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WCOC Sessions Woods--NOD

Burlington, CT, US
Sep 19, 2010

Type: Orienteering - Local

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added by: skdewitt

Western Mass Style Score-O (go to specified number of controls in any order)
GPS coordinates for all controls--you are free to use a GPS


I am setting the courses for a Western Connecticut local meet at Sessions WMA in Burlington, CT, on Sunday.

The courses are a version of "Western Mass. rules," something I tried a long time ago at Mt. Tom, and which has been repeated from time to time. Like a score course, in that you can take controls in any order, but unlike a score course in that there is no time limit and no penalty for being late.

For Sunday there will be 30 controls out, numbered 31-60, and 4 "courses" -- get 10 controls, get 15 controls, get 20 controls, and get 25 controls. You don't have to decide how many you will get before you start; you can decide as you see how things are going. Note that "get them all" is not a course, because I think getting 25, meaning getting the most efficient 25, is more interesting than just getting them all.

Start anytime between 10 am and noon, control pick-up starts at 2 pm. E-punching will be used, maps will be pre-printed with all 30 controls. And some of them are in places none of you have been even if you've been to Sessions a few times (except for Geroge Walker, the mapper, of course).

Directions to Sessions are at the WCOC website.

One of the things I've been curious about is whether a GPS is of any use to an orienteer, and if so, what's the best way to use it. So Sunday offers an opportunity to see what anyone can come up with. Sheets with the coordinates for all controls will be available.

However, you might find it easier to take care of that before you arrive. So here is an Excel spreadsheet with the coordinates in a couple of different formats. And here are the coordinates in order (31-60) in a gpx file. Let me know if you have any problem with this (so I can contact my advisor, Clint Morse, to find out the solution....).

So will anyone try to take advantage of this? Or do we all think GPS is useless?

Peter Gagarin course setter (
National Orienteering Day event


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71.4 ? Joe (log)
57.5 ? cmorse (log) probably running early AM before work
54.5 ? GlenT (log)
52.7 ✓ PG (log) course setter
51.2 ✓ PBricker (log)
43.5 Charlie (log)
39.0 ✓ skdewitt (log)
23.7 ✓ walk (log)
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Oct 3, 2010Hudson Highlander
Oct 16–17, 2010US Two-day Classic O Championships
Oct 20, 2010U.S. Corn Maze Championships
Oct 23–24, 2010Fall Foliage Festival
Oct 30, 2010Ward Pound Ridge
Oct 31, 2010WCOC Ansonia Nature Center meet