With some new terrain added to the legendary sprawling Blue Hills East and West maps, new adventures await those orienteers who accept the challenge.
Great swag this year....registration extended to Wednesday.
In further developments, I am considering shortening the course from 14.2K, taking about a Km. off. Opinions?
It depends on the nature of the terrain you're sending us through. Parts of the Blue Hills can really be draining - blueberry, greenbriar, lots of rock underfoot. On the other hand, there are usually trail run sections. The Patriots game isn't til 4:25, so that's not a factor.
Shortening it wouldn't be a problem, if that's what your asking. Few would complain that they were disappointed that it wasn't longer, in other words. Or at least, that's my guess.
The weather looks pretty nice.
Well, it's hard for me to imagine thinking, after running the shorter 13.2k course: "damn, I wish this had been longer". But maybe that's just me.
I'm already expecting to burn several extra kilometers just trying to regain contact with the map, so no complaints here. :)
The Patriots game may not be until 4:25, but some of us will be out a lot longer than Tim, and have farther to drive to get home. Shorter is certainly fine for me.
Hmmm I didn’t see this in time so it’s moot, but I was scared off by the 3 hour time limit.
There’s a 3 hour time limit? That’s a new feature. It has been a few years since I have finished one in 3 hours, although I suppose it is possible that I might. Looking at the list of registrants I see a few names of people who would not be as speedy as o-maps, including me of course.
I didn't notice the 3 hour time limit. Is that true? That may be a concern for me.
I think the "courses close at 2:00" was probably just for the rec courses.
Me to coach 3 weeks ago:
"NEOC web site says Traverse time limit is 3 hours ('all courses close at 2:00'). True?"
"Hmm didn't notice that. I do want everyone in before too late.... maybe 2:30?"
That didn't sound too definitive, and 3 weeks later the web site still says 2:00. But even 3.5 hours is not a sure thing for me, or at least it I feared it might be a problem with the usual Traverse length of 15 km or so. I didn't see the talk about course shortening until after the extended deadline, although that sounds less than definitive, too.
I will admit that I was really teetering on the edge of doing the traverse or not, so that was my somewhat-welcome excuse not to. I'll kinda miss it, but I'll have fun doing the green. And won't be totally wiped when I start at 6am Monday on my holiday stint of 70-hour weeks delivering packages.
OK, sorry to disappoint, but I hacked about 900 meters and 15 meters of climb off the original course, so now about 13.3Km and 385m climb.
The course close time stated on the website is for the rec. courses, I thought I had got that changed on the website, but I must have not done so.
I will officially state that I want everyone back by 3:30.
With the food and drinks at 5.5Km., I will have a 1pm cutoff at that point, not that I can really enforce that time.
Swag this year is consumable, no more clothing to fill my, and your drawers.
We will car pool to the start at 10:45am, about a 10 minute drive.
Final course- 13.2 Km., 340m. climb, 24 controls
2 drink stops, 5.5Km. & 9.3Km.
Map varies from many undermapped rocks (Blue Hills east) to overmapped rocks (Camp Sayre).
Some shots of the start and some shots of the top finishers on facebook
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