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Discussion: Reminder: NRE/A Meet and Training Camp, Sept. 22-23

in: 30 Years of Pond Mt (Sep 22–23, 2018 - Kent, CT, US)

Sep 14, 2018 3:25 PM # 
Reminder: WCOC NRE (A meet) and Training Camp, Sept. 22-23

We are hosting a one-day NRE on Saturday, Sept. 22, with training events, coordinated by Greg Ahlswede, on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, Sept. 23. Come for just the NRE, or just the training, or both.

PLEASE email me (Rick DeWitt, if you are planning on attending, even if you’re not sure you can make it.

More info below.

30 Years at Pond Mountain (National Ranking Event/A-Meet and Training Weekend), September 22-23, 2018

• Where: Pond Mountain, Kent, CT
• Hosted by Western Connecticut Orienteering Club
• Events: National Ranking Event (A-Meet) on Saturday, training courses on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
• Camping will be available at the meet site. There is no fee for camping; however, we encourage campers to make a modest donation to a fund for the junior team.
• Pre-registration for NRE strongly encouraged but not required. Cost for NRE $10 for individuals and $15 for families.
• To pre-register, email Rick DeWitt ( and include name, SI (dibber) number, if you have one, class and/or date of birth.
• Payment and waiver form will be handled at the meet.
• Start any time between 10 and noon. No pre-assigned start times, though there will be a start crew to hand out maps and assure a minimum 2 minute window between starts on the same course.
• Information on the training camp can be found here:
• Directions: From Kent CT, take CT341 west out of the town. After 1.6 miles, take a right onto Macedonia Brook Road. After 0.8 miles, turn right up Fuller Mountain Road. After about a mile, look for O signs to parking and the meet site.
• Google maps link to meet site:

Pond Mountain is a gorgeous mature, mostly deciduous forest, with very little undergrowth (e.g. laurel) or invasive species. It is fast, rocky, and steep. This year marks our 30th year of using the map, with the original map dating from 1988 (Goodwin), with updates by multiple people since then (Dominie, Walker, Despard). The map was last used for the 2016 Senior Team Trials.

Event Officials:
Event Director: Rick DeWitt
Registrar: Rick DeWitt
Course Setter: Niels Lyng-Olsen
Course Vetting: George Walker
Training Camp Coordinator: Greg Ahlswede
Sep 19, 2018 9:33 PM # 
A few last minute notes on the NRE and training camp this weekend:

Parking: Parking will be in the field across from the assembly/finish area.

Camping: Camping will be in the mowed lawns around the house and barns in the assembly area. Find a relatively flat spot that won’t interfere with the activities, and call it home. Another option is to wait until the last finisher has come in, and pitch your tent in the flat grassy vehicle track that served as the run-in to the finish. Steve and Christine (who live in the house there) said to feel free to use the chairs and tables near the barn, make a fire in the fire pit, etc.

Walk to the start: About 800 meters along a good trail, with essentially no climb.

Awards: There is of course the extraordinary prestige factor, but in lieu of awards we will use the money we would have spent and donate it to the junior team.

Meet notes:

Training camp notes:

We hope to see you this weekend!
Sep 20, 2018 11:24 AM # 
+1 on awards.
Sep 20, 2018 10:21 PM # 
+2 on awards. Good use of award money.
Sep 21, 2018 3:53 PM # 
Just got this note about a dinner possibility for Saturday evening, from Steve, the land manager for Pond Mountain:

“I also wanted to give you a heads-up about a turkey dinner in Kent on Saturday night from 4-8pm. It would be a great option for people camping out for the night or as a quick meal option after a day of orienteering. The food is phenomenal - prepared by a professional chef from Salt & Char in Saratoga Springs, NY. “

I believe this is the web page for the dinner:
Sep 22, 2018 7:43 PM # 
Corridor 2DRerun:
Sep 22, 2018 8:20 PM # 
Hey Greg, where do we meet for tomorrow’s morning training?
Sep 22, 2018 8:40 PM # 
We'll be leaving from the barns at 9am. The start is at the pulloff on the northern end of Skiff Rd. Don't think many cars can park there.
Sep 22, 2018 8:54 PM # 
Okey doke! Thanks!
Sep 22, 2018 10:08 PM # 
How late can we start tomorrow am?
Sep 23, 2018 11:06 PM # 
That was awesome. Thanks to WCOC and Greg for such a great event!
Sep 24, 2018 1:04 PM # 
Adv Control Pick 2drerun:
Sep 24, 2018 2:01 PM # 
It was a wonderful weekend - thanks all!

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