Vulcan Orienteering Club Events  (Alabama)

VOC Orienteering Events

VOC Meet

September 15, 2018
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
  • Go to the gravel parking area adjacent to the old spillway at the fishing lakes (mile marker 7 in the park).
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.
COURSES: (course design by Joey Ciza)
  • YELLOW (beginner): 2.6km, 100m climb, 11 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 4.1km, 165m climb, 11 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 5.8km, 250m climb, 14 controls
  • RED (long advanced): 7.0km, 290m climb, 17 controls
COURSE NOTES:
  • The map contours have been updated using LIDAR data, however, there is still some field checking that needs to be done to fill in some details.
  • It has been pretty dry at Oak Mtn over the past few weeks. Very little water, if any, in the streams. Most are just dry shallow ditches.

VOC Meet

October 20, 2018
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
  • Turn off of John Findley Drive near mile marker 4 (BMX track is also here).
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.

VOC Meet

November 17, 2018
Wind Creek State Park - Alexander City, AL [park website]
START/FINISH: Beach
  • The beach is about a half mile straight ahead from the entrance on your right.
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.
COURSES: (course design by Joey Ciza)
  • SPRINT: 1.8km, 8 controls
  • YELLOW (beginner): 2.8km, 20m climb, 10 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 4.8km, 60m climb, 13 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 5.4km, 120m climb, 17 controls
  • RED (long advanced): 6.5km, 150m climb, 21 controls
COURSE NOTES:
  • The Sprint course is available for everyone to try at no cost, and is an easy course with emphasis on speed and route choice.
  • Map scale for the Sprint is 1:4000; maps for all other courses use 1:10000 scale with 3 meter contours (Oak Mountain maps have 5 meter contours)
  • All courses will be South of the main highway (Coven Abbett Highway/Highway 21) at this meet.
  • Red course (long advanced) is not recommended for JROTC
  • There will be a few controls in the camp grounds this year. Please be considerate of the campers and do not cut through occupied campsites. Watch out for cars and bikes!
  • This is also the time of year when there are a lot of horse riders in the park. Most of the trails are used by the horses and hikers. Be careful!
WEATHER:
  • Weather should be great for orienteering this weekend. A little cold in the morning, but warming up to low 60's during the day.

VOC Meet

December 15, 2018
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
START/FINISH: Lakeside Pavilion
  • On Terrace Drive, go past the marina, park office, and beach parking lot, to the south trailhead loop road on which the pavilions are located.
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.

VOC Meet

February 16, 2019
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
  • Go past the park office and beach parking lot on Terrace Drive to the picnic area next to the new playground, which is just past the boat launch but before the large south trailhead parking lot.
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.

VOC Meet

March 9, 2019
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
  • Turn off of John Findley Drive near mile marker 4 (BMX track is also here).
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.

VOC Meet

April 20, 2019
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
  • Go to the gravel parking area adjacent to the old spillway at the fishing lakes (mile marker 7 in the park).
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.

VOC Meet

May 11, 2019
Wind Creek State Park - Alexander City, AL [park website]
START/FINISH: North Picnic Area
  • About a half mile straight ahead from the entrance, take a left turn (across from the beach), and proceed to Pavilion #3 in the north picnic area.
  • Start any time between 9am-12pm, with a maximum 3 hour time limit. Everyone must be finished by 2pm, when control pickup begins.

VOC Schedule Download

Please print out copies of the VOC schedule and distribute them.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to help out with any of these events, please contact us at infovulcanorienteeringorg

Local Meet Details

Always check the schedule, as it could change based on the availability and schedule of the meet director. All VOC meets are on Saturdays.

Meet Locations:
The start/finish area within the parks will vary from meet to meet and will be posted on the website. Orienteering signs will also be placed in the park on the day of the meet to help direct you.
General information on the parks can be found through the links below:
Start/Finish Times:
  • start between 9am - 12pm
  • Maximum 3 hour time limit (all courses)
  • Everyone must be finished by 2pm
  • Control pickup will begin at 2pm
Cost:
Courses: (course guide)
  • Yellow - Beginner
  • Orange - Intermediate
  • Brown - Advanced (shortest)
  • Green - Advanced (short)
  • Red - Advanced (long)
  • Blue - Advanced (longest)
Electronic punching on all courses
What is course climb?
Determine the "optimum route" that an orienteer would take on the course. Measure its length in meters. Note that this length will generally be 5-10% longer than the posted course length, which is the straight line distance for the course. Then count how many contour lines this route crosses going uphill. Multiply this number of contour lines by the contour interval in meters. This "climb" should normally not exceed 4% of the optimum route distance.
(% = climb/length * 100)
Waiver:
All entrants participating in a VOC orienteering meet must complete and sign a waiver (required by OUSA). You may download this form below and bring it with you, or you can fill one out at the meet.
Groups:
If you plan on bringing a large group of people (more than 10), please let us know at least one week ahead of time so we may have enough maps available. Small groups may go out together using a single map. Please specify which course(s) and how many maps. Contact joeyvulcanorienteeringorg
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