Register | Login
Attackpoint - performance and training tools for orienteering athletes

Discussion: Cemetery Hill Course and Map Notes

in: NEOC: Cemetery Hill (Dec 3, 2011 - Northampton, MA, US)

Nov 30, 2011 2:53 PM # 
Course and map notes are posted here.
Nov 30, 2011 3:20 PM # 
@Phil: That link lead me to a zip file of multiple directories with XML files, which I could not open properly. Got anything more user-friendly?
Nov 30, 2011 3:25 PM # 
Cemetery Hill Course and Map Notes
December 3, 2011

Cemetery Hill includes some of the grounds of the former Northampton State Hospital, (aka Northampton Insane Asylum). In the 1950’s, the hospital housed 2657 patients (including, at one point, Sylvia Plath). As you run up Cemetery Hill, you might think of the 594 former patients who are buried under your feet in unmarked graves. (There is a brief history of the hospital here.) Today, Cemetery Hill is a dog park, where dogs are permitted to run off leash, and includes a disk golf course. Please be respectful of others who may be using the area.

There are three sprint courses (“long”, “short”, and “final”) and a yellow course. These are “woods sprints”, with a fair amount of trail running and open field running. The white woods range from very open, to moderately junky (due in part to the October snowstorm). The “long sprint” (3.1k, 80 m.), the “short sprint” (2.2k, 65 m.), and the yellow (2.8k, 55 m.) may be started any time between 10:00 and 12:00. The “final sprint” (3.1 k, 80 m.) will not commence until 12:30. The two longer sprints, of course, are too long to be true “sprints”: pace yourself accordingly.

To compete for the Western Mass Orienteering Championships, you choose between two divisions: Blue (all three sprints) or Green (long and final sprints). The top blue runners will begin the final sprint as a chase start at about 12:30. The top green runners will begin the final sprint as a chase start at about 12:45. Be sure to check the monitor to get your start time, which will be to the second. Starting at about 1:00, anyone can do the final sprint, with starts one-minute apart.

Please arrive early to complete your preliminary sprints well before 12:30. There is no shelter and no bathroom facilities, so prepare accordingly.

Map Notes

The map is 1 x 4000 with 2.5 meter contours, ISOM.

Special Symbols: Black circles are disk golf baskets. Black x’s (“manmade objects”) are almost always either signs or tables. Brown solid triangles (“charcoal platform”) are disk golf tees (rectangular rubber mats). Brown x’s are, as usual, root stocks.

Vegetation: Medium green (except perhaps a narrow strip) and dark green are to be avoided; they almost always contain nasty vines. Light green is slow run, sometimes with obstacles to go around or over; it may contain some stray vines. The large field mapped as “cultivated land” was, unfortunately, mowed down this week after the courses and map were finished (leaving knee-high stalks); its runnability is roughly “rough open”.

Fences: You may come across a couple of barbed wire fences. They are flagged with orange streamer and marked as crossable fences on the map. There could also be some unmapped barbed wire on the ground. Please be careful.

Rock: Individual boulders are often mapped down to .5 meter. “Cliffs” on the map are manmade rockfaces.
Nov 30, 2011 3:25 PM # 
I also had trouble seeing it, as my computer does not have a new enough version of Word. I converted it to a google doc here .
Nov 30, 2011 3:32 PM # 
Are studded shoes permitted/appropriate?
Nov 30, 2011 3:34 PM # 
Worked fine on an iPad.
Nov 30, 2011 4:06 PM # 
I never saw a doc or docx file to open.

Thank you, Phil, for posting it here.
Nov 30, 2011 5:36 PM # 
Ross (and Sam): we will miss you!

There is no pavement on these courses. There are some steepish hillsides and some slippery rocks in stream beds. If studded shoes are what you usuallly wear in the woods (and they don't slow you down too much on trails), they would be fine at CH.
Dec 1, 2011 2:07 AM # 
yeah, studded shoes work fine on an iPad.
Dec 1, 2011 2:12 AM # 
I never use studded shoes on my iPad
Dec 1, 2011 2:31 AM # 
Nor I. Need finger touch. Metal won't work.
Dec 1, 2011 9:51 PM # 
If there are spare headlamps around, please bring one or two! I have a couple of friends coming who don't yet have their own.
Dec 1, 2011 10:06 PM # 
I have one extra that, I think, is already spoken for. Will try to bring a second one.
Dec 1, 2011 10:47 PM # 
where is the night O? not on the club website.
Dec 1, 2011 11:40 PM # 
I will bring a lamp, or two :), with batteries and packs
Dec 2, 2011 1:01 AM # 
I have one that is available.
Dec 2, 2011 2:13 AM # 
Night-o is not a club event. Just some people training at Mt Tom. Since there is very little parking outside the gate, we need to carpool and only bring a few cars. Park is officially closed.
Dec 2, 2011 2:30 AM # 
I may be sticking ny neck in where its not needed but have those going to the night O in a closed park thought this through. Are the park officials aware of your plans? Would they be pissed off if they found out you were there? Pissed off enough to cancel all further orienteering there?
They close parks at night for a number of good reasons - risks to humans, distruption to nocturnal animals, difficulty of extracting a victim in an emergency medical situation, etc.
It may not be a club event but 'orienteering is orienteering'.
If the officials are aware and okay with your plan please excuse me for butting in.
Dec 2, 2011 4:02 AM # 
Dec 2, 2011 6:10 AM # 
Hmmmm. I wonder what inspired that t-shirt...
Dec 2, 2011 1:18 PM # 
The reason for the park closing in this case is that the snowstorm at the end of October snapped a number of trees and limbs, leaving potentially hazardous chunks of wood that could potentially fall on people. In other words, it's a forest, just somewhat moreso.

This discussion thread is closed.