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Discussion: cell phone orienteering

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2023-04-20

Apr 22, 2023 1:36 AM # 
Pink Socks:
Oh yes, that!

Around here, Mike Schuh was the one who introduced me to it, and he led an event or two in Seattle back in 2006-2008 or so. He came up with the idea do a junior fundraiser by auctioning off local runners with remote orienteers, and then I ran with that idea and came up with the MoboGoGlobo* annual events that I directed for 3 years (I think) from 2009-2011. That was my first foray into organizing events.

Unfortunately, I don't remember you from that. But to be fair, I was still pretty new to orienteering and learning the "Who's Who" of national orienteers (hard to do from Seattle).

I stopped after 2011 because I then went on to direct Junior Nationals in 2012, and also because by 2013, smartphone ubiquity was such that it would be super easy to just send a photo of the map to the runner. Cell Phone O peaked in that mid 2000's era when everyone had a dumb cell phone and nobody had a smart cell phone.

That said, Mike Schuh still does Cell Phone O every year at Vampire-O. He asks me to send the course file to someone ahead of time and he'll run around without a map.

*Mobile O Goes Global
Apr 22, 2023 3:35 AM # 
I apparently did MobO Goes Globo in March 2009 with Alex Frank:
I was apparently in Sweden when i did it:
And it worked well with the kids this week. None of them sent each other maps... And those who had walkie talkies couldn't do that at all.
Apr 22, 2023 11:37 AM # 
I've done a variation of this in South Australia one year as a training event. However there weren't any controls and the idea was to direct your partner to a feature and answer a question about what was there. At some point we returned and sent the partner out.
Apr 23, 2023 9:49 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Ha, this was before you and Alex shared the Montana connection!
Apr 23, 2023 10:11 PM # 
Oh man, I remember doing at least one of these, somehow I was in Seattle at the right time and I had my sister guide me. She was great. It would be really fun to do this again sometime, just have people talk while using earbuds and use a bit of good sportsmanship.
Apr 23, 2023 10:16 PM # 
Nadim put on a cell-phone o training event at one of our summer series nights, and people loved it. Sam Walker liked it so much she did one for her HS club.
We’ve done a few as training events over the years. They’re different and fun.
Apr 24, 2023 12:38 AM # 
WCOC used to do it at their annual winter meetig when it was held in a member's home adjacent to a map. Very nice to sit around the living room munching on snacks while guiding someone.

We've used phones a couple of times at the Corn Maze champs, once in a straightforward way, and more recently in a more complicated way.
Apr 24, 2023 4:18 PM # 
Yes, good memories of the mobogoglobo. I think I had two international partners over the years. Boris, and I seem to recall another call from Scotland but can't remember the partner.
Apr 24, 2023 11:45 PM # 
Riley Culberg talked me through at least one of these, I think during a visit back to COC-land after we'd all moved to the DC area? During the 2021 Corn Maze O and Jon and I felt very prepared because of our MoboGoGlobo experience. And my students at school love doing it, too. Definitely a great experience, and I'm impressed by how much people seem to be able to resist sending each other pictures of the map...
Apr 25, 2023 6:26 PM # 
That was so fun to bump into your club like that, nice surprise! Thanks again for the even better day on campus. It was also really neat to see the kids do that training, what a great idea. Awesome club and glad I could help a little.

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