DVOA Event Schedule

Sat Jan 21, 2017    Zion Lutheran Church    Winter Meeting, Potluck  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nancy Sharp  
Course Setter:
Directions: Take Route 422 W to PA Rt23 West exit. Follow Rt23 west through Phoenixville to Rt724. From Rt23 & Rt724 jct, follow Rt724 west 1.1 miles to Zion Lutheran Church on left. From the Rdg-Pottstown area, take the 724 Exit off 422. Continue E on 724 through 3 lights and look for signs. Large white Church on the right.

ED/CS Notes:

Tentative schedule for the winter meeting this Saturday: 

2 p.m. - Doors open
3 p.m. - Chalk talk on rogaine route choice by Vadim M
4 p.m. - Discussion on mapping; to include projects for the next year or two
5:30 p.m. - covered dish
6:30 p.m. - meeting

agenda for meeting:
- election of new director
- equipment update
- events
- 2017 schedule
- summer sprint series
- World Orienteering Day
- November A Event
- Hickory Run Training weekend
 - 50th anniversary events
Sun Jan 22, 2017    Myrick Center (BVA)    Score-O  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nancy Sharp  
Course Setter: Ralph Tolbert
Notes: President\\\'s Cup - starts 11:00 - 12:00
Directions: From Rt. 202 take Paoli Pike exit west to West Chester, left onto High St. then three blocks to a right on W. Miner St. W. Miner St. becomes Rt. 842. Follow Rt. 842 west for about 6 miles to Brandywine Valley Association Myrick Center.

ED/CS Notes:

The format is a score-0: find as many controls as you can within the time limit. In this case, the first event of the 50th anniversary year for DVOA, the challenge is to find 50 controls in 50 minutes. Start window for this event is between 11 a.m. and noon. Control pick-up will start at 1 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

Sat Mar 04, 2017    Nolde Forest    Beginner  Instruct  This event has been confirmed with park officials
 
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: Beginner introductory program with a short white course. Program begins at 10am
Directions: South of Reading PA on route 625. Take Rt 724 West from I 176, or East from 222 and turn south on 625. The park is about 2 miles South of that intersection.
Sun Mar 05, 2017    Daniel Boone Homestead    Score-O  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Erik Eddy
Notes: Mass start at Noon.
Directions: From PA Rt. 422, 8 miles west of Pottstown, go north at Baumstown on Daniel Boone Road. Follow O'-signs from Rt. 422.

ED/CS Notes:

Come out for some winter fun in the orienteering off-season!  The purpose of this event is to have some map fun in February where we typically do not get out.     

Schedule:

Registration 11AM-11:45AM.

Pre-race briefing at 11:45

Mass start at Noon.

Course Closes at 2 PM.

General format:

The event will be a 2 hour time limit with a few physical and mental challenges to complete before (or after) getting on the main orienteering course.  Might be a fun event to compete as a team.  The bulk of the course will be score (choose as may points as you like in any order) orienteering with 20 controls, though a little more old school with pin punch.  The course setter says the course is open to any skill level as you can choose how many points you would like to find. 

Please come early as the 11:45AM briefing will be very important.

Encouraged to grab some pizza with the course setter after cleanup is finished.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
Score-O 0.00km 0.0m 20

Sun Mar 12, 2017    Hibernia County Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Steve Ohrwaschel  
Course Setter: Scott Thatcher
Notes: The OHare St Patricks Day Run.
Directions: From US Rt. 30 Bypass north of Coatesville, take PA Rt. 82 north. Watch for left turn at top of hill. Follow O'-signs.

ED/CS Notes:

March Snow!   I assessed the park Saturday.  Hibernia area recieved about 4.5 inches of snow.  Melting is occurring today, but temperatures are falling to the low teens Friday, and Saturday nights.  Trails for the most part are ok  some may become Ice paths.  High temperatures will not be above freezing Saturday thru late Sunday afternoon. 

Courses are set....  Hope to see everyone tomorrow!  Park roads and parking is clear!

While there is still snow most major paths are clear and features are recognizable.  

Some notes:

Many Large trees have fallen over the years and covered some features - Notably one boulder that is on the red course.  The Hibernia map is outdated but usable...some features are no longer recognizable or covered with undergrowth.

Thank you!

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.10km 46.0m 9
Yellow 2.40km 43.0m 9
Orange 3.90km 88.0m 10
Brown 3.30km 67.0m 9
Green 5.10km 153.0m 10
Red 7.80km 216.0m 16

Sun Mar 19, 2017    Quail Hill Scout Camp    W  Y  O  Br  G  R Volunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: John Gillette  
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Notes: Annual NJ Scout Spring Championship
Directions: From N & W: NJ Turnpike Exit 8 to Rt 33 East for 5 mi. Rt 527Alt North/Iron Ore Rd. From E: Garden St Pkwy Exit 100A to Rt 33 W for 16 mi. to Rt 527Alt/Iron Ore Rd. Then North 1/4 mile on 527Alt to Quail Hill sign, turn right onto Le Valley Rd into camp.

ED/CS Notes:

*EVENT IS STILL ON*

Despite the snow on Tuesday we will still have this event.  Recommend participants bring sturdy shoes, extra socks and clothing to change into after running!  Forcast is for rain and snow Saturday, ending at 0900 Sunday. See you at Camp.

*

Join DVOA for the Annual Scout Orienteering Event at Quail Hill Scout Camp.  Courses available for Scouts will include:

  • White: Course For beginners and younger scouts with little or no orienteering experience. [Acceptable for First Class Advancement Requirement]
  • Yellow Short: For scouts who have successfully completed a few White courses.
  • Yellow Long: For scouts who have prior repeated success navigating courses on a map.
  • Orange: Only for senior scouts and leaders with lots of orienteering experience.

Instruction from veteran DVOA orienteers will be available throughout the day, and will focus primarily on reading map features, handling the map, and developing smart navigational skills.

Advanced Courses (not designed for Scouts) will also be available to the general public, the best of whom fly through the woods. And remember, our DVOA members are friendly and approachable.

Starts: Anytime between 10:00am to 1:00 pm. All courses close at 3:00 pm.
Map details: Color map completely revised for this event. 1:5000 scale with 2.5 meter contours.

Cost: Scouts pay the DVOA member fee of $7 per map (i.e. per team) which includes a $1
e-chip rental, then also a $1 camp fee for each participant not camping at Quail Hill.
DVOA uses an e-System to record your arrival at each flag from Start to Finish, providing an immediate print-out of your results at Download. And you take the map home with you.

Pre-Registration Required Groups (BSA/GSA/Venture Crews – including any non-scout group)
So that we can organize ahead of time and make registration as smooth and enjoyable for all of us. Contact Event Director, John Gillette (listed above). We strongly encourage 2 (or at most) 3-member teams for Scouts to maximize everyone’s experience of reading and navigating on the map.


Make a Weekend of It
– Camp out, pack up everything Sunday morning, then compete on a course before driving home. Contact Monmouth BSA Council to Reserve a Campsite.
Further Directions and Information can be found on DVOA’s website Schedule, along with Scout-friendly links for newcomers to read additional information about orienteering skills and practices.

Sorry, no dogs allowed in camp.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.07km 48.0m 13
Yellow-X 2.37km 78.0m 11
Yellow-Y 3.19km 75.0m 11
Orange 4.26km 85.0m 14
Brown 3.58km 95.0m 11
Green 5.08km 156.0m 15
Red 8.46km 246.0m 24

Sat Mar 25, 2017    Hay Creek    Bike-O  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Diane Reider  
Course Setter: Erik Eddy
Notes: Mountain Bike Orienteering only. Pre-register for lowest price: online or mail in. Flyer and Mail In Form
Directions: North side (rustic picinic area): From Rt 422 go south on Rt 345. Continue straight on Furnace Street in Birdsboro to a dead end at the Birdsboro Rustic Picnic area. From the South take Rt 10 north from Morgantown to Plow Road and continue on Cocalico Road to Hay Creek Road turn right and follow signs to parking.

ED/CS Notes:

The Gear Grinder is a mountain bike orienteering event.  Simply, MTBO is navigational racing on mountain bikes, in which each participant is give a map showing a series of checkpoints to be found in a designated order in the shorter possible time, with the choice of route between checkpoints is up to the racer.  Success depends on raw speed but also ability to read the map, make good route choices and execute them efficiently.

Pre-registration is encouraged to get the best rate!  DVOA (and other OUSA clubs) members gets $5 off the rates below

Half (7-8 miles) and Full Gear Grinder (12+ miles):

By 2/26: $15, By 3/19: $20, By 3/23 $25 and Race day: $30

Start and finish are at Rustic Park.  Price includes food (probably pizza), awards, specially designed mtb-o map.  A mountain bike is required as there are a variety of trail conditions and lots of climbing.

The event will also have a Mini Gear Grinder/Intro to MTB-O.  The course will be about 4.5 miles with easier trails to navigate.  In order for this to work participants will have an alternate start/finish which is either a 10 min drive or a warm up bike ride requiring passing 2 cable bridges.  $15 for pre-registrants and $20 for race day, with $5 off for Orienteering club members.  There are no awards for this event.

I have especially designed the Mini Gear Grinder such that a hybrid bike could get around the course and would be fun for a novice mountain biker that enjoys maps!

Schedule: Registration opens at 7:30 AM.  Pre-race briefing for Gear Grinder at 8:45AM for first starts at 9AM.  The mini gear grinder and half gear grinder will follow with details to be announced closer to race day.

Click for Facebook Page 

Pre registration link

 

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
Bike-O 11.60km 0.0m 14
Bike-O Short 6.10km 0.0m 10
Bike-O Long 21.30km 0.0m 22

Sun Mar 26, 2017    French Creek State Park North    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Janet Porter  
Course Setter: Sandy Fillebrown
Directions: Follow Rt. 23 to PA Rt. 345, take Rt. 345 north and watch for O'-signs

ED/CS Notes:

Start/Finish/Registration will all be at the end of the road that goes to the campground loops.  Park in the parking spots along the road and then make your way to the bottom of the hill that leads up to the Water Tower.

We were asked to stay completely out of the campground loops so Orange, Brown, Green, Red and Blue all have the same first control up the hill and then disperse from there.  That same control is also the last control for all courses.  So all courses except White and Yellow will punch at that control first and also last.  White and Yellow will punch there last.

Advanced courses all cross over themselves, sometimes more than once, so make sure you are headed to the correct next control.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.40km 35.0m 8
Yellow 3.10km 45.0m 10
Orange 4.50km 135.0m 8
Brown 4.10km 95.0m 12
Green 5.40km 165.0m 14
Red 7.40km 210.0m 17
Blue 9.70km 260.0m 21

Sun Apr 02, 2017    Warwick County Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Donna Zimmer  
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Directions: Follow PA Rt23 to Knauertown and watch for O'-signs
Sat Apr 08, 2017    Lower Perkiomen / J.J. Audubon    Beginner  Instruct  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter:
Notes: Instructions in basic orienteering will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, participants can then try a white course designed for people new to the sport. All ages welcome; suggested donation $2.00 per person; pre-registration is preferred; participants should meet at the Main Pavilion; Rain or shine!
Directions: From King of Prussia follow US 422 west to Oaks Exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn right at the light then make another right at the next light. Follow O-signs to parking. From Pottstown follow US 422 east to the Oaks Exit. Stay right at end of ramp and yield on to Egypt Road. Go under 422 and make a right at the 2nd light (before crossing bridge). Follow O-signs to parking.
Sun Apr 09, 2017    Governor Dick    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Sandy Fillebrown  
Course Setter: Samuel Kolins
Notes: There will be a full range of courses from beginner to advanced. Details on the eboard and schedule page.
Directions: From the PA Turnpike, go South from the Lebanon-Lancaster exit of PA TPK on route 72. Turn West on Cider Press Road then North on Pinch Road. (From Rt 30 in Lancaster go North on Rt 72 through Manheim and another 3+/- miles to Pinch Road.) Follow Pinch Road to the event site. Look for entrance shortly after crossing over the Turnpike.

ED/CS Notes:

This year’s courses at Governor Dick will be on the northern side of the park. Especially with the good early season visibility, these are the most open and fastest woods in the park. The red and blue courses will also have a section in the southeast part of the park with a bit more boulder-reading.

Registration is on the porch of the environmental center, right next to the parking lot. The start is about a 500 meter walk from registration, with 30m of climb. Water will be provided at the start location (in addition to the usual water on the course). Finish is at the registration area.

Control pickup will begin at 3:00.

Detailed course notes are now posted on the DVOA e-board. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.10km 70.0m 10
Yellow 2.50km 120.0m 12
Orange 4.50km 175.0m 10
Brown 4.00km 105.0m 10
Green 5.30km 115.0m 12
Red 7.30km 230.0m 15
Blue 9.50km 325.0m 22

Sun Apr 09, 2017    Norristown Farm Park    W  Instruct  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: Instructions in basic orienteering will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, participants can then try a white course designed for people new to the sport. All ages welcome; suggested donation $2.00 per person; pre-registration is preferred (email Mary Frank at frankdvoa@aol.com or call above); Rain or shine!
Directions: South side of Germantown Pike, midway between 202 and 363, just east of the crossing with Whitehall Road.
Sat Apr 15, 2017    Batsto    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Notes: The Pine Barrens Are Calling... Easter Flag Hunt
Directions: From US30 East (White Horse Pike) in Hammonton take SR-542 (Pleasant Mills Rd.) toward Batsto, follow SR-542 north-east for about 7mi and watch for O'-signs.

ED/CS Notes:

What an incredible terrain Batsto offers.  And with recent map revisions, we will be highlighting areas (especially near Start and Finish) that we have had to avoid at recent events.  Most of the park changes slowly, but some areas have made dramatic changes since the map was born.

So come navigate perhaps the most unique terrain in DVOA captivity and enjoy the intricately rolling terrain just before all the undergrowth starts budding.  We promise a glorious Spring day!

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.40km 38.0m 12
Yellow 3.20km 75.0m 12
Orange 4.20km 75.0m 11
Brown 3.80km 55.0m 10
Green 5.20km 85.0m 13
Red 7.80km 118.0m 15
Blue 10.10km 142.0m 22

Sun Apr 23, 2017    Evansburg    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Bob Agosta  
Course Setter: Ron Barron
Directions: From Rt. 422 take Rt. 29, North to Collegeville, East on Germantown Pike and watch for O'-signs.

ED/CS Notes:

For those of you that are not going to the A Event in New York we will be presenting an event with a full slate of courses. It’s been a while since we held an event here at Evansburg, so It’s possible some of you have never been here. We have a pavilion adjoining a parking area.

Access to the park must be from the south or west. Germantown Pike is signed into the park at Skippack Creek Road. Lesher Rd and Thompson Rd are closed to vehicle traffic coming into the park. Evansburg Rd to Mill Rd can also get you to the main park entrance.

All of the courses go through the lower elevations of the park, along the creek, where there is a most obvious series of ditches, gullies and depressions. These are some of the remnants of the Mennonite settlers that inhabited the area for years before the State of PA took it over to turn it into a reservoir to cool the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant. Luckily for us the reservoir never got built and the already condemned land was turned into the park. 

Many features marked on the map, either topographic or vegetative, are subtle. Features such as: visible low linear rises; a series of depressions all lined up in a row; plantings of trees, all of the same species lined up in perfect rows;  conifer plantations... are marked on the maps. These features are visible in the park and can be used to navigate with, but they will take some getting used to focusing in on them because many are not large scale features like you may be used to.

There are "out of bounds" and "forbidden routes" marked on the maps. Please respect them, especially those areas on the south/west part of the map.

Water is at TWO stations. They are not at CP's. They are marked on the maps, NOT on the clue sheets

There are some areas that are dense with control points. Please make sure you are at the correct CP.

Look for the spring bloom of ephemerals that is just getting underway, especially near the wet areas/vernal ponds or the south-ish facing hills. The Virginia Blue Bells (Mertensia) is spectacular in places. There is also an immature bald eagle trolling around over the creek. If you see it, you'll know what it is.

Please be careful of the hairy stemmed vines on some of the trees as this is poison ivy that hasn’t leafed out yet. 

There will be no mandatory water crossings. Bridge crossings are a reasonable route choice for those courses crossing the Skippack Creek.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.60km 50.0m 9
Yellow 3.50km 70.0m 11
Orange 4.70km 100.0m 11
Brown 4.30km 110.0m 10
Green 6.30km 160.0m 12
Red 8.00km 200.0m 16

Sun Apr 30, 2017    Rocky Ridge    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Brad Whitmore
Course Setter: Rob Wilkison
Notes: Course Length climb controls red 7.1 km. 270 m. 14 green 5.0 km. 170 m. 11 brown 3.9 km. 140 m. 9 Orange 4.1 km 150 m 10 Yellow 3.3 km 85 m 10 White 2.6 km 50 m 9 information
Directions: On US Rt 30 just East of York PA, take Rt 24 North about 1 mile to the top of the first ridge. Turn East and continue about a mile to the park.
Sat May 06, 2017    French Creek State Park Central    W  Y  O  Br  Score-O  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter: Mark Frank
Notes: MASOC 29 Epunch for all "on time" entries. Patches for first 600 entries. More MASOC information
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.
Sun May 07, 2017    French Creek State Park Central    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter: Mark Frank Co-Setter: Ed Scott
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.

ED/CS Notes:

This event uses the courses for MASOC 29 (Saturday's 5/6/17 event) along with additional advance courses. Registration will be at the pool area with plenty of parking and bathrooms.  Start and finsh are short less than 100 meters from registration.  There are plenty of tables and metal grills in the area of registration to allow for after event picnics with family and friends. 

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 3.20km 65.0m 13
Yellow 4.10km 80.0m 11
Orange 4.40km 100.0m 12
Brown 4.20km 85.0m 13
Green 5.10km 145.0m 14
Red 6.50km 170.0m 16
Blue 8.40km 270.0m 16

Tue May 09, 2017    Norristown Farm Park    W  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: More data at Www.montcoseniorgames.com
Directions: South side of Germantown Pike, midway between 202 and 363, just east of the crossing with Whitehall Road.
Sun May 21, 2017    Colonel Denning (SVO)    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter:
Notes: SVO/DVOA Event with Epunch, Directed and courses set by Brad Whitmore. Course data: red 7.6 km. 265 m. 16 green 5.3 km. 225 m. 11 brown 4.2 km. 140 m. 10 Orange 4.3 km 120 m 8 controls Yellow 3.0 km 70 mm 8 White 2.2 km 35 m 9 The Colonel Denning meet is coming up this weekend. This is a joint event between SVO and DVOA so we will have e-punching which is an added incentive for SVO members. If you have never seen the open woods of Colonel Denning State Park do yourself a favor and put this on your calendar. We have permission to use the Doubling Gap Center Youth Camp next to the park so this will be a chance to see their grounds also.
Directions: On PA Rt 233 about 8 miles SW of Landisburg PA, or 20 miles NW of Carlisle.
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Sandy Fillebrown  
Course Setter: Sandy Fillebrown
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #1
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: From I-476N use exit 18A to Ridge Pike, go southeast. From I-476S exit at 18B and use the U turn at Allanwood. From I-76 use exit 338 Green Lane, follow N to left turn on Ridge Pike. Look for signs at corner of Ridge Pike and Port Royal Ave.

ED/CS Notes:

Come help kick off this summer's Wednesday Evening Series!  Two courses suitable for everyone.  Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Schukyll Center's trail network finding controls as you go or run hard and see if you can pick the fastest routes on the fly.

Special pricing as all proceeds go to benefit the US Team.  $10 for one course, $15 for both and $2 per extra map in a group.  Have fun while supporting the athletes competing in Estonia later this summer including long-time DVOA members Greg Ahlswede and Alison Campbell!

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 2.20km 40.0m 12
SprintO-2 2.40km 65.0m 12

Sat Jun 03, 2017    Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education    W  Y  O  Br  G  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Wyatt Riley  
Course Setter: Wyatt Riley
Directions: From I-476N use exit 18A to Ridge Pike, go southeast. From I-476S exit at 18B and use the U turn at Allanwood. From I-76 use exit 338 Green Lane, follow N to left turn on Ridge Pike. Look for signs at corner of Ridge Pike and Port Royal Ave.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 1.80km 45.0m 8
Yellow 2.70km 100.0m 9
Orange 4.70km 170.0m 12
Brown 2.90km 135.0m 10
Green 6.80km 235.0m 16

Wed Jun 07, 2017    Warwick County Park    Short  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nathan Ohrwaschel  
Course Setter: Nathan Ohrwaschel
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #4
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: Follow PA Rt23 to Knauertown and watch for O'-signs

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 1.80km 30.0m 12
SprintO-2 2.50km 45.0m 18

Wed Jun 14, 2017    Norristown State Hospital    Short  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Sandy Fillebrown  
Course Setter: Sandy Fillebrown
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #3
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: 202 N from K of P (not taking DeKalb St), across Dannehower bridge into Norristown, continuing straight on Markley St for many blocks, about 1/2 mile past Main St, passing a Septa Station on left, then turning L on Harding, L on Sterigere to map.

ED/CS Notes:

Don't miss this long awaited return to Norristown State Hospital! 

Note that this is NOT Norristown Farm Park and the entrance to the hospital grounds are in a completely different place.  Here are the GPS coordinates of the parking lot we will be using:  N:40.133888 W:-75.345105

There will be orienteering signs (the wooden orange and white arrows) from the corner of Sterigere St. and Stanbridge St., the main entrance to the Hospital.  To avoid driving through the middle of the courses, however, the arrows will take you northeat on Stanbridge St. outside the hospital grounds to the gate at Locust St. Then you will turn left onto Locust St. and go straight ahead to the parking lot by building 57.  Please obey the stop signs and drive slowly as there are often people walking about.

THERE ARE NO FACILITIES AVAILABLE so plan accordingly. 

You could choose to warm-up by jogging about 600m and into the woods of the Farm Park and there will be a map available showing you how to get there (go back down Locust St., turn left on Stanbrigde St. and go to the end of the road, across the foot bridge and into the Farm Park.

The map is old; it was made in 2004.  I've made a lot of updates - buildings are gone and many trees have been cut down and new ones planted in different places - but I'm sure I've missed things.  Although the map was made specifically for sprint courses, it uses an old mapping standard for sprint courses.  In particular, buildings are black and not gray, underpasses are not shown, stairs are not shown except in a few places where I added them thinking it might affect route choice and impassable stone walls are shown by using the stone wall symbol from a regular orienteering map (line with solid black circles).

We have been asked to stay away from several buildings.  These, and the grounds immediately surrounding them, have been marked as out-of-bounds.  Please respect this as we want to be able to come back!  A blank map with the out-of-bounds area shown will be available at registration.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 2.20km 10.0m 13
SprintO-2 2.50km 20.0m 13

Sat Jun 17, 2017    Hay Creek    Score-O  Summer Meeting, Picnic  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Erik Eddy  610.790.5247
Course Setter: Bob Gross
Notes: Creek Crossing required via cable wire bridge or wading! Bring extra socks. Summer Picnic ~ 12:30. Bring a covered dish; meeting to follow. Also, as this is a 'score' event, plan to carry some drinking water. 11:00 AM Mass Start #1 11:30 AM Mass Start #2 60 minute time limit - score course with a special twist. Control pick-up starts at 12:45PM. Start at 11 if you'd like to stay out longer.
Directions: North side (rustic picinic area): From Rt 422 go south on Rt 345. Continue straight on Furnace Street in Birdsboro to a dead end at the Birdsboro Rustic Picnic area. From the South take Rt 10 north from Morgantown to Plow Road and continue on Cocalico Road to Hay Creek Road turn right and follow signs to parking.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
Score-O 0.00km 0.0m 25

Wed Jun 21, 2017    Hibernia County Park    Short  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nathan Ohrwaschel  
Course Setter: Nathan Ohrwaschel
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #2
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: From US Rt. 30 Bypass north of Coatesville, take PA Rt. 82 north. Watch for left turn at top of hill. Follow O'-signs.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 2.30km 50.0m 13
SprintO-2 2.80km 60.0m 17

Wed Jun 28, 2017    Ridley Creek State Park    Short  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Ann MacMullan  
Course Setter: Hugh III MacMullan
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #5
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: From Newtown Square follow Rt.3 west approximately 2 miles to main park entrance on south side. Follow O'-signs.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 2.20km 60.0m 12
SprintO-2 2.60km 90.0m 12

Wed Jul 05, 2017    Springton Manor    Short Volunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nathan Ohrwaschel  
Course Setter: Nathan Ohrwaschel
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #6
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: From the North take Rt 82 south to Rt 282. Follow 282 south and look for O signs at the junction with Springton Road. From the south take Rt 282 north from Downingtown to the intersection with Springton Road and follow the O signs.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 2.00km 45.0m 11
SprintO-2 2.60km 50.0m 17

Sat Jul 08, 2017    French Creek State Park North    Rogaine 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Steve Aronson  610.814.0580
Course Setter: Steve Aronson
Notes: The Event Center is on the French Creek North map. The event will cover all of French Creek and some adjoining properties. Details and link to registration
Directions: Follow Rt. 23 to PA Rt. 345, take Rt. 345 north and watch for O'-signs
Wed Jul 12, 2017    Fort Washington    Short  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Sandy Fillebrown  
Course Setter: Sandy Fillebrown
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #7
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: From Exit 26 of the PA Turnpike follow PA Rt. 309 south to Rt. 73. Take a right onto Rt. 73 and follow it north and west and watch for O'-signs.

ED/CS Notes:

This week's Wednesday event is at Ft. Washington State Park.  We'll be using the big new pavilion for registration with start and finish close by.   There are restrooms next to the parking area.

Courses this week were designed by DVOA's Greg Ahlswede as a small thank you for the series supporting the US Team.  Greg is currently living and training in Europe - which is why we haven't seen much of him recently at DVOA events.  It  paid off for him with a great result just recently at the World Championships in the long distance event.  He says that knowing people in the US are cheering for him and supporting the team makes a big difference.

Both courses cross the park road and parking lots at least twice so please use caution when driving into the park and in the parking lots and also while running your courses. They do cross along straight sections at angles and you should have good visibility (whether driving or running) but please be careful.

The park just installed a 9-hole frisbee golf course - making a new trail maze that Greg exploited when designing the courses.  He also used loops in his course design so you'll be visiting the same control more than once on a course.  Pay close attention to which way you go around these loops and, as always, be sure to check control codes!

 

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 2.10km 75.0m 16
SprintO-2 2.30km 55.0m 13

Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nathan Ohrwaschel  
Course Setter: Nathan Ohrwaschel
Notes: Wednesday Evening Series #8
Courses and Registration Open: 6:00 pm
Courses Close and Clean-up Begins: 7:30 pm
Two courses, each ~2.0 - 2.5 km and suitable for beginners
$10 for one course, $15 for two; all proceeds benefit the US Orienteering Team
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
SprintO-1 2.10km 25.0m 11
SprintO-2 2.60km 50.0m 15

Sat Sep 09, 2017    Hickory Run Daddy Allen    Night-O  Beginner  Int  Adv  Training  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Sharon Siegler  
Course Setter: Steve Aronson
Notes: Night orienteering with 8PM start. Annual training weekend and Night-O. Click here for more details and to register.
Directions: Take Northeast Extension of PA Turnpike to I-80 exit. Turn right at light onto PA Rt. 940 and follow west for 3 miles. Go south on PA Rt. 534 and follow O'-signs.
Sun Sep 10, 2017    Hickory Run Sand Spring    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nancy Sharp  
Course Setter: Steve Aronson
Directions: Take Northeast Extension of PA Turnpike to I-80 exit. Turn right at light onto PA Rt. 940 and follow west for 3 miles. Go south on PA Rt. 534 and follow O'-signs. Along PA Rt 534 Between I80 and Rt 903
Sun Sep 17, 2017    Hay Creek    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Diane Reider  
Course Setter: Ed Scott
Notes: Parking & Registration at Rustic Picnic area on south side of Birdsboro.
Directions: North side (rustic picinic area): From Rt 422 go south on Rt 345. Continue straight on Furnace Street in Birdsboro to a dead end at the Birdsboro Rustic Picnic area. From the South take Rt 10 north from Morgantown to Plow Road and continue on Cocalico Road to Hay Creek Road turn right and follow signs to parking.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.10km 100.0m 6
Yellow 2.80km 100.0m 7
Orange 3.50km 140.0m 9
Brown 3.50km 190.0m 7
Green 4.00km 190.0m 8
Red 5.00km 245.0m 10

Sun Oct 01, 2017    White Clay Creek    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nancy Sharp  
Course Setter: Tom Overbaugh
Notes: There is a separate entrance fee for White Clay Creek State Park. It is $4/car with Delaware plates and $8 per car with out of state plates. Car pooling, or meeting somewhere close by and carpooling the last mile or two is recommended.
Directions: From PA Rt 1 take PA Rt 896 south toward Newark, DE and watch for O'-signs, or from I-95 take DE 896 North to park.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.50km 85.0m 9
Yellow 3.70km 125.0m 11
Orange 4.00km 165.0m 13
Brown 3.90km 125.0m 9
Green 5.50km 140.0m 14
Red 7.10km 260.0m 16
Blue 8.40km 315.0m 21

Sun Oct 08, 2017    Fair Hill - Strawbridge Fields    W  Y  O  Special  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Julie Keim  
Course Setter: Fred Reed
Notes: Susquehanna Stumble
Directions: Take Appleton Road North from Maryland 273, or from PA 896 take Appleton Road South. Look for Orienteering signs.

ED/CS Notes:
The Susquehanna Stumble is a Billygoat-inspired event with a couple of twists. The competitors run between numbered windows in sequential order, but within each window there are several controls which can be visited in ANY order.
 
The Long-Stumble event is typically ~15 km in length, with commemorative towel for at least the first 20 finishers and the first 5 female finishers. The Short-Stumble is usually ~9 km with commemorative towels for at least the first 15 finishers and first 5 female finishers.

The Stumble courses have a mass start at 11 AM with a short briefing just before. 
 
White, Yellow, and Orange recreational courses will be available with a normal start window of 10 AM to 1 PM.
 
COST: $ 22 for the Long-Stumble, $ 15 for the Short-Stumble.
 
TO REGISTER: Send an e-mail to furlong47@hotmail.com by October 5th including
 
-Your name (groups welcome - please specify number in each group, their names, and total number of maps you would like)
-Whether you would like to do the short or long course
-The e-punch number you intend to use or whether you will need one provided. ($40 fee for lost rental punches.)

You can then pay at the event.  Morning-of-event registration is available for an additional $5 ($27 Long and $20 Short). Recreational courses will be at SVO fees of $5/member, $10/non member and do not need to preregister.

Course Setter's Notes:

Fair Hill and the adjacent area in Pennsylvania is a special venue relative to the others in the Susquehanna/Delaware area. The dominant feature is the large patchwork of runnable and hilly fields broken up by relatively narrow forest areas. The boundaries between field and forest are often thin but heavy undergrowth that place high importance on the network of trails crossing these boundaries.  As a result, courses here are not highly technical but present substantial route choice and physical challenges. The courses reward good route choices that consider distance, runnability and climb. As runners will have different navigational and physical capabilities, the best choices will not be the same for everyone which should encourage independent thinking in the mass start Stumble courses.

Undergrowth is often thorny vines making passage difficult and painful. The map is a few years old and while some of the green has expanded, including encroaching on marked trails and open areas, most green mapping remains accurate.  Several closed overgrown trails are marked with red x's but should not come into play.

There is a significant amount of mapped crossable or broken fence that is old wire animal fencing, particularly along the field edges. As it is often broken down and hard to see, runners should be careful when crossing.

The map is divided nearly in half by Big Elk Creek running North to South. Big Elk Creek is marked uncrossable almost the entire length and the Stumble courses are designed to make use of two bridges that cross it. The rest of the courses stay on the near half of the map. There are many smaller streams feeding into Big Elk that are crossed on all courses.

Out of bounds private property on the edges of the map should not come into play and are not marked as out of bounds. One area within the map is marked out of bounds but also should not come into play.

The Stumble courses are mass start. The Short Stumble is roughly the first half of the Long Stumble but does not involve a map exchange.  There are several boxes of 4 controls that can be taken in any order. Long course runners using older SI-8 cards having a capacity of 30 controls should be careful as there are 29 controls.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.17km 45.0m 0
Yellow 4.08km 130.0m 0
Orange 5.79km 145.0m 0
Special 14.47km 420.0m 0
Special 7.82km 260.0m 0

Sun Oct 15, 2017    Egypt Mills    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Kathy Urban  
Course Setter: Len Policelli
Directions: Go North on US 209 from I 80 and look for O signs.

ED/CS Notes:

Everything is in place for next week's event in the Delaware River National Recreation Area. We have some great terrain, open woods, and minimal briars. The hardest part of the day may be getting there. The NE extention will be closed North of the Lehigh Valley. This means ALL traffic will be exiting at Lehigh Valley. Additionally, Milford Road is under major construction and the turn off to the park is difficult to spot.

SO here are my clues - From 209 in the DRNRA turn left on Bushkill Falls Rd (a traffic light) then Right on Milford Rd. Drive untill you see a big red crane, then slow down. You will be making a right in a few hundred meters. Look for an O-sign and a construction barrel (this is the entrance to Big Egypt Rd)

COURSE NOTES:

Overall, be careful for wire fences. There are many and they usually run with stone rows, but not always.

All Routes will pass by two stratigic locations on the main park road where water stops will be located. Red will have one additional water stop.

White: There are some downed trees between 3 and 4. A streamered route will get you around them.

Yellow: There is a streamered section that gives the beginner a glimpse into some of the unique features at Egypt Mills. There are also a few route choices that can be made.

Orange: Control features near other big and defined features. A shorter course that will hopfully have some times under an hour.

Brown: Pay attention to the crossover of the course. It doesn't look pretty on paper, but the course uses some of the best spots.

Green & Red: Two challenging courses with a good variety of legs and terrain. Keep alert for wire fences.

 

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 1.60km 40.0m 10
Yellow 2.70km 90.0m 12
Orange 3.40km 125.0m 9
Brown 3.90km 145.0m 10
Green 5.30km 240.0m 13
Red 6.80km 295.0m 15

Sat Oct 21, 2017    Tyler State Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Notes: Scout/JROTC 21st annual NJ championships

>>> Download Registration/Information Packet PDF file
>>> Download Entry Form Word doc


Directions: From I-95 exit 49 take PA Rt. 332 west toward Newtown. Go straight 4.7 miles, and in that stretch 332 becomes Route 413. Where Rt 413 makes a sharp right turn, you will instead be turning left at that light into the main Park entrance. Watch for O-signs. Parking and registration will be in the Boardwalk Picnic Area, inside the park.
Sun Oct 22, 2017    Rocky Ridge    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mike Bertram
Course Setter: Jacob Moore
Directions: From the junction of US 30 and PA 24, East of York, go North on Rt24 to the top of the ridge and turn Right. Follow the signs to parking.
Sat Oct 28, 2017    Myrick Center (BVA)    Night-O  Beginner  Int  Adv  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Jack Williams  
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: White 2 K Orange 3K Green 4.6K Registration 5:30 pm at the barn. First starts around 6:00PM Download and snacks are in the barn.. donation for hotdog (as long as they last) to help the Junior Team. Wear a Costume and you are free....
Directions: From Rt. 202 take Paoli Pike exit west to West Chester, left onto High St. then three blocks to a right on W. Miner St. W. Miner St. becomes Rt. 842. Follow Rt. 842 west for about 6 miles to Brandywine Valley Association Myrick Center.
Sun Oct 29, 2017    Ridley Creek State Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Hannah Agosta  
Course Setter: Bob Agosta
Directions: From Newtown Square follow Rt.3 west approximately 2 miles to main park entrance on south side. Follow O'-signs.

ED/CS Notes:

C’mon out and enjoy a beautiful mid-autumn day of orienteering at Ridley Creek State Park!  Foliage colors are just beginning to show. A good warm up for our national event the following week – many legs will provide an opportunity to practice your sprint technique.  Courses follow the rich network of trails and patches of open woods through the southern section of the park.  You will also visit some of the area’s historic structures!  With the warm weather leading up to this event, vegetation is still in full bloom so be prepared to navigate the ubiquitous Ridley brambles. White and Yellow courses will start at the registration pavilion. Start for Orange, Brown, Green, Red and Blue is about a 600 meter walk from the pavilion.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 3.30km 45.0m 9
Yellow 3.50km 105.0m 9
Orange 5.00km 140.0m 15
Brown 4.50km 115.0m 11
Green 5.40km 190.0m 14
Red 6.40km 200.0m 18
Blue 9.00km 260.0m 23

Sat Nov 04, 2017    Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation    Sprint-O  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Roger Hartley  
Course Setter: Samuel Kolins
Notes: DVOA National Event Sprint #1

Directions: Go to the event page for directions
Sat Nov 04, 2017    Penn State-Berks    Sprint-O  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Roger Hartley  
Course Setter: Nathan Ohrwaschel
Notes: DVOA National Event Sprint #2

Directions: Go to the event page for directions
Sun Nov 05, 2017    Mount Penn    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Roger Hartley  
Course Setter: Erik Eddy
Notes: DVOA National Event Day 2 - Long Courses

Directions: Go to the event page for directions
Sat Nov 11, 2017    Quantico Marine    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: QOC
Course Setter:
Notes: QOC national meet QOC Quinquagenary a Quantico National Meet near Triangle VA
Directions: QOC Quinquagenary @ Quantico National Meet, Triangle VA
Sun Nov 12, 2017    Quantico Marine    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: QOC
Course Setter:
Notes: QOC national meet
Sun Nov 19, 2017    Rutgers Ecological Preserve    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Bob Burg  
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Directions: From S on US 1, or exit 9 on the NJTPK , take NJ-18 N to Davidson Road/Metlar's Lane, right on Ave E look for O signs. From N on 287 take Centennial Ave to Hoes Lane, exit at Davidson/Avenue E campus exit, bear left Over Rt-18 and follow O signs.

ED/CS Notes:

We invite you all -- club members, scouts, cadets, and general public -- to explore the diverse terrain of Rutgers Ecological Preserve this Sunday, featuring Hurricane Sandy's handiwork, 675 1.5m to 4m mapped rootstocks (and counting), making for a dramatic landscape.  

The preserve offers great variety, from expanses of gently sloping open woods to stream beds that have cut dramatic valleys through the park, areas of vegetation that challenge your route choices to an intricate trail system in some areas while no trails to be found in others.  It offers a wonderful range of forest and occasional fields for course setting -- no exhausting climb (just check out the stats listed below), no boulder fields, no marshes.

So come enjoy the definitely autumn weather, no rain, lots of sun. Cool  Normal Start times anytime from 10am to 1pm.  But get back to Finish by 3pm.  We'll start picking up controls by then to accommodate early dusk.

COURSE STATS

White 2.10k 25m 13 ctrls

Yellow 3.04k 50m 14 ctrls

Orange 4.35k 60m 12 ctrls

Brown 3.85k 60m 10 ctrls

Green 5.05k 68m 15 ctrls

Red 7.07k 105m 20 ctrls

See you all in the woods for an always great day of orienteering.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.10km 25.0m 13
Yellow 3.04km 50.0m 14
Orange 4.35km 60.0m 12
Brown 3.85km 60.0m 10
Green 5.05km 68.0m 15
Red 7.07km 105.0m 20

Sun Nov 26, 2017    Warwick County Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Directions: Follow PA Rt23 to Knauertown and watch for O'-signs

ED/CS Notes:

Registration will open at 8:30am.  We will be starting participants at 9am instead of the normal 10am so you can get there an hour early.  Starts are from 9am until 1pm.  Controls will begin to be removed around 2:30.   Course information is posted below.

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.00km 40.0m 11
Yellow 2.50km 70.0m 10
Orange 4.50km 100.0m 15
Brown 3.70km 75.0m 15
Green 5.20km 145.0m 14
Red 5.90km 175.0m 18

Sat Dec 02, 2017    McKaig Nature Center    W  G  Score-O  Night-O  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter: Christopher Hand
Notes: Event Center is at Roberts Elementary School 889 Croton Road, Wayne, PA. Starts from 5PM to 7 PM. Control pick up at 8 PM. Map is non-ISOM enhanced trail map by Chris Hand at 1:5000.
Directions: From King of Prussia mall, take S. Gulph Rd about a mile to Brooks Rd (turn right). Merge on Croton Rd. School is on left in 3/4 mile.

ED/CS Notes:

Night-O in an unfamiliar place in the early evening!  Plenty of time afterwards to shop and/or eat in King of Prussia.

McKaig is a hilly 93 acres with well-maintained trails, gentle flowing creeks and lots of white woods.

The (amateur) map uses USGS contours and is non-ISOM but very readable for a night-O at 1:5000.

Beginner course features a treasure hunt and marshmallow roasting for the kiddies along the way.  The advanced course is set using strong features with lots of route choice for off trail navigation and climbs that will warm you up in a hurry. 

There is a score-O featuring all the controls of both courses.

Starts from 5 - 7 PM, control pickup at 8 PM.  Score-O has no time limit other than the 8 PM cutoff.

 

 

Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 1.90km 25.0m 12
Green 3.90km 158.0m 15
Score-O 4.10km 120.0m 23

Sun Dec 03, 2017    Fair Hill - Strawbridge Fields    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  Relay  This event has been confirmed with park officialsVolunteer to help at this event
Event has EPunching
Event Director: John Gillette  
Course Setter: Ralph Tolbert
Notes: Mid Atlantic Champs
Directions: Take Appleton Road North from Maryland 273, or from PA 896 take Appleton Road South. Look for Orienteering signs.

ED/CS Notes:

Laughing THIS IS AN OPEN EVENT.  PLEASE JOIN US EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT COMPETING Laughing

Come join us at the rolling hills of Fair Hill for the Mid-Atlantic Championships.  This year's event will consist of individual Orienteering with starts between 9:30 and Noon and a Relay Mass Start at 2:00 pm (14:00).  Arena Center will be at Parking field#2 near the Covered Bridge with access from Appleton Road and Telegraph Road.  

We will use the Fair Hill Strawbridge Fields Map (1:10,000)  For the event

Start for Classic Orienteering will be remote near the Mason Dixon Line.  Transportation will be provided between Registration and Start.  Finish and Relay Start will be in the vicinity of Registration

Preliminary Points System for the Broken Compass Award

Club championship (the Broken Compass award to the winning club) scored by

                o  number of club participants/number of members (%=# points) > total = 100 points

                o  top 8 on Br,G,R,B courses (Top 3 per club) 10,8,6,5,4,3,2,1     > total = 156

                o  top 6 on W,Y,O courses (Top 3 per club)    8,6,4,3,2,1             > total =  72

                o top 4 in Open, 4pt, 8pt relays 3 x (20,15,10,5)                           > total = 150

                                                                                                              sum = 478

We will use a points framework similar to the US Relay to handicap

the relay (e.g., a 25 year old male is worth 0 points while a 50

year old female is worth 4 points - see below).

There are three categories for scoring :

          Open (any number of points)

          4 Point (4 or more points)

          8 Point (8 or more points)

Points handicapping system for relay:

       • Ages 21-39 count as 0 points

• Ages 17-20 or 40-49 count as 1 point

       • Ages 15, 16 or 50-59 count as 2 points

       • Under 15 years of age or 60 and older count as 3 points 

A female orienteer adds 2 more points, in addition to any age points.


Fair Hill 2017 MidAtlantics Course setter’s notes

 

Welcome to the 2017 MidAtlantic Championships.  Here are a few things of interest regarding today’s event.  First the basics…

Map: Fair Hill Strawbridge Fields (original field work done in 2004; updated in 2013)

Scale: 1:10,000

Contours: 5 meters

Safety bearing: East to the Big Elk Creek and follow it downstream or south to the event area.

Water stops:  Water stops are located at the CUP symbol on the map.  They are located at common crossing points along gravel roads.  There will be water at the start triangle as well.

General course notes:

There is a 6-minute ride by passenger van to the start.  Van will run approximately every 15 minutes! 

All controls are on the west side of the Big Elk Creek.

Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green, Red and Blue courses will take you into Pennsylvania.

Most controls are in the wooded areas of the park and you will need to traverse open fields between controls.   The fields were recently mowed.  I found the transition area between open field and woods accurately mapped.  In other words, if the map shows a break in the green along the edge of wooded area, you can get in. The area has an extensive trail network and is accurately mapped.

Regarding rootstocks: The mapper for the 2013 update used the dot knoll and green stick for newer rootstocks.  The brown X was used by the original mappers and these represent old decaying root stocks with little or no dirt on the roots.

Fair Hill is an active equine center.  If you encounter horses on the trail, please alert the rider to your presence and YIELD to the horses.  They are bigger than you!

 

Hope you enjoy the courses.

 


Courses Information:

Course Distance Climb Ctrls
White 2.40km 40.0m 9
Yellow 3.40km 75.0m 10
Orange 4.60km 125.0m 9
Brown 4.20km 75.0m 7
Green 5.40km 135.0m 10
Red 8.00km 185.0m 11
Blue 9.20km 300.0m 15
Relay 1.30km 35.0m 6
Relay 1.80km 60.0m 7
Relay 2.00km 60.0m 8

Sat Jan 27, 2018    Zion Lutheran Church    Winter Meeting, Potluck 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nancy Sharp  
Co-Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter:
Notes: More details to be posted - winter meeting followed by potluck dinner.
Directions: Take Route 422 W to PA Rt23 West exit. Follow Rt23 west through Phoenixville to Rt724. From Rt23 & Rt724 jct, follow Rt724 west 1.1 miles to Zion Lutheran Church on left. From the Rdg-Pottstown area, take the 724 Exit off 422. Continue E on 724 through 3 lights and look for signs. Large white Church on the right.
Sun Jan 28, 2018        Special 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Nancy Sharp  
Course Setter:
Notes: President's Cup
Sat Mar 03, 2018    Nolde Forest    Beginner  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Co-Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Notes: Free Beginner program starting at 10AM. Classroom plus an outdoor course.
Directions: South of Reading PA on route 625. Take Rt 724 West from I 176, or East from 222 and turn south on 625. The park is about 2 miles South of that intersection.
Sun Mar 18, 2018    Hibernia County Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter:
Directions: From US Rt. 30 Bypass north of Coatesville, take PA Rt. 82 north. Watch for left turn at top of hill. Follow O'-signs.
Sun Mar 25, 2018    Quail Hill Scout Camp    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Bob Burg  
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Notes: New Jersey Scout Championships
Directions: From N & W: NJ Turnpike Exit 8 to Rt 33 East for 5 mi. Rt 527Alt North/Iron Ore Rd. From E: Garden St Pkwy Exit 100A to Rt 33 W for 16 mi. to Rt 527Alt/Iron Ore Rd. Then North 1/4 mile on 527Alt to Quail Hill sign, turn right onto Le Valley Rd into camp.
Sat Mar 31, 2018    Governor Dick    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Beginner  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Co-Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter: Samuel Kolins
Notes: Regular start times beginning at 10AM. Free Beginner classroom program at 11AM with courses available after the program
Directions: From the PA Turnpike, go South from the Lebanon-Lancaster exit of PA TPK on route 72. Turn West on Cider Press Road then North on Pinch Road. (From Rt 30 in Lancaster go North on Rt 72 through Manheim and another 3+/- miles to Pinch Road.) Follow Pinch Road to the event site. Look for entrance shortly after crossing over the Turnpike.
Sun Apr 08, 2018    Warwick County Park    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter: Nathan Ohrwaschel Co-Setter: Steve Ohrwaschel
Directions: Follow PA Rt23 to Knauertown and watch for O'-signs
Sat Apr 14, 2018    Lower Perkiomen / J.J. Audubon    W  Sprint-O  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Directions: From King of Prussia follow US 422 west to Oaks Exit. At the bottom of the ramp turn right at the light then make another right at the next light. Follow O-signs to parking. From Pottstown follow US 422 east to the Oaks Exit. Stay right at end of ramp and yield on to Egypt Road. Go under 422 and make a right at the 2nd light (before crossing bridge). Follow O-signs to parking.
Sun Apr 15, 2018    Norristown Farm Park    W  Y 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter:
Directions: South side of Germantown Pike, midway between 202 and 363, just east of the crossing with Whitehall Road.
Sun Apr 15, 2018    Four Mile Circle, Brendon Byrne State Forest    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Bob Burg
Directions: NJ Rt 70 East of Medford NJ to Four MIle Circle, the junction of NJ 70 and 72. Follow Orienteering signs from there.
Sat Apr 21, 2018    West Point A event    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:
Course Setter:
Sun Apr 22, 2018    West Point A event    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:
Course Setter:
Sat May 05, 2018    French Creek State Park Central    W  Y  O  Score-O  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter:
Notes: MASOC 30
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.
Sun May 06, 2018    French Creek State Park Central    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter:
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.
Sat May 12, 2018    French Creek State Park Central    W  Y  O  Br  Relay  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter: Mark Frank
Notes: Patriots Orienteering Challenge, the Mid-Atlantic JR ROTC & Military High School Championships for units from NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, and DC.
Directions: Follow PA Rt.23 to Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs.
Sat May 19, 2018    Brandywine Creek State Park    W  Instruct  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mary Frank  610-792-0502
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Directions: East side: turn west on Eden Road near the Wawa on US 202 about a mile south of 92 and follow O signs. West side park office: take 92 West off of US 202 to park entrance. Follow O signs
Sun Oct 28, 2018    Pine Grove Furnace State Park (SVO)  
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter:
Notes: Susquehanna Stumble hosted by SVO
Directions: From US30 go West from Gettysburg to Caledonia. Turn Right (North) on Rt.233 and watch for O'-signs.
Sun Nov 11, 2018    Fair Hill - Big Elk Chapel    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Tom Overbaugh
Directions: Rt 273 west of Newark Delaware or east on 273 from the crossing of MD Rt 213