Snowshoe-O near Echo Lake
Eleven individuals and teams took part in the Snowshoe-O on April 5th. The
course was set on the south side of Highway 103, Squaw Pass Road, near the
high point of the road, about 14 miles west of Bergen Park, in the
shadows of Mt. Evans.
5 April 2003
Setting the course proved to be a bigger challenge than expected. I
flagged the CPs a week before the storm. That area received about as
much snow as any place, 7' or more, which forced me to postpone the
original date for two weeks. Then, when I went out to set the controls
the week before, all the flagging I had set was buried. Luckily I had my
newly bought GPS to help me accurately place the controls on the map.
There were 13 controls set between 10,490' and 11,215', with the start
at 11,115'. Competitors were given a USGS map with pre-printed controls.
The map was at 1:12,000 scale, with 40' contour lines, with the magnetic
N-S lines added. 40' contours don't reveal all of the subtle contours.
The map didn't have the features marked, like a typical O-map, but all
the controls were placed at easily identifiable features. Competitors
were also given a clue sheet to help them. The deep snow obscured much
of the terrain. The snow was still more than 5' deep in some areas. It was
hard packed in spots but could be soft and slow going in others,
especially the south- and eastern-facing aspects.
The mass start began shortly after noon. We used a score-o format, with
controls worth from 5 to 60 points, depending on the distance and
elevation change from the start. Surprisingly, 3 people got the 60 pt
control, the farthest and lowest from the start; I didn't think anyone
would have time for that one. Rich Kelly won getting 11 of the 13
controls, including the 60 pointer. He was followed closely by Troy Bozarth
and Joe Paniccia, who each got all but the 60 pointer, and Steve Miller.
Only one team finished under the 1:30 time limit. In hindsight, I should
have made the time penalties more severe. Brooke Mann was the last to
finish, but rescued Stephanie Weldon, who had lost her teammate and her
way on the course.
Thanks to Redfeather for providing loaner snowshoes. Thanks to everyone
who helped pick up controls. I still have to get the three lowest
controls. I don't expect anyone will be going that far down anytime
soon. Thanks to Jan Ingebrigtsen who helped me mark the course before
the storm. Thanks to Len Thomas who helped me set out the controls the
With the success of the two snowshoe-o events this season, expect a
couple more next year.
If you have any questions about your score, please e-mail me at
- Adam Feerst, Meet Director and Course Setter
|Control Number||23||14||24||20||17||12||11||60||61||63||39||68||64|| || || || |
|Point Value||5||5||10||10||10||10||10||20||20||20||30||30||60||Time||Gross Points||Penalty||Net Points|
|Rich Kelly||X||X||X|| ||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|| ||X||01:41:38||200||13||187|
|Troy Bozarth||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|| ||01:37:10||180||9||171|
|Joe Paniccia||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|| ||01:44:04||180||16||164|
|Steve Miller|| ||X|| || ||X||X||X|| || ||X||X||X||X||01:40:17||175||12||163|
|Mike Dieck|| || || || ||X||X||X|| || || ||X||X||X||01:40:30||150||12||138|
|Kirk & Aspen Hilberlink||X||X|| || ||X||X||X|| || || ||X||X|| ||01:25:30||100||0||100|
|Cammie Miller|| ||X|| || ||X||X||X|| || ||X||X||X|| ||01:37:56||115||9||106|
|Gary Smith||X||X|| || ||X||X||X|| || ||X|| || || ||01:34:02||60||6||54|
|Geoff Murphy|| || || ||X|| || || ||X||X|| || || || ||01:33:30||50||5||45|
|Brooke Mann|| || || ||X|| || || ||X||X|| || || || ||01:57:10||50||29||21|
|Robin, Jessica, Bryce & Erin Kelly||X||X|| || ||X|| || || || || || || || ||01:31:50||20||3||17|