The inaugural Winter Challenge was a competition of 30 courses, distributed across 9 MA-based venues. Forty-three members submitted their efforts, totaling 184 courses completed during the winter months! Members were encouraged to aim for three challenge levels.

Congratulations to all the participating NEOC members—

  • 9 courses: You have mastered the Winter O-challenge and will be listed as a Winter O-challenge Master on the NEOC website (and contacted to help volunteer in the spring).

    Bill Binette
    Magnus Bjorkman
    Jim Crawford
    Rick Keilty
    Dorina Nimigean
    Mark O’Connell
    Karen Yeowell

  • 6 to 8 courses: You will roll into the spring O-season ready to show off your navigation skills. You have earned yourself a 2021 Winter O-Challenge refrigerator magnet.

    Jason DeJoannis
    Mori Finlayson-Johnecheck
    Ian Finlayson
    Michael Hughes
    Andy McIlvaine
    Jim Paschetto
    Paige Williams

  • 1 to 5 courses: Who said you couldn’t orienteer in New England in the winter? Congrats to the 25 plus members who got into the woods and strengthened the synapses in their brain over the winter months!

Thanks to Bridget Hall, NEOC and OUSA Junior National Team Member, for creating this challenge for our community! Please send any feedback on this activity to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..