Central New York Orienteering
Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 2015
Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area & Camp Zerbe, Williamstown, NY
CONDITION REPORT — Saturday, February 21, 2015: Snow conditions haven't changed substantially from the update of February 9. The base presently ranges from 1.5 to 2 meters of settled but very loose and soft granular (lower portions) and powder (on the surface) from the latest in a series of storms throughout the month of February. The only saving grace this weekend for Barb and me was that the extremely cold temperatures last week stiffened the snow pack enough so that, with semi-large snowshoes, we only sunk in about 18 inches, instead of the "normal" 24 inches of the previous two weekends. All marshes and swamps that we've crossed are definitely frozen with only open water at very fast flowing streams. Forecasts are for continued cold (well below freezing) temperatures for a couple more weeks, so anticipate conditions to be relatively the same for the event. We'll post another update only if a multi-day thaw happens prior to March 7, 2015. — Mark Dominie
OVERVIEW — This is a ROGAINE-style event for winter hosted by CNYO, spread over two, 8-hour days. You and your partner(s) visit a series of controls of varying point values by foot, skis, sled, snowshoes, etc. On Saturday, the competition runs from 8:30 AM through 4:30 PM; on Sunday, the competition runs from 8:00 AM through 4:00 PM. We shall attempt to depict the most-recent trail grooming status on the map at the time of event. You should anticipate as much as 50% of the trails to be ungroomed — this will depend upon prior snowfalls. We shall provide warm refreshments at Home Base.

WHERE — Home Base is Camp Zerbe in Williamstown, NY, approximately eight miles east of Interstate Route 81, Exit 34. Parking will be in the main lot on the south side of Route 104, overflow parking will be in the lot on the north side of Route 104. Detailed directions will be on the this web site.

MAP — The State Forests of Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area and Oswego County Parklands at Camp Zerbe will form our 1:25,000 SNOWGAINE map. The maps will be distributed to all teams on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 7:30 AM.

FEES — Pre-entry will be $50.00 per person. On the day of the event, the cost goes up to $65.00 per person. You must pre-register by March 2, 2015, to ensure a pre-marked map. No entries will be accepted after 7:30 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Make checks payable in U.S. funds to "CNYO".

  • All teams must be made up of two or more individuals.
  • Members of each team must remain together at all times for safety.
  • Teams must return to Home Base on Day 1 by 4:30 PM or will be penalized with a delayed restart on Day 2 of three times the amount overtime (i.e. A 5:00 PM return on Saturday equates to a 9:30 AM restart on Sunday.).
  • Teams must finish Day 2 by 4:00 PM or suffer "significant" point-loss penalties.
  • Any team returning to Home Base on either day later than 5:59 PM will be disqualified.
  • Teams can use ANY mode of non-motorized personal winter transportation they deem suitable.
  • Teams must carry appropriate nourishment and liquids to compete in a cold-weather endurance event. Aid stations will be few and far between.
  • Meet officials reserve the right to cancel or shorten the duration of this event AT ANY TIME due to extreme weather conditions.

CATEGORIES — Teams will be classified as Male, Female, Coed, Veteran, Super Veteran, or Junior.
     Mark Walsh — marky_marky@msn.com
  RULES & SPECIAL NOTES — A pdf document providing detailed rules and special notes is available here.
     Friday, March 6, 2015: 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The Parish Country Lodge, Room 2,
2675 State Route 69, Parish, NY.
From I-81, Exit 33, 0.8 mile east on Route 69.
     Saturday, March 7, 2015: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Camp Zerbe, Conference Center (base camp).
REGISTRATION — Send fee and the completed form below, one for EACH member of your team, to: Barbara Dominie, 3378 Pine Hill Road, Marathon, NY 13803-2315. Entry form and payment via PayPal is available below.

ACCOMMODATIONS — Check the following websites and book early. Fishermen and snowmobilers will also be booking accommodations for this weekend. Note: The Tailwater Lodge, (52 Pulaski Street, Altmar, NY 13302; 800-491-9657; 855-895-6343; 315-298-3434) is offering a discounted room rate of $99 per night to SNOWGAINE attendees (breakfast inclusive). The Lodge offers a full-service restaurant and bar, complimentary wireless internet in all guest rooms and public areas and ample parking. Alternatively, you can call Christine Tucciarone (Director of Group Sales) at 315-701-4305.

In the event you cannot find local accommodations please contact the registrar.

NOTICE — Hypothermia and frostbite are two real dangers possibly facing competitors. Organizers reserve the right to terminate a competitor's participation if he/she appears to be suffering from exposure to the cold with either hypothermia or frostbite. It is required that competitors bring any food and liquids with them that they might need during this long-distance event.

FORMS — Here are copies of the "Standard Gaining Entry Form" in doc format and in pdf format. Complete the entry form and send to the Registrar along with your check made payable in U.S. funds to "CNYO" or e-mail your completed entry form to the Registrar and pay via PayPal through our website. There will be a $3 surcharge for paying via PayPal. An entry is not considered complete until payment is received.

CNYO accepts payments using PayPal.
Standard Entry for One
$50 plus $3 surcharge

Standard Entry for Two
$100 plus $3 surcharge

Standard Entry for Three
$150 plus $3 surcharge

Standard Entry for Four
$200 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: 03/02/2015