Vulcan Orienteering Club Events  (Alabama)

VOC Orienteering Events

VOC Meet

September 18, 2021
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): 2.8km, 85m climb, 11 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 4.2km, 155m climb, 11 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 5.3km, 230m climb, 14 controls
  • RED (advanced): 6.4km, 260m climb, 16 controls
* meet date is tentative

VOC Beginner Orienteering Class

October 9, 2021
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve - Pinson, AL [park website]
Learn to Orienteer AND Support Turkey Creek Nature Preserve!

The Vulcan Orienteering Club will be teaching a Basic Orienteering Class at the Nature Center on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. It is open to anyone who is open to roaming the woods. The cost is $55 with early registration and includes a sandwich lunch and compass. Proceeds will go to Turkey Creek for trail upkeep and maintenance of the permanent orienteering course located in the Thompson Trace trail area. Since the Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, part of your fee will be tax-deductible.

Class starts at 8:30 am and will include three hours of classroom training, 90 minutes of practice, and a two-hour competition. Learn what orienteering 'Is' and 'Is Not!' Learn how to use a compass and read a topographic map. Learn basic orienteering skills and practice techniques to help you make a route choice and stick to it.

The World Games 2022 in Birmingham will feature three orienteering events. It's going to take a LOT of volunteers to help and those with Orienteering experience will be in high demand.

The cost is $55.00 until October 1st, and $65.00 after October 1st.
Complete and mail in the registration form below with a check
-or-
register online and pay with PayPal at: Turkey Creek NP
If you have any questions, please contact Anne Mathews.

VOC Meet

October 16, 2021
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.
COURSES: (course design by Joey Ciza)
  • YELLOW (beginner): 2.2km, 45m climb, 11 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 4.1km, 115m climb, 12 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 5.2km, 255m climb, 12 controls
  • RED (advanced): 6.1km, 290m climb, 13 controls

VOC Meet

November 20, 2021
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)
  • YELLOW-1: 2.7km, 10m climb, 10 controls
  • YELLOW-2: 2.1km, 30m climb, 8 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 4.1km, 20m climb, 13 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 5.2km, 75m climb, 14 controls
  • RED (advanced): 6.3km, 100m climb, 16 controls

VOC Meet (15th Annual NJROTC Area 8 Championship)

December 18, 2021
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
ONLINE REGISTRATION:
  • Register Now (pending)
  • opens on Sunday, December 12th @ 12:00am (CST)
  • closes on Friday, December 17th @ 6:00pm (CST)
  • 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

February 19, 2022
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
ONLINE REGISTRATION:
  • Register Now (pending)
  • opens on Sunday, February 13th @ 12:00am (CST)
  • closes on Friday, February 18th @ 6:00pm (CST)
  • 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. Park in the large gravel 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 19, 2022
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
ONLINE REGISTRATION:
  • Register Now (pending)
  • opens on Saturday, March 12th @ 11:00pm (CST)
  • closes on Friday, March 18th @ 6:00pm (CDT)
  • 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 16, 2022
Oak Mountain State Park - Pelham, AL [park info]
ONLINE REGISTRATION:
  • Register Now (pending)
  • opens on Sunday, April 10th @ 12:00am (CDT)
  • closes on Friday, April 15th @ 6:00pm (CDT)
  • 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 14, 2022
Wind Creek State Park - Alexander City, AL [park website]
ONLINE REGISTRATION:
  • Register Now (pending)
  • opens on Sunday, May 8th @ 12:00am (CDT)
  • closes on Friday, May 13th @ 6:00pm (CDT)
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 Meet 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

Online Registration

Online pre-registration and payment is currently required for all upcoming meets.

  • Pre-registration begins the Sunday prior to an upcoming meet and ends at 6 pm the Friday before the meet.
  • Individuals and groups MUST register online for each course to be run.
  • No money will be taken the day of the meet. Online payment is required at the time of registration, via PayPal or credit card.
  • You must now select your start time when pre-registering.
  • Group size is limited to no more that 5 people per start time slot. If you are registering multiple groups for the same course, please spread their start times out.

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:
  • The cost to participate in a VOC local meet, which includes your course map, is $8 per start (individual or small group). There is also a $2 fee for e-stick rental, if you don't have your own. The cost to run a second course is only an additional $2.
  • Small groups, of no more than 5 people, may orienteer together using a single e-stick. Group members may purchase additional maps for $1 each.
  • Oak Mountain State Park entrance fees
  • Wind Creek State Park entrance fees
Safety:
  • It is required to carry an emergency whistle with you on the course
    (at least 1 per group)
  • If you do not have a whistle, be prepared to purchase at the meet for $1 each. Please bring the exact amount needed, as we can not give change at this time.
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)
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. Please specify which course(s) and how many maps.
Contact joeyvulcanorienteeringorg
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