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Aurelia Koh participates on the novice course in May.

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YOUNG ORIENTEER – Carl Turcotte runs through the woods, map in hand, on the Intermediate course in May.

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NOT-SO-TASTY SNACK – Teeth marks and a bent stand are evidence that an animal did a taste test on this orienteering control in Copper Ridge near Lobird last week. The main suspects are a deer and fawn that were spotted nearby a couple of days earlier. 

Yukon Orienteering holds event; Sept. 15 event cancelled; annual Night-O event Sept. 24

The Yukon Orienteering Association held an event on Sept. 1 in Copper Ridge.

By Morris Prokop on September 9, 2021

The Yukon Orienteering Association held an event on Sept. 1 in Copper Ridge. The meet organizer and course planner was Craig Brooks, with assistance from Benoit Turcotte, Dave Hildes and Bryn Knight.

A sunny and cooler day greeted 41 orienteers, many doing courses higher than their usual.

Copper Ridge east is green/light in part, and lighter green in other places. Many cutlines, former power lines, and trail network created some challenges, with lots of boulders and knolls.

With the green, courses were a little shorter than usual, with Forest Pearson taking the top Elite time.

Expert and Advanced courses had a misplaced control flag (but the ribbon was in the right place!).

Later research indicated the existence of a parallel hill, not on the map, reinforcing our “there is no perfect map” (or course planner!).

The map is being updated in that area for future use. Some found the flag, others found the ribbons, others found both, about 50 metres apart.

Thanks to the owners of Lobird for permission to pass through their property to access the trail network.

The organizers also recognize part of the map used for this event is KDFN settlement land, used under a land use agreement between YOA and KDFN.

In other news, an event planned for Sept. 15 has been cancelled due to lack of availability of organizers.

The Annual Night-O event is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Long Lake.

Sections of plastic pipe with reflective tape will be used. The event is taking place on a Friday to accommodate junior participants.

– Submitted by Craig Brook

Results from Sept. 1:

Novice, 6

Oliver Kralisch-Seguin 23:08

Lise Klein 30:47

Maud Henaff 30:47

Maura Glenn 77:02
Elvira Knack 77:02

Anett Kralisch No time

Intermediate, 13

Declan Wise 32:52
Rachel Moser 32:52

Rima Khouri 37:41
Ian Turcotte 37:41

Georgi Pearson 37:54

Emily Nishikawa 46:00
Joan Stanton 46:00
Bob Nishikawa 46:00

Kris Gardner 47:27
Darryl Kenney 47:27

Deb Kiemele 50:46

Gwen Hogen 86:03
Ev Pasichnyk 86:03

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