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Discussion: Fun orienteering of the week

in: Orienteering; General

Apr 6, 2017 8:19 AM # 
There's a lot of nitty gritty discussion going on so I figured it was time for something a bit more fun. How about people share something orienteering-related that they've done in the past week or so that was fun? A neat training activity, fun terrain, or just a normal orienteering course on a beautiful day?
Apr 6, 2017 8:25 AM # 
I'll start! I had great fun running yesterday in our club's selection race for Tiomila. The terrain was very nice, lots of white woods, no ridiculous extended climbs, and it was a cool but very pleasant and sunny spring afternoon. And it was a Wednesday. How lucky are we that we get to go out and run an orienteering race, complete with flags and e-punching, in the evening after work?

Fun terrain, imperfect orienteering:

Big smile, fuzzy picture:
Apr 6, 2017 9:37 AM # 
This might not be what you had in mind Cristina, but it is quite fun-y. The IOF is going to develop a new clothing guide that restricts the use of green athlete clothing. You get some quite good ideas coming thru in April.
Apr 6, 2017 10:16 AM # 
Scandis often use the word funny when they mean fun so I think this is perfectly appropriate.
Apr 6, 2017 12:14 PM # 
Placing controls for Saturdays event on previously unused terrain. And right on the edge of town.
Apr 6, 2017 12:20 PM # 
Coaching at ARK last night after a rain storm. Kids love mud. Kidults do too.
Apr 6, 2017 12:23 PM # 
I had fun putting fake April Fools controls out at last Saturday's race, with a map directing people to where the punch actually was. Not sure if the runners had fun.
Apr 6, 2017 4:04 PM # 
Dave Kostansek volunteered to give the two of us at NEOOC attending the Night-O Champs some practice in the woods Tuesday night. After a few hours and 8k, we were getting ready to drive home. The other participant discovered she could not find her cell phone. Even though it was near 11 PM, Dave volunteered to run to the first couple of controls to see if he could find it. I was of a mind to come out the next morning when the sun would help me find this black phone by following my GPS track. Dave insisted and took off. Twenty minutes later, we in the parking lot saw a bright light quickly approaching through the forest. As Dave burst through the vegetation, we heard him shout, "this is your lucky day!" He explained that he came to a spot a mile away where we had jumped across a stream and stopped to dial the missing phone. Amid the sounds of spring frogs, he heard a distant chirp of the phone ringing!
Apr 6, 2017 5:07 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I've been running with a very large Meetup group on Wednesdays since 2014, and I come often enough now that I'm one of the run hosts. This means that I get to sneak in an orienteering-style run twice a year. One of those days was yesterday!

Map and Checkpoint Questions.

I try to keep the focus on the fun of finding checkpoints, so there are no time limits or point values. The map is just a screenshot with LIDAR contours on top. People can run in teams as large as they want. There are street names on the map (which, after hosting five of these now, is the most important thing I've seen for lowering barrier to entry).

Anyway, everyone had a really, really good time. We went out for beers afterward, and several people were interested in attending a more formal urban orienteering later this month (a Street Scramble). If you're in Seattle, I'm planning on doing another one on August 2.
Apr 6, 2017 7:44 PM # 
@Pink Socks: can you make sure you are the host on May 24th? Then we can get credit for another World Orienteering Day event!
Love the map.
Apr 6, 2017 7:47 PM # 
I got to work with a bunch of kids age 9 and under, down to 2.5, at the NEOC/CSU/Navigation Games event on Sunday, and I *love* doing that. Got to wear the funny hat, and tell kids to go look for animal controls. I love juggling all the kids arriving at different times and stretching out or simplifying explanations in order to fit the time I have with each little group. I love that you can get kids started on animal O with very little explanation. I love how much fun they had. I love seeing really little kids epunching with confidence.
I've been daydreaming about doing relays
Apr 6, 2017 7:53 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Can you make sure you are the host on May 24th? Then we can get credit for another World Orienteering Day event!

I won't be hosting that week (it'll be my first miss since October). I'll be attending CascadeOC's event that day (we aligned our first Wednesday Evening Series event to be on WOD.
Apr 6, 2017 9:14 PM # 
Oh, cool!
Apr 7, 2017 7:28 PM # 
@TheInvisibleLog that photo almost looks like it could be in Arizona. How many deadly species is it possible to encounter at that control location?
Apr 7, 2017 9:36 PM # 
Pink Socks:
My fun orienteering of next week is that I'm organizing my own sprint event next Wednesday. I just finished a brand new ISSOM map of a complex-ish urban area near my house, so I'm inviting friends to come run on it!
Apr 7, 2017 9:58 PM # 
Are we all invited, too?
Apr 7, 2017 10:00 PM # 
Pink Socks:
If you're in Seattle on Wednesday, yes!

RSVP here, please.
Apr 7, 2017 10:08 PM # 
> I just finished a brand new ISSOM map ..... comment.....on ..... map.....standards.....
Apr 7, 2017 11:06 PM # 
You'll get a chance Hammer, when the ISSOM203X revision begins shortly.
Apr 8, 2017 12:06 PM # 
My fun orienteering of next week is that I'm organizing my own sprint event next Wednesday.

I just organised a sprint event today, which would have been on a brand new sprint map but for the fact the school wouldn't give us access (they wanted us to draw it for them but wouldn't let us use it due to about a thousand different issues) so we had to reuse a bush sprint area instead.
Apr 8, 2017 8:34 PM # 
I had fun running on a new (to me) map today. I got to run down some big hills with nice open woods. In my head I was saying "wheeeeee". Also fun to catch up with far-flung friends at this national event.
Apr 8, 2017 9:38 PM # 
I have a photo of an orienteer running down a hill, with terrain in the background, in a way that says "whee". One of my favorite photos.

I had fun today organizing land navigation training for me search and rescue unit. A lovely day with crocuses out. Fun wandering around and helping people with their nav.
Apr 9, 2017 10:39 AM # 
Every training exercise which Stefano from Italy organised for the South Aussies over summer was fun.
Apr 9, 2017 7:07 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
The last week was a very good one:

First Oslo City Cup on Tuesday evening, only marred by a stupid route choice error:

Then on Wed night, a couple of hours after Cristinas opening race, we got to run the Men's version of the same course with head lamps. We did have some significant gratuitous climb along the north end of the map but a very enjoyable race indeed. The only problem might be that I beat Sindre (the NSK Tiomila Old Boys coach) so now there's a small risk that I'll have to run the 12K second leg.

On Thu I organized the opening race of the OBIK series, with 125 happy orienteers turning up for the traditional "King's Forest" race at Huk:

This weekend we started the 10-day long Easter trip to the Rauland mountains where we get to go xc skiing in the JWOC 2015 terrains.

All in all a very good week! :-)

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