HVO/WCOC Spring Training

2020

Currently available:

   A new set of courses are now flagged at

Tarrywile State Park, CT (Danbury)

Joe Brautigam has set a Red and a Green course at Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT. Flags are out in the woods and course maps are posted.
- Red course 6.4km - 10,000 scale at letter sized paper
- Green course 5.0km - 7,500 scale at letter sized paper

The course setter recommends to visit on a dry day as the rocks are super slick and there are many rocky sections.).

Park at main parking area, 70, Southern Blvd. Danbury and hike out to remote start.

Huntington State Park, CT

  • Red 6.0 km

  • Green 4.6 km 

  • Brown 3.3km 

 

Map and course notes:

  • All maps print to 1:7,500 scale on letter sized paper.

  • There are no control codes at the control flags.  Disregard the codes used on the control descriptions.

  • The white woods are nicely runnable with the tree canopy generally blocking direct sun exposure.

  • The mapped mountain bike trails are quite distinct in the terrain.  

  • Light green is runnable.  Dark green is mostly old mountain laurel that is passable, although at slower pace. 

  • Marshes are generally to be avoided.

 

Huntington SP is widely used and the parking lots frequently fill up.

 

Directions to the Dodgingtown Road parking lot:

https://goo.gl/maps/vnPjEuUt1rAYEpzH7

 

Ward Pound Ridge, NY to 7/5/20

Note: Red course was changed 6/18/2020 to make the approach to one control less dangerous (cliffs and hidden tree trunks). Please download the latest.

-Yellow - 1:7,500

-Brown - 1:7,500

-Green - 1:10,000

-Red - 1:10,000

-Blue - 1:15,000 or 1:10,000 (2 maps)

The flags will be removed Monday 3rd August

Silvermine, Harriman SP, NY

Permanent course available.

Tourne County Park, Morris County, NJ

Steamered red course from 2009

NYC at Alley Pond

Ed Hicks (Orienteering Unlimited)) has been working with the NYC Parks Department to create an Orienteering Map and a Permanent course for a section of Alley Pond in Queens NY.  He has selected 55 control points  in the Park. Due to the COVID -19 virus the markers have not yet been installed or vetted but you can verify you visited the control(s) by using Livelox (Phone App).

Five Ponds, CT

Permanent courses re-posted at: 

https://www.wcocorienteering.org/permanent-courses

What

Given the virus pandemic that is with us at the moment HVO/WCOC will not be holding any organized meets this Spring. There will, however, be controls out for individual training as we did for Winter Series.

 

How
Maps will be available for downloading on HVO’s website the day before the controls are in the woods.

​Important

This Spring training series is just that - training. They are not official HVO or WCOC events and each participant in any or all of the training events and any continuation of them assume full responsibility for any and all injuries, losses and damages that he or she incurs while attending or participating in the Spring Series training. Please also heed any County, State or Federal restrictions on travel or use of the Parks where the training is suggested.

Take care in the woods and stay healthy. While it is unlikely you will meet anyone off trail blazed trails may be crowded at weekends as are parking areas.


Details

Ward Pound Ridge, Pound Ridge, NY

Flags will be removed Mon Aug 3rd.

Blue/Red/Green/Brown/Yellow courses are flagged. These are (almost) identical to the Day 2 courses at the 2016 US Championships.

There is a remote start - about a 10 minute walk from Trailside Museum Parking area (15 from Meadow parking area).

The red and Green are 1:10,000, Brown is 1:7,500 and Blue at 1:15,000. There is also Blue at 1:10,000 comprising two maps.

The Yellow course has both start and finish at Trailside Museum Parking area. This course is suitable for beginners with a limited amount of orienteering experience; although controls are off trail there is usually a guiding feature (wall/stream etc.) which will lead to the control. The course is suitable for Scout orienteering (individually or in very small groups). There are two yellow maps, one without control numbers - use the "Yellow No Num" map to run the course and note down each control flag numbers as you find it.  Check against the control numbers on the  "Yellow" map to see if you reached all the controls.

Note that there is a parking fee ($10 per car) after 9.00 a.m.

Directions: Enter the Reservation from Rt 120 (off Rt 35) at Cross River. After the payment kiosk go past Michigan Rd on the right and Meadow Parking on the left. Parking at Trailside Museum is on both sides of the road. Walk up sealed road to the right to the start (Except Yellow).

Tourne County Park, Morris County, NJ

The red course from 10/31/2009 has been streamered (pink) courtesy of Jeremy.  The map is available above on the "Click here for maps".  There is no clue sheet, but all controls on rock features are at the foot and usually on the other side from the most likely approach direction.  The best place to park is right beside the start triangle. Approximate length is 7.3 km. A letter size map will be posted shortly.  Make sure you print "actual size".

Huntington State Park, Redding, CT

Four training courses are now available at Huntington SP. Flags are in the woods:

 

Start/Finish at the Sunset Hill Road parking lot:

- Red 8.5km - Two alternatives: 10,000 scale on legal sized paper or 7,500 scale on overlapping letter sized

- Green 5.5km - 10,000 scale on letter sized paper

- Brown 3.8km - 7,500 scale on letter sized paper

 

Start/Finish at the Dodgingtown Road parking lot:

- Bonus 3.9km course in the best HSP terrain - 7,500 scale on letter sized paper

 

All maps are set to print on letter sized paper, except for one version of the Red course as noted. There are no control codes at the control flags. Remote start/finish is used to encourage proper social distancing in the vicinity of the parking lots.

Orienteering in NYC at Alley Pond

Ed Hicks (Orienteering Unlimited)) has been working with the NYC Parks Department to create an Orienteering Map and a Permanent course for a section of Alley Pond in Queens NY.  He has selected 55 control points  in the Park. Due to the COVID -19 virus the markers have not yet been installed or vetted but you can verify you visited the control(s) by using Livelox (Phone App).

As none of the control sites have yet been vetted, feedback would be welcome.

Maps of the Park, courses, control descriptions and details about LIVELOX can be downloaded from Ed's web site,

www.orienteeringunlimited.com

Silvermine, Harriman State Park, NY

The spring training course flags have now been removed.  The permanent course remains available with beginner, intermediate and advanced course suggestions.  All missing controls have now been replaced.

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