Coon Bluff Night-O
Saturday, December 10, 2016


After a hiatus of a couple years, we decided to add a few night orienteering events to this year's schedule. The navigation during a Night-O is not difficult, at least not during the day. The challenge becomes much greater when you throw in darkness. Hills that are easy to see during the day become almost impossible to find if your bearing is off by 5 degrees. And small, parallel re-entrants may look larger at night.

Our Coon Bluff Night-O was a typical night orienteering event. We were almost embarrassed by how easy the control locations were. But navigating the easy course at night proved more difficult than we expected. No one was able to clear the entire course. Kevin Adams and Ali Crocker led the field by finding 10 of the 13 controls. Team Scorpions (Jeff Brucker and Degan Gurnett) and Gary Hickey weren't far behind with 8 controls. Everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to practice their navigation skills at night.

We'd like to give a special thanks to Jill Kyle for her help setting the course, directing the event, and picking up controls afterwards. Jill has a number of years of experience organizing navigation events. We look forward to participating in one of her events in the future.


Course Setters: Jill Kyle, Ron Birks
Meet Directors: Jill Kyle, Ron Birks
Bag Hangers: Jill Kyle, Ron Birks
Water Station Setup: None
Equipment Hauling: Ron Birks
Setup/Tear-down: Jill Kyle, Ron Birks
Registration Table: Jill Kyle
Timing Table: Ron Birks
Beginners Clinic: None
Control Retrieval: Jill Kyle
Tabulating Results: Ron Birks


Course Statistics  
Total Points 330
Number of Controls 13
Straight-Line Distance (km) 5.33
Climb (m) 233
Total Participants 12
Number of Minutes 120
Penalty Per Minute 10

Score-O Results

Finish Name Total Points Penalty Final Points Num Controls Time Category Rank Team Members
1 Kevin Adams 290 0 290 10 1:58:40 M 1
2 Ali Crocker 270 0 270 10 1:38:40 F 1
3 The Scorpions 220 0 220 8 1:49:49 T 1 Jeff Brucker, Degan Gurnett
4 Gary Hickey 220 0 220 8 1:50:42 M 2
5 Desert Ridge 110 0 110 4 1:44:25 T 2 Patrick Heinzman, Nicholas Steele
6 David Thompson 110 0 110 5 1:50:40 M 3
7 The One 110 0 110 4 1:52:15 M 4 Chee Loh
8 Tom Allen 60 0 60 5 1:20:10 M 5
9 Debra Allen 50 0 50 4 1:35:30 F 2
10 Peg Davis 30 0 30 3 1:05:40 F 3