Some 60 people attended last Saturday's (Oct 24) mini-rogaine, including three JROTC groups. If you missed it, you missed a good meet. The weather co-operated wonderfully, the controls were well set, offering a variety of options for two and four hour orienteers, and the only glitch was that a mother bear and cubs decided to hang out near one of the controls, obviously reducing the number of people who went to that control. Adam Talmage Neill and Peter Stillwell were the top scorers with 880 points. Kudos to them, but extra special kudos also to the second highest scorers, Bear and Timo Schacht, ages 14 and 10, respectively, who racked up 550 points. Full results will be on the website, www.nm-orienteers.org, soon.
The success of the meet was due to efforts of a number of members who did yeoman work despite having many other demands on their time. Special thanks to all of them. Controls were set by Garth Reader, meet director, Una Smith, Dick Opsahl, and Judy Opsahl. Control hangers were Don Siebe, co-meet director and hampered by a pulled Achilles tendon, Garth Reader, Dick Opsahl, and Judy Opsahl. Rick Kelley took all the information, GPS and other, about the location of 49 controls, and deciphered it and placed each accurately on the three maps we used. Several volunteers form RSVP helped with registration and with reading punch cards at the finish, Nan Saponara, Janet Harris, and Ted and Joan Williams. Thanks for Irene Powell for arranging for them to help. Their help was invaluable, as was that of control picker uppers, Steve Cave, David Siebe, Garth Reader, Dick Opsahl, and Judy Opsahl.
Plans are in the works for a ski O' this winter in the Valles. A notice will go out as soon as we have a date.
- Judy Opsahl