Vulcan Orienteering Club hosts A-Meet
VOC is looking at co-hosting a national orienteering meet at Oak
Mtn State Park in February, 2005 (probably 19-20 and maybe even
21). The co-host would be the U.S. Orienteering Team. The U.S.
Orienteering Team is making this proposal because it is interested
in contributing to further development of orienteering in the
United States, and because the Team views this possibility as a
fundraising opportunity. The Team has co-hosted several successful
A-meets with other clubs. (A-meet is the USOF term for a USOF
sanctioned, national orienteering meet).
In order to do this, we will need a lot of help. The good news
is that the U.S. Orienteering Team will handle a lot of the
technical aspects of the A-meet. We will need to have quite a few
volunteers to help with publicity, starting line crew, finish line
crew, communication, first aid...and more.
We also will need a Participant Services Chief. This position
may be key to the success of the event. The Chief is responsible
for organizing social happenings, meals, and ceremonies; and
suggesting participant accommodations.
You do not need to be an expert orienteer to help with any of
these. Volunteering to help does not mean that you can not
participate. This would probably be a two day event (Saturday &
Sunday) and maybe even a 3rd day, Monday during the President's
day weekend in February, 2005. If you would like to volunteer,
please let me know.
An application to host an A-meet must be filed one year in
advance with the USOF. February 2005 sounds like a long way off,
but the USOF application will need to be filed in about 2 months
A-meets are a lot of fun. You get to meet a lot of people from
many parts of the country and even other parts of the world and
you can learn a lot from many of them! We'll have some of the top
orienteers around to learn from....the U.S. Orienteering Team.
It has been many years since the VOC has hosted a national
meet. I think it would go a long way in not only promoting
orienteering in Alabama, but showing off one of the best
orienteering terrains in the U.S.
Lots of things will need to be worked out before this becomes
official, but it looks like the ball is rolling.....
Vulcan Orienteering Club
Mistletoe Meet - December
Shawn Callahan wrote - Thank you to all
that came out and got down and dirty at Mistletoe. A little cold,
but a great time orienteering. Hang'em high or hang'em low, most
of you know which one I choose. Thanks to all the volunteers who
pitched in to help at the meet. And the cake was great for
Bill Farrell wrote -
Shawn gave us a wonderful good-bye gift in the form of another
excellent GAOC "local meet"!
It reminded me of my old college frat days of paddling during
"hell week" -- we would say... "Thank you Sir, may I have
another!" Well, Shawn gave us plenty of very challenging
orienteering... ditches, ditches and DITCHES!
The joy of the map is that the ditches mapped are there... as
well as many, many more that look the same, but were not mapped. I
never was able to find the correct ditch the controls were lying
in the bottom of...
Shawn hung them just like I do... down and dirty -- Southern
Many said they had no trouble, but I struggled with every
control... just like orienteering is supposed to be. Shawn even
arranged the course to allow me to look into the low sun on every
control. He also let me climb plenty on a flat area... my legs
were rubber after the third control. I spent 31 minutes on the
first control... gully peeking.
It was clear and chilly, but plenty of folks showed up. All
will remember Shawn... he will be greatly missed. Bill
Mike Ferguson wrote: I like Bill spent about 30
min looking for # 1 ( first of many boo-boo's) thanks for the fun,
you'll be missed by all.
Martha Carr wrote -
After picking up bags and seeing what poor condition some of
them are in, I have to take my hat off to Shawn. He obviously put
a great deal of thought into "protecting" those little bags this
time from the daylight, the elements----and just plain view! He
protected them under rocks and branches, in ditches, in ditches,
and in ditches--I think he even kicked leaves on a couple up. I
thank you Shawn, and the bags thank you.
I had a great time looking for number 1 as much as everyone
else did. And it gave me a warm feeling to finally find it "tucked
away" for safe keeping. Thanks for a great time--I know we'll see
you again at a meet sometime, somewhere.
Bob Domine wrote - The last meet of 2003 at Mistletoe State
Park was an outstanding one. I did forget about my old weather
predicting technique of it will be 20 on the 20th of December.
Despite the somewhat cold weather, the turnout was great.
Shawn did a terrific job of putting out great courses and
stumped the stars a little! All seemed to really enjoy the day our
including Linda and myself.
Shawn, we're going to miss you. Please come back to visit
often.Thanks to you all who make our club successful and fun.
Linda and I wish you all a wonderful and spiritually meaningful
Sweetwater Creek State Park Meet - December 7
Farrell wrote - Thank you Jeane and Frank... It was a great
We got off to an early start...it was chilly, but it turned
into a beautiful day. The courses we great and the woods were wide
open -- except where they were not. The hills were still there and
gave us a chance to find our best way.
Frank did an outstanding job of testing my body and my brain. I
made no major errors... but I still had to get there. I still
enjoy seeing the young folks float over the terrain that I am
crawling through... I can still remember the good old days.
It seem to me that Frank had a wonderful turn-out... I saw
smiling faces everywhere.
Thanks to all those who helped. Bill.
Robb Stanek wrote - I too thought it was great, the Red
course with few controls and long legs made for terrific practice.
I'm sure many of the folks from the local Adventure Racing
community thank you too for the course, as it more closely
resembled what they might face in the new year.
Terrific job to all who played a role in putting this day
Joey Ciza wrote - Thank you Frank and the rest of the
I enjoyed the RED course. The few controls made for long legs
with lots of route choices - great practice. Enjoyed chatting with
everyone. Hope to see ya'll again in the near future.
Come join us at Oak Mtn if you get a chance...
Vulcan Orienteering Club
Bob Domine wrote - Yes, it was a great Orienteering day!
This was as nice as we could have asked for it in December.
Sunny but crisp. We had a great crowd with some very good
competition. The courses were interesting and physically
challenging enough too. Frank and his team ran a great event and
it looked like great fun for all - even those out on the course
for 4 hours!
I could not believe Ron Tansill caught up with me at #7 control
on the Green. I hope in 10 more years I can move like that. Great
job on the Orange course Laurie Searle. I noticed that good
competition time ~
Thanks to all who participated and for sure those who
Thank you Jeane and Frank... It was a great day!
Thanks to all of you for all you do to support our club,
Ron Tansill wrote - t was a great late fall day for
orienteering. I never want to miss one of Frank's events even
though I had a sore hip and thought about skipping it this time.
On the Green course, Bob Dominie cruised by me on the uphill
climb from control # 5 to # 6, but surprise, I managed to catch up
with him and we briefly looked for control # 7 together. Enjoyed
navigating over gentle hills to control # 8, but was slower than
Bob and didn't see him again, rested and relaxed, until the
Thanks! Hope my hip is better in couple of weeks for Shawn's