EMPO has scheduled 3 fall events:
September 12 – Thacher Park (course notes here)
October 11 – Grafton Lakes State Park
November 13 – Niskayuna Park
We hope to offer SI timing on the day of the meet. Control markers will be left out
for a longer period for those wishing to use Usynligo.
With the covid situation evolving so quickly, meet procedures may need
to be modified and course notes will be posted closer to the day of the meet.
Remember you can try out several EMPO courses at any time using the UsynligO phone app!
Click here for more information about using UsynligO.
During this COVID era, we have been adhering to OUSA guidelines by offering “no-contact” meets. As the vaccination rate increases we hope that beginning in Fall 2021 we can return to more traditional orienteering meets including SI timing with results downloading at the finish. This will depend on local circumstances and can change quickly, so please check for updated course notes before each event.
We strongly urge all participants to observe public health protocols while attending our events to protect themselves and other park users from corona virus transmission.
Tom O’Grady has written about his family’s experience at the club’s first No Contact meet at Garnsey Park in May 2020 – find the article here!
* EMPO members: $5 or $13 maximum per family
* non-members: $10 or $25 maximum per family
* first-timer or novice course: $5 (member or non-member)
SI stick rental for timing /compass: $2
Please note that the procedures outlined below are for regular meets; due to the corona virus some “no contact” policies are still in place.
EMPO holds regular club meets in the Albany area during the spring and fall. These are augmented by a summer sprint series in local parks along with ski orienteering events a little further afield during the winter months.
Club meets are open to members and non-members alike. Usually 3 or 4 courses are offered, ranging from beginner to advanced. You may try a course by yourself, with a partner or with a larger group. You can walk leisurely around the course or run a competitive navigational race. A map of your chosen course is included in the registration fee, and you get to keep it after you finish to review later. You will also need a compass and an electronic timing stick to record your time, both of which can be rented on site. The Registration and Start window for EMPO events is 11 am – 1 pm (unless otherwise noted) and there is usually a 2-3 hour time limit per course, after which controls are picked up. All participants are requested to return to the start/finish area before leaving the venue, even if you don’t complete your course, for safety purposes. Click here for more details about meet procedures.