What we're about

This is a group for people of all ages and abilities who want to use a map and compass to explore new areas and for people who want to compete in true cross country events. Orienteering is a map and compass sport that can be approached as a casual activity or as serious competition. The City of Trees Orienteering Club (CTOC) conducts a meet almost every month of the year in venues as familiar as city parks and as rugged as the Sawtooths. We offer instruction and easy events for novices and opportunities for international competition for advanced orienteers.

More information, links to training videos, and reports from previous meets are available at http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/ .

Upcoming events (5+)

Eagle Island Orienteering

Eagle Island State Park

Perhaps you know orienteering at Eagle Island from one of our October Vampire-O meets held at night. This meet will feature an intermediate course to test your navigation in the more complex parts not visited at night and an advanced course to test your speed and endurance to the far corners. We will also have a beginner course suitable for folks who want to stay on the trails and get an introduction to orienteering. LOCATION Make sure you pay the $5 vehicle entry fee on the way into the park at the entrance kiosk. For a bargain the Idaho State Park Passport is only $10 for full year access to all 30 state parks. It' a windshield sticker for Idahoans and is available for purchase at the time you register your motorhome or passenger vehicle, online, or by mail-in renewal or at any county DMV office. The park has generously allowed us use of the park without paying any event or shelter rental fee. In return, please pay the park entry fee if you do not have the Annual State Park pass. Access to the park is now from State Street. When: Saturday, February 15. Starts from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Course closes at 1:00 PM, so if you want more time you should come earlier in the window. ADVANCED Format: Classic: approximately 6 km. INTERMEDIATE Format: Classic: approximately 3.5 km. BEGINNER Format: Classic: approximately 2.5 km. GENERAL INFORMATION Cost: Local meet fees paid at the start desk on the day of the meet: Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members Single Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members If more than one map is needed for a team, a small additional fee may be needed per the discretion of the meet director depending on printing costs. You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free! See member info at http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/2008/09/membership-and-fees.html. RSVP: To minimize waste, please email me ([masked]) with your count of maps needed and your choice of course(s) (beginner, intermediate, advanced) needed by Thursday, February 13. If you show up off the cuff, I will probably have a few blank maps to copy a course by hand. Bring: Compass! Rentals available for $1.00. SportIdent chip. Rentals available for $2.00. Waiver, prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member. You can download a waiver from the documents under the Membership and Fees heading at http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/ A suitable pack with essentials and snacks as you usually need to prepare for a day hike in the woods. Sufficient water for yourself. Sunscreen and/or hat. This is very exposed terrain. Gaitors are recommended for the intermediate and advanced courses. Cell phone. Important notes: Please carry out any waste. There are a few barbed wire fences around. As always be alert to loose strands of wire on the ground, and as always watch where you run and step. Hope to see you out navigating with us! John Murray

Ides of March Orienteering Meet

Veterans Memorial Park

Monthly meet March 15, 2020 in VeteransPark, Boise When: Sunday, March 15 rain or shine starts between 10am and noon. Absolutely new areas mapped. Location: Meet center at Veterans Park in Boise. Format: Urban Beginner, Intermediate, and long Advanced courses. Come join us for an outdoor adventure! Please let me know if you are bringing a large group so I can be sure to have enough maps pre-printed ([masked]). We will use SI electronic punching so bring a SI stick if you own one. SI sticks also will be available for rent at a nominal charge. Light snacks and water will be provided at the center. Club members will be on hand for instruction/coaching if needed. Cost: Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members If more than one map is needed for a team, it is $1 per map. $1 compass rental, $2 SI stick rental. You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free! Membership is prorated to the end of this year. We do plan for full roster with monthly meets this year. See member info.

Boise Adventure Running Tournament

Julia Davis Park Boise Pavilion

Boise adventure running tournament (BART) is new this year!! We are planning a laddered multi-event urban park tournament. There will be 5 races across 2 days (3 Saturday, 2 Sunday, locations TBD; Boise City parks). Each event will be approximately 1.5K in orienteering distance or 1.5 miles of running. All events will be at Boise area parks with urban or easy foothills navigation. The first event will be individual timed starts and will result in seedings for the next four head-to-head (wave start) laddered events. By the final ladder, everyone will be running against their closest competitors with the fastest in the championship. All runners will run all four events. Electronic SI punches will be used for timing and to ensure There will be a limit of 40 competitors. Members will pay only SI rental fees. Cost for non-members is TBD (similar to a local 5K or a couple of days of our regular meet costs; a bargain for what you will get!). Early registration information will be available in late January.

Willow Creek Contours Meet - Get Ready for Rabbit-O

Willow Creek Road

Winter meets on the level ground of city parks do not require use of contours to navigate. Trails, buildings, fences and vegetation among other intuitively recognizable features aid navigation. Beginning in May at Rabbit Creek in the Owyhees through the summer to Bear Basin in August and into September at Idaho City-Gold Rush using contours will be essential to efficient navigation. The Willow Creek venue has trails, vegetation and other features to assist the orienteer's navigation. However, I have removed all of those tools from the map to produce an exercise in navigation using only contours. This event is for the persons new to orienteering who want to develop this particular skill and for experienced orienteers who want to fine tune their skills. There will be a beginner, intermediate and advanced course. In order to ensure that I have printed enough maps and especially to ensure I have printed one for you, please RSVP via my email [masked] designating a beginner, intermediate or advanced map. I will print some extras for impromptu orienteers. Don't count on a map unless you have RSVPed. Starts begin at 10:00 AM and close at noon. Course closes at 1:00 PM. Bring: Compass! Waiver, (available for download at http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/ ) prepared in advance if you are not a CTOC member. Although I will have blank waivers at the start, it's much easier for you and me to prepare the waiver in advance. Essentials and snacks. We will have drinking water and light snacks at the meet center. Clothing suitable for outdoors and weather. Fees: Single meet (day) dues: $10 per person/team, free for members Single Junior (up to 20 years old): $5 per person/team, free for members If more than one map is needed for a team, a small additional fee may be needed per the discretion of the meet director depending on printing costs. Pay when registering at the start table. You may join CTOC for the full year which makes all local meets free! Membership is prorated to the end of this year. We do plan for full roster with monthly meets this year. See member info at http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com or inquire at the meet.

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January CTOC Julia Davis Park and BSU Meet

Zoo Boise

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