2018-03-25, Spring #1, 80m Classic
Carolina North Forest - West
Event Report

Island Creative Time
The family website of Kelly and Patrick Sears

We had a nice cool day for ARDF. It had rained heavily the day before and was still completely overcast in the morning. We even had patches of snow still on the ground. Two brave participants come out to try the course and were reward with a gradually clearing day and a good time in the woods ☺ If you find a mistake or need some information changed, please let me know [ patrick (dot) r (dot) sears [at] gmail (dot) com ].

The course. Usually we design shorter courses for the season opener. This time, the course going through all 5 foxes was 2.2 km. We were in CNF on the West side of Seawell School Rd. The longest distance across the course area was 1.5 km.

Thank you to all our helpers. Thanks to all the middle school and high school teachers and staff who helped get the word out to the students: Rachel Hopler (Science Teacher, Culbreth Middle School), Christine Lippy (Science Teacher, McDougle Middle School), Al McArthur (Technology Facilitator, Phillips Middle School), Haley Wamble (Science Teacher, East Chapel Hill High School), SaCola Lehr (Media Specialist, Chapel Hill High School), Libby Diesel (Library Assistant, Chapel Hill High School), Kara Watson (Media Specialist, Carrboro High School). Thanks to Greg Kopsch (Park Manager at Carolina North Forest) for the use of CNF.

Participant Activities

Although the weather was nice, the ground was quite wet. Off trail, it was easy to unexpectedly put a foot into water under the leaf cover. We were especially pleased that Toby made it out to fox #4. It was the farthest one out and our favorite location with big boulders. After his run we spent a fair bit of time talking about the plans for the next few events.


#participants (school, grade)findstime
Course: 5 foxes (all)
1 Toby (SMS-7), Jason (f) 1 3 4 H 64'

The entries are listed first by chosen course. Those starting with the class group are listed at the end. Then entries are listed by the number of foxes found on that course and finally by the time on course. The # column gives the results placement for that course. The finds column notes the controls found: foxes 1 through 5 and H for the homing beacon. Foxes numbers in parentheses were not on the chosen course. The time column is the time on course. Students are listed with their school and grade. We use the following schools abbreviations: PMS Phillips MS, SMS Smith MS, McDMS McDougle MS, CMS Culbreth MS, CHHS Chapel Hill HS, ECHHS East Chapel Hill HS, CaHS Carrboro HS, f family or guest friend, es elementary school, s chccs student (no school info).


Clicking pictures will bring up original full-sized versions. All participants are listed as seen in the picture from left to right. Pictures are generally listed in chronological order trying to keep groups together.

Toby, approaching transmitter #4. In Jason's words: Transmitter #4 was particularly difficult to spy from a distance because it was perched behind a big rock on a downward slope. It was a great surprise. We went past it and then turned back to look for it and suddenly saw it hiding there. [1]

Toby and Jason at the homing beacon. The pennant flags mark the finish shoot.

Kelly at the start/finish table.

Patrick during pickup with Kelly.

[1]. Thank you to Jason for these pictures.

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