Great article from the Ft. Drum Public Affairs Office on Jordan Laughlin, orienteering, and military life.
(I'm accessing this from work, so let me know if the link doesn't work from outside military networks and I'll post the Facebook link)
Very cool. Go Jordan! (And a nice shout-out to Hannah and Kevin, too.)
Super read! Thanks for posting.
Yes, great article. Nicely done Jordan.
Ft Drum is just an hour and a half from Ottawa. There seems to be a lot of great orienteering terrain around Ft Drum, including Wellsley Island.
Any interest in forming a club and getting some maps done there?
Wow! Google says 182 km from Ottawa to Ft. Drum, so 1.5 hours minus a very conservative 6 mins for the border crossing works out to 130 kph or 80 mph on average!
I overheard bits of a discussion just a few weeks ago about mapping Wellsley Island for a cross-border event. Also something about starting a club in Kingston.
Yes, 130 is about correct.
We have a cottage in Canada near Wellsley Island. Lots of beautiful orienteering terrain in the immediate area. Charleston Lake Provincial Park and Jones Creek would also be very nice. Both Kingston, Ontario and Watertown, New York have large military facilities. We have always been hopeful that "O" clubs might emerge.
The Ottawa Orienteering Club did a couple of clinics in the Kingston area last year.
CNYO has a number of good maps within an hour of Watertown.
Great interview. Impressive.
I am somewhat interested in making a club but I don't know if I have the time to be able to put forth the effort to make the club really successful. From my perspective, there isn't really a base to be able to attract a solid, club. The active population is quite small from what I have been able to see so far.
Wellsley Island sounds like a great place to get a map. I have hiked around there and it would make a decent map.
The biggest issue that I see is that quite a few of the potential maps will be under snow/covered in snow melt for quite a bit of the year.
I will continue to look toward Ottowa's events when I can but traveling Canada is a deliberate, planned event as a member of the US Military.
It is a good article, and Jordan you sure gave a great interview.
I think CNYO (Mark Dominie) made a Rogaine map not far from Watertown, perhaps 3-4 years ago?
I think it has been 203 years since the US military tried an organized visit to Canada. It didn't go very well for them.
So, a US military person can't casually visit Canada for personal reasons like an ordinary US citizen?
Not without bureaucracy. Crossing borders generally requires a higher level approval of vacation (or official travel) requests. That's pretty easy for senior folks whose bosses already meet the rank criteria to sign off on such a request, but for junior personnel that can be a real hassle.
And that's assuming someone hasn't come up with a laundry list of other requirements before one can get submit such a request in the first place. After all, Canada is such a sketchy place to visit, after all!
Agreed. Excellent article. You are a true inspiration, Jordan.