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Discussion: HVO One day National Ranking Event weekend

in: Return to the Ridge (Jun 1, 2019 - Pound Ridge, NY, US)

May 20, 2019 9:12 PM # 
HVO Sanctioned National Ranking Event for 2019 will be held at Ward Pound Ridge on Saturday June 1st, the same place we held the 2016 US Championships but using the northern part of the map. This ½ of the Park has been hardly used since the map was updated in 2015/16, and most parts of the map are virgin territory. It has been embargoed since the event was sanctioned.
The area is mainly open and very runnable, except for small area of barberry, easily avoided, and has many rock features.
Course setter is Niels Olsen who set day two of the 2016 Championships.
Pre-registration is not required but it would help us in map printing and computer input if you could email me at ‘ghckat at’ with name, age, club and SI number.
First starts for competitive runners will be 9.30 and last starts at 12.00, Rec starts will be from 10.30. Start times will not be pre-allocated but we will keep a gap between runners on the same course.
More details will be on HVO website
If you are interested in staying in one of the shelters at the Park Friday and/or Saturday let me know as soon as possible as the Park cannot take phone/credit card bookings so it would have to be done through me. There are only 5 shelters free for Saturday night as of this morning. $50 per night.
To make the weekend more attractive we will be holding a sprint event on Sunday June 2nd on Governors Island. This island, never before used for orienteering, is about 800m off the bottom of Manhattan, reached by a short ferry ride. More details at . The new map has been compiled by Stefan Slutsky, who is also setting the courses. This will be a local meet with local meet low fees.
May 24, 2019 11:47 AM # 
Course details posted on
May 28, 2019 5:14 PM # 
Costs will be $10 if you are a member of Orienteering USA, $15 if not. Juniors (18 and under) are $7/$10). In addition there will be a 1$ per person donation to the park's Trailside Museum (collected at registration) in lieu of the ($10 per car) parking fee. When you drive into the park tell the booth attendant you are here for orienteering at Kimberly.
Click on "Return to the Ridge" at the top of this thread to see final course details.
May 28, 2019 5:46 PM # 
Course notes
• The northern part of Ward Pound Ridge is a fun area to orienteer. The main northern hill has wide open terrain with generally little or no under growth, allowing for fast running. Other hills may have some undergrowth, while still highly runnable.
• There are some rocky ground sections, but generally less so than other parts of Ward Pound Ridge. However, please navigate with caution in the vicinity of the few steep cliffs on the eastern side of the map.
• Green vegetation: The medium and light green areas are typically old Mountain Laurel that is passable and often runnable today. Green slash areas are typically thorny bushes. Where you have scattered slashes, you can navigate through these sections, while larger areas with 100% green slash coverage are impenetrable.
• A few fallen trees have been mapped. There are a number of un-mapped fallen trees as well, although these should not materially impact navigation or route choices.
• All advanced courses will have water available on two control locations (one for Orange), as described on the control descriptions.
• The Blue, Red and Green courses will have a mandatory crossing point (marked on the map and with streamers in the terrain) when crossing the road towards the very last part of the courses.
• Specific notes for the Blue and Red courses:
- The longer courses will encounter areas of green slashed vegetation, and you should assume the map accurately describes these areas. For fairness purposes, we have streamered an exit path when leaving one control in such area. This is marked on the map and on the control description sheet as leg flagging at the beginning of the next leg.
- In order to optimize the use of the most attractive terrain, both the Blue and Red courses are printed in two separate sections. At the start, runners will be provided with one map, which has part 1 and part 2 of the course printed on opposite sides of the map. At the end of part 1 (control #16 and #13 for Blue and Red, respectively), the runners should punch the control and flip the map for part 2. The last control on part 1 will be marked as the start triangle on the part 2 map, and the first controls on part 2 will be marked as control #17 for Blue and #14 for Red.
Enjoy the nice terrain!
May 28, 2019 9:18 PM # 
I and 3 other people are looking for a ride from Katonah train station to the event site. Let me know if anyone is driving by there and can help us out. Thanks!
May 29, 2019 3:05 PM # 
Traffic consideration. A bridge replacement on I-95 exit 9 near Stamford, CT takes place this weekend, and I-95 traffic in both directions will be reduced to two lanes. This will impact traffic on Route 15 Merritt Parkway as well
May 29, 2019 9:45 PM # 
Final Bulletin and updated course notes

Don't forget to mention orienteering at the entrance boothe to avoid parking fee.

Lina: There are 2 or 3 taxis at Katonah station if all else fails.
May 30, 2019 1:52 AM # 
Geof, I found a ride, but I will keep this in mind, if anything. Thanks!
Jun 3, 2019 12:09 AM # 
Jun 3, 2019 10:09 PM # 
Results on HVO website

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