Lots of apologies for the late start – I had printer difficulties. But I did enjoy the confusion of finding an empty parking lot and then a bunch of people coming out of the woods, yelling at me Other than this, everything went very smooth; the weather was great during the day, even if it […]
Night Orienteering at Bond Park. This event is open to everyone, but registration is required.
Please sign up by 4PM on Friday, so I know how many maps to print.
If you do not own a stick, you can still rent one.
Please park at the Senior Center, all other entrances will be gated at the time. If you are used to our previous years’ parking locations, make sure you don’t park at the Community Center, which will be used for a different event.
We will start at 7:00PM (when it will hopefully be dark enough). We will gather in the parking lot behind the Senior Center around 6:45PM.
The format is the usual Score-O: there will be a mass start, and you need to be back before the clock expires, or you will be penalized for each minute you are late:
- 3 points for the first minute
- 5 points for each additional minute
You can choose between a “short/easy” course (45 minutes) and a “long” one (60 minutes).
Please check the web site for further announcements.
As usual, help picking up controls at the end will be greatly appreciated.
We had a remote start for the advanced courses with a 2k walk to the start/finish. This allowed us to use a rarely used part of the park. We lucked out on the weather, because the forecast called for rain/snow, but the front slowed down and we had perfect weather. The sun even came out […]
Umstead South 01/26/2014 results:
We had a really nice weather and a decent turn out (bur not over the Park’s limit)
BOK purchased an iPad mini so we could use the orienteering and ARDF software “Map&Compass” to help with course setting. I tried it out while setting the courses for our upcoming Feb 9 event at Umstead.
The bottom line is:
This tool makes course setting significantly easier and will give “first time” course setters the confidence to set courses for the club.
Charles Scharlau developed the ”Map&Compass” software so people could practice ARDF and Orienteering courses without having to set controls out in the woods. Ironically, it is a wonderful tool for placing controls in the woods. All of our club’s maps are loaded on the BOK iPad mini, so we can use it to help with any of our events.
First you put the software into “Design” mode, set the crosshairs on the location for the control, and tap the icon to set the control on the map. After you have set all the controls on the map you are ready to go into the forest and hang controls. When you are in the woods at the start of your course for setting controls you change the software to “Run” mode and the “I am here” icon shows you where you are on the map. A thin line shows the direction to the next control, and the display shows the distance you have traveled and the distance you have left. Controls you need to set are shown in Red and the ones you have finished are shown in Green.
The accuracy isn’t perfect. Ruth and I set about 35 controls for next Sunday’s event and the accuracy ranged from exactly right to about 30m off. Usually it was within 10 meters. This could be explained either by the GPS accuracy or the location of the features on the map.
If you are interested in setting controls for an event but don’t have the confidence to be sure you are setting them accurately then this should give you the help you need. If you find that setting is way to slow because you have to double and triple check locations then this will speed you up considerably. I also found it was helpful to practice map visualization because when you know where you are you can identify the features around you with accuracy. The battery life was over 4 hours, so there is plenty of time to set a group of controls.
This is a club iPad and was purchased to help with control setting, so if you want to try it out let me know and we can arrange to get you started. If you are orienteering at the “advanced” level then this should give you the confidence to set courses. Don’t leave all the work to just a few of us. Chip in and help out — there is no excuse now.