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  • Topic created by Guy-O on Wed Nov 15, 2017 at 1:40 am
    Guy Olsen (Guy-O)
    Guy-O
    Num Posts: 252
    Primary Club: HVO
    Fav map: Spackman Creek
    First O: 1982
    Will this Sunday's event be staged out of the usual location across Ave E from Lot 101, or the eastern corner of the map used last year?

    Also, if course data is posted, I'll note that on HVO's event page.
  • Reply by bobburg on Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    Bob Burg (bobburg)
    bobburg
    Num Posts: 130
    Primary Club: DVOA
    Fav map:
    First O: 1999
    Hello y'all....I'm still alive and well.

    NOTES from RUTGERS

    My event article should be posted sometime today.  But I'll also list course stats at the end of this message.

    I've been mapping right up to my time limit, refining and re-refining and re-re-refining, then finally completing courses last night.  Since lyme last Spring (and a brief relapse this Sept) eliminated 2 1/2 months of prime mapping time, the map won't look much larger than last year's.  BUT I've been filling in details and accuracy in some portions of the map that are now "open for business" -- especially around the trail maze and south/southwest of it that's been virtually unuseable, and which I have carefully avoided in the past couple of years.  Originally mapped as a hodgepodge of trails in large blobs of green, the area is remarkably runnable.

    So this year, Orange through Red (sorry, no Blue course yet...next year I'll have the room for it!) all run through and have controls in those areas.  So you will find some brand new territory that you haven't seen for years (if ever). Laughing

    One problem I have no control over are all the fallen leaves that cover even major trails, let alone small intricate trails.  So keep

  • Reply by bobburg on Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    Bob Burg (bobburg)
    bobburg
    Num Posts: 130
    Primary Club: DVOA
    Fav map:
    First O: 1999
    Hello y'all....I'm still alive and well.

    NOTES from RUTGERS

    My event article should be posted sometime today.  But I'll also list course stats at the end of this message.

    I've been mapping right up to my time limit, refining and re-refining and re-re-refining, then finally completing courses last night.  Since lyme last Spring (and a brief relapse this Sept) eliminated 2 1/2 months of prime mapping time, the map won't look much larger than last year's.  BUT I've been filling in details and accuracy in some portions of the map that are now "open for business" -- especially around the trail maze and south/southwest of it that's been virtually unuseable, and which I have carefully avoided in the past couple of years.  Originally mapped as a hodgepodge of trails in large blobs of green, the area is remarkably runnable.

    So this year, Orange through Red (sorry, no Blue course yet...next year I'll have the room for it!) all run through and have controls in those areas.  So you will find some brand new territory that you haven't seen for years (if ever). Laughing

    One problem I have no control over are all the fallen leaves that cover even major trails, let alone small intricate trails.  So keep

  • Reply by bobburg on Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm
    Bob Burg (bobburg)
    bobburg
    Num Posts: 130
    Primary Club: DVOA
    Fav map:
    First O: 1999
    Whoops!!!  Apparently I brushed my keyboard, and it broadcast TWO copies of the post I was working on?
    Anyway.....

    So you'll need to keep in touch with landmarks and vegetation where small trails simply disappear from view.  But believe me, there are very interesting features among the only occasionally visible trails.  I look forward to hearing your feedback when you return to Finish.  Rutgers is definitely no longer your father's old Rutgers.  

    I'll have some other notes for those who attend.  It's forecast to be sunny and topping out at 50 degrees, with some winds that will be milder within the woods and as the afternoon progresses -- great weather for running (or briskly walking) your course.  Hope to see a great turnout to this small but marvelous woods.

    Oh, and to clarify, Guy....this year we're back at our old haunting grounds, just one clearing over right next to where we usually meet, only 50m more from the parking lot on Ave E.  And we will have a port-o-john to avoid the long searching walks to wherever the nearest bathroom might be.  Every second or third year, we will return to last year's staging area just for some variety of terrain, especially for the shorter courses.

    So the Classic Course Stats:

    White 2.10k 25m 13 ctrls
    Yellow 3.04k 50m 14 ctrls
    Orange 4.35k 60m 12 ctrls
    Brown 3.85k 60m 10 ctrls
    Green 5.05k 68m 15 ctrls
    Red 7.07k      105m 20 ctrls

    See you in the woods!
  • Reply by bobburg on Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm
    Bob Burg (bobburg)
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    Num Posts: 130
    Primary Club: DVOA
    Fav map:
    First O: 1999
    And Oh!  I challenge the best (and most enthusiastic whatever your "level") orienteers from both DVOA and HVO to show up Sunday to "battle" it out.

    The map and the courses will be a great and fair challenge....plus I'd love to hear your feedback about how the map is progressing, let alone how you liked your courses.

    Great weather, crisp but not chilling cold, to bring out the best in all of us.
    Let's have an autumnal O-party.
  • Reply by BRycharski on Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm
    Bob Rycharski (BRycharski)
    BRycharski
    Num Posts: 133
    Primary Club: DVOA
    Fav map: Rutgers Preserve
    First O: 1976
    Bob, as past Course setter, the nearest campus restrooms are in Becker Hall, assuming its still there, enter from the non-forest side.  I always liked the Preserve maze area, but it was always changing from year to year.   It was vastly improved about 3 years ago when the Rutgers trail managers realigned a white trail thru the Southeast part of the maze. I can't wait to see my now second favorite  O 'map', ahem, Rutgers  Preserve is listed as my Favorite, but a little map HVO and Paul Bennett thas refreshed , cobbled and OCAD'ed and I have organized, its been on - my -  mind (radar) for 5 months now, so I think its best to be honest and say since its  (WQ) 1/4 miles from my house, that the soon to be debuted Wanaque (WQ) ridge Map tops Rutgers, only by a little bit and a Hunter bridge too far (you wil see if you attend).  So warm up at Rutgers Preserve park, then consider to work off that Turkey Drumstick and waistline  on Saturday 25 Nov in my Hometown of Wanaque, at the Back Beach entry dryfoot  to Ramapo Lake State Park territory and some Wanaque Ridge areas No HVO official runners have visited in some time.  Both will be amazing ...See You in Both My Home town/best "woods/maps" (long story).  Good Luck Bob Burg and DVOA Vols. for fine weather and happy Map Hikers on Sunday. Break a Lyme/Leg... !
  • Reply by camperpat on Sat Nov 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm
    Pat Burton (camperpat)
    camperpat
    Num Posts: 173
    Primary Club: DVOA
    Fav map: Hibernia
    First O: 1999
    Sorry Bob   I have family ( baby shower ) to attend to   But Bob will be there   See you later  Pat
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