My orienteering day started today at 6:15 a.m. It was pouring down in rain as I loaded up a few things I thought would be helpful at the Clinic – Atomic Clock, laptop computer to record Score-O results, PTOC Patches, PTOC Banner, Finish Banner, etc. I was wondering if the weather was going to cooperate for the event.
I left work about 10:00 a.m. and headed to Ernie Miller Park. I arrived and begin to set up the room for the Clinic. I noticed Dick Neuburger’s van in the parking lot and figured he was out placing the controls for the Score-O event to follow the Clinic. My goal was to have the room set up when Dick arrived.
We had 21 Sprint Employees show up for the Clinic. Dick Neuburger did an exceptional job of condensing a 3 hour course into 1 hour. The Sprint folks seemed to enjoy the course.
After the classroom work we started them on a Score-O with 20 controls at 14:03. Most of them returned wet and muddy because the creeks were up after the rain storm this morning. Some of them returned wet, bloody and muddy. They all seemed to enjoy the event and a lot of them liked it so much they wanted to know when we were hosting more events so they could try some more orienteering. You can see the results at Sprint Clinic Results
Of course when it was all over somebody has to retrieve the control flags. I volunteered to help Dick pickup the controls. After it was over I checked my pedometer and it showed 13,612 steps today. That’s the most steps I’ve walked since I was in Yellowstone National Park a couple weeks ago doing some serious geocaching on the mountain above Old Faithful.
I now know better why we don’t orienteer during the summer. It was partly cloudy and 87 degrees this afternoon. The humidity was high after the rain this morning and the sweat was just pouring while I was out picking up control flags.
Somehow I could not help but remember some of the areas I walked with Kevin Shipley a couple years ago after an ice storm. We were putting out control flags for an event and the ice was falling on our heads while we were on these same trails. Wow! What a contrast. There certainly was no ice today.
It was a great experience and I’m glad I volunteered to help.
13,612 Steps today.