2019-05-04, Spring #3
sprint and beginner foxo
Carolina North Forest - East

Island Creative Time
The family website of Kelly and Patrick Sears

Wow! Our biggest turnout ever! Nine middle and high school students, twenty three participants total. Fantastic! Thanks to everyone who came out. It was also our worst event ever for equipment problems before the event started. We bit off a bit more than we could chew this time. Thanks for keeping up the good cheer to all those who had to wait as we finished preparing things. You guys made the event super fun : )

If you find a mistake or need some information changed, please let me know [ patrick (dot) r (dot) sears [at] gmail (dot) com ].

The courses.

Unlike previous events using a 1:10000 scale, we used a 1:5000. The longest distance across the course area was 1.3 km. The sprint course had a full set for five slow foxes and five fast foxes. The straight line distance through the five slow, spectator, and five fast was 3.3 km. The beginner foxoring course had 6 foxes.

Some notes.

Usually we try to write up a little paragraph about what every group did. With twenty three participants though, we decided to just write a few notes and post the report. Like that you guys can get the pictures sooner.

This event was quite a bit different from the others. Congratulations to all those who tried the sprint. It truly is an advanced event. Also, cheers go out to beginners going out on the foxoring course with a sprint race running along side them. Everyone on the sprint and foxoring courses did a fantastic job finding many of the foxes.

The course timing system: I think we finally have it working. The new firmware burned onto all the field boxes appears to have worked every time. And then there was slow fox number 1. As everyone reported, there was no light and no beeping. At first we figured it had started to malfunction after having been placed. But during pick-up, Kelly opened the box to turn it off and found the power switch was already in the off position. Arrgggh 😠 Sorry guys. My fault. Finally, having the download system at an event will take much more work. For now, we'll collect RFID cards and do the downloads when we get home.

Guests: Joseph Huberman and Ruth Bromer from the Backwoods Orienteering Klub came by to support our event. They talked to the families about orienteering and ARDF and tried out the sprint course.


Individual students are listed first, then groups and individual adults.

Results summary

The cts-evpro find order and time for each control can be found here.

Sprint controls: S start, {1 2 3 4 5} slow foxes, Sp spectator, {1F 2F 3F 4F 5F} fast foxes, H homing beacon, F finish. Everyone gets credit for slow 1.

Foxoring controls: {1 2 3 4 5 6} foxoring foxes. We're not listing the start, homing beacon, and finish because it was a bit confusing for everyone to have separate pin-punch and RFID card on the same course. Maybe next year we will have enough course timing field boxes built to place them on a sprint and a foxoring course at the same time.

#participants (school, grade)findstime
Sprint course - individual students.
1 Toby (SMS-8) S 1 2 3 4 5 Sp 4F H F 90'27"
Sprint course - groups and individual adults.
1 Emmett (SMS-6) & James (f) S 1 2 3 4 5 Sp 1F 4F H F 75'35"
2 Jason (f) S 1 4 Sp 1F 2F 3F 5F H F 64'03"
3 John (SMS-6) & Mike (f) S 1 4 Sp 4F H F 78'46"
- Ben (SMS-8) & Ann (f) 1 4 -
Foxoring course.
1 Morgan (SMS-8), Scott (f), Frankie (f), Jack (f) 1 2 3 4 5 6 58'35"
2 Malcolm (SMS-8), Theo (es), Peter (f) 1 2 3 4 6 107'07"
2 Nick (ECHHS-10), John (es), Mike (f), Tracy (f) 1 2 3 4 6 107'27"
3 Colton (CHHS-10), Blake (PMS-8), Ana (f), Gregory (f) 1 2 3 4 5 6 -

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. 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 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), Femi Jayeola (Librarian, Carrboro High School), Margaret Devetski (Library 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.

Getting equipment and starting out.

Ben, Ann, Kelly. Picking up the equipment.

John, Mike, Patrick. Setting the frequencies on the recievers and listening for the slow and fast transmitters.

Patrick, Blake, Gregory. Blake checking transmitter bearings. I think Gregory and Patrick are talking about differences between classic and sprint timing.

Mid-race, around the spectator control.

Jason. He just came in from his time on the slow fox course. He's getting a drink before going back out and searching for the fast foxes.

John, Mike. They just hit the spectator control and are heading for the fast foxes.

James. Coming in after time on the slow fox course.

Emmett. Just after hitting the spectator control.

Some starting, some finishing and hanging out after the finish.

Ana, Colton, Scott, Morgan, Jack, Frankie. Colton, Blake, Ana, and Gregory just got their equipment. Morgan, Scott, Frankie and Jack are returning from their time on the foxoring course.

Frankie, Jack, Scott. After a good time on course on a hot day, the apples are always the biggest hit.

Morgan, Frankie, Jack (with the apple), Scott. Enjoying a well deserved rest after time on the foxoring course.

Joseph. He just hit the finish and is checking his watch.

Mike, John. John is running for the finish.

Mike, John. At the finish punch.

Patrick, Ruth, Jason, Mike, John. Looking at maps and talking about the course.

Peter, Malcolm, John, Tracy, Mike, Nick, Theo. Returning after a great time on the foxoring course.

Nick, Mike, Tracy, John, Theo, Pete, Malcolm. Look at those happy orienteers!

Patrick, Ruth, Toby, Jason (behind on the ground). We're all keeping ourselves under the tarp when the sun comes out. But Jason has found the best solution, the cool grass.

Emmett, James. Coming in after hitting the finish.

Blake, Ana. Coming back from their time on the foxoring course.

Patrick, Colton, Gregory. Coming back from their time on the foxoring course.

CTS Evpro Results.

Back to results summay.

The cts-evpro results are listed here mostly as they appeared during the event. They are not listed in any particular order. On the sprint course, slow fox 1 was not recording punches because of an oversight on our part. Apart from that, there doesn't appear to have been any miss-writes. So the new software seems to be working. ToC is the time on course.

Sprint course.

Foxoring course.

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