I was just looking at the WMOC registration list, and I saw your name there. I wish I had realized that last week, so I could've talked to you about it! It will be my first time orienteering in Europe -- very excited. I hope you're feeling better, and see you in Denmark... :-)
Hi Brooke, we've been to Iceland and Scotland; so we're moving up now*. This will be our first WMOC; definitely first use of Eventor. Hotel accommodations, because that's our comfort zone although it's pricier than other options. There are usually a couple dozen US orienteers who show up at the World Masters, as you may already know.
Our colds *are* doing better and we managed to fly home without too much discomfort yesterday. :-)
Denmark should be a blast! Hope we have decent weather, at least some of the time.
*I don't ever plan to go to O'Ringen! Too many people! :-D
I did go to o-Ringen once and it was illuminating and entertaining, if soaking wet. I would definitely consider going back but it is pretty intense, maybe not for everybody. Sorry not to be able to go to WMOC this year. It seems to always be a good time. I'll try to plan for Latvia next year, although there are so many good races to choose from.
The O-Ringen is quite a festival. Not for everyone as Charlie says, but once, and you'll never be the same:-). And more sun in Sweden than Scotland in my experience.
The time I went there was not more sun in Sweden than pretty much anyplace I have ever been, but it was pretty fun anyway.
I kind of feel like ORingen is something every orienteer should experience at least once. It is truly an amazing event.
But on the other hand, I realize it is not fun for everyone as it can be overwhelming.
We love the Scottish 6-Days because it's like a mini-ORingen, lots of fun and different maps but not nearly as big. And, English.
The Scottish event was more my (our) style, Peggy; mini-ORingen is fine. Gives you a taste of international competition without being too crazy/crowded courses/long walks to the starts. I realize it's very well organized, but... We don't particularly like camping either (me especially).
Copenhagen should be special, and not just because it's our first WMOC.