Congrats on choosing MSU. That was where I attended and I believe it was a very good value for the money. As you noted, the downside is that there is not much of an O-scene there. I didn't really find out about orienteering until after college when I moved to the Seattle area and started going to COC events. The plus side is there is great skiing very close, fantastic outdoor activities, lot's of running trails, etc. One thing you might be able to do, if you have interest, is to start an O-club at MSU. Even if it was small, you could start building maps to train and find other students that may be interested. You might be able to find a professor in the geography department that could help establish the club? Enjoy Bozeman and MT. It's a special place.
Congrats Siri! I am happy to provide any remote (and possibly also on-site, though less frequently) help you might need with starting an O-club in Montana. Good luck!
Sounds like a good choice! I'm sure you'll enjoy it there. College is a good time to try out other things, and maybe leave others (orienteering ...) dormant for a while.
Yes, congrats! Probably the closest club is the EWOC guys in Spokane, they have a handful of nice maps. If I recall it's like a 5-6 hour drive (don't know if you'll have a car), so pretty far but at least within the realm of possibility for a weekend, or alternatively as a stop to/from home. I went to school in Spokane so I know the scene there pretty well, happy to help if I can.
Following in the footsteps of a former JWOC/WOC team member Leif Anderson!
He did some fine training in the hills around Bozeman.
Thanks folks! The plan for now is to focus on my own O training for freshman year (my last year on the JNT), and then possibly try to start up a club, do some mapping, etc. Can't wait!
Hey Siri, random Canadian (I think I've interviewed you at finish lines, possibly getting your name wrong), congrats on Bozeman!
The MT State ski teams are usually half Scandinavian so wouldn't be surprised if you find another Orienteer kicking around.
And as Peggy said, Orienteering is always there for post-grad.