Spring 2020 Event Schedule, through April

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we are making changes to our current schedule. The good news is that one thing it's relatively safe to do is to get out in the woods and orienteer. We are adding several new Winter Series style events to our schedule. For these events, flags will be in the woods for designated time periods and maps will be available to download during that time. You run whenever you want while the flags are out. The races are honor system based with no boxes/punches on the controls, just go up the flag (you do not have to touch it). Feel free to time yourself and post your results on AttackPoint. Please check back for more anticipated changes to the spring schedule beyond what is listed below.


The link for all maps is https://www.hvorienteering.com/2020-hvo-wcoc-winter-series

Event schedule:

Muscoot Farm, Katohah, NY

  • Feb 22 – Mar 22

  • Course setter: Geof Connor

  • Courses: Red, Green, Brown (all require advanced navigation) 

  • Note that the Start/Finish are not at the main Muscoot carpark on Rt 100 but at the trailhead on Wood St. See directions posted with the maps. 

  • Plus a no-stonewall map to for more difficult navigation that doesn't rely on the many stone walls


Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia, CT

  • Course setter: William Hawkins

  • Courses: Red, Green, Brown (all require advanced navigation) 

  • Be sure to download the course notes because they contain important information. Here are the most important notes:
    - red (6.5km), green (4.8km), brown (3.2km) all start from the north lot on Rimmon Rd, NOT the nature center.
    - watch out for the pothole entering that lot. The lot fits 5 cars.
    - there's also a 'brown 2' (3.1km) that uses the southern controls starting from the nature center lot (the usual start location).
    - read the notes for information about logging, which is active at the moment on weekdays.
    - control flags have no numbers or punches; just the flags. (The numbers on the descriptions are just placeholders.)


Pound Ridge, Cross River, NY

  • Mar 8 TBD

  • Course setter: Greg Ahlswede

  • Courses: Corridor orienteering training exercise

  • two different corridors, including a 3-4 km moderately difficult version and an 8 km more challenging version

  • Both maps are on the Winter Series website alongside an explanation of corridor orienteering and a copy of a compass training article.

Gay City State Park, Hebron, CT

  • Due to the particularly heavy use this park is seeing, we have cancelled the Gay City Winter Series event previously planned for March 28 to April 19.


Silvermine (from Tiorati Circle) at Harriman Park in NY

  • Apr 4 27

  • Course setter: Geof Conner

  • Courses: Red, Green, Brown

Also, note that the Winter Series #4 controls at Hurd State Park are permanent controls, so those courses are available at any time as well (email Niels Lyng-Olsen if you need Hurd course maps).​

Spring 2020 Event Schedule, post April 2020

These are the events we have planned for after April 2020. It is highly likely that we will have to make changes to this schedule so please check back for updates. 


Unless otherwise noted, participants can register and begin at any time between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Control flags are collected beginning at 2:00 p.m. (participants must finish the course by this time). Free instruction is available at all meets. If you would like instruction, please arrive before 11 a.m. (it's also a good idea to tell the meet director in advance that you'd like some training). If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the meet director.


Some meets include sprint courses, which are about 2 to 3 km with a mix of beginner to advanced controls over more runnable terrain than in typical advanced courses.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

  • Where: Huntington State Park - Redding, CT

  • Events: Bike and Foot-O

  • Courses: 90-minute score-O (find as many controls as you can within time limit, in any order)

  • Course setter/Event Director: Joe Brautigam

  • Directions: 70 Sunset Hill Road, Redding, CT
    (southern, main parking lot)

Saturday, May 9, 2020 

  • Make a weekend of it with Mtn Lakes on Saturday and the Billygoat on Sunday!

  • Where: Mountain Lakes, North Salem, NY

  • Events: Foot-O

  • Courses: Standard courses, all levels

  • See HVO website for details

  • Directions: 201 Hawley Rd, North Salem, NY

Sunday, May 10, 2020

  • Where: Pond Mountain, Kent, CT

  • Events: Billygoat, which is a mass-start, long-distance orienteering event between 10-15 km; requires intermediate to advanced orienteering skills

  • Courses: Billygoat and Pygmy goat, which is a shorter version of the Billygoat

  • Course must be completed in 3-1/2 hours to receive a t-shirt

  • Following other runners is explicitly allowed

  • Pre-registration required:  Click here to register

  • Course setter: Niels Lyng-Olsen, Race Director: Rick DeWitt

  • Directions: Fuller Mountain Road, Kent, CT

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

  • Where: Ratlum Mountain, Canton, CT

  • Event: WCOC summer meeting and BBQ

  • Courses: Sprint courses

  • Schedule: Courses between 1-3 pm, meeting at 4 pm 

  • RSVP Required: Charlie DeWeese

  • Directions: 263 Wright Road, Canton, CT

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