Highland State Recreation Area

April 24, 2005    

Meet Director - Dennis Elston

 

Thanks to:  Bill & Diane Dutton, Rick Waldo, Patrick Murad, and all others that I didn't see directly, especially the extra efforts of Rick and his wife for bringing out a Screen Tent to cover the Maps and registration to protect them from the heavily falling snow.

 

The date was set at the February SMOC Annual Membership Meeting; and the many hurdles placed in front of us were not enough to prevent an excellent day of participation.

 

Several e-mailed me to ask if inclement weather would postpone the Meet; all received the answer of:  "Held rain or shine", except we didn't know until the day before that we could expect 8 to 10 inches of snow, and in the open area just outside the registration tent we had 10 inches of it.  The near total whiteout created by 3-4 in. of snow on even the smallest of branches, made small twigs look like saplings, and created the appearance of  "Fight Vegetation" of what were really open woods.  And  “Open and Runnable Trails” became almost “Indistinguishable Trails” caused by saplings bowing over by the weight of the snow.  --  ALL very beautiful and extremely different, and an unexpected challenge to Orienteering, creating a terrain very unexpected to us.

 

Still, there were 44 sign-ins on the Registration Log Sheet, ( 50+ Orienteers), which didn't include the Volunteers, Rick, Myself, or the Dutton’s, of whom a majority went out on the Orange and Red Courses, very logical, seeing as it is more likely for seasoned O'ers to show up, and desire the challenge of the more difficult Controls.  Although we had been out marking control positions 2 weeks earlier, when I went out Sunday morning to place one on a Red course stream, I had placed it on 3 streams in the general area, but could not be sure as my Tags were buried under 3+ inches of snow, resulting in a misplaced control.

 

Results:

 

 

WHITE

1.  Boy Scout Troop 120

2: 08

 

YELLOW

Boy  Scout  Troop 120 

OE

Howard Robinson

OE

Matt Robinson

OE

 

ORANGE

1.  Patrick Murad

1: 46: 00

2.  Brian  Halliwill

2: 49: 00

Boy Scout Troop 120

OE

Nick Irish

OE

Johnson Team - 3

OE

Bruce Murphy & Kevin Sweet

OE

Watters Performance Enhancement

OE

Chuck Newman

OE

Sonya  & Tal  Waldon

OE

 

 

GREEN

Mike  Keating

 

 

 

RED

Al Newman

 

Alex Izzo

 

Scott Eveniagred

 

Tom Lee

 

Jeff Okray & Diane Hutchinson

 

Janos Svmeji

1: 42: 30

Sara William & Chuck Brenner

OE

Tony Moore & Randy Stinson

OE

Cooper Green

OE

John & Joan Walker

OE

 

 OE =  Over-enthusiastic Orienteers

           (exceeded the 3-hour time limit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                          A cross-country skier and his dog

 

 

                       View upon arrival –

                             Is this April?

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Hey John Walker, there’s

                                                                                  briars out there, you know!