I heard a rumor that NAOC 2018 might take place in Yukon.
How much truth to that?
Lots of truth. Likely around Aug 17-22, 2018. Interested in making the trip GuyO?
I love it when NAOC is not during school time!
@Charm: Yes! Almost went in 2004, but a health issue (since resolved) popped up; ever since, I've been hoping for another chance to get up there, but the timing has not been optimal...
As for school time, unfortunately, those dates pretty much rule it out for kids in the Midwest who start school the 2nd week of August... :-(
Oh, that's right around school start in Sweden too... :(
Those midwest states could use common sense tourism laws like Michigan has that prevent public school starting before everyone can make a Labor Day vacation.
Same in Wisconsin. No schools start before labor day
True, but unlikely to change by 2018...
Would love to get to Yukon again. But anything after about Aug 10 is impossible with schools restarting.
Better for us in Canada as school starts in September, but seems to me it'll always be inconvenient for school (elementary, high school or uni). Middle of September is tricky for this years event for a great many! Plus best time of year for the terrain/location you'll be running in seems like a good idea to me.
Each year hopefully it works for enough :)
So, what is driving the late August timing?
I can't speak for the Yukon Orienteering Association, but I assume that they are deciding on dates based on: the timing of other major events that summer (WMOC, WOC, JWOC and other large European events), other events happening in the Yukon that summer, working around any timing restrictions related to getting permissions for land access, timing in terms of ideal seasonal vegetation growth in the terrain, understanding the long travel journey that is required to get to the Yukon, and the personal schedules of the key organizers, etc.
I imagine the fact that it's already starting to get pretty cold in the Yukon by September is also relevant.
Seasonal vegetation growth - now there's something that Western Australian orienteers don't need to worry about...
The timing was primarily to not interfere with JWOC and WOC. We knew there might be issues with scool start up for some.