Take Our E-Punch Survey!
The Tucson Orienteering Club is currently looking into the possibility of purchasing an electric punching (e-punch) system for its events.
E-punch is an alternative way to record your visit to each control on an orienteering course. Instead of carrying a paper card and punching it at each location, you wear a plastic e-card, or "finger stick," which contains a microchip. At each control site, you insert the finger stick into a control unit, which records the control number and time onto the microchip. When you finish the course, you download the data at a transfer station, and receive an instant printout of your time and splits. Even better, you can view compiled printouts that show everyone's splits for the course, so you can see where you gained or lost time.
Help us make the best decision on whether or not to purchase e-punch for our club (the alternative is to continue renting the e-punch system from Orienteering USA whenever needed) by taking a minute to fill out our E-punch Survey. No personal identifying information will be required. Click here to take our online E-Punch Survey.
O-Ringen 2014 – Running East of the Road in Sweden
It’s the final day of a week of orienteering. Together with a couple of hundred runners I’m standing in an open shower area. It’s a warm – the Swedes would say hot – day at the end of a fabulous week of orienteering, but the breeze from the sea cools us. To the east of us there is no tarp wall restricting the view, and we can see far across the high, flat moor out over the Baltic Sea. The unexpected noise of a plane can be heard, and soon a jet fighter approaches. The pilot comes in low over the arena. All eyes are on the jet as he makes a slow, tight 360 turn around us. He dips his wing in a salute to the over 20,000 people gathered for the world’s largest O-meet. Then he slams on his afterburner and with a roar makes a steep climb straight to the skies. At the top he flattens out, does a few 180-degree rolls, and disappears out over the sea. He can’t hear it, but we are all applauding.
TOC Event News
Although we started out 2014 with Winter and early Spring offering up a full plate of orienteering events, it has been dull going for us since then with absolutely no events at all! However, we hope to get back in the full swing of things as early as possibly next month. For more details, see our 2014 Event Calendar page.
New Stuff & Recent Changes
Featured Clue Symbol
To see all the orienteering control symbols and their descriptions, read the International Specification for Control Descriptions (pdf).