2018-10-06, Fall #2, 80 m Classic
Carolina North Forest - East
Event Report

Island Creative Time
The family website of Kelly and Patrick Sears

Two families came out to try the 80 m Classic this Saturday. The overcast skies kept us cool. There were more mosquitoes than we've ever seen. DEET to the rescue! The course was a bit longer than the last one and had one particularly tricky control. Everyone did a fantastic job ☺.

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The course.

The orange course (3 foxes) had a distance of 1.7 km. The red course (all 5 foxes) had a distance of 3.6 km. Part of this distance included a dog-leg around the airport to get to fox #1. This could turn into quite a bit of extra distance depending on how the run was planned. The longest distance across the course area was 1.7 km. Radial exclusions zones for foxes, the start, and the homing beacon were all 300 m.

Participant Activities

Andrew and his father Steve showed up first. It was their first time trying ARDF. We went over orienteering, receiver use, transmitter signal patterns. And then we were on the course headed for fox #5. Andrew had keen eyes and spotted the flag from far away through dense brush. They were confident and went off by themselves to find the other two foxes on the orange course. They were the first ones back after a successful run. Super!

Emmett and his father James were the second family to arrive. They had done a fantastic job during the last 80m Classic. Full of confidence, they headed right on the course to try to find all five foxes. We had a chance meeting with them close to fox #5. Later on, we had a fun discussion at the finish. They recounted how they passed by fox #2 in the center of the course and later found it. Also, how they encountered the airport on the way to fox #1. It was an adventure. Overall, they found four foxes including that tricky fox #1 in the center of huge boulders. Excellent!


We only had two families. So we're not listing separate categories.

#participants (school, grade)findstime
1 Emmett (SMS-6), James (f) 1 2 3 5 H 123'
2 Andrew (SMS-8), Steve (f) 2 3 5 H 62'

Within each group, entries are listed by the number of foxes found and then by 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). t teachers and staff members.

Thank you to all our helpers.

Thanks to Charles and Nadia Scharlau who drove all the way from the Raliegh area once again and helped with control pickup. It's wonderful to have that extra help to lighten the load at the end of the day. 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), Margaret Devetski (Librarian Assistant, Carrboro High School). Thanks to Greg Kopsch (Park Manager at Carolina North Forest) for the use of CNF.


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. If you took any pictures during the event, we would love to post them. If you would like that, email us your pictures.

Kelly. We just finished setting up and waiting for the first arrivals.

Andrew, Steve, Patrick. Going over the map and receivers before setting out on the course.

Andrew, Steve. They just found fox #5 and are heading off on their own to find fox #2.

Emmett, James. We met them not far from fox #5.

Andrew, Steve. Coming down the finish shoot after finding the three foxes for which they had set out. Excellent!

Emmett, James. Emmett is punching the homing beacon control after an excellent run finding four of the foxes, including fox #1, our most difficult placement yet. Outstanding!

Pictures during course checking and setting.

The picture doesn't do credit to this beautiful caterpillar with hair tufts at both ends. Sep-29, course checking and antenna placing.

Since the Hurricane Florence's heavy rains we've had beautiful big mushrooms all over CNF. Morning of the event, transmitter placing.

Here is one of our verticals with the pink flagging tape on it before we take the tape of and set the transmitter. Morning of the event, transmitter placing.

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