23 May 2018
Planning for a three day backpacking trek.
I was not able to get this posted before my trip. I was able to take off a few days to enjoy a trek in Shenandoah National Park. I will have my trip report posted over the holiday weekend so come back and check the post out
25 April 2018
There are two parts to the list. Required and team gear.
Water bladder ( I use Source military bladders)
Photo ID & $20
Smartphone with battery pack
1 contractor bag (did not use)
Metal can min size 12oz (find something a little bigger )
1 dust mask
1 2L plastic bottle- empty
1 pad steel wool
2 9v batteries
1 car cell phone charger and cable (did not use)
1 paper clip (did not use )
1 canteen cup (GI or Nalgene cup size)
1 long lighter
1 ball point pen (plastic stick pen with cap)
1 free tourist map
1 selfie stick (did not use )
1 personal key fob
1 digital camera (in most cases this will not work again)
Small screwdriver set
1 roll duct tape
12 March 2018
It's that time of the year when the Banff Mountain World Tour makes its way to my neck of the woods. This year I was only able to get a ticket for the 1st night.
That night did not disappoint and like always the movies covered different subjects.
Imagination : Featured Tom Wallisch and was a urban skiing film. The concept was a kid sitting in the backseat of the family vehicle gazing out the window imagining skiing and using his fingers to make jumps.
While his parents are in the front talking about who knows what, Tom Wallisch skis into the day dream making it reality for the kid and the viewer. The parents do not see the skier because it is only in the imagination of the kid.
The Last Honey Hunter of Nepal ' s Kulunge people. This was an amazing film around 40 minutes long. The Kulunge people climb handmade ladders to climb the cliffs to gather hallucinogenic honey. These guys climbed what seem like hundreds of feet to get the honeycomb of the largest bees in Nepal. The honeycomb were huge and covered with thousands of bees.
Armed with a smokey fire at the bottom of the cliffs and a cheese cloth head cover for protection. They climbed bear foot and bear handed.
Banff brings out the reminder to me that there are amazing people doing amazing things, but also there are millions of people in this world that live a life in very remote and simple ways.
If you have the chance you need to do yourself a favor and see a night of great films with friends.
11 March 2018
Another weekend of orienteering! This meet was held at Albright ' s Scout Reservation. ABSR is a place that I hold near and dear. Albright 's was the first campout I did as a Scout. It was also during a camporee that I was tapped out for the Order of the Arrow.
CVOC had a 1200 start and I selected to do the green course. I didn't take a picture of the hold map because I wanted to focus on control number 3. I made a map reading error at this control. I saw a small foot bridge and thought I was at the right creek and I found the fence that is in the woods. After making a quick search for the control I figured I was in the wrong place and I was fitting the terrain to the map.
Working to controls 4,5 and 6 I used the compass to get my heading because those controls were between 375-425 meters. While that is not that far the terrain is more flat and harder to read. This method worked out will for me. I was either dead on the control or I found the control with limited searching.
Last week I was challenged with international control descriptions and this week it was a control description of "vernal pond". Control number 13 was the vernal pond. As you can see it is a small body of water compared to the other ponds. I heard one Scout ask were's the water? The vernal pond was the size of a hole you would get from were a large tree has fallen over and you are left with a big hole at the rootstock. I thought it was another control from another course at first.
17 Scouts worked on their orienteering merit badge over the weekend
04 March 2018
Fork Union Military Academy normally host an Orienteering Meet each year around February. The years event kept getting pushed to the right because of all the rain we have been having. The meet was located on the schools campus which is a huge piece of property.
Fork Union Military Academy is a premier college preparatory boarding military schools for boys in grades 7-12 and postgraduate located in Fork Union, Virginia since 1898.
The school has a junior orienteering team and this meet helps the team raise funds to off set some of their cost.
This was the first time that I have been able to make it out to a FUMA meet. I don't know what it was, but I enjoyed this meet. I did both the 2.9km Sprint course and the 5.3km Score-O course.
The sprint course was set on the campus proper which gave me chance to see the campus which looks like VMI. This was the first meet/map that I have done that used the international control descriptions. This was not an issue for me because most controls were at steps or something around a building.
I guess, it was a 100 meters past the first control I felt the back of my pants getting wet. Had a big old fail of my water bladder. This cost me some time. I also learned that my time at the control and departure from the control cost me time.
By the time I got back my friend Eric had arrived to the meet. We decided that we would go out on the course together but be recorded and time as individuals. Thank goodness Eric had a control description sheet so we could figure out the features located at the controls. We planned our route and the order we would pick the controls up. The 5.3km had a total of 15 controls and in our plan we would not pickup controls 6 and 7.
I am a faster runner, so it worked out that I would go to the controls and punch the cards while Eric was reading the map. We figured this was how some of the two person teams are doing it at other events and it's hard to beat their times working as a individual.
The two person method worked great for us and we were spot on finding the controls. Once we got to control 9 we had a decision to make. Do we try to pick up control 6 or stay with our plan. While control 6 shows that area is open with no underbrush it happen to be a cutover area that was logged last year. We figured that it might take us 20 minutes to cover this terrain and would not be worth our time and effort.
We ended up with a time around 1:14 and got 13 of 15 controls. I am pleased with that.
I just need to study up on the international control descriptions. I am not sure of the scale of the map for the Score-O but I need to pay attention to the terrain details.
I wish there was more attendance at orienteering events here in the United States.
07 January 2018
CVOC held its 1st Day Orienteering Meet in conjunction with the 1st Day Hike event held at Pocahontas State Park.
I needed to do well on this course since I did a horrible job on the last meet I was at before Christmas. I pulled the trigger for the Green (advanced ) long course 5.4km. Below is my course map.