Thanks very much to course setter Phil and volunteers Peter, Gail, and Jim Paschetto (probably others) for an excellent day in the woods! The terrain and weather were delightful, the course was interesting, and the pizza, donuts, and refreshments were a perfect way to finish. I definitely enjoyed the change of venue, and I think NEOC should seriously consider rotating the Traverse terrain. There are plenty of locations in NEOCland - more if we include CT, CSUland, and UNOland. What would be the difference between the
BHT and the Billygoat? Season and tradition, apparently.
Skipping, forking, club competition, and style points come to mind.
Thank you so much to Phil, Jim, Gail, Peter, and all the other helpers. Wonderful terrain for a long mass start, and the food at the end was much appreciated. Thanks!
Yep - same round of thanks from me! I can only imagine how cold it must have been for you all to handle the registration all day. Thank you! Also, I thought the map printing was excellent. Don't know who did it, but I think they did really well and so much depends on a quality map. Thanks again for an excellent season closer!
From the West Pointers: best finish food ever (seriously though)! And also a fun, technical, and open course! We'll be back - thank you!!
Bravo job by Phil, including getting a number of locals out. And glad to see the group from West Point, such a fine group of young men and women.
And the help all had on more clothes than you might have guessed, plus we set things up in the lee of the building, so hardly any wind. Won't say it was toasty, but I was quite comfortable.
My only concern was when 3:45 came and there were still 4 folks out. Two showed up shortly thereafter, and they had seen the orher couple a couple of controls back. They finally showed up a little after 4. With darkness only 30 minutes off, very glad to see them.
Thanks to the organizers for putting a great event on. This was my second time orienteering and first time on a blue level course (had only done a yellow and orange before at an NEOC meet the previous weekend.
I was in way over my head, relied heavily on following, but still had a great time and learned a ton just watching other people techniques and methods of attack. An awesome and humbling experience. I'll be honing my navigation skills throughout 2017 and hope do much better at next years Traverse.
Thanks Phil for taking the Traverse on. The past few weeks gave me time for other things, and I got a good workout on the day.
Thanks, Phil. A fine piece of work and a very good time. An excellent day in the woods and pizza was a very welcome experience at the finish. Motivational, too, as I was wondering if I would finish in time for it, which helped keep me going.
+1 vote for finish pizza to become a traverse tradition.
Judy is glad to hear she is off the hook in the future,(she us definitely NOT making pizza) if there is ever a traverse in the Blue Hills again.
I echo all the positive comments, and will add that the prize brownies are delicious. It was a sign of a well-set course that I kept encountering the same people on and off through the race, though we sometimes chose quite different routes.
Yes, the brownies were phenomenal! Also a great event. :)
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