Genesee Valley Park.

A white course and 2 sprint courses will be offered by course setter Mike Lyons. The white course is beginner level. The sprint courses are short in length and mostly in open terrain, to challenge competitive runners to move and make decisions quickly. But they can still be challenging to those not up to sprinting! Starts are from 12 to 2 PM. Please use the Online Registration link on the side for the event or register at the event.

We will be offering two Sprint courses and a White course on Sunday - all are variations on the courses that were used for the US Nationals last fall. The Red Sprint is 2.8k and 19 controls, the Orange Sprint is 2.1k and 15 controls and the White course is 1.9k and 13 controls. All of the courses cross one or more park roads; despite the low posted speed limit and likely light traffic, participants should exercise caution when crossing.


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

NOTE; WE HAVE A COURSE SETTER BUT NO MEET DIRECTOR or any other positions filled for Genesee Valley Sprints & White course Sunday, April 26, starts from 12-2. Please let me know if you are available and are willing to volunteer. Thanks again, Sandra slomker at


Newsletter and pdf 2015 Schedule added.


The first meet of the spring will be Saturday, April 18 at Black Creek Park, Pathfinder Shelter. Pathfinder is accessed from the main park entrance on Union Street (Rt. 259), about 0.9 miles south of I-490.

The format will be a Score-O course with a mass start at 11:00 a.m., with a 90-minute time limit. There will also be White and Yellow courses available; people choosing the White or Yellow courses can start any time between 11:00 and noon, with courses closing at 1:00 p.m.


ROC will be running an orienteering clinic for beginners at Fleet Feet near Cobbs Hill Park on March 21, 9am to 1pm. The clinic is free and you can let us know if you are coming by using our Online Registration from for our events. You can fill in anything for fields that don't apply.


Results from the Webster Park Ski-O event are now available on the results page.


Next meet on Sunday, February 15 RESCHEDULED Sunday, February 22 - Ski-O/Snowshoe-O/Posthole-O
Webster Park, Holt Lodge. Start times from 12 Noon to 2 PM.

Registration opens at 11:30AM. Available courses will be White (3km), Orange (5.5 km), Green (7 km), and Red (9 km). Course Notes
Courses close at 3:30PM.

Use Online Registration link on sidebar of website.


Results from the Mendon Ponds Park Ski-O event are now available on the results page.


Mendon Ponds Winterfest Ski-O on January 18 at Hopkins Point Lodge. Registration open at 11:00am. Start from 11:30am to 2:00pm and courses close at 3:30pm. Beginner course is free for Winterfest.

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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