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Discussion: The Traverse and Mini-Traverse

in: NEOC: Traverse and Mini-Traverse (Nov 20, 2016 - Amherst, MA, US)

Oct 6, 2016 3:27 AM # 
The Blue Hills Traverse is moving to Western Mass for 2016!
Come join the New England Orienteering Club Sunday, November 20 for the 44th running of the Traverse: mass start at 11:00AM. Start and finish at the Notch Visitor Center in Amherst, MA. The traverse will be 13.5k with 620 meters of climb. Not feeling that ambitious? There is also a mini-traverse of 9.3k with 410 meters of climb. There is no drive to a remote start. Instead, you will do four traverses: an upper and lower traverse on the north side of the Mt Holyoke range (Earls Trails map) and then a southern and northern traverse around Mt Norwottuck (Mt Norwottuck map). Tee shirts to all finishers. Home-baked prizes to open and age-group winners. Pre-registration required by 11:59 PM November 15. $20. Website and Registration. Meet Director and Course Setter: Phil Bricker.
Oct 6, 2016 1:29 PM # 
Great to have the Traverse in W Mass and no remote start. Looking forward to it!
Oct 29, 2016 3:54 PM # 
The Traverse and Mini-Traverse are just three weeks away. With no Highlander this year, I'm hoping those in HVO- and DVOA-land will consider coming up to Western Mass for their fall endurance challenge!

The deadline to register is Nov. 15, but please register earlier if you can so that I have an idea how many shirts to order. A direct link to registration is here. You may skip the payment page and pay at the meet.

So far, there are no takers for the mini-traverse. At 9.2k and about 450 m of climb, it is not all that "mini", and might be a good choice for slower runners who do not want to be out for four hours or more. Courses close at 3:30 after four and a half hours.
Oct 29, 2016 9:22 PM # 
Registered for the mini. All I have to do is finish it by 3:30, right?

Will you add a link to who's registered sometime?
Oct 29, 2016 10:24 PM # 
I was thinking of the mini but I noticed the website says that Green and Red courses will be available so I will probably do one of those instead. Just not looking forward to 450 meters of climb if there is an option.
Oct 30, 2016 12:48 AM # 
OK Janet, challenge accepted.
Oct 31, 2016 2:39 PM # 
Red and green rec courses are pretty much the second halves of the traverse and mini-traverse, respectively. So they also go on both sides of the mountain and have a high percentage of climb. Green is 4.8k and 280m; red is 5.9k and 310m. And that's if you take the routes I would choose which minimize climb!
Nov 1, 2016 1:24 PM # 
I suppose there's not much you can do when you start on top of a big hill. Anything that goes down has to come back up.

How about an alternative finish spot at Atkins Farms or something, with a bus to take people back up, while feeding you cider doughnuts?

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