Central New York Orienteering
Head North, Woody. Head North.
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 2014
Edwards, NY
Meet Notes

Central New York Orienteering Club welcomes the brave, the strong, and the daring to their 24th rendition of orienteering's most physically challenging technique - the ROGAINE (Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance). This form of long-distance orienteering team event originating in Australia during the mid-1980s and has spread the world over.

What is a ROGAINE? The concept is very straightforward — 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 pre-marked on a detailed topographic map which is provided to the participants just prior to the start of the event. Varying point values are assigned to each of these controls. 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. The members of the team must stay together throughout the event, for reasons of safety.

Duration: This year's annual meet will consist of three events in one: A 6-hour, a 12-hour, and a 24-hour. 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. This is the third event in the 2014 CNYO Gaining Trifecta Cup Series.

Equipment - Required: Compass, Whistle, Water, and Watch. Recommended: Items each competitor packs with them could include nutritious foods and liquids, leg covering, insect protection, extra clothes, sensible footwear, flashlight/headlamps, sunscreen, personal first aid supplies, day packs, and other prudent gear for a safe and comfortable expedition in rugged terrain. Provided: Each team member will receive a pre-marked topographic map of the event area, plastic map case, and control description sheet, plus one punch card per team. Various food and drink items will be available at Base Camp throughout the event, and drinking water at selected control sites. Additionally, free semi-primitive camping is available at the Base Camp from Friday, July 19, 2014, through the close of the event on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Time: Base Camp will open at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 18, 2014. Packet pickup and late registration will be at the Base Camp from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday, July 18, 2014, and from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 19, 2014. A mandatory pre-race meeting for ALL participants will take place at Base Camp at 10:50 AM on Saturday July 19, 2014. We shall distribute maps at 11:00 AM. The mass start for all participants is at 12:00 noon, sharp.

Who may participate? Participants in rogaining come from diverse backgrounds, including hikers, cross-country runners, trail runners, adventure racers, ultra-runners, orienteers, and family groups. A wide variety of competitive intensity is found, varying from the casual stroller wanting to add some variety to the weekend hike to serious athletes expecting to vie for the top spots in their category, going with no sleep and at a running pace for most of the event. Map reading skill is perhaps the most important specialized technique needed in the event. Route planning strategy is also very important.

Base Camp, Start/Finish Area: A primitive camping area in Edwards, NY. Drinking water and portable toilets will be available during event. Free overnight camping is available Friday and Saturday nights, and after the event on Sunday. Bring tents, sleeping bags, etc.

Rules: A full listing of the rules for rogaining may be found at the IRF website. A number of the more important rules for this race include the following examples, some of which vary from the customs in adventure racing or individual orienteering events. For reasons of safety, team members must stay within sight and speaking distance throughout the competition. ALL team members must go to each control visited by the team. Participants must complete this event under their own power — no vehicular transport is allowed during the race. No use of interactive GPS or altimeters is allowed but GPS recorders (w/ no screen) may be carried. No aid from others away from the base camp is allowed during the race (including drops of food or supplies before the race). It is permissible to return to the base camp area to replenish supplies, eat, drink, sleep, etc., at any time during the event. 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. No solo individuals will be permitted to take part in this event. An attempt will be made to assist individuals who lack a teammate in locating another such individual by posting a list on this web page. E-mail the registrar for additional information concerning forming teams to sochopx @ aol.com with your details.

Checkpoints: Each checkpoint is marked by an orange and white "control", a triangular prism with sides about a foot square or, more often, two or three metal sheets of about the same size and the same color pattern wrapped around a tree trunk at about eye level. You use a pin punch hanging beside the flag to mark the appropriate box on your punch card carried with you to prove your visit. You will also be asked to sign a log at each control point, indicating your intended next stop and the current time, to assist in search operations if a rescue should become necessary. It is not compulsory to go to the control indicated on the intention sheet if plans change en route, but please do not intentionally fill in incorrect information in an attempt to mislead competing teams. The control flags will usually be visible from some distance, not intentionally concealed, but also usually not within view of trails or roads. Reflective markers will aid somewhat in locating control points after dark. There will be about 60 control points distributed over the roughly 120 square kilometers covered by the maps.

Scoring: The point value of all control points visited is summed. The point value of each control is ten times the value of the first digit of the control code printed on the map. A late penalty of 10 points per minute (or fraction) is subtracted from the score of any team finishing after 12:00 noon on Sunday. Any team finishing more than 30 minutes late will be disqualified. Tie scores will be decided by the order of finish times (faster team winning).
  Awards: The primary award categories will be Men, Women, and Mixed teams. Each of these categories is subdivided into Open, Veteran (all team members over 40), Superveteran (all team members over 55), or Junior (all 18 or under). Awards will be presented to the top 3 teams in all of these categories for the 24-, 12-, and 6-hour events.

Map: Using USGS elevation 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 "Wolf Pond-Fire Falls-Trout Lake". The scale is 1:25,000 with a 2.5-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.

(a typical square kilometer)

Environment and Terrain: The terrain is not the typical Central NY large hill and valley terrain used for many of the past CNYO RoGaine's, instead the region is notable for its relatively minimal total elevation relief, heavy concentration of rocky ridges and hills and a large number of beaver swamps and ponds. Mobility through the mostly mixed white pine and deciduous forest can be slow to fair due to many fresh limb breaks from an early ice storm last winter but heavy ground vegetation is very localized. The trail network is minimal in the State Reforestation areas but a moderate road network does connect these public lands. Weather at this time of year can range from mid 40s to upper 90s Fahrenheit for daytime highs and quick developing rain (and lightning) storms 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. Equipment for all of these possibilities should be considered. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

Directions: This year's event will be held at a new venue just north of the hamlet of Edwards, NY. Base Camp (start/finish/camping, etc.) is located at the Edwards Lions Park in Edwards, NY. The Park has the basic amenities normally associated with small town parks. To locate the Park: from US Rt 11 in Gouverneur take SR 58 east for 12.4 miles and turn left onto CR 24. Go 1.1 mile and just after entering the village limits turn left onto Hall Street. Take Hall Street to the end (aproximately 0.25 mile) to the park. Orange and white reflective directional O' signs will be posted from Gouverneur. Camping is on a large open ball field that is not a formal camping area so plan on semi-primitive conditions.

Nearby Accommodations: (all in Gouverneur, NY 13642)
  • Lawrence Manor, 315-287-1640,
    214 East Main Street
  • Nina's Hotel, 315-287-9888,
    34 Depot Street
  • Clearview Motel, 315-287-2800,
    1180 US Highway 11
Registration Fees: Preregistration is strongly preferred. Entries postmarked or e-mailed by Thursday, July 10, 2014, will have an entry fee of $50/person. ALL phoned-in entries and entries postmarked after that date will be assessed at $10/person surcharge. Day-of-event entries are not guaranteed a pre-marked map. NO entries will be accepted after 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Payment by check or money order payable in U.S. funds may be made to: Central New York Orienteering. Mail to the registrar at: CNYO, c/o Barbara Dominie, 3378 Pine Hill Road, Marathon, NY 13803-2315. Alternatively, e-mail the forms to the registrar, Barbara Dominie, sochopx @ aol.com, and pay online using PayPal. Remember, there is a $3.00 surcharge for paying online.

All participants will be required to sign a liability release waiver. Minors will need the liability waiver signed by a parent or a legal guardian. On-site registration by minors will require the presence of a parent or legal guardian to sign the waiver if the form has not been filled out in advance. Use the standardized CNYO 'Gaining Entry Form (doc format; pdf format) and enter online, or send in a paper copy.

CNYO accepts payments using PayPal.
Late Entry for One
$60 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Two
$120 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Three
$180 plus $3 surcharge

Food Service Only
$15 plus $3 surcharge

If you have further questions, please contact the registrar at sochopx @ aol.com.

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Central New York Orienteering, 6187 Smith Rd, North Syracuse, NY 13212-2513 Updated: 07/18/2014