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Feb 23, 2012 9:36 PM # 
JLaughlin:
Any US Military that are interested in participating in the Military World Orienteering Championships please email me at jordan (dot) laughlin (at) gmail (dot) com. Please include your military status (active/guard/reserve) and your branch of service.

All Army Sports has shown interest to send a competitive team. If there are interests from other services we will attempt to get their support.

Sorry, Cadets are off limits, but if you have graduated by the competition you are good.

If you know anyone who is not on AP that would be interested, please forward this message along.
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Feb 25, 2012 12:24 AM # 
ginger:
When and where are the championships?
Feb 25, 2012 12:30 AM # 
JLaughlin:
Aalborg, Denmark 9-13Jun
Feb 25, 2012 12:55 AM # 
carlch:
Aalborg---that's were JWOC 2010 was. Very difficult and detailed sand dune terrain north of there by the sea. I think the JWOC kids stayed at a military base right there in Aalborg. Do you need any study maps? I think I still have them on my computer. Of course, you'll be preoccupied for the next 9 weeks (or however long Ranger school is these days), but after that I could send you some, just let me know.
Feb 25, 2012 1:00 AM # 
JLaughlin:
It is the exact area used for JWOC 2010. Study maps would be great to see after Ranger. If you could send them now it would be great.
Feb 25, 2012 1:08 AM # 
carlch:
I can email electronic copies that I have but I think I have some hard copies kicking around too. I'll take a look and put them in the mail in the next few days. I saw an address on your log that's good for a few weeks so that's where they'll go unless you want otherwise.
Feb 25, 2012 1:46 AM # 
JLaughlin:
sending them to ranger would be good but I'll send you another address.
Feb 25, 2012 4:23 AM # 
eddie:
Ginger, are you stationed in Alamo for some length of time? I used to live up in Cloudcroft.
Feb 25, 2012 5:02 AM # 
ginger:
Actually, no. I'm still stationed at pax. I broke down here yesterday on my way to nellis. I was actually looking at heading up towards cloudcroft tomorrow.
Feb 25, 2012 5:19 AM # 
eddie:
Ha! :) Bad luck. Well, if you have wheels and just want a scenic drive, going up to Cloudcroft and then out the Sunspot Highway (NM 6563) to Sac Peak Solar Obs. and Apache Point is a nice trip. That's where I used to work. There's a visitors center and nice places to walk around or go for a run at altitude. Nice views. Cloudcroft is a cute little town - a few shops. There's a park just as you get into town which has a nice short hike out to an old RR trestle. White Sands is nice of course. Oliver Lee SP just south of Alamo is nice too. The canyon above the park is called Dog Canyon and there's a really nice trail up into it. Flowing groundwater at one point, but go past that (at Frenchy's cabin) and up the "Eyebrow" below the big cliffs for some nice views of White Sands. You can go all the way up to the observatories if you really want an adventure. Or run from the O downhill to Oliver Lee. Time to beat is 89 mins :) 4500' drop. Aguirre Springs in the Organ Mountains on 70 to Cruces has some nice trails too if you are going west that way over the pass. But I gather you are going north if heading to Vegas. In that case, the lava beds at Valley of Fires in Carizozo are worth a short stop, as are the Three Rivers petroglyphs on the way to Carizozo. Trinity site if its open (used to be one day in Apr and one in Oct). And not to be missed is the Owl Cafe in San Antonio NM for their green chili cheeseburgers!

If you go to Sunspot Obs be sure to mention me at the Visitors center. Or the observers working at the solar telescopes. Someone should remember me :) Especially at Apache Point. The director there, Bruce Gillespie, was my boss and he will definitely remember me. You might get a tour of the 3.5m telescope out of it. Its a nice run from one obs over to the other - not too long. Ask about the trail option at the visitors center.
Feb 25, 2012 5:46 AM # 
eddie:
It just occurred to me that your broken vehicle might be an aircraft.
Feb 25, 2012 5:48 AM # 
ginger:
Awesome! Thanks for the tips Eddie! I'll be here again for a few weeks later this spring, so I'll definitely have some time to check out some of those places.
Feb 25, 2012 6:03 AM # 
ginger:
Ah, yes, it is. Fortunately the rescue crew arrived today, but it'll take a few days to fix.
Feb 27, 2012 9:15 PM # 
ginger:
Carl, can you email me those study maps as well? I'm definitely hoping to go.
Feb 27, 2012 10:57 PM # 
carlch:
I used the email you have for your AP profile and forwarded what I sent to Jordan. I also sent Jordan hard copies. Some where just printouts of the 4 I just sent electronically but there were some others that we used for some junior training at one of the JWOC 2010 training camps. You'll need to get copies from him.

I also have some others that are of different areas but can still be used for study and get an idea of what to expect. I'll email some of them to both of you.
edit--let me know if you don't get the email copies
Feb 28, 2012 9:45 PM # 
vijurks:
More info on official WMOC website http://www.mwoc2012.dk/.
Its a very nice event and especially friendly atmosphere.
Feb 29, 2012 1:27 PM # 
tRicky:
Sounds to me like the US is trying to smuggle a secret force into Denmark to take over the country. What is it they're after?
-Oil?
-The Royal twins?
-Oversize dogs?
Feb 29, 2012 2:12 PM # 
feet:
Why would a 'friendly atmosphere' be an attraction for a military event? Seems all wrong somehow...
Feb 29, 2012 2:22 PM # 
c.hill:
The idea is not to start another war. CISM - friendship through sport.
I realise how some people in the US may have a problem identifying with that concept
Feb 29, 2012 2:35 PM # 
ndobbs:
I don't need to do sports not to start a war.
Feb 29, 2012 2:35 PM # 
Cristina:
Yes, it's true, military personnel prefer unfriendly atmospheres.
Feb 29, 2012 3:12 PM # 
BorisGr:
Nice Colm, way to be "friendly" in your comment.
Feb 29, 2012 3:15 PM # 
c.hill:
I had to give a smart reply to feet... I did use a pretty dam big brush :)
The atmospheric at CISM is awesome!
Feb 29, 2012 3:20 PM # 
BorisGr:
Also, feet is Australian. :)
Feb 29, 2012 3:22 PM # 
c.hill:
well... ya learn something new everyday... woops
Feb 29, 2012 4:39 PM # 
ndobbs:
On the other hand, he is an economist.

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