Wanaque Ridge

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Wanaque Ridge

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Results posted  (10/16/18)

Wanaque Ridge Results 101418

10/13/18 (am) Revisions
Map scale info added
Downloadable registration / waiver form added
Help wanted section updated

This northern New Jersey event will utilize the decades-unused Ramapo Lake (Ramapo Mtn SF) area, accessed in the southwest, from Back Beach Park in Wanaque, Passaic County, NJ.

The event will include the annual Dual Competition with Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA). Scoring system info can be found here.

The southwestern part of the Ramapo Lake map (circa 1988) was digitized and updated, for a November 2017 event. The map is called Wanaque Ridge.

For more information on the map and terrain, you can read Bob R’s DVOA e-Board post here (scroll down to “Advanced Course setter…”).

Event Director: Bob Rycharski (rrycharski345@optonline.net)
Mapper / Course Setter: Paul Bennett
Registrar: Guy Olsen (AskHVO@gmail.com)

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HVO/DVOA Dual scoring
Harry Potter Trivia-O
Help wanted!
Registration / waiver form

Orienteering courses to be offered
(courses named as colors)
Course .. length / climb / # checkpoints (“controls”)
Novices / Beginners:
. . White ……………. 2.2 km / 70 m / 9 c
Intermediate orienteers:
. . Yellow Short* .. 2.5 km / 100 m / 10 c
. . Yellow Long ….. 3.2 km / 125 m / 12 c
Advanced orienteers:
. . Orange …………. 3.4 km / 135 m / 10 c
Expert orienteers:
. . Brown …………… 3.2 km / 125 m / 12 c
. . Green ……………. 4.4 km / 170 m / 13 c
. . Red ……………….. 6.4 km / 230 m / 15 c

* – Yellow Short will only be used in Dual Scoring to break a tie.

Scale: 1:10,000, except 1:5,000 for White;
Contour interval: 5m.

NOTE for large groups (scouts, JROTC, etc.):  In order to assure that enough maps are printed, we request that large groups (12 or more persons) planning to attend contact the Registrar no later than noon on Friday, October 12.

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Attention Potter-heads!
We’re planning to have a Harry Potter Trivia-O as an option on the Yellow Long course. Tentatively, it will be limited to books 3 (Prisoner of Azkaban) and 4 (Goblet of Fire). Results will be used in the Dual Event Scoring, but you will have to finish your orienteering competition course first, in order to contribute to scoring both as an orienteer and Harry Potter trivia wiz.

So, better bone-up on Hippogriffs and Quidditch World Cups, if you want to prove your HP prowess at Wanaque Ridge! (Please note that the floo network will not be available for this event, though portkeys are acceptable.)

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When it will all happen
Registration and starts 10:00am–1:00pm
Free instruction available 10:30am–12:30pm
All courses close and control (checkpoint) pickup will begin no later than 4:00pm!!

In a nutshell…
Come any time between 10:30am and 12:30pm to get free beginner instruction and go out on a course.  You can run your course for a fast time or take your time, but you must check-in back at the Finish by 4:00pm.  If there’s still enough time, you can go out on another course (no later than 1:00pm) for just the cost of an additional map.

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What it will cost
HVO’s regular event fee schedule (new for 2018) will apply (HVO member* / non-member):
Individual Adult:  $7 / $15
Individual Junior (age 20 & under):  $5 / $10
Group (regardless of ages):  $10 / $20 for 2 people, plus $3 per additional person, age 8 & up.  Includes one map for each group member, age 8 & up.
Second course (after finishing 1st): $2
Family Maximum:  $15 / $25
* – Members of DVOA will pay HVO-member rates, as will members of other orienteering clubs, on a reciprocal basis. Information on becoming an HVO member can be found here.

All individuals and groups must use an electronic punch (“E-punch”) card on their course.
E-punch Rental: free, with deposit*

Compass Rental:  free, with deposit*
Additional Maps:  $2 each

* – Rental deposits / collateral:  Typically car keys, driver license, credit card, … One deposit can cover multiple rentals.

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To help speed up your registration, the HVO (NJ) registration form / waiver is available for downloading & printing here.

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Help wanted NEEDED!
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, so far!
However, Bob (Event Director) remains concerned because he still needs six (6) persons to step up to help with this event, which could easily see attendance of well over 180! To make volunteering easier, Bob has defined tasks and shifts; this is where things now stand…

Parking lot attendants
11:00am-12:00pm: 2 persons
Beginner trainers
10:00-11:30am: 2 persons (have 1)
11:30am-12:30pm: 1 person
Start officials
09:50-11:15am: 1 person
11:15am-12:30pm: 1 person Filled! Thanks!
E-punching helper
11:30am-1:00pm: 1 person Filled! Thanks!
Registrar helpers
10:00-11:30am: 2 persons
11:30am-1:00pm: 1 person Filled! Thanks!
Event Director helper
(crowd control / spot help)
11:00am-12:00pm: 1 person
Control pick-up
4:00pm or earlier: 4 persons (have 2)

Please contact Bob at rrycharski345@optonline.net if you think you could help him with any of these jobs (or need more details).

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How to get there
From I-287, north or south, take Exit 55 for Cty Rte 511 / Ringwood Ave, then head north on 511/Ringwood. Proceed past the only center-of-town traffic signal (at 2nd Ave, CVS on corner); after 2 more blocks, turn right onto 4th Ave (Mobil — formerly Exxon — station on far corner).
Proceed about 1/4 mi, then, at the stop sign, turn left to continue on 4th Ave. Proceed about another 1/4 mi, as 4th Ave meanders a bit, to Back Beach Dr; take a slight right there to proceed into the park.

Google Maps – Use “Back Beach Park, Wanaque” as destination.
NOTE: GoogleMaps might say that 4th Ave continues into the park; it actually veers left at Back Beach Dr.

There should be orienteering signs, as well as “Back Beach Park” signs, to help you get there.

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HVO/DVOA Dual Event Scoring
Points will be assigned on each course for the top 3 men and top 3 women from each club plus the top 3 groups on White and Yellow. 1 through 6 points are assigned: 6 for 1st place, 5 for 2nd, and so on. If there are less than 3 finishers from one of the clubs on a course, those points will not be assigned. To figure in the results, your club must be declared on your registration card!

Please note that results of the Yellow Short course will only be used to break a tie. Yellow Long will include the Harry Potter Trivia-O, for which only 1st and 2nd place will be used for scoring. After finishing, HVO & DVOA participants can choose whether they wish their run on Yellow Long to count for regular orienteering or for the Trivia-O; you cannot choose both. However, the course must be completed (no MPs or DNFs) in order for your HP wizardry result to count.

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October 14 2018


Date: October 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Categories:


Back Beach Park


Hudson Valley Orienteering