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Discussion: 2023 Winter Series

in: WCOC HVO Winter Series 2023 (Nov 12 – Mar 26, 2023 - Redding, CT, US)

Oct 18, 2022 6:31 PM # 
This year's Winter Series schedule is now available. We have an exciting line-up with multiple Harriman SP and Blue Mountain events, a re-run of the 2017 Billygoat at Ward Pound Ridge, middle-distance courses in Queens, NY, and a season-long O-range GPS course at Coop Sawmill, CT. Links to the map folder will be posted in due course. Enjoy!
Oct 19, 2022 8:15 PM # 
In addition to Br/Gr/Rd courses at Coops, there will also be a euro-long course in the 12-15km range that goes beyond the confines of the fully field-checked Coops map to explore some of the gorgeous terrain N & W of there. Probably at 1:15,000. Courses will go live the same weekend as the Gay City meet across the street. You distance fiends can come do the euro-Long on Saturday and the 11k at Gay City on Sunday. Then rest up for Nationals the following weekend out on the left coast.
Oct 20, 2022 1:26 AM # 
Very jealous. Sounds so fun!
Nov 4, 2022 8:16 PM # 
First winter series is now open for Coops Sawmilll..

The maps and courses are already loaded to O-Range and should be live now.
Courses and notes can be downloaded from
Nov 4, 2022 8:47 PM # 
Coops Sawmill - no flags in the woods, O-Range only.

Brown - 3.1km
Green - 5.5km
Red - 8km
Euro-long - 14km for experienced orienteers only. See course notes
Nov 11, 2022 1:42 AM # 
Winter Series #2 at Surebridge Mountain is open. Flags are in the woods and map and course notes will be posted this evening. The map scale for all courses is 1:7,500. Contours 5m.

Parts of the terrain have become overgrown, and Stefan Slutsky, the course setter, has made a great effort to map the majority of these vegetation changes. Thank you Stefan!

Flags will be out until November 30th, as Rt. 106 has seasonal winter closure starting December 1.

Important safety tip for the Red course - if a foggy/rainy day is followed by a freezing one, watch out for possible black ice in the bare rock areas, i.e controls # 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Nov 13, 2022 2:50 PM # 
Here are some pictures taken on Red course of Winter Series#2
Nov 13, 2022 5:27 PM # 
Very cool Stefan. It's like a photo-O trying to locate the map locations based on the pictures! Looking forward to explore the Red course
Nov 14, 2022 10:50 PM # 
Great choice of an area. I look forward to running it.
Nov 20, 2022 3:04 PM # 
Jim & Rich hung pink streamers on the Coop Sawmill Brown course over the weekend for anyone who doesn't use O-Range.
Nov 25, 2022 3:20 PM # 
Ran Harriman red course Thanksgiving morning and had a blast.
Nov 27, 2022 2:51 AM # 
Andrey Grechko:
I did WS#2 today. Very good park and interesting distance. Thanks, Stefan
Nov 28, 2022 7:49 PM # 
Last call. The WS#2 Surebridge Mountain courses will be available through Sunday December 4th.

Note that starting from Thursday December 1st, Rt. 106 between Rt. 17 and Kanawauke Circle will be closed for traffic for the winter (Dec. 1-April 1). Access to the Kanawauke parking area from the circle will be kept open, which entails a 2+ mile hike or bike along the road to get to the trail head with the WS#2 start.
Nov 29, 2022 7:02 PM # 
For those who don't have a Garmin and would like to do the Coops Sawmill courses with a smartphone, I have posted Clint's event file at UsynligO. I tested this facility this morning on the Brown course and the UsynligO app on my iPhone 12 Pro worked perfectly. I got the "you're at the right control" at every control, including Start and Finish, when I got within about 12 - 15 meters of the streamer Jim & Rich hung. My sensitivity was set to 15 meters.

This should be a tribute to Clint for precise georeferencing as well as his accurate mapping.

Coops Sawmill is a very attractive venue. Thank you, Clint, for bringing us to it.

I paused between #4 and #5 to photograph this waterfall:


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