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in: 2019 Orienteering USA Masters Nationals at the Older Dash (Oct 19–20, 2019 - Gilford, NH, US)

Jun 30, 2019 3:16 PM # 
Early registration period ends tonight . Many of you have run UNO's Boulder Dash - this year it's the Older Dash - OUSA's Masters National Championship

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Green, Red and Blue course on Day One will start at the summit of Gunstock Mountain. A 13 minute charilift ride up, gives you a net 400 meters of elevation above the finish, along with beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee, the White Mountains and the Ossipee Range.

On-site camping available at Gunstock Mountain Resort, plus the Aerial Treetops Adventures, Mountain Coaster and Ziplines will still be running for extra non-aerobic fun.
Jun 30, 2019 4:02 PM # 
Is there an option for getting to the top other than a chairlift? Also, I don't see the fact that this is happening listed on the information page at all. If it's an enclosed car, I'm fine. If my feet are hanging down, no way.
Jun 30, 2019 6:15 PM # 
It's a chairlift, not a gondola, I can't remember if it has footrests (most do, but some don't). Will find out.

It's a long hike...

Depending on circumstances, we could likely work out an alternative for someone who has a problem with chairlifts.
Jun 30, 2019 6:22 PM # 
I found a picture on the web site, looks like no footrests:
Jun 30, 2019 7:01 PM # 
Yeah, 100% not doing that. I guess Brown for day 1 is an option if the start doesn't require riding that, but it stinks to be knocked out of your age class. Maybe I'm the only person who is absolutely terrified of chairlifts.
Jun 30, 2019 8:16 PM # 
We'll see about finding an alternative for you that has wheels. I don't think it occurred to any of us that it would be a problem.
Jun 30, 2019 9:06 PM # 
Thank you. I'm not even 100% sure about registering yet. I have a physical issue at the moment that needs to be addressed. But I am hoping to come.
Jun 30, 2019 10:34 PM # 
We had to ride a chairlift to the start at an event in Massachusetts once. (I'm sure JJ can come up with the details.) I was *lucky* enough to be on it when it got stuck for many minutes. The start was delayed...

I'm kind of disappointed the Brown doesn't use the chairlift ... may have to think about my options.
Jun 30, 2019 11:05 PM # 
That was Mt. Wachusett, maybe 1996? (I wasn't there, in Colorado at the time.) Nancy got to ride the chairlift back down and back up again because she forgot her compass.

We wanted to run Brown and Orange from the chairlift as well, but there wasn't enough room -- the courses would have needed to pretty much just go straight back down.
Jun 30, 2019 11:33 PM # 
Peggy, I'm pretty sure there's an option to ride it outside of the event for a fee. I saw that on the information page (along with ziplining, another thing you will never find me doing), just nothing indicating that it would be part of the trip to start for some courses.
Jul 1, 2019 12:26 PM # 
Peggy, we are working with Gunstock to see if we can get access to the chairlift for all competitors (your bid is your pass) to allow the runners who will use the lower start on Saturday the chance to ride to the summit.
Aug 30, 2019 4:41 AM # 
As of right now, there is no firm alternatiive in place other than the chairlift for Blue, Red, and Green. There's a meeting with the ski area operators coming up, and I've asked for that to be put on the agenda. I'll keep you posted if we can work something out.
Aug 30, 2019 12:28 PM # 
OK, I'd like to register soon so I need to figure out which course I can do. Was just going to email someone about this but I'll wait to hear.
Aug 31, 2019 2:39 AM # 
The one thing I can guarantee at this point is that if you sign up for Green, and it turns out that we can't come up with an alternate way to transport you, then switching to Brown for one or both days can be done hassle-free.

(This applies to Julie, anyone else seeking my hassle-free guarantee should contact me.)

I was up at the top of the chairlift today (a rather tiring hike), and the view was terrific.
Sep 2, 2019 10:13 PM # 
Well, we tried.

The meet officials brought this up with the ski area operators, and we don't have any alternative transportation to the Day 1 start for Blue/Red/Green other than the chairlift. That leaves only options that would be impractical (e.g. a strenuous 45+ minute hike).

Sorry. I was hoping we could work something out.
Sep 2, 2019 11:14 PM # 
I guess Brown it is at least for that day. Might just go shorter for both days anyway since I've been injured. Thanks for trying.
Sep 3, 2019 3:31 PM # 
Furlong47: you are not the only one. I would describe myself as "moderately" scared of heights, and I'll zip line or rappell, but chairlifts that go over a certain height are absolutely terrifying. Particularly if your feet are unsupported -- I'm not doing that either.

I'm not coming to the event -- I really wanted to, but the flight times in and out of Boston are terrible for me -- so it's not an issue. But you are not alone.
Sep 3, 2019 4:27 PM # 
So will all the GRBl start equipment be brought up on the chairlift?
Sep 3, 2019 5:21 PM # 
As far as I know, yes. (Don't need all that much equipment.) There is a dirt road, but we're not allowed to drive on it. And there are vehicles that the EMTs use, but we were unable to arrange for transportation that way.

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