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HVO is based in the New York metropolitan area. We host orienteering events throughout southern New York and northern New Jersey. Everyone is welcome to participate in our events.
It's HVO's Turn to Host the HVO-DVOA Dual!
This Sunday, November 23, HVO will be playing host to our friendly, southwestern neighbors from the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA) -- and, interestingly, we will be doing so on one of their maps: Rutgers Ecological Preserve, in Piscataway, New Jersey.
The occasion for this atypical arrangement is the 2014 edition of the annual HVO-DVOA Dual Event. And, after two straight losses -- including our first defeat on home terrain since 1998 -- HVO will be looking to turn things around.
Beginner thru Advanced level courses will be offered, all with pre-marked maps, and e-punching. Registration & starts will be available during the usual 11am - 1pm window, BUT because of the early sunset, all courses will be closing at 3pm.
For full event info, including course details, fees, times, notes and directions, please go here.
A note to our more recreational members: Please don't let this up-tick in competitiveness discourage you from participating. Scoring is based on placing, not time, so everyone -- even those of us who consider themselves "slow" -- has an opportunity to contribute. In fact, on White and Yellow, even groups can count in the scoring!
Posted by Guy Friday, November 21, 2014 (16:05:52)
JROTC Champs & HVO local event, Blue Mountain - 11/15/2014
What a great day! We had 129 starts by about 260 people. Eight schools’ JROTC groups participated on separate White and Yellow courses set by Course Setter, Dave Webber, and about 40 others enjoyed the excellent White through Red courses Dave set. The Blue Mountain Lodge was a wonderful event center with electricity, heat, a stove and tables. Many thanks to Joe and Ed from the park rangers! Congratulations to the JROTC Champs for 2014: O'Neill High School (first), Franklin High School (second) and Washingtonville High School (third.)
The helpers at this meet were phenomenal! For the course/control setting/ vetting and pick up a big thank you to Dave Webber, Paul Bennett, Daniel Schaublin, Jim Mertz, Judy Dickinson, Andy Raybould George Hawes, and Geof Connor . Instruction was given by George Hawes, Ed Hicks, Bill Borowitz, Betsy Hawes, and John Pekarik. The event wouldn’t have happened as smoothly it did without Geof Connor manning the computers for registrations and downloading. Annette Borowitz did a great job running the registration table. Alan Young, Daniel Schaublin, Jim Mertz, and Bill Borowitz got everyone off on the right foot at the start and Judy Dickinson helped in a slew of different ways. A resounding thank you to one and all! Betsy Hawes Meet Director
Results by course
Posted by GeofC Saturday, November 15, 2014 (22:30:51)
Love the Lakes - A-event results - 10/25 & 10/26, 2014
Mountain Lakes discovered
Many thanks to Geof Connor and the great coalition of map producers and the meet crew who made the HVO/WCOC A-meet possible.
For the competitive results, go to Love the Lakes Website
Posted by Daniel Monday, October 27, 2014 (17:28:18)
HVO/WCOC A-meet - Recreational courses - Results
With 20 starts on Saturday and on Sunday, about 84 people took part in the Recreational Courses at beautiful Mountain Lakes Park in Westchester County, NY. Not only could they compare their times with each other if they wished, but also with the competitors running on the same courses in the A-meet.
Hope to see you again at our next local event at Blue Mountain Reservation on November 15th.
Posted by Daniel Monday, October 27, 2014 (17:19:06)
Results - Silas Condict, October 19, 2014
Results by course
Posted by GeofC Sunday, November 09, 2014 (22:24:16)
Explore the Sanctuary Results - September 27, 2014
A nice sunny day but a bit hot for the longer courses. We had 60 starts with quite a lot of groups and many doing more than one course. Total competitors about 70.
The meet was part of National Orienteering Week and we had a draw for two pairs of trail shoes donated by IceBug. They were won by Joan Hoskins and Alan Young – congratulations!
The new O-suits were also on display and on sale – nice design, best get in fast before they all go.
No-one got all controls in the long score within the 90 minutes but Peter Gagarin came close, missing only 2 low value controls with a score of 560 out of a possible 590.
Thanks to Craig for helping vet, set out and pick up controls, Liz for help on registration, Ching-Hua for helping out with e-punch, Ed for doing his usual good job on instruction and Andy and Jeff for help with control pick up.
And thanks to the Westmoreland staff who, as usual, did a great job in making it a success.
Results by course
And please don’t forget to register for "Love the Lakes" -- HVO & WCOC's "A" (national) event at Mountain Lakes Park.
Regular registration extended to 1 AM on October 14, 2014 - Avoid the late registration fee, sign up NOW!.
Link to the Love the Lakes Website
Posted by GeofC Sunday, September 28, 2014 (21:47:57)
HVO event at Highland Museum - September 20, 2014
Many newcomers and perfect weather
About 85 people turned out for 68 starts, including a lot of second starts. Families, boy scouts, West Point Prep cadets, and individuals enjoyed the day and the courses at this beautiful Orange County location. We hope to see you back again next weekend for our second event of National Orienteering Week at Westmoreland Sanctuary, Mt. Kisco, NY. See the schedule for more information.
Volunteers: More than a dozen!!! Thanks first to Geof Connor for handling the computer so that we could use the electronic punching. Next, thanks to Janet and Glen Tryson for yeomen’s jobs on a very busy registration table. And to Bob Bullions for helping hang controls, get people off on the right foot at the start and more. Thanks, too, to Jeff Osborn (registration), Daniel Schaublin and Dave Webber (control pick up), Guy Olsen and Ed Hicks (instruction and Ed some course design), Craig Weber, and to George Hawes (course setting, control hanging and pick up, instruction and more) It wouldn’t have been such a great day without all of you. Special thanks to Museum of the Hudson Highlands and Alicia for the venue and the day of event help! Betsy Hawes, MD.
Results by course
Note that where the number of controls collected in the Score event were equal then the fastest time actually wins e.g. Daniel actually beat Glen even though they are shown as equal first.
Some entrants were unsure of the procedure in the score event. Some tried to collect the controls in the order given on the score sheet instead of in any order and, because the control numbers were not shown on the master sheet which some entrants copied from, some entrants punched every control they could irrespective of whether it was on the Score course or Orange etc. The results reflect only controls actually included in the score event.
Splits by Win Splits
Note that splits for Score are meaningless as they only measure time (and common controls) and not number of controls.
Posted by GeofC Sunday, September 21, 2014 (21:05:12)
HVO Event Report - Eagle Rock, June 22, 2014
Event Director: Guy Olsen
Course Setters: Kseniya & Nadya Popova
Course Vetter: Sergei Zhyk
Helpers: Michael Ayzenberg, Greg Balter, Geof Connor, Tim Cutler, Niyant Dalal, Judy Dickinson, Betsy & George Hawes, Bob Rycharski, Maryjane Stout, Eric & Ryan Thies, and Albina & Peter Zekrevski.
Weather: low 80s, sunny, ie, beautiful!
Participants: 116 (plus ED, CS, CV & 2 others who did not go out on a course)
If I had to sum up this event in two words, they would be...
That's Patch as in Patch.com, the local news and information internet platform. In Essex County, NJ, there are 10 community-specific Patch sites, and I posted HVO's event on every one of them. The result was 23 first-time orienteers, on top of the 37 others who came out Sunday. Given that there were 116 people overall, 60 of them being new is a sizeable share. I also sent press releases to local weekly newspapers, and the Star-Ledger, northern NJ's biggest daily.
For the remainder of this article, please click here.
Results by course
Splits by Win Splits
Splits on Attackpoint.org
Posted by Guy Thursday, July 10, 2014 (04:49:20)
Blue Mountain Results - June 7, 2014
Results by course
Splits by Win Splits
and Splits on Attackpoint.org
Posted by GeofC Sunday, June 08, 2014 (18:45:56)
TEOC Results - May 18, 2014
Local event at Moneyhole/TOEC
Now, this was some real green: Finally the leaves were out and the partially dense Moneyhole vegetation added even more green.
The event was part of the traditional Mountain Laurel Outdoor Rec Fest at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center. Several participants tried their first orienteering course and went right out for a second course. It's great to see how they enjoy the adventure of discovering the woods with a map.
The advanced courses looped into the scratchier and rocky parts of the Moneyhole map. Several people learned that what might look like an easy course on the map is trickier once the map contact is lost and one tries to relocate in the middle of nowhere.
Many thanks to our reliable team around meet director Betsy Hawes with course setter Bob Bullions, Geof Connor and Liz Chiera (e-punching). Tim Cutler and Daniel Schaublin helped with registration and control pick up was handled by Liz Chiera, Geof Connor, Craig Weber, and Declan Hennelly. Betsy Hawes did the instruction. We are also grateful to be part of the TOEC festival that gives us an opportunity to present orienteering to newcomers.
Results by course
Splits by Win Splits
Posted by GeofC Monday, May 19, 2014 (05:20:23)
Ward Pound Ridge Results - March 22, 2014
So we got lucky with the weather – snow mostly gone and a nice Spring day. This was reflected in the numbers, 109 competitors for 76 starts.
All courses were popular with winning times about where they should be – a tribute to course setter Craig’s good estimation of orienteer’s pre-season fitness.
Heartfelt thanks as usual to Trailside Museum curator for the use of the museum. Thanks also to Craig for the great courses, Tim and Craig for manning registration all day, Liz doing her usual efficient job on the computer, Pat for helping out where needed and Liz, Pat, Judy, and Andy for help in control pickup.
Splits by Win Splits
Red Splits on Attackpoint.org
Others Splits on Attackpoint.org
Posted by GeofC Sunday, March 23, 2014 (22:19:18)
Ever wonder what goes into making an orienteering map?
A new video has been produced about the production of a new map in Kentucky for a national meet in 2015. Check it out!
If you don't see the video, click here.
Posted by betsy Saturday, December 07, 2013 (18:23:47)
HVO's New Pricing for Groups
In order to encourage all group participants to have a meaningful orienteering experience at HVO local events, the Board of Directors has adopted a new pricing policy, which includes providing each person with a map.
A 2-person group (regardless of ages), in which at least one person is an HVO member, will now pay $7; 2-person groups with no HVO members will pay $12; these fees will include 2 maps.
For each additional person, age 8 & over, the cost will be $2 -- regardless of age or membership -- and they will also receive their own map.
The new policy took effect on November 1, 2012. The first event to see its implementation was Silas Condict Park, on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
A sample table of costs can be found here.
Posted by Guy Friday, November 16, 2012 (15:42:34)
Silas Condict - Update
We apologize for the delay in posting results for the Silas Condict event last Sunday.
The two people who would be doing so have major responsibilities at this weekend's A-event. We will get to it next week.
Thank you for understanding!
Posted by Guy Saturday, October 25, 2014 (04:33:49)
A-meet Recreational Courses, Sept 25-26
If you do not feel ready to take part in a national event (HVO’s A-meet) you can still be part of the fun and excitement by taking a White, Yellow or Orange Recreational course!
You will use electronic punching and take the same courses as those vying for the medals. Cost will be $10 for individuals plus $2 for each additional person in a group. If you don’t have a finger stick for the electronic punching, you can borrow one for just a deposit (keys, $40, ...).
Come out and join the fun!
Saturday will feature a BBQ and some games in the afternoon as well as the orienteering (starts between 11 and 12:30.) Sunday’s starts will begin at 10 and end at 11:30, with the courses closing at 2 PM. See the event website for additional information.
Plan to come out and enjoy the event for one day or both!
Posted by betsy Thursday, October 16, 2014 (23:30:49)
HVO/WCOC A-meet - October 25-26, 2014
"Love the Lakes"
Get ready for the HVO/WCOC A-meet on October 25-26, 2014 at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, NY. This is a new map in a new area with great running.
The A-meet is a collaboration of HVO and WCOC. The web site is now open and you can register for the event.
Link to Website
Get your registration in early and secure a good seat for the best A meet this year.
Posted by GeofC Saturday, August 02, 2014 (19:02:42)
New HVO uniforms
New HVO Club O suits- Summer 2014
Over the past several months we have been in discussion with several different vendors about new custom HVO OTops. It was important that it was a Quality product, well-made and well-designed. Our Last O top (2006-2008 eras) did not last very well and the colors bled once it was washed and the material was not very breathable but the price was good at 40 dollars.
Selected New Vendor: Of the three vendors, Noname was selected They had got back in touch with me without me having to call and email them more than once and I figure if that was there customer service at the start of the process that I would prefer to work with them over the long term.
The design selected was from a stock item and just modified to include our name and color .If anyone wants a club logo to be included email me the pdf file and it can get added. There is no minimum order to place with the manufacturer. The delivery time of the custom made o-tops would be about 2 months to deliver. Order date needs to be before July 21th 2014 for us to guarantee to have delivery in time for the North Americans and our HVO A-meet.
For more details and orders, click here.
Posted by Daniel Thursday, July 17, 2014 (00:39:50)
Orienteering at Eagle Rock this Sunday!
After almost 6 years, HVO returns to Eagle Rock Reservation, this Sunday, June 22, 2014.
The Popova/Zhyk course setting crew will be offering a full range of Beginner through Advanced (White - Red) courses. We will be using the picnic area, so feel free to bring along your favorite grillable edibles and (non-potent) potables.
For complete event details, including directions, please visit the event webpage here. . . Update: Address for GPS added 6/21.
To learn more about Eagle Rock, check out the Essex County Parks webpage, here. The most visited attraction in the Reservation is the Essex County September 11 Memorial. It is situated at the overlook where many observed the unfolding events on that fateful day back in 2001, and includes a World Trade Center artifact.
Posted by Guy Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (08:28:00)
Calling All Juniors!
Have fun - Make friends - Step up your orienteering
On March 28-30, after a two-year absence, the
Northeast Junior Training Camp
returns to Blue Mountain!
The camp will be open to all junior (age 20 & under) orienteers, who can complete a white course independently. It will focus on improving orienteering skills while promoting a fun social atmosphere.
Training will be lead by two highly qualified individuals:
Head coach: Becky Carlyle, Level 3 qualified coach (British Orienteering Federation)
Assistant coach: Erin Schirm, US Junior Team Coach -- and former HVO junior!
Location: Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill, NY
Time: 6:00 p.m. Friday 3/28 - 2:00 p.m. Sunday 3/30
Meals: Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
Accommodation: Blue Mountain Trail Lodge
Full information can be found here. (GoogleDoc)
Posted by Guy Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (12:39:21)
HVO Juniors Named to US Junior Standing Team
The Junior Team Executive Steering Committee (JTESC) has announced the US Junior Standing Team (JST) for 2014, and three HVO juniors have been selected:
They will join 7 other young women and 12 young men in representing the USA at international competitions, and training at a high level for orienteering. They have each committed to 5 hours of physical training per week, at least half of which includes orienteering or navigation. They will participate in training camps and work directly with US Junior Team Coach (and former HVO junior) Erin Schirm, as well as local mentors.
To see the full JST roster, please go here.
Posted by Guy Monday, December 30, 2013 (08:25:53)
Winding Hills Orange County Park, NY - November 30, 2013
Winding Hills County Park, Montgomery, NY November 30, 2013
Course setter: Judith Dickinson
Meet Director: Betsy Hawes
E-punching: Geof Connor
Helpers: Paul Bennett, George Hawes, Gwen Hawes, Nadya Popova, Kseniya Popova,, Bob Bullions
68 participants, 38 starts
It was a beautiful day, but very cold, hardly moving above freezing. We weren’t able to make any ice cubes of the participants, though, and when actually moving it wasn’t bad at all. (Back at registration, download, and starts it was a different story!) We had orienteers of all levels of proficiency. JROTC kids who missed the event last week, scouts from a couple of troops, families both experienced and not…all had a great time.
Splits by Win Splits
Posted by betsy Sunday, December 01, 2013 (02:08:41)
JROTC Champs & HVO local event, Blue Mt. - November 23, 2013
Great turn-out at Blue Mountain Reservation
Results with split times (Win Splits)
Apologies to those who used the rectangular pCards. We are having trouble downloading the data so at the moment you are shown as DNF (did not finish). We hope to have it fixed in a few days.
260 starts,over 405 participants.
Course design: Anna and Elina Breton
Course vetters: Bernie Breton, Jim Mertz, Geof Connor
Meet director: Betsy Hawes
Starts: Bob Bullions and George Hawes
Finish: Tim Cutler and WP Cadet
Registration: West Point Cadets
Instruction: Betsy Hawes and West Point Cadets
Epunching: Geof Connor and Liz Chiera
Control pick up: Bernie Breton, Jim Mertz, Judy Dickinson, Liz Chiera, Tim Cutler, George Hawes, Liisa Breton
This event wouldn't have been so successful without a lot of help. Special thanks to Cadet Cody Stamm and all the West Point Cadets from the USMA Orienteering Club who spent most of the day helping with registration, instruction, e-punch control, and finishes. They were fantastic! Also, special thanks to Park Ranger Joe Cangelosi for making sure we had the use of the lodge in the park. That really made the event run smoothly and provided needed heat and bathrooms. The e-punching crew seemed tireless, all the controls were picked up at the end of the event and are ready to go out next weekend, and the JROTC cadets did their usual great job of “policing” the grounds.. There were some glitches, but not too many considering the numbers of participants.
Congratulations to the winning teams and the winning schools in the JROTC part of the event. You are welcome to come to other meets with your families and friends.
Posted by GeofC Sunday, November 24, 2013 (03:40:58)
FDR Score event Results - November 2, 2013
We had beautiful day in F. D. Roosevelt State Park on Saturday. Over 80 participated, including 36 cadets from North Rockland JRROTC, led by Cpt. Mike Zimet. Carl Gebauer brought several Boy Scouts from troop 376, along with their parents.
Thanks to our devoted staff of volunteers. Geof Connor set the courses, set out controls, helped run the e-punch results, then picked up controls. Liz Chiera also helped with e-punch and control pick up. Chris Osborn ran registration with help from Jon Osborn. Jon also helped vet and pick up controls. Thanks to Tim Cutler from NJ for picking up controls, and learning the e-punch system
Results for beginner and score courses.
There were 7 "perfect" runs in the long score with the fastest being Andrew Wibmer (sorry Craig, their was a "glitch" in the software (it happens!) which put you first instead of 6th).
Two perfect scores in The short score with Paul Bisset the fastest.
Splits here Win Splits or here
Winsplits cannot do splits for score events so only White and Yellow are useful
Posted by GeofC Sunday, November 03, 2013 (02:09:06)
FDR Score event on Nov 2, 2013
Local event with beginners courses and Score-O
Come to FDR Park in Yorktown Saturday Nov 2nd and try beginners courses (2) or a score course where you find as many controls as you can in any order in a certain time with points for each control and penalty points for going overtime. Two score courses, long is 23 controls, about 7km (1.5 hours) and short is 12 controls, about 4.5 km (1 hour).
Starts from 10 a.m to 12 noon.
Note - start/finish/registration at the pavilion close to parking area 6 (not our usual spot, see Google map below)
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PARK (Yorktown Heights, Westchester Co, NY)
Park Entrance is from the Taconic State Pkwy, approximately 13 mi North of the Saw Mill River Pkwy and 3/4 mi South of Rt 202 or from Rt 35 1/2 mile east of Taconic Pkwy.
For Google map, click here. and zoom out.
Posted by GeofC Monday, October 28, 2013 (16:33:57)
Silas Condict Park - 10/20/13 - Results
Silas Map Adventure Results
Note that because they did not clear their SI finger punch before starting the times for Laura Jacobs (White) and Daniel Ayzenburg (Green) are excessive. They should be 43 Minutes and 170 minutes respectively.
Splits here Splits by WinSplits
Posted by GeofC Tuesday, October 22, 2013 (01:55:35)
This Sunday: First Annual Silas Map Adventure!
Silas Condict Park, Kinnelon, NJ
Sunday, October 20, 2013
An HVO local & scout orienteering event in memory of Bjorn Walberg -- HVO's late, beloved Mapping Director and "executive producer" of the Silas Condict Park orienteering map. Co-sponsored by BSA Troop 277 of Kinnelon.
For those who will not be at the US Classic Champs, in New Hampshire, we will be offering White, Yellow (Short & Long), Orange, Brown and Green courses -- all on pre-marked maps, with e-punching!
Registration & starts will be available much longer / later than usual: 10:30am - 2:30pm.
For more information, including course details and directions, please visit the event webpage.
Posted by Guy Friday, October 18, 2013 (02:09:29)
FDR meet date changed
The date for the meet at FDR is now Saturday Nov 2nd. This is because up to mid October the park charges $8 entry to the park.
HVO - always thinking of your pocket!!!
Posted by GeofC Saturday, October 05, 2013 (16:43:08)
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Local Event - 9/28/2013 - Results
Great Turn-out on a beautiful Fall Day
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall, NY
Saturday, September 28, 2013
It was a perfect fall day at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for the 77 people (58 starts) who went out on the courses designed last year by Bob Berg. 31 of those starts were on the White course and many of those completing the White went on to try a second course. Rich Sweeney ably handled the registration and Bob Bullions got the participants out on their courses. Betsy Hawes gave beginner instruction and George Hawes handled the finish. Nadia Popova helped with the control pick-up. The staff of the museum manned a refreshment sale and helped with producing the copies of the maps and control descriptions needed. A great time was had by all!
For results, click here.
Posted by Daniel Sunday, September 29, 2013 (04:14:36)
Orange Cty Senior Games Orienteering, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - 9/23/13
Orange County Senior Games Orienteering
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, 23 September 2013
The day started chilly, but warmed up quickly as almost 30 seniors and Shoprite representatives played map symbol bingo and then did an exercise for orienting the map. After that they headed out on the courses. We had one start on Brown and one on Orange with the rest on White. Nobody was lost, nobody came back early, and a great time was had by all. The lunch provided by Shoprite was great!
Meet Directors: Betsy and George Hawes
Meet helpers: Bob Bullions and Rich Sweeney
For results, click here.
Posted by betsy Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (01:16:32)
On which of the following HVO maps in NJ, would you be most likely to attend a local event?