UPDATE: 1 OCTOBER. Results are posted.
What a great day of orienteering! Mother nature provided us fall temperatures, clear skies, and light winds. Below are the results. Please send us a text if you see an error (913) 683-5634) Congratulations to Team HD, Maprunner, and Team Hixson for topping the leader board in their divisions. I’ll be following up with a race report and posting pictures to Smug Mug in the coming days. A special thanks to Danielle and Stephanie for volunteering to assist with the race. They are rock stars. Next up: Our most popular event co-hosted by Orienteer Kansas: Great Pumpkin Orienteer on October, 28th. Same time, same fee, and the upper parking lot of Gruber Gym. Adventure On!
UPDATE: 9/27. Map is posted.
The weather is looking fantastic for Saturday! The morning temps may require a jacket. We look forward to meeting many new orienteers and greeting our veteran orienteers from the previous year. We designed the course to introduce new orienteers to the numerous landmarks on post. For the veterans, the course offers the opportunity to rev up your skills for the upcoming fall and winter schedules. Below is the course map. Please note the map contains all the controls on the Olympic Course…or about 8.5 miles and 21 markers (as the crow flies) of orienteering. We designated the following control numbers for Intro and Intermediate courses.
Introduction Course (About 2 miles). Controls 1 thru 8
Intermediate Course (About 3 miles). Controls 1 thru 11 and Control 20.
You are welcome to capture additional controls outside of your course. These will be counted as bonus points. The order of finish is determined by: (1) controls captured, (2) bonus points, and (3) finish time.
Here is the cue sheet that accompanies map. You are welcome to print off both documents to start your course planning. To help you orient the map, the start and finish start points (pyramid with circle in it) are the south parking lot of Gruber Gym. All letters on the map are pointing northward. We will have cue sheets and course maps at registration. Theres are 2 unmanned water and candy points on the course at controls 9 and 18.
September brings the beginning of fall and cool temps. Great conditions to start off the 2017/2018 season with an orienteer meet on September 30th. The event features 3 courses geared towards advanced orienteers, family and dog friendly orienteers, and new orienteers. To assist with your route choice, we post course orienteer maps and clue sheets on the website the Wednesday before the event. We also post updates as we get closer to the event.
The 3K intro course consists of 8 controls. For those totally new to the sport, we have race staff available to assist you with your pace count and finding your first marker. These controls are adjacent to sidewalks, hung on or close to historical landmarks, and technically easy. The event is perfect for families with small children. Please note, children can accompany parents using tykes on bikes, skateboards and strollers. Fido is also welcome on all our courses.
Similar to the Intro course, the 5K, 12 controls, intermediate course’s controls are adjacent to sidewalks and hung on or near landmark signage. The distance is greater, with a slight elevation, and the skill level strategy is medium. An unmanned cache with water, cups and candy is located at on the course. The unmanned cache should be considered as part of your race strategy. If your strategy is to not carry water on your person and you plan to get water at the cache, decide when to capture the cache as part of your race planning.
The course consists of 21 controls. The distance is greater and so are the elevations. The orienteering skill level is medium with the strategy level higher. With the greater elevations and the cache being located at mid-post, you need to plan hydration and snacks as part of your capture. We will have 2 unmanned water points on the course. Decide when to tackle the higher elevations, at the beginning or end of your orienteer. Finally, time becomes a factor. You have up to 3 hours to complete the course before incurring penalty points. Its better to be closer to the finish line the shorter it gets to the expiration of the time limit.
The September Orienteer begins at the South Parking Lot, Gruber Gym, Fort Leavenworth, KS, from 8am to 9:30am. Look for the big RV with an orange navigation marker. There is no pre-registration. We understand life is hectic. Thus we DO NOT require you to pre-register. Just join us at the registration table Saturday morning anytime between 8am to 9:30am and sign up for a great morning of orienteering. We can accept cash or check at the registration table. You can use a credit card at Gruber Gym and bring us the receipt. We use a staggered start where orienteers can begin the race anytime between 8am to 9:30am. Event divisions consist of solo, 2-person or 3-pers0n teams, and family teams. Race fees are $15.00 per person. Orienteering is a family friendly sport. We encourage families to orienteer together by offering a discount family fee. The family fee is $35 for an unlimited amount of related family members. Children under 6 and dogs are free. Racers with little legs can use trikes and tiny bikes. We bring doggie water bowls and biscuits to all our events. The meet fee includes an orienteer map w/ zip-lock bag, race clue sheets, Tyvex orienteer passport, a finisher award (racer’s choice of a water bottle, trail bags, flashlights), and end of course refreshments (drinks, halo oranges, cookies and chips). To keep race fees reasonable and your household goods light, we do not offer t-shirts or medals. We do provide winners’ recognition on our Facebook page, website and in the post newspaper. We also provide free race photos on our smug mug site, http://ftlvadventure.smugmug.com. For those completing 5 of our events over the season, we award a rock star adventure race jersey.
Over the years we met a lot of awesome kids, toddlers, and tweens who defy preset age groups. Our only age requirement is children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a sponsor (16 years and older). Meet placements are determined by (1st) number of points captured and (2nd) time.
Have questions? Send us a text at (913) 565-5697, Facebook PM or email, email@example.com.
For Out of Towners.
For out-of-towners without a military ID or CAC Card, in February, 2015, Fort Leavenworth imposed a visitor access program. You must process through the Visitor Center at Metropolitan Avenue before entering the post. Please refer to our Home page for additional information regarding access procedures. Normally the process takes about 15 to 20 minutes with access personnel conducting a computerized background check. Please ensure you bring your drivers license, (Sorry Missouri folks, your drivers license in not acceptable) and vehicle registration.