• Adventure racers test orienteering skills

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  • Connie Carpenter | Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series
    Chilly temperatures and sunny skies presented perfect conditions for the Frosty 40 Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance — ROGAINE — and the intermediate distance Tinsel 20 orienteer meets Dec. 9.
    Each solo racer or team received an orienteer map, a clue sheet containing points descriptions, and topographic information describing terrain features and contour lines. The meet spanned more than 13 miles of terrain beginning north of Iowa Avenue with the U-shaped Sherman Avenue forming the meet’s perimeter boundaries.
    When developing their strategies, participants considered their orienteering skill levels and the number of miles their long-, short- and four-legged team members could trek within the event’s timeframe.
    The ROGAINE’s division stressed the racers’ strategies as clearing the long course required a three-mph pace and sparse time for navigational errors or breaks.
    Coed Team Ruch — Kirsten and Corey Ruch — developed a detailed attack plan using satellite imagery, a marked orienteer map, and measured pace counts. Team Ruch’s preparation and strong endurance led to victory as the team topped the teams’ division clearing the course in two hours and 47 minutes.
    Male solo Mike Eglinski powered through the course clearing the 40 controls in 2:34.
    Rookie Team Geddings/ Readinger — Stephanie Geddings and Teddi Readinger — tested their team management skills as they paired-up to attack the course. The new team moved in a counter-clockwise fashion covering points on the eastern boundary and then progressing northwest along Sherman Avenue and the woodlands trail system. The team chose to strategically capture the southern edge controls last, planning a quick dash to the finish line before the cut-off time lapsed. Team Geddings /Readinger’s strategies proved successful with the team clearing the course in 4:14 and topping the two-person female division.
    The Tinsel 20 division required similar orienteer techniques at an intermediate distance of approximately seven miles. Rookie Team Werback/Maprunner — Katie Werback and Mary Jones — topped the team division capturing 28 controls in 2:40.
    Paul Clatterbuck and Emily Love each topped their respective solo divisions with Clatterbuck capturing 23 controls in 1:27, and junior orienteer Love snagging 15 controls in 1:35.
    Family Team Star Wars — dad Kurt and sons Stone and Calvin Roberts — led the family division securing 22 controls in 2:09.
    Team Owls — visiting grandmother Ann Marie Keim and granddaughter Juliet Scott — formed a two-generation team. Junior orienteer Juliet assisted first-timer Ann Marie in capturing 13 controls in 1:44.
    The FMWR Adventure Series hibernates for the winter and returns March 10, 2018. Adventure Series information is at www.fortleavenworthfmwr.com.
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