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

VOC Beginner Orienteering Class

October 9, 2021
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve - Pinson, AL [park website]

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]
  • 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, 40m climb, 10 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 3.5km, 90m climb, 10 controls
  • BROWN (advanced): 3.5km, 115m climb, 11 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 3.9km, 125m climb, 12 controls
  • RED (advanced): 6.4km, 200m climb, 16 controls

VOC Meet

February 19, 2022
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 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.
COURSES: (course design by Joey Ciza)
  • YELLOW (beginner): 2.4km, 35m climb, 10 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 3.8km, 135m climb, 11 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 4.5km, 170m climb, 12 controls
  • RED (advanced): 6.3km, 250m climb, 15 controls

VOC Meet

March 19, 2022
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 Doug Wright)
  • YELLOW (beginner): 3.1km, 110m climb, 10 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 4.5km, 225m climb, 14 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 5.0km, 250m climb, 10 controls
  • RED (advanced): 6.6km, 300m climb, 13 controls

VOC Meet

April 16, 2022
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, 70m climb, 11 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 3.2km, 120m climb, 11 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 4.9km, 200m climb, 11 controls
  • RED (advanced): 6.0km, 250m climb, 15 controls

VOC Meet (Annual Cookout)

May 14, 2022
Wind Creek State Park - Alexander City, AL [park website]
START/FINISH: Marina Parking Lot
  • Just after you enter the park, turn right towards the marina. Park in the marina parking lot, near the restrooms.
  • 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, 30m climb, 12 controls
  • ORANGE (intermediate): 3.3km, 100m climb, 12 controls
  • GREEN (advanced): 4.9km, 100m climb, 14 controls
  • RED (advanced): 7.1km, 160m climb, 16 controls

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.
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