|Central New York Orienteering|
Saturday-Sunday, July 21-22, 2012
Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area, Pharsalia, NY
|Central New York Orienteering welcomes the brave, the strong,
and the daring to their 2012 edition of orienteering's fastest growing technique; the ROGAINE. An
acronym commonly referred to as Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance
(and not some miracle hair tonic), this form of long-distance orienteering team event originated in
Australia during the mid-1980s and has begun to spread rapidly the world over.|
HOW — The idea of ROGAINE is simple: teams of two or more people have a fixed amount of time (6, 12, or 24 hours in this particular event) to visit as many checkpoints as possible by walking, running, or resting as they see fit. These checkpoints (controls) are spread over a large area and are premarked on a detailed topographic map which is given to the participants just prior to the start of the event. Varying point values are assigned to each of these controls based on factors such as distance from the start, elevation, and difficulty of navigation required to locate the features at each control. Each team amasses as many points as possible before time expires by visiting what they consider to be an optimum set of controls since it will be impossible for most to visit all available control sites. The team with the highest total score decides placing with point total ties broken by the team's return time.
WHO — Average participants of a ROGAINE come from a wide variety of backgrounds: hikers, walkers, cross-country and trail runners, Hash House Harriers, ultrarunners, adventure racers, orienteers, and family groups just to name a few, with varying degrees of competitive intensity, ranging from the casual stroll with friends and family to the serious weekend warrior looking for an intriguing challenge to their physical, as well as mental abilities.
WHAT — This year's meet will actually consist of three events in one: a 6-hour "sprint", a 12-hour "warm-up", and the 24-hour "event". Participants may sign up for one of the lesser "distances" and move up to a longer event after the start, BUT a team may NOT move down to a shorter distance after this time.
EQUIPMENT — REQUIRED: compass, whistle, water bottles, watch. RECOMMENDED: packable foods and liquids, leg covering, insect protection, extra clothes, sensible footwear, flashlight/headlamps, sunscreen, personal first aid supplies, day packs, other prudent gear for a safe and comfortable expedition in mountainous terrain. PROVIDED: Each Team receives a pre-marked topographic map of the event area for each member, plastic map cases, punch card, and control description sheet, food available at Base Camp throughout the event, drinking water at Base Camp and selected control sites, and a free campsite at Base Camp from Friday, July 20, 2012, through the close of the event on Sunday, July 22, 2012.
WHEN — Base Camp will open at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 20, 2012. Meet packets may be picked up and late registrations will take place at the Base Camp from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday, July 20, 2012, and from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2012. A mandatory pre-race meeting for ALL participants will take place at Base Camp at 11:00 AM and the mass start will take place at 12:00 noon.
WHOM — Meet Directors:
Course Designer & Setter:
Erin Schirm, emschirm @ syr.edu
Pete Dady, dady @ toast.net, 315-729-4322
Shawn Forney, sxf36 @ hotmail.com, 315-472-6518
Barb Dominie, sochopx @ aol.com
LOCATION — Base Camp (42.62741 N, 75.71597 W), the location for start, finish, camping, etc., is NW of the city of Norwich in the Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area, Town of Pharsalia, Chenango County, New York. From the intersection of State Route 23 and Elmer Jackson Road, follow the orange and white O' directional signs north on Elmer Jackson Road for 1.7 miles. On your right, just before the entrance to Base Camp, you will pass a large pond/dam. On your left, there should be two portolets near the entrance to the field. The meet HQ and hash house will be at the west end of a soon-to-be-mowed field on the west side of Elmer Jackson Road. Park and camp anywhere you like in the field or woods but leave the main road/trail entrance open. No open fires until we determine the fire advisory. Please pack out your own trash. Local tourist information is available at:
RULES — Team members must stay within visual AND verbal contact at ALL times throughout
the competition and BOTH must sign in at each control. Participants must complete this event under their own
power; there is no use of motorized vehicles, bicycles, accepted rides, etc. at any time. No aid from others
is allowed during race times, including but not limited to drops of extra food and supplies in the competition
area. No use of GPS or altimeters is allowed. It IS permissible to return to Base Camp to replenish supplies,
eat & drink, sleep, etc. as often as the team wishes. Teams may change to a longer race length ONLY if they
inform meet officials at Base Camp BEFORE the time for their registered event has expired.|
AWARDS — EXTREMELY expensive and prestigious awards will be given to the top three point totals in these categories for each of the hourly events. — JUNIORS -21 — MALE — FEMALE — COED — MASTERS 40-54 — Veterans 55+ — Team w/2+ Males — Team w/2+ Females — Team w/1+ Male & 1+ Female — Team w/2+ Persons Over Age 40 — Team w/Persons Under 18
MAP — Using USGS topographic data, high resolution orthophotos, and DEC land use maps as base materials along with actual field surveys, a detailed topographical map of the competition area was produced entitled "Pharsalia". The scale is 1:30,000 with a 5-meter contour interval and is printed with a color laser printer. A select set of mapping standards are used; i.e. to orienteers the amount of detail will be less than the average orienteering competition map but, to the typical hiking enthusiast this map will have substantially more detail than the general USGS maps commonly available.
ENVIRONMENT and TERRAIN — The terrain consists of typical Central New York glaciated terrain consisting of old farmland reforested after the depression with still-active farms in the fertile lowlands. This region situated just north of the Catskill Mountain range varies from flat and bland to very steep hill/valley contour relief. Mobility will range from extremely fast runability in mature woodlots to slow passage sections due to young hardwood re-growth/logged/blackberry patches (NYS reforestation lands are actively harvested). Trail network ranges from minimal to moderate with a moderate road network throughout. Weather at this time of year can range from the mid 40s to the upper 90s Fahrenheit for daytime highs and a chance of freezing possible at night. Quickly developing rain and thunderstorms are very possible during mid-summer with high humidity conditions common. Primary insect problems will be from deer flies during the day and mosquitoes at night. Ticks are not commonly a problem but are possible. It gets very dark at night though you will have a waxing crescent moon for about an hour after sunset to help. Equipment for all of these possibilities should be considered. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.
REGISTRATION & FEES — Entries postmarked/e-mailed by July 7, 2012, will have an entry fee of $45/person. ALL phoned in entries and entries postmarked after July 7, 2012, will cost $60 per person. Day-of-event entries may not have pre-marked maps available. NO entries will be accepted after 10:30 AM on the day of the event. These dates/times will be STRICTLY adhered to. Your entry fee includes camping, food at hash house for duration of event and a souvenir baseball hat. Updates and additional details will be posted on this web site.
FOOD SERVICE ONLY — Any individuals not competing (i.e., family members or "support" crew), but wishing to take part of the food service may pay $15 each. There will be a $3 surcharge for paying via PayPal.
ENTRY FORM — Here are copies of the "Standard Gaining Entry Form" in doc format and in pdf format. Complete the entry form and send it to the Registrar along with your check made payable in U.S. Dollars to "CNYO" OR e-mail your completed entry form to the Registrar and pay via PayPal through this web site. There will be a $3 surcharge for paying via PayPal. An entry is not considered complete until payment is received.
If you have further questions, please contact the registrar at sochopx @ aol.com.
|Central New York Orienteering, 6187 Smith Rd, North Syracuse, NY 13212-2513||Updated: 07/16/2012|