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Orienteer at Swanson Road this Sunday

Jon
 

QOC will be in the woods at Swanson Road Natural Area (a part of Patuxent River Park) near Upper Marlboro, MD, this Sunday, with six regular courses (white through red) on offer, plus two advanced training courses, courtesy of course designer Craig Shelden.

Event timing will be standard: register between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be sure to be back before 3pm when control pickup will begin. Dogs on leash are welcome in the park so feel free to bring your favorite canine.

A couple of notes on less standard aspects of the event:

- it will be based in the northern part of the park, not in the south near the radio-controlled aircraft field where we've been in the past. There will be QOC signage on the way there, of course, but if you want an address to look up to see where you'll be going, Craig suggests using 17110 Swanson Rd Spur, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

- the training courses will be offered in short and long versions.  Both feature some controls to be taken in random order, as in the Bumble (or the upcoming in just over two weeks Susquehanna Stumble), plus some window-O controls to challenge your compass technique and distance estimation. Craig suggests doing them in place of a regular course but nothing prevents you doing one of them plus a regular course, if you have the time and energy.

Full event details and driving directions are available as always on the event webpage (http://qoc.us.orienteering.org/events/2017/9/24/swanson-road) .

See you in the woods!



Orienteer at Hemlock Overlook This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

Plan to head out to Hemlock Overlook Park (near Clifton, VA) this Sunday, and enjoy the woods that our course setter (Tom Nolan) says are in fine form for the six courses (white through red) on offer.

For those who know Hemlock, our registration area is likely to be in a different pavilion than usual, located to the right of the (small) parking area and the pavilion we normally use. Event timing is standard, however: register between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be sure to be back before 3pm when the controls will start their migration back home. Hemlock is also a dog-friendly park, as long as a leash connects you to your pooch.

Full event details and driving directions are available as always on the event webpage.

See you in the woods!



Season Opener: Lake Accotink Orienteering This Sunday

Greg Lennon
 

It's predicted to be a sunny, 72 degree day this Sunday, Sept. 10 at Lake Accotink (near Springfield, VA) for the first event of our 2017-2018 season, and we hope to see you there!


Course setter Jon Torrance has designed classic (point to point) white, yellow and brown courses, as well as a 75 minute Score-O course intended for advanced and intermediate orienteers. And there's an (optional) twist for Score-O participants: a 'dogbones' course option, imported from Canada for the occasion (read about it on the event webpage).


Event timing will remain the season standard: register any time between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1:30, and be sure to be back no later than 3pm. And for a bit of additional fun, don't forget that Lake Accotink offers boat rentals, miniature golf, and bike rentals, and dogs on leash are welcome here too.


Full event details - and driving directions to the McLaren-Sargent Pavilion where our registration area will be (NOT the lower parking lot underneath the train bridge) are on our event webpage.


See you Sunday!

 


Orienteers in Richmond, VA?

Boris Granovskiy
 

Hi QOC,

A very good Swedish orienteer, Love Sintring, just moved to Richmond, VA for the fall semester. He is looking to connect with other orienteers in the area for possible rides to events, both local and distant. Are there any orienteers in Richmond on this list who might be able to help out?

Please reply to me directly. Thank you in advance! 

- Boris


For Residents of Northern Virginia who are over 50

Sidney A Sachs
 

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics registration deadline for Orienteering and other events is approaching (Mail: Postmarked by August 26, Online deadline is 9/2) Orienteering will be held in conjunction with the QOC event at Lake Accotink on Sunday September 10th. Only residents of Northern Virginia who are over 50 are eligible to register and compete in 5 year age groups. There is a beginner and an advanced course.

More information & registration: http://nvso.us/home-2017/

Event Coordinators: Keggood2013@yahoo.com and sidneysachs@juno.com
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Friday & Sunday QOC Maryland events

Greg Lennon
 

Reminder! This Friday, July 28th, QOC will be participating in an Invasive Plant Removal work day and we need more volunteers. The group will be meeting at the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park, in Parking Lot A, which is directly beyond the ranger station at the park entrance.  The work day will start at 9:00am and end at noon.  Please bring drinking water, sturdy work gloves and dress for pulling up plants in the woods.  If you are able to attend on the 28th, please confirm your attendance by sending an email to jody@... or a text to 443-386-2638, making sure to include your name. Jody will need to give the ranger an advance count, so they can make sure they have a sufficient number of tools for our group. Full details here.


And this Sunday, July 30, Heidi & Dave Onkst are conducting an Introduction to Orienteering event at Wheaton Regional Park; this is your chance to invite your co-workers and friends out to experience that activity you're always saying great things about! Full event details here.


 


2 New Volunteer Opportunities: Sunday, July 9 & Friday, July 28

Greg Lennon
 

From QOC President Jody Landers:


On Sunday, July 9, the Patapsco Valley State Park has invited QOC members to participate in another Trail building work day. The work group will be meeting in the Pickall Area, located at 8125 Johnnycake Road, Woodlawn, MD 21244 in Shelter No. 701. The work day starts at 9:00am and lasts until 1:00pm.  There will be a Ranger Station Attendant present to direct the group and the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) will be providing food and t-shirts to all volunteers. If you can attend, no need to register in advance, just show up, but please make certain to sign-in listing QOC as your designated organization, so QOC can get credit for the time you work.


On Friday, July 28, QOC will be participating in an Invasive Plant Removal work day. The group will be meeting at the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park, in Parking Lot A, which is directly beyond the ranger station at the park entrance. The work day will start at 9:00am and end at noon. Please bring drinking water, sturdy work gloves and dress for pulling up plants in the woods. If you are able to attend on the 28th, please confirm your attendance by sending an email to jody@landersclan.com or a text to 443-386-2638, making sure to include your name. I will need to give the ranger an advance count, so they can make sure they have a sufficient number of tools for our group.


On behalf of the entire club, I would also like to thank the 27 club members who came out for the first Trail Building workday on June 24.  We had a great time and got a lot of work done cutting a new trail through a lesser used section of the park South of the River and West of Marriottsville Road.   



2017 Summer Short Series (SSS), July 1

Daniel Heimgartner
 


Volunteers Needed for McKeldin Trail Work

Greg Lennon
 

QOC Volunteers are Needed to Help with Trail Maintenance at the

McKeldin Area of Patapsco State Park on Saturday, June 24th from 9:00-1:00

 

The managers of the Patapsco Valley State Park have a policy that requires large groups like QOC to put in a number of volunteer hours doing trail maintenance and/or cleanup at various park locations.  Our club uses a number of areas in the Patapsco State Park annually (Hilton, Avalon, Orange Grove, Granite and McKeldin), so we have a special interest in helping to support and maintain the park.


The club has agreed to round up as many volunteers as we can to do some trail maintenance on Saturday, June 24th from 9:00 – 1:00.   We will assemble at the McKeldin area that morning.   Volunteers should bring their own work gloves and the park will supply tools and instruction.  This is a great opportunity to contribute to the maintenance of a park that we enjoy and benefit from on a yearly basis. QOC will host a get-together afterwards with food for all volunteers. For full details about this event, head to our event webpage.


Please text or email me directly (using the address below - i.e. pls don't just hit reply on this email) by 6/20 if you are able to volunteer on the 24th.   We want to get a head count of volunteers, so the park staff can plan the work day.   We are hoping for a big turnout.  Thanks,


Jody Landers, QOC President

443-386-2638 cell (If you text, please include your full name in the text)

Email: jody@landersclan.com




Re: Summer Short Series event & update

John Lawrence
 

Good morning,

Anyone going to Fountainhead​ this Saturday who I could catch a ride with? I'm a QOC member and live right next to Huntington metro right off the beltway. I can help pay for gas. 

Thanks,

John Lawrence
703-364-8318

On Jun 7, 2017 5:02 PM, "'Peggy Dickison' pdickison@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club]" <Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...> wrote:
 

Hi all,

 

This will (probably) be the last time I blast the QOC Yahoo Group, so if you’re not on the SSS list and would like to be, please let me know. Conversely, if you’d like to be taken off, let me know that as well.

 

This Saturday, 10 June, we’ll have our first SSS of 2016.

Venue: Fountainhead, west side, parking (limited!) and start on Wolf Run Shoals Road.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wolf+Run+Shoals+Rd,+Clifton,+VA+20124/@38.7344565,-77.3577076,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b650f807026199:0x52f5344ed669ea0f!8m2!3d38.7409776!4d-77.3458374

This is actually the intersection with Henderson Road; take Wolf Run Shoals Rd. south as far as you can and at the end is the parking.

 

Start: 4 pm à

End: By 6ish.

 

Courses: There are three. We will be vetting the courses for the International Cartographic Conference’s orienteering event, which will be on 7 July.

·         Advanced beginner course (Yellow), 1.7 km, 8 controls

·         Intermediate (Orange), 3.1 km, 10 controls

·         Short Advanced (Brown), 3.7 km, 10 controls

 

Because I’m trying to gauge appropriateness of difficulty and making sure the controls are in the right place, I’d love for some people who usually run Yellow or Orange to participate. (Unfortunately, my family Yellow runner won’t be available. L ) Usually SSS events are for intermediate to advanced orienteers, so this is a great chance to check out the SSS vibe!

 

Controls: are marked with pink streamers, with control number and some other data (“ICC/QOC 7/6/17”) on them. No real controls, no e-punching. QOC members are welcome to race the courses after the ICC participants on 7 July (a Thursday) for a small SSS-level fee, and then there will be real controls & e-punch boxes. In the meantime, there are streamers!

 

Fee: A donation of at least $5, which will go to the US Senior Team, is requested. A larger donation is of course welcome.

What you get: a map! Some water! (none on the course) Beautiful woods to run in! If you ran QOC’s recent event in Fountainhead, you know what I mean. Fun socializing with like-minded people!

 

The woods can be slippery if it’s been wet. As always, please take precautions against bug bites and watch for ticks, poison ivy, and chiggers. I have not run into any of these while out in these woods but I may have been lucky , or just well prepared.

 

After everyone is done, whoever is interested will go out for dinner. We’ll determine the location later. Not much in the immediate vicinity.

 

Schedule updates:

June 17 – open

June 24 – open

July 1 – open

July 8 – open

July 15 – open

July 22 – Manassas w/ Daniel H. hosting (Daniel, please correct me if I have the date wrong. I may have forgotten since Sunday!)

July 29 – open

Aug 5 – open

Aug 12 – Oregon Ridge (morning?) w/ Francis Hogle

Aug 19 – open

Aug 26 – open

 

SSS events that haven’t been scheduled yet are at Gallaudet (Maces) and the National Mall (Don F.). Squirrel Kill? Perhaps!

 

Keep tuned to find out what’s happening. And if you’d like to host, just send me an email.

 

Peggy Dickison

QOC SSS Mistress


Re: Summer Short Series event & update

Jane Leggett
 

Hi Peggy,

I think I'm on your SSS list and I want to stay on. More confident that I can handle an advanced course.

I would also be happy to help out with one or more events, though I'm not yet sure of my schedule this summer and I'd like to attend one or two before taking on hosting one.

Thanks for all you do!

Jane Leggett



From: "'Peggy Dickison' pdickison@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club]"
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Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 4:57 PM
Subject: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] Summer Short Series event & update

 
Hi all,
 
This will (probably) be the last time I blast the QOC Yahoo Group, so if you’re not on the SSS list and would like to be, please let me know. Conversely, if you’d like to be taken off, let me know that as well.
 
This Saturday, 10 June, we’ll have our first SSS of 2016.
Venue: Fountainhead, west side, parking (limited!) and start on Wolf Run Shoals Road.
This is actually the intersection with Henderson Road; take Wolf Run Shoals Rd. south as far as you can and at the end is the parking.
 
Start: 4 pm à
End: By 6ish.
 
Courses: There are three. We will be vetting the courses for the International Cartographic Conference’s orienteering event, which will be on 7 July.
·         Advanced beginner course (Yellow), 1.7 km, 8 controls
·         Intermediate (Orange), 3.1 km, 10 controls
·         Short Advanced (Brown), 3.7 km, 10 controls
 
Because I’m trying to gauge appropriateness of difficulty and making sure the controls are in the right place, I’d love for some people who usually run Yellow or Orange to participate. (Unfortunately, my family Yellow runner won’t be available. L ) Usually SSS events are for intermediate to advanced orienteers, so this is a great chance to check out the SSS vibe!
 
Controls: are marked with pink streamers, with control number and some other data (“ICC/QOC 7/6/17”) on them. No real controls, no e-punching. QOC members are welcome to race the courses after the ICC participants on 7 July (a Thursday) for a small SSS-level fee, and then there will be real controls & e-punch boxes. In the meantime, there are streamers!
 
Fee: A donation of at least $5, which will go to the US Senior Team, is requested. A larger donation is of course welcome.
What you get: a map! Some water! (none on the course) Beautiful woods to run in! If you ran QOC’s recent event in Fountainhead, you know what I mean. Fun socializing with like-minded people!
 
The woods can be slippery if it’s been wet. As always, please take precautions against bug bites and watch for ticks, poison ivy, and chiggers. I have not run into any of these while out in these woods but I may have been lucky , or just well prepared.
 
After everyone is done, whoever is interested will go out for dinner. We’ll determine the location later. Not much in the immediate vicinity.
 
Schedule updates:
June 17 – open
June 24 – open
July 1 – open
July 8 – open
July 15 – open
July 22 – Manassas w/ Daniel H. hosting (Daniel, please correct me if I have the date wrong. I may have forgotten since Sunday!)
July 29 – open
Aug 5 – open
Aug 12 – Oregon Ridge (morning?) w/ Francis Hogle
Aug 19 – open
Aug 26 – open
 
SSS events that haven’t been scheduled yet are at Gallaudet (Maces) and the National Mall (Don F.). Squirrel Kill? Perhaps!
 
Keep tuned to find out what’s happening. And if you’d like to host, just send me an email.
 
Peggy Dickison
QOC SSS Mistress



Re: Summer Short Series event & update

John Lawrence
 

Yes, can you add me as well. Thanks!

On Jun 7, 2017 5:02 PM, "'Peggy Dickison' pdickison@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club]" <Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...> wrote:
 

Hi all,

 

This will (probably) be the last time I blast the QOC Yahoo Group, so if you’re not on the SSS list and would like to be, please let me know. Conversely, if you’d like to be taken off, let me know that as well.

 

This Saturday, 10 June, we’ll have our first SSS of 2016.

Venue: Fountainhead, west side, parking (limited!) and start on Wolf Run Shoals Road.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wolf+Run+Shoals+Rd,+Clifton,+VA+20124/@38.7344565,-77.3577076,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b650f807026199:0x52f5344ed669ea0f!8m2!3d38.7409776!4d-77.3458374

This is actually the intersection with Henderson Road; take Wolf Run Shoals Rd. south as far as you can and at the end is the parking.

 

Start: 4 pm à

End: By 6ish.

 

Courses: There are three. We will be vetting the courses for the International Cartographic Conference’s orienteering event, which will be on 7 July.

·         Advanced beginner course (Yellow), 1.7 km, 8 controls

·         Intermediate (Orange), 3.1 km, 10 controls

·         Short Advanced (Brown), 3.7 km, 10 controls

 

Because I’m trying to gauge appropriateness of difficulty and making sure the controls are in the right place, I’d love for some people who usually run Yellow or Orange to participate. (Unfortunately, my family Yellow runner won’t be available. L ) Usually SSS events are for intermediate to advanced orienteers, so this is a great chance to check out the SSS vibe!

 

Controls: are marked with pink streamers, with control number and some other data (“ICC/QOC 7/6/17”) on them. No real controls, no e-punching. QOC members are welcome to race the courses after the ICC participants on 7 July (a Thursday) for a small SSS-level fee, and then there will be real controls & e-punch boxes. In the meantime, there are streamers!

 

Fee: A donation of at least $5, which will go to the US Senior Team, is requested. A larger donation is of course welcome.

What you get: a map! Some water! (none on the course) Beautiful woods to run in! If you ran QOC’s recent event in Fountainhead, you know what I mean. Fun socializing with like-minded people!

 

The woods can be slippery if it’s been wet. As always, please take precautions against bug bites and watch for ticks, poison ivy, and chiggers. I have not run into any of these while out in these woods but I may have been lucky , or just well prepared.

 

After everyone is done, whoever is interested will go out for dinner. We’ll determine the location later. Not much in the immediate vicinity.

 

Schedule updates:

June 17 – open

June 24 – open

July 1 – open

July 8 – open

July 15 – open

July 22 – Manassas w/ Daniel H. hosting (Daniel, please correct me if I have the date wrong. I may have forgotten since Sunday!)

July 29 – open

Aug 5 – open

Aug 12 – Oregon Ridge (morning?) w/ Francis Hogle

Aug 19 – open

Aug 26 – open

 

SSS events that haven’t been scheduled yet are at Gallaudet (Maces) and the National Mall (Don F.). Squirrel Kill? Perhaps!

 

Keep tuned to find out what’s happening. And if you’d like to host, just send me an email.

 

Peggy Dickison

QOC SSS Mistress


Re: Summer Short Series event & update

orienteer79
 

Peggy,

I don't think I'm on the SSS distro. If not, please add me. I won't be there this weekend (Finland, woo!), but I'm looking forward to the rest of the summer.

Virginia

On Jun 7, 2017 4:57 PM, "'Peggy Dickison' pdickison@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club]" <Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...> wrote:
 

Hi all,

 

This will (probably) be the last time I blast the QOC Yahoo Group, so if you’re not on the SSS list and would like to be, please let me know. Conversely, if you’d like to be taken off, let me know that as well.

 

This Saturday, 10 June, we’ll have our first SSS of 2016.

Venue: Fountainhead, west side, parking (limited!) and start on Wolf Run Shoals Road.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wolf+Run+Shoals+Rd,+Clifton,+VA+20124/@38.7344565,-77.3577076,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b650f807026199:0x52f5344ed669ea0f!8m2!3d38.7409776!4d-77.3458374

This is actually the intersection with Henderson Road; take Wolf Run Shoals Rd. south as far as you can and at the end is the parking.

 

Start: 4 pm à

End: By 6ish.

 

Courses: There are three. We will be vetting the courses for the International Cartographic Conference’s orienteering event, which will be on 7 July.

·         Advanced beginner course (Yellow), 1.7 km, 8 controls

·         Intermediate (Orange), 3.1 km, 10 controls

·         Short Advanced (Brown), 3.7 km, 10 controls

 

Because I’m trying to gauge appropriateness of difficulty and making sure the controls are in the right place, I’d love for some people who usually run Yellow or Orange to participate. (Unfortunately, my family Yellow runner won’t be available. L ) Usually SSS events are for intermediate to advanced orienteers, so this is a great chance to check out the SSS vibe!

 

Controls: are marked with pink streamers, with control number and some other data (“ICC/QOC 7/6/17”) on them. No real controls, no e-punching. QOC members are welcome to race the courses after the ICC participants on 7 July (a Thursday) for a small SSS-level fee, and then there will be real controls & e-punch boxes. In the meantime, there are streamers!

 

Fee: A donation of at least $5, which will go to the US Senior Team, is requested. A larger donation is of course welcome.

What you get: a map! Some water! (none on the course) Beautiful woods to run in! If you ran QOC’s recent event in Fountainhead, you know what I mean. Fun socializing with like-minded people!

 

The woods can be slippery if it’s been wet. As always, please take precautions against bug bites and watch for ticks, poison ivy, and chiggers. I have not run into any of these while out in these woods but I may have been lucky , or just well prepared.

 

After everyone is done, whoever is interested will go out for dinner. We’ll determine the location later. Not much in the immediate vicinity.

 

Schedule updates:

June 17 – open

June 24 – open

July 1 – open

July 8 – open

July 15 – open

July 22 – Manassas w/ Daniel H. hosting (Daniel, please correct me if I have the date wrong. I may have forgotten since Sunday!)

July 29 – open

Aug 5 – open

Aug 12 – Oregon Ridge (morning?) w/ Francis Hogle

Aug 19 – open

Aug 26 – open

 

SSS events that haven’t been scheduled yet are at Gallaudet (Maces) and the National Mall (Don F.). Squirrel Kill? Perhaps!

 

Keep tuned to find out what’s happening. And if you’d like to host, just send me an email.

 

Peggy Dickison

QOC SSS Mistress


Summer Short Series event & update

Peggy Dickison
 

Hi all,

 

This will (probably) be the last time I blast the QOC Yahoo Group, so if you’re not on the SSS list and would like to be, please let me know. Conversely, if you’d like to be taken off, let me know that as well.

 

This Saturday, 10 June, we’ll have our first SSS of 2016.

Venue: Fountainhead, west side, parking (limited!) and start on Wolf Run Shoals Road.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wolf+Run+Shoals+Rd,+Clifton,+VA+20124/@38.7344565,-77.3577076,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b650f807026199:0x52f5344ed669ea0f!8m2!3d38.7409776!4d-77.3458374

This is actually the intersection with Henderson Road; take Wolf Run Shoals Rd. south as far as you can and at the end is the parking.

 

Start: 4 pm à

End: By 6ish.

 

Courses: There are three. We will be vetting the courses for the International Cartographic Conference’s orienteering event, which will be on 7 July.

·         Advanced beginner course (Yellow), 1.7 km, 8 controls

·         Intermediate (Orange), 3.1 km, 10 controls

·         Short Advanced (Brown), 3.7 km, 10 controls

 

Because I’m trying to gauge appropriateness of difficulty and making sure the controls are in the right place, I’d love for some people who usually run Yellow or Orange to participate. (Unfortunately, my family Yellow runner won’t be available. L ) Usually SSS events are for intermediate to advanced orienteers, so this is a great chance to check out the SSS vibe!

 

Controls: are marked with pink streamers, with control number and some other data (“ICC/QOC 7/6/17”) on them. No real controls, no e-punching. QOC members are welcome to race the courses after the ICC participants on 7 July (a Thursday) for a small SSS-level fee, and then there will be real controls & e-punch boxes. In the meantime, there are streamers!

 

Fee: A donation of at least $5, which will go to the US Senior Team, is requested. A larger donation is of course welcome.

What you get: a map! Some water! (none on the course) Beautiful woods to run in! If you ran QOC’s recent event in Fountainhead, you know what I mean. Fun socializing with like-minded people!

 

The woods can be slippery if it’s been wet. As always, please take precautions against bug bites and watch for ticks, poison ivy, and chiggers. I have not run into any of these while out in these woods but I may have been lucky , or just well prepared.

 

After everyone is done, whoever is interested will go out for dinner. We’ll determine the location later. Not much in the immediate vicinity.

 

Schedule updates:

June 17 – open

June 24 – open

July 1 – open

July 8 – open

July 15 – open

July 22 – Manassas w/ Daniel H. hosting (Daniel, please correct me if I have the date wrong. I may have forgotten since Sunday!)

July 29 – open

Aug 5 – open

Aug 12 – Oregon Ridge (morning?) w/ Francis Hogle

Aug 19 – open

Aug 26 – open

 

SSS events that haven’t been scheduled yet are at Gallaudet (Maces) and the National Mall (Don F.). Squirrel Kill? Perhaps!

 

Keep tuned to find out what’s happening. And if you’d like to host, just send me an email.

 

Peggy Dickison

QOC SSS Mistress


Re: Routegadget

Craig Shelden
 

Sidney,

I use a free program called GPSLogger in my cell phone.  See web page here:  http://code.mendhak.com/gpslogger/

I think it is only available for Android.  I like it because it will save my track, recording positions at a periodicity I set (usually once a second) and it will also email the track periodically to an address I choose. The exported track format options I use include Google Earth .kml files and standard .gpx files. The .gpx files seem fine for Route Gadget, and since they are emailed to me, they are waiting in the PC when I get home, or in the phone if I'm really eager to see my mistakes ... er, my tracks.  GPS Logger initial set up was a bit finicky, but relatively straight forward.

For uploading to Route Gadget, I save the attached files, and then use RG's normal track upload procedure.  No special effort required.  The phone track almost always needs some tweaking for RG when compared to the watch, but it's pretty close.

For comparison, I'm attaching Jug Bay tracks from the phone .gpx file, the watch .gpx file and a Google Earth .kmz file showing both tracks.  The phone track is almost always sufficient for Route Gadget. The watch data is much smoother and probably reflects the difference between a vehicular navigation design accuracy and personal foot travel accuracy.  The phone is the choppy green track, the yellow is the smoother watch track.

Hope this helps!

All my best,

Craig


On 6/6/2017 4:55 PM, sidneysachs@... [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] wrote:
 
 I am with Daniel Heimgartner 100% about using Route Gadget.  We are very lucky to have Greg Lennon and Valerie Meyer to maintain it for us.  After I set an event, I looked at each person route.  I once had 22 different people on the same leg,   They went 19 different ways!  I too think it is very important that everyone enter their course.   In fact, I already decided that for the 2017-18 point system, instead of getting five points for plotting your course, it will be double.  The reason for this is that less than 20% of the starts are plotted. The Brown and Green runners have the highest percentages.

Lately most of the routes are enter by downloading a GPS file.   I am asking if anyone is using an app on a cell phone to recorded your GPS  route and than have it download it to a computer in the format that RouteGadget could be use.  If so, please let us know how you do it.  That will make easier for us to find out what caused us to be mislocated!   

Sidney Sachs


Re: Routegadget

Sidney A Sachs
 

 I am with Daniel Heimgartner 100% about using Route Gadget.  We are very lucky to have Greg Lennon and Valerie Meyer to maintain it for us.  After I set an event, I looked at each person route.  I once had 22 different people on the same leg,   They went 19 different ways!  I too think it is very important that everyone enter their course.   In fact, I already decided that for the 2017-18 point system, instead of getting five points for plotting your course, it will be double.  The reason for this is that less than 20% of the starts are plotted. The Brown and Green runners have the highest percentages.

Lately most of the routes are enter by downloading a GPS file.   I am asking if anyone is using an app on a cell phone to recorded your GPS  route and than have it download it to a computer in the format that RouteGadget could be use.  If so, please let us know how you do it.  That will make easier for us to find out what caused us to be mislocated!   

Sidney Sachs


Routegadget

Daniel Heimgartner
 


Orienteering + Party Time This Sunday at Jug Bay: Celebrate The Season

Greg Lennon
 

We wrap up another Sept to June season this coming Sunday at Jug Bay with our annual BEvERage Chase - the longest running orienteering event in the US - and we hope to see you there for both the orienteering and of course the picnic/party, hosted by event director Iva Zicha.


This event has a mass start at noon, and looping courses suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advanced thanks to course setter Peggy Dickison. Pre-registration is now open and strongly encouraged: and as an extra incentive to pre-register, the event is free to all QOC members and even discounted for non-members if, and only if, you pre-register. No refunds for free registrations!


Please check the event webpage for full details including of course the potluck suggestions, and plan to stay after your run to cool down and socialize. We will also be recognizing volunteers and making a variety of announcements.


Quick query: anyone have an extra grill they can easily bring? Please email Iva (click on her name from lower down on the event webpage) if so, because we could use an extra one this year.


OK, now go and register, and we'll see you Sunday!


 


2017 Summer Short Series

Peggy Dickison
 

It’s time to start thinking about the summer! I guarantee you it *will* get hot, humid, and buggy.

 

The Summer Short Series will be back for another season of low-key orienteering training and socializing. I’m currently looking for hosts to put on events. Let me know if you’d be interested, with the date and location you want, or if you have questions about what hosting entails.

 

What hasn’t changed: price, $5 minimum donation, to go to the US Team. Timing: Saturdays, usually 4 pm, followed by optional group dining. I am always willing to entertain different times and days as well.

What has changed: uh, nothing, as far as I can tell.

 

Here’s the schedule so far (with other events you or other orienteers may be attending – use it as a guide to signing up). All listed dates are Saturdays.

 

June 10 — Fountainhead/Wolf Run Shoals area: this will be vetting the three courses for the International Cartographic Conference’s orienteering event, to be held July 6th

June 17                 (CISM [Finland]; Jukola [Finland]; DVOA local event)

June 24                 (US SML champs, Idaho)

July 1                     (World Orienteering Champs [Estonia])

July 8                     (DVOA Rogaine)

July 15                   (JWOC [Finland]; Fin-5; Western Canadian Champs [Winipeg])

July 22                   (CNYO Rogaine; O-Ringen [Sweden])

July 29                   (Bohemia Orienteering; Canadian O’ Festival [Quebec])

Aug 5                     (Canadian O’ Festival: Canadian O’ Champs [Ontario]; Ohio Rogaine)

Aug 12 — Oregon Ridge, possibly in the morning if it looks hot

Aug 19                  (World Rogaine Champs [Latvia])

Aug 26

 

Peggy Dickison

SSS Mistress      


Orienteer at Fountainhead Tomorrow (Saturday)

Greg Lennon
 

Using the more northern - and arguably more interesting - northern area of Fountainhead Regional Park, the orienteering event on offer for tomorrow (Saturday May 20) will be based out of the Bull Run Marina parking lot. Course setter(s) Keg Good and Daniel Heimgartner have put assembled a full set of courses (white through blue) to take advantage of this terrain, and the weather is predicted to be quite cooperative with a high a tad above 70 degrees.


Even if the parking/registration isn't our normal one, event timing will be: register any time between 10:45 - 1:15, start any time between 11 - 1, and finish no later than 3pm.


You should also make sure to read the event and course setter notes on the event webpage - there are safety warnings (especially for crossing Yates Ford Road) as well as map notes that are important to read for this event.


And mark your calendars now if you haven't already for our end of season party & orienteering event, taking place Sunday, June 4 at Jug Bay! Pre-registration will open next week ...


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