Central New York Orienteering
2016 Southern Cortland County ROGAINE
Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24, 2016
Virgil, NY

Central New York Orienteering Club welcomes the brave, the strong, and the daring to their 26th rendition of orienteering's most physically challenging technique - the ROGAINE (Rugged Outdoor Group Activity Involving Navigation and Endurance). This form of long-distance, team-based orienteering originated in Australia during the mid-1980s and has spread the world over.

HOW — The idea of ROGAINE is quite 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 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.

WHAT — 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 second event in the 2016 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 will be available at selected control sites. Additionally, free primitive camping at Base Camp from Friday, July 22, 2016, through the close of the event on Sunday, July 24, 2016, will be available.

WHEN — Base Camp will open at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 22, 2016. Meet packets may be picked up and late registrations will take place at the Base Camp from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM in Friday, July 22, 2016, and from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 23, 2016. A mandatory pre-race meeting for ALL participants will take place at Base Camp at 10:50 AM on Saturday, July 23, 2016, with maps being distributed at 11:00 AM and a mass start of all participants at 12:00 noon, sharp.

LOCATION — This year's event will be held on the State Forests of Southern Cortland County. Base Camp (start/finish/camping, etc.) is located at the Blodgett Mills Sportsmen's Club in Virgil, NY. To locate the Club: from Interstate 81 take exit 10, go south on US Route 11 for 1.8 miles and turn right onto Blodgett Mills Road. Go to the 4 corners (0.3 mile) in Blodgett Mills and turn left onto Clute Road go 1.9 miles then turn left onto Stafford Road, go 0.6 mile, the Gun Club will be on the right. Orange and white reflective directional O' signs will be posted from the I-81 exits. Camping is in the open field behind the Club. This is not a formal camping area so plan on primitive conditions.

BASIC RULES — Team members must stay within visual AND verbal contact at ALL times throughout the competition. ALL teammates must go to each control visited by the team. Participants must complete this event under their own power - there is no use of motorized vehicles, bicycles, accepted rides, etc., at any time. Aside from returning to Base Camp, 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 interactive GPS or altimeters is allowed but GPS recorders (w/ no screen) may be carried. 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. 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 the CNYO web site. E-mail the registrar for additional info concerning forming teams to SOCHOPX@aol.com with your details.
  AWARDS — Awards will be given to the top three point totals in each category for each of the separate hourly events.

MAP — Using USGS elevation data, high resolution orthophotographs, and DEC land use maps as base materials along with actual field surveys a detailed topographical map of the competition area was produced entitled “Southern Cortland County”. 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 ranging from flatter, old farmland fields (often overgrown) to very hilly boreal and hardwood forests. Mobility will range from extremely fast runnability in mature woodlots and fields to slow passage sections due to young hardwood regrowth/logged/blackberry patches (NYS reforestation lands are actively harvested). Trail network ranges from minimal to moderate and a moderate road network throughout. Weather at this time of year can range from mid 40s to upper 90s (Fahrenheit) for daytime highs and a chance of freezing possible at night. Quickly 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.

REGISTRATION & FEES — Entries postmarked or e-mailed by July 15, 2016, will have an entry fee of $55/person. ALL phoned-in entries and entries postmarked or e-mailed after July 15, 2016, will be assessed a $10/person surcharge. Day-of-event entries are not guaranteed a pre-marked map. NO entries will be accepted after 10:30 AM on the day of the event. We shall post updates and additional details on this web site.

Payment by check or money order payable in U.S. funds may be made to: Central New York Orienteering. Mail the completed forms (remember to sign the wavier), one for EACH team member, with full payment (Canadian Residents: Please specify U.S. dollars on the check.) 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 had not been completed in advance.

Entry Forms: 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
$65 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Two
$130 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Three
$195 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Four
$260 plus $3 surcharge

Late Entry for Five
$325 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: 07/19/2016