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Reedy Creek Nature Preserve 1-Feb-2014

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve 1-Feb-2014

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve| 1-Feb-2014 | Sandy Kohn, meet director

The day started off chilly, but the sun was out and it warmed up to the mid-50 later in the day.  We had 83 different groups participate (one did both white and red) with a total of 210 participants plus a dog (on a leash).  

 

As a course setter it was a good day since there were no problems with any of the controls.  They were all where they were supposed to be. That is always a good thing for a course setter. 

 

Yellow (experienced beginner) was the most popular route by far.  26 teams and 99 participants (nearly half of all who attended) went out on Yellow.  The Yellow course took folks away from trails – using other handrails to make the route finding not too difficult.  (A handrail is a long linear feature that runs parallel to your direction of travel.  Examples are trails, streams, ridges, vegetation boundaries, etc.)  However, going from Control 5 to Control 6 required following a compass bearing – heading almost due east to great collecting feature (a deep valley) with Control 6 high on the slope (on stony ground) so it was easily visible from quite far away. Control 8 was also a challenge for some.  It required being able to read topography to find a reentrant which turned into a gully that was about 100 meters from the closest handrail.  One group didn’t find Control 2 at a big tree.  The flag was not easily visible from the trail, but the 2 big trees that were marked on the map were.  You need to know what you are looking for which is why we use control description sheets.  Some also had difficulty finding Control 4 at a rootstock visible from a bridge (the intersection of a stream and a trail).  There was not one clear path from the water stop to Control 4.  This was the first real route choice on the yellow course and it offered two possible trails, or a compass bearing to a stream or a trail as possible collecting features.  77% of the teams that attempted yellow were able to complete the course.  

 

The Orange course (intermediate) had fewer than in the past – partly because a number of teams chose to try Green (advanced) instead.  81% of the team on Orange completed the course.  On Green only 52 % of the teams found all the controls.  Some of the team on Green would have had better success on Orange.  It appears they lacked the skills necessary to complete an advanced course. The two most challenging controls on Orange were 6 and 9.  These actually also were on the Green course but were approached from opposite directions.  6 was a very small reentrant in fairly flat, non-descript terrain.  It was important to have an attack point (an obvious feature on the map that you could find fairly easily on the ground) for this control.  There was a trail bend about 100 meters away and some boulders that could also have served as attack points.  I will talk about Control 9 in the Green description below.

 

On both the Green and Red courses, Control 1 was challenging for many (This was also Control 9 on Orange).  I saw a number of printouts from those using electronic punches and times for this leg ranged from just over 5 minutes to over 40 minutes.  Even one of our most experienced orineteers took 12 minutes. There were a number of gullies just north of the control and it was easy to get mixed up in these.  At least 3 people made a parallel error, going up the wrong ridge by mistake.

Control 6 for both Green and Red was also Control 6 for Orange – so see above for info on that one. 

I also heard that a number of people struggled with Control 8 on Green (which was 7 on Red). It was a boulder cluster on a not very distinct ridgeline.  Lots of orienteers ended up in the boulders north of the control on lower ground.  It was important to be able to read the subtle contour lines and subtle terrain to stay up on the top of the ridge.

 

Control 9 on Green (8 on Red) was also challenging for a different reason.  It was in a gully where it made a big bend.  However, there were so many gullies and dry ditches in that area that is was hard to know which one was which.  As a course setter it is fun to create different kinds of challenges on a course.

 

All in all, most folks had a great day being out in the woods and testing themselves on these Orienteering courses.

 

Thanks to Walter Siegenthaler who prepared the pre-printed maps and reviewed the control descriptions. Thanks to Tom Hibbert who helped pick up controls at the end of the day.

Thanks to Charles McComas who provided a beginners lesson for some of the new folks.  

And special thanks to the 4 students (Brenna Rodriquez, Nick Amann, Mitch Motsinger and Taylor Ramsey) from the Wilderness Trip Leading Course at UNC Charlotte who helped manage registration, starts and finishes and helped set-out and pick-up controls on the day of the meet. 

Thanks also to the Mecklenburg Country Park staff who provided the support for us to conduct this meet at Reedy Creek.

 

The numbers in parenthesis is how many individuals were on the team.  If there is no number – it was a single individual.  The number after “Competitor” is the total number of people who participated on that course.  Some of the results may not be completely accurate due to difficulty reading some of the course logs.

 

White Course                         Distance in kilometers:          2.0

Rank Competitor  (12)

Finish Time

1 Denise

21:00

2

Lord of the Rings (2)

33:00

3

448 Scout 2 (4)

70:00

4 448 Scout 1  (5)

82:00

  

Yellow Course                       Distance in kilometers:          3.0

Rank Competitor (99)

Finish Time

1 Chapman 3 (4)

79:00

2 Isabelle (2)

92:00

3 Clover 3 (5)

95:00

4 TM (2)

98:00

5 Troop 332 (3)

98:00

6 The Cheetahs (8)

101:00

7 Team 4 (3)

110:00

8 Landon & Stewart (2)

117:00

9 Sam (3)

118:00

10 Clover 2 (6)

125:00

11 Timney (2)

127:00

12 Wooly Worms (6)

135:00

13 Chapman 1 (4)

146:00

14 Team Raccoon (2)

149:00

15 Christine & Harleigh (2)

150:00

16 Chapman 2 (3)

167:00

17 Chapman 4 (3)

173:00

18 Potatoes (4)

178:00

19 Rogue Dames (12)

180:00

20 JR (3)

204:00

  Sigmon Thunder (2)

DNF

  Lone Rangers (4)

DNF

  Clover 1 (5)

DNF

  Clover 8 (4)

DNF

  Minecrafters (4)

DNF

  Nancy Botomlee

DNF

           

               

 

Orange Course                      Distance in kilometers:          3.4

Rank Competitor (35)

Finish Time

1 A Williams

92:00

2 Jim Murry

92:00

3 Stewert

107:32

4 Mini Team (3)

108:00

5 Jesus Squad (6)

119:00

6 Jason Carey (4)

129:00

7 Mauro Messina (2)

129:00

8 Bucklin (3)

140:00

9 Keith

144:00

10 Panthers (2)

149:00

11 Deb Dowling

164:32

12 Tree Patrol (2)

175:20

13 Black (3)

181:00

  Phyllis & Robbi (2)

DNF

  A Team (2)

DNF

  The Hempstead Hoologans

DNF

 

 

 

 

Green Course                                    Distance in kilometers:          4.9

Rank Competitor (48)

Finish Time

1 Mark C.

103:47

2 DC 7 (2)

106:15

3 James S.

126:05

4 Todd Creech

126:41

5 Dan Davis

127:58

6 Tom Hibbert

130:49

7 Barry & Bodkin (2)

137:30

8 Clover 7 (4)

155:39

9 DC 2 (2)

169:00

10 Mike & Janet (2)

177:13

11  DC 5 (3)

184:34

12 Hinson

189:20

13 448 Crew 3 (4)

195:16

  Friul (2)

DNF

  DC 8 (2)

DNF

  DC 4 (2)

DNF

  DC 1 (2)

DNF

  DC 9(2)

DNF

  DC 6 (3)

DNF

  Team Lads (3)

DNF

  Mike

DNF

  DC 3 (3)

DNF

  Charles McComas

DNF

  Jamall Eaves

DNF

  Chris W.

DNF

 

 

Red Course                            Distance in kilometers:          5.4

Rank Competitor (16)

Finish Time

1 David Knight (2)

68:52

2 Walter Siegenthaler

71:20

3 Josef Trzicky

80:06

4 Corbitt

82:21

5 Cory F.

126:00

6 Richard Stewart

128:33

7 Beth & Cory (2)

144:07

8 B & K (2)

148:42

9 Dan

172:56

  Tevin C.

DNF

  Alex L.

DNF

  Seiko W.

DNF

  Kevin

DNF

WEBMASTER NOTE:  THE PICTURE SHOWS REQUIRD EQUIPMENT WHEN SANDY SETS THE COURSE ;-)

 

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