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Orienteering: Mont Alto Sunday 5/27/2007

tdgood2
 

This sunday is one of the last events of the season. Weather
promises to be great so come on out before it is too late.

Location: Mont Alto, Penn.
Date: 5/27/06
Starts: from 10am till 2pm.
Course Setter: Francis Hogle
Meet Director: Eddie Bergeron (SVO)

Campus Section:

Blue 7.8k 265m
Red 6.4k 240m
Green 4.6k 165m
Brown 3.7k 140m
Orange 4.3k 160m
Yellow 2.1k 85m
White 1.2k 50m.

Directions:
I70 west to exit 36,
Md 66 north toward Smithsburg for about 5 miles to a major
intersection at Exxon station,
Turn right onto Md 64 north (becomes Pa 997) to Waynesboro (jogs
west in town),
Continue 5 miles past Waynesboro on Pa 997 north to Mont Alto,
Turn right onto Pa 233 east for less than a mile to Penn State
campus and follow signs.



Beautiful woods and several degrees cooler than DC. Bring a lawn
chair.


Re: 100 year of Scouting celebration - volunteers needed

Jon
 


100 year of Scouting celebration - volunteers needed

raisingkanes <programmanager@...>
 

I am working on putting together a 100 years of Scouting celebration
for the NCAC Goose Creek District (Western Loudoun County VA) for
8/26/2007.

The event will be held @ Franklin Park near Round Hill VA. I would
like to offer an Orienteering demonstration course and a competition
course - so I'll need a knowledgible person to do a map, set
controls, and perhaps organize training. The park has several
hundred acres - most of them open space. There are some woods areas
around park - and many interesting elevation and man-made elements
that could make for an interesting course.

Scouts in this area have had general orienteering training using the
contour map - and point-to-point navigation, I find the sport of
Orienteering to much more fun - but have trouble convincing the boys
to try it. This will be a combined Boy/Girl scouting event - with
the potential to introduce hundreds of young people to the sport.

Anyone willing to help get this going, please send an email to
programman@comcast.net

Thanks!!

Jim Kane


Other Sunday event

Jon
 

For anyone for whome Fountainhead is inconveniently far north, there
will also be orienteering at Iron Bridge Park near Richmond this
Sunday, May 20, courtesy of Tim Gilbert. He'll be offering white,
yellow and orange courses with starts from noon to 2pm. Jon-In addition
to Fountainhead, I am sponsoring a Meet at Iron Bridge Park on Sunday,
20 May From noon to 2pm. Phon eor email him for details - Home (804)
748-5414, Cell (804) 304-8841, Email Timothy_Gilbert@ccpsnet.net (maybe
try the cell phone by preference given he'll likely be in the woods a
fair bit Saturday as well as Sunday).


Sunday meet at Fountainhead Park

Dave Hauver
 

The next QOC event will be this Sunday, May 20, at Fountainhead Park.
Registration and starts will be offered from 12 to 2 pm. You must be
out of the woods by 4 pm.

There will be E-punching at this event and pre-printed maps will be
provided.

Meet director: Ed Enson
Course setter: Michael Warlters

Meet Notes:

The area is a pleasure to run in, with good runnability throughout.
Green areas on the map usually indicate vegetation which is only
slightly denser than the white forest, but still quite runnable.

But, the map is old. There are many new trails made by mountain bikes,
and some of the old trails on the map have disappeared in reality. The
problem should not affect the white and yellow courses, as I have
revised the map in the area of their routes. Other runners should pay
attention to additional features when running on or looking for
trails. There are numerous rootstocks on the map which no longer exist
or are not prominent in the field. The contour detail does not reflect
modern mapping standards.

If you see a mountain lion, the good news is that it's only a model.
The bad news is that you have strayed into the archery range and you
may be used as a live target. Please STAY OUT of the green slash
out-of-bounds area, which indicates the archery range.

Regular pink out-of-bounds areas are housing developments, and you
should stay out of those too. The start and finish are at the picnic
area by the main parking lot.

The map is being printed at different scales for different courses:
White: 2.6 km (1:5,000) Beginner course - along trails,
streams, and other linear features.
Yellow: 3.3 km (1:5,000) Advanced beginner course - near easily
identifiable re-location features.
Orange: 4.8 km (1:10,000) Intermediate course - off trail
network, checkpoints on major terrain features.
Brown: 4.3 km (1:10,000) Expert course - navigation is very
tricky with few re-location features.
Green: 6.2 km (1:10,000) Expert course - navigation is very
tricky with few re-location features.
Red: 8.3 km (1:15,000) Expert course - navigation is very
tricky with few re-location features.
Blue: 10.7 km (1:15,000) Expert course - navigation is very
tricky with few re-location features.

Jan Merka is also planning to offer a streamer course for the kiddies.

DIRECTIONS:

Direction to the Fountainhead Regional Park:

Fountainhead Park is at
10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station VA
703-250-9124

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=10875+Hampton+Road,+Fairfax+Station++VA&ll=38.727405,-77.320147&spn=0.016137,0.042915&om=1

If you are traveling from the West or North take I-66 to the exit to
the VA-7100 (Fairfax County Parkway) South; continue for about 6 miles
and turn left at Ox Road ( VA 123 South); after 2.8 miles turn right
at Henderson Rd. and in another 1.9 miles turn left at Hampton Road -
park entrance on the right at about 1.4 miles.

From the points South you may take I-95 to the exit 160B (Occoquan) to
the VA 123 North; in about 5 miles take a left turn to the Hampton
Road - park entrance will be on the left in about 3 miles.


Quantico_Orienteering_Club: Orienteering update for Sunday in Annapolis

tdgood2
 

Below is the updated version of this weekends event.

QOC's next orienteering event will be this Sunday, May 13, in
Annapolis, Maryland. Registration and starts will be offered from 12
to 2 pm.

Meet notes:

Event: Annapolis Broad Creek.
Map: 1:5,000 5 m contours.
Epunching will be used.

Meet director: Heidi Onkst
Course setter: Ted Good
Control Hangers: Dave Onkst, Nadim Ahmed
Epunch: Valerie Meyer
Streamer Course: Jan & Dagmar Merka

Courses:
Urban Sprint: 3.33 K, 5 meters
Wood: 5.14 K, 95 m
Streamer O'

Urban Sprint: This is designed to be a fast paced open orienteering
event. The controls are suitable for white/yellow participants.

Wood Course: This is a cross between a short course and a sprint with
a range of control difficulty: beginner, medium, difficult. This
course uses the western section of the map which hasn't been used
previously. The Main stream and marsh on the west side of the map is
there and wet. I don't recommend crossing it as a route choice.

Other foot notes:
There are NO BATHROOM facilities at this meet. Plan accordingly.
There are some spots of poison ivy. The courses avoided most of it
but it is out there. There are ticks. There are briars when off the
trails/fields. Running shoes are recommended for the sprint. Long
clothing and O shoes are recommended for the Wood course.
DO NOT CLIMB ANY FENCES! There are numerous fences in the urban
area. If your route takes you to a fence then run around or choose a
different route. Don't climb the fences.
In a rare occurance, there are controls out there that don't
belong to Quantico Orienteering Club. I came across three while
setting courses and there may be more. They are close to some of our
controls so check your codes.

Map Notes:
This is one of our newer maps. Unfortunately new doesn't equate
to good. For a sprint map it needs lots of work. More work than I
had time for. I did make some substantial changes but there are
still numerous things wrong but few if any should affect your run.
Non Standard symbols abound on this map. There is a mottled
symbol of slow undergrowth which is the same as the green slash.
Root Stocks are brown.
The interpretation of what is woods, open with scattered trees,
single trees varies. Be flexible in your interpretation.
Black Circles are tall man made objects: usually light posts but
also tall signs. Blue circles are used for anything that may have
water in it such as fire hydrants, sewer caps… Rootstocks are brown
and not oriented to north (except the ones I added in). The trails
are fairly good but the size of the trail seems to be arbitrary as
mapped.
This map uses classic orienteering symbols and not the new
sprint style symbols. The map symbols use the 1,15,000 symbol size
rather than the 1:10,000. This makes the symbols harder to see,
especially for a sprint. The small footpaths on the map are smaller
than expected but very noticeable in the woods.
Rootstocks smaller than 1 meter are not mapped. I believe all
the root stocks on the map are still valid rootstocks. If you get
way off course you may encounter some new ones but I added in ones
near the likely course routes.

DIRECTIONS: This park is located in Annapolis by the Annapolis High
School.
Rte. 50 east 17 miles from the DC Beltway; near the I-97 jct., take
the right-most exit for Rte. 665/Riva Road south. Exit right (south)
for Riva Rd., and turn right (south) on Riva Rd. After 0.3 miles on
Riva Rd. follow signs into parking lot on the right.


Re: Orienteering event this Sunday in Annapolis

Bob Turbyfill <turbyr300@...>
 

Dave,
 
If anyone finds any one form the Naval Academy there who is interested in coaching please put them in touch with me.!
 
 
Respectfully,
 
 
Robert F. Turbyfill
5015 Angel Fish Court
Waldorf, Md  20603
301-705-7541

-------Original Message-------
 
From: Dave
Date: 5/9/2007 9:16:28 PM
Subject: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] Orienteering event this Sunday in Annapolis
 

QOC's next orienteering event will be this Sunday, May 13, in
Annapolis, Maryland. Registration and starts will be offered from 12
to 2 pm.

Meet notes:

Meet director: Heidi Onkst
Course setter: Ted Good

Courses offered:
Urban Sprint - 3k
Wood - 5.5k
Wood Short - 3.65k
Streamer for young children

E-punching is available for all courses other than Streamer.

Urban Sprint: This is designed to be a fast paced open orienteering
event. The controls are suitable for a white/yellow participants.

Wood : This is a short course with a range of control difficulty:
beginner, medium, difficult. This short course plans to use the
western section of the map which hasn't been used previously. If this
area isn't suitable then there will only be one wood course. The wood
short course is a subset of the longer wood course.

Other notes:
There are no bathroom facilities at this meet. Plan accordingly.

Directions:
Rte. 50 east 17 miles from the DC Beltway; near the I-97 jct., take
the right-most exit for Rte. 665/Riva Road south. Exit right (south)
for Riva Rd., and turn right (south) on Riva Rd. After 0.3 miles on
Riva Rd. follow signs into parking lot on the right.

Dave Hauver
QOC Secretary

 


Orienteering event this Sunday in Annapolis

Dave Hauver
 

QOC's next orienteering event will be this Sunday, May 13, in
Annapolis, Maryland. Registration and starts will be offered from 12
to 2 pm.

Meet notes:

Meet director: Heidi Onkst
Course setter: Ted Good

Courses offered:
Urban Sprint - 3k
Wood - 5.5k
Wood Short - 3.65k
Streamer for young children

E-punching is available for all courses other than Streamer.

Urban Sprint: This is designed to be a fast paced open orienteering
event. The controls are suitable for a white/yellow participants.

Wood : This is a short course with a range of control difficulty:
beginner, medium, difficult. This short course plans to use the
western section of the map which hasn't been used previously. If this
area isn't suitable then there will only be one wood course. The wood
short course is a subset of the longer wood course.

Other notes:
There are no bathroom facilities at this meet. Plan accordingly.

Directions:
Rte. 50 east 17 miles from the DC Beltway; near the I-97 jct., take
the right-most exit for Rte. 665/Riva Road south. Exit right (south)
for Riva Rd., and turn right (south) on Riva Rd. After 0.3 miles on
Riva Rd. follow signs into parking lot on the right.



Dave Hauver
QOC Secretary


Green Ridge Rogaine - Looking for teammate

jonerik04
 

I'm planning on doing the 12-hour green ridge rogaine
(http://furlong47.d-domains.net/svo/rogaine.html) this year, and I'm
looking for one or more teammates for the race.

My goal is to participate and finish, not to win the race, so if you
are very ambitious I'm not the guy to team up with. I would consider
myself a decent runner with pretty good stamina, and intermediate-
advanced orienteering skills. I typically run green courses at QOC
events. I have completed one Rogaine before, so I have some idea
about how to prepare for the race and strategies to use, but I would
certainly welcome input from other teammates.

Drop me a line if you're interested in teaming up for the race.

Jon Bertheussen


RouteGadget

VMeyer9085
 

I have posted RouteGadget for Stuart's Hill for Orange to Red.

Ref: Ball's Bluff RouteGadget...I made an error and put a control in
the incorrect place - #5 Green/#10 Red. It is about an inch away from
where it should be... The only way to correct this is to blow away
the courses in RG and start over. I have decided to leave it as it
is, since people have already drawn in courses, and it didn't get
brought to my attention until today.

If you see this kind of big placement mistake in the future, please
feel free to let me know. It is easy to fix early on.

However, RG, and the RG Operator (me) may be a little off at times
lining up/calibrating the course to the map image. Please don't
report minor imprefections in control placement.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Valerie


Free Adventure Race Simulation (Training Event) in Maryland (cross-post)

Jim Weber
 

All –

For anyone who is looking to add some other events (running, biking,
paddling) on top of their orienteering, there will be a fun, low-
key "adventure race simulation" training event here in the
Washington DC area (Germantown, MD.) on May 12th at 9AM. At least a
few of us who are regulars at QOC events will be attending. Included
will be trail running, mountain biking, orienteering and paddling.
There will be options for a longer "PRO" course (40 miles) and a
shorter "SPORT" course (26 miles). This will be a great tune up
event for whatever races you have planned for this season. Start
time is 9AM on Saturday, May 12th.

Solos or teams of any size are welcome!

More information gear, maps, directions and parking can be found at:
http://multisport.diet.googlepages.com/home

Please contact Edward at Multisport.Diet@Gmail.com / 301.760.9882 if
you plan to attend.

Hope to see you out there!

Jim


Re: Orienteering at Manassas this Sunday

Jan Merka
 

On Thursday 26 April 2007 06:21, sonjaelmer@comcast.net wrote:
Jon

Wondered if you would have a "string o" course. At least that is what I
think it is called. It is for the younger people?
The streamer course for kids is not planned for this weekend unless someone
else steps in because me and my wife are going to the West Point meet this
weekend.

Sorry,

Jan


-------------- Original message --------------
From: "Jon" <jon.torrance@gmail.com>
QOC's next event will take place this Sunday, April 29, 2007 with
registration and starts offered from 12 to 2pm in Manassas National
Battlefield Park, VA.

Meet Director: Jim Chaplin
Course Setter: Daniel Heimgartner

Note: Jim will, as usual, need volunteers for this Sunday's meet. If
you can help him (which doesn't preclude also running a course) his
email is jhchaplin@comcast.net or he can be reached by phone at (703)
380-9631.

Meet notes:
Welcome to a fascinating site of both American history and
environmental restoration, the Stuart's Hill section of Manassas
Battlefield Park. As also mentioned on our map, Stuart's Hill, named
after Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart who oversaw artillery
facing the battlefields to the northeast off the western ridge on
this map, is also known as the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee
during the Second Battle of Manassas, August 28-30, 1862. In fact,
from this very area on August 30, Confederate Maj. Gen. James
Longstreet launched the largest simultaneous mass attack of the Civil
War, sending over 28,000 soldiers eastward to attack the left flank
of the Union forces destined to lose this battle. By the end
of `Second Manassas', over 100,000 soldiers had been engaged,
resulting in over 20,000 dead, wounded, or captured.

Despite this area's history, it was not part of the original National
Park. It was added only in 1988, after almost being turned into a
housing development and a shopping mall. As the years (and the
developer) had changed the land, the Park decided to restore Stuart's
Hill to its 1860's configuration. The plan for doing so was possible
due to a unique feature of the area's history: the court martial of
Union Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, for his actions during `Second
Manassas'. The charge brought by Union Commander John Pope was
insubordination, related primarily to Porter's actions on August 29,
1862. His defense was largely based on the presence of Longstreet's
Confederate forces in this very Stuart's Hill area - which he but not
Pope knew about and which Porter felt compelled him to ignore
Pope's orders to attack part of Lee's army. An Army board of review
was convened in 1878 to rehear the case and issued its findings in
1879, reversing the decision of the earlier court martial. For these
proceedings, the Army directed a cartographic engineer to map the
area, and the resulting documents include a detailed 1878 topographic
map almost good enough for orienteering and thus an excellent
picture of the land in 1862. These historic documents guided the
restorative work by the Park and the Smithsonian, much of it around
the meadows in the northeast section of this map. This work was
completed late in 2003. As you traverse this area, please keep in
mind the ghosts of the past and tread lightly, for their sake and
that of the restored landscape.

Courses
WHITE 1.3 km 8 controls
YELLOW 2.0 km 10 controls
ORANGE 4.1 km 7 controls
BROWN 3.6 km 7 controls
GREEN 6.3 km 13 controls
RED 8.0 km 15 controls

Please be aware that the park has a $3 user fee that can be paid
using honor boxes at the Groveton Picnic Area. We are not allowed to
collect money at the park, so we will be handing out payment
envelopes for you to mail us your map fee after the meet. Up to 1988,
this area was active farm land and there is still a lot of barbed
wire in the park, so please use caution when running.

Directions: From Route 66, take the 234 Bypass exit. Take the first
left onto Balls Ford Road. You will see Groveton Road on your left,
it "T" into Balls Ford. On Groveton, you will pass back over Route
66, and on the left just after you cross the bridge, you will see the
entrance to the NPS Manassas Battlefield Groveton Picnic area.


Re: Orienteering at Manassas this Sunday

sonjaelmer@...
 

Jon
 
Wondered if you would have a "string o" course.  At least that is what I think it is called.  It is for the younger people?
 

-------------- Original message --------------
From: "Jon"

QOC's next event will take place this Sunday, April 29, 2007 with
registration and starts offered from 12 to 2pm in Manassas National
Battlefield Park, VA.

Meet Director: Jim Chaplin
Course Setter: Daniel Heimgartner

Note: Jim will, as usual, need volunteers for this Sunday's meet. If
you can help him (which doesn't preclude also running a course) his
email is jhchaplin@comcast.net or he can be reached by phone at (703)
380-9631.

Meet notes:
Welcome to a fascinating site of both American history and
environmental restoration, the Stuart's Hill section of Manassas
Battlefield Park. As also mentioned on our map, Stuart's Hill, named
after Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart who oversaw artillery
facing the battlefields to the northeast off the western ridge on
this map, is also known as the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee
during the Second Battle of Ma nassas, August 28-30, 1862. In fact,
from this very area on August 30, Confederate Maj. Gen. James
Longstreet launched the largest simultaneous mass attack of the Civil
War, sending over 28,000 soldiers eastward to attack the left flank
of the Union forces destined to lose this battle. By the end
of `Second Manassas', over 100,000 soldiers had been engaged,
resulting in over 20,000 dead, wounded, or captured.

Despite this area's history, it was not part of the original National
Park. It was added only in 1988, after almost being turned into a
housing development and a shopping mall. As the years (and the
developer) had changed the land, the Park decided to restore Stuart's
Hill to its 1860's configuration. The plan for doing so was possible
due to a unique feature of the area's history: the court martial of
Union Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, for his actions during `Second
Manassas'. The charge brought by Union Commander John Pope was
insubordination, related primarily to Porter's actions on August 29,
1862. His defense was largely based on the presence of Longstreet's
Confederate forces in this very Stuart's Hill area - which he but not
Pope knew about and which Porter felt compelled him to ignore
Pope's orders to attack part of Lee's army. An Army board of review
was convened in 1878 to rehear the case and issued its findings in
1879, reversing the decision of the earlier court martial. For these
proceedings, the Army directed a cartographic engineer to map the
area, and the resulting documents include a detailed 1878 topographic
map almost good enough for orienteering and thus an excellent
picture of the land in 1862. These historic documents guided the
restorative work by the Park and the Smithsonian, much of it around
the meadows in the northeast section of this map. This work was
completed late in 2003. As you traverse this area, please keep in
mind the ghosts of the past and tread lightly, for their sake and
that of the restored landscape.

Courses
WHITE 1.3 km 8 controls
YELLOW 2.0 km 10 controls
ORANGE 4.1 km 7 controls
BROWN 3.6 km 7 controls
GREEN 6.3 km 13 controls
RED 8.0 km 15 controls

Please be aware that the park has a $3 user fee that can be paid
using honor boxes at the Groveton Picnic Area. We are not allowed to
collect money at the park, so we will be handing out payment
envelopes for you to mail us your map fee after the meet. Up to 1988,
this area was active farm land and there is still a lot of barbed
wire in the park, so please use caution when running.

Directions: From Route 66, take the 234 Bypass exit. Take the first
left onto Balls Ford Road. You will see Groveton Road on your left,
it "T" into Balls Ford. On Groveton, you will pass back over Route
66, and on the left just after you cross the bridge, you wi ll see the
entrance to the NPS Manassas Battlefield Groveton Picnic area.


Orienteering at Manassas this Sunday

Jon
 

QOC's next event will take place this Sunday, April 29, 2007 with
registration and starts offered from 12 to 2pm in Manassas National
Battlefield Park, VA.

Meet Director: Jim Chaplin
Course Setter: Daniel Heimgartner

Note: Jim will, as usual, need volunteers for this Sunday's meet. If
you can help him (which doesn't preclude also running a course) his
email is jhchaplin@comcast.net or he can be reached by phone at (703)
380-9631.

Meet notes:
Welcome to a fascinating site of both American history and
environmental restoration, the Stuart's Hill section of Manassas
Battlefield Park. As also mentioned on our map, Stuart's Hill, named
after Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart who oversaw artillery
facing the battlefields to the northeast off the western ridge on
this map, is also known as the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee
during the Second Battle of Manassas, August 28-30, 1862. In fact,
from this very area on August 30, Confederate Maj. Gen. James
Longstreet launched the largest simultaneous mass attack of the Civil
War, sending over 28,000 soldiers eastward to attack the left flank
of the Union forces destined to lose this battle. By the end
of `Second Manassas', over 100,000 soldiers had been engaged,
resulting in over 20,000 dead, wounded, or captured.

Despite this area's history, it was not part of the original National
Park. It was added only in 1988, after almost being turned into a
housing development and a shopping mall. As the years (and the
developer) had changed the land, the Park decided to restore Stuart's
Hill to its 1860's configuration. The plan for doing so was possible
due to a unique feature of the area's history: the court martial of
Union Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, for his actions during `Second
Manassas'. The charge brought by Union Commander John Pope was
insubordination, related primarily to Porter's actions on August 29,
1862. His defense was largely based on the presence of Longstreet's
Confederate forces in this very Stuart's Hill area - which he but not
Pope knew about – and which Porter felt compelled him to ignore
Pope's orders to attack part of Lee's army. An Army board of review
was convened in 1878 to rehear the case and issued its findings in
1879, reversing the decision of the earlier court martial. For these
proceedings, the Army directed a cartographic engineer to map the
area, and the resulting documents include a detailed 1878 topographic
map almost good enough for orienteering – and thus an excellent
picture of the land in 1862. These historic documents guided the
restorative work by the Park and the Smithsonian, much of it around
the meadows in the northeast section of this map. This work was
completed late in 2003. As you traverse this area, please keep in
mind the ghosts of the past and tread lightly, for their sake and
that of the restored landscape.

Courses
WHITE 1.3 km 8 controls
YELLOW 2.0 km 10 controls
ORANGE 4.1 km 7 controls
BROWN 3.6 km 7 controls
GREEN 6.3 km 13 controls
RED 8.0 km 15 controls

Please be aware that the park has a $3 user fee that can be paid
using honor boxes at the Groveton Picnic Area. We are not allowed to
collect money at the park, so we will be handing out payment
envelopes for you to mail us your map fee after the meet. Up to 1988,
this area was active farm land and there is still a lot of barbed
wire in the park, so please use caution when running.

Directions: From Route 66, take the 234 Bypass exit. Take the first
left onto Balls Ford Road. You will see Groveton Road on your left,
it "T" into Balls Ford. On Groveton, you will pass back over Route
66, and on the left just after you cross the bridge, you will see the
entrance to the NPS Manassas Battlefield Groveton Picnic area.


Re: USA Team Jackets Needed

Peggy Dickison
 

I have three USA Team jackets (all small, but Trimtex runs big, partly because they’re unisex) that can be borrowed. They’re slightly different from each other: one has an elastic waistband & the other has a drawstring, but otherwise they look about the same. These two say just “USA” on the back..

I also have one of the more recent jackets that says “USA Orienteering” on the back. You’re welcome to borrow one or two or all three.

 

If you need tops, I have some you can borrow.

 

I’m really excited for you guys!!!

 

Peggy

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Quantico_Orienteering_Club@... [mailto:Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...] On Behalf Of mmorienteer
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 7:13 AM
To: Quantico_Orienteering_Club@...
Subject: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] USA Team Jackets Needed

 

We, the USA Deaf Orienteering Team, are going to Denmark in late June
for our FIRST deaf competition. We were wondering if we can BORROW the
old Trimtex windbreaker jackets with "USA Orienteering Team" printed
on the back. We only need 3 more - 1 small, 1 medium & 1 large. Please
contact Patti Mace at MMOrienteer@yahoo.com. Thanks! :-)


USA Team Jackets Needed

mmorienteer
 

We, the USA Deaf Orienteering Team, are going to Denmark in late June
for our FIRST deaf competition. We were wondering if we can BORROW the
old Trimtex windbreaker jackets with "USA Orienteering Team" printed
on the back. We only need 3 more - 1 small, 1 medium & 1 large. Please
contact Patti Mace at MMOrienteer@yahoo.com. Thanks! :-)


Re: Balls Bluff Meet Volunteers

Gary Smith
 

Does anyone know where the Virginia rental compasses are?  They weren’t in the meet director’s boxes I got last week and it sounds like we’ll have a lot of beginners at tomorrow’s meet.

 

Thanks,

Gary

 

Gary Smith

Logical Decisions

703-218-1801

gary@...


Balls Bluff Meet Volunteers

Gary Smith
 

It looks like there will be quite a few newcomers at this weeks meet (including one group of 23 kids!).  Would somebody like to volunteer to do beginner training?

 

Thanks,

Gary

 

Gary Smith

703-218-1801

gary@...


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Subject: [Quantico_Orienteering_Club] Balls Bluff Meet

 

Sunday, April 22, 2007
Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, Virginia
12 pm - 2pm
Meet Director: Gary Smith, Course Setter: Don Davis

This weekend meet at Balls Bluff should offer a welcome change from
our cold spring and last week's swim-O at Bowie State. The forecast
is clear and sunny with highs in the 70's. Balls Bluff is a
relatively new area for QOC, offering very runnable terrain and
interesting features in a compact area. As usual, the start will be
open from 12 to 2 and all participants must be out of the woods by
4pm.

This year's meet will feature White, Yellow, Orange, Green and Red
courses.

The park ranger assures us that the Porta-Potty will be available and
that the chain to the upper parking lot will be down. There is no
running water at the park, and no picnic areas or shelters, so be
prepared, particularly if the weather is uncooperative.

Maps will be pre-plotted. E-punching will be available on the Orange
through Red courses.

The course details are as follows:

White: 1.9 km, climb 96m, 10 controls
Yellow: 2.0 km, climb 81m, 7 controls
Orange: 2.8 km, climb 126m, 8 controls
Green: 4.3 km, climb 234m, 13 controls
Red: 6.4 km, climb 291m, 16 controls. Done in two "loops" (A &
B) with a map exchange at the finish area.

The finish is the NE corner of the parking lot; start is a trail
junction about 75m SE of the parking lot.

We'll have water points placed on the courses.

We need volunteers to help us with the meet - we need help at the
start and finish and later with control pick-up. Please let me know
at gary@logicaldecisions.com or call 703-218-1803

Directions: To reach Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park from the
Dulles Greenway, take Exit 1B (15 N). Go 2.4 miles on Route 15 then
turn right onto Battlefield Parkway. Go 0.2 miles then turn left onto
Ball's Bluff Road. The entrance to the park is at the end of the
street.


Gary Smith
703-218-1801
gary@logicaldecisions.com


Balls Bluff Meet

Jon
 

Sunday, April 22, 2007
Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, Virginia
12 pm - 2pm
Meet Director: Gary Smith, Course Setter: Don Davis

This weekend meet at Balls Bluff should offer a welcome change from
our cold spring and last week's swim-O at Bowie State. The forecast
is clear and sunny with highs in the 70's. Balls Bluff is a
relatively new area for QOC, offering very runnable terrain and
interesting features in a compact area. As usual, the start will be
open from 12 to 2 and all participants must be out of the woods by
4pm.

This year's meet will feature White, Yellow, Orange, Green and Red
courses.

The park ranger assures us that the Porta-Potty will be available and
that the chain to the upper parking lot will be down. There is no
running water at the park, and no picnic areas or shelters, so be
prepared, particularly if the weather is uncooperative.

Maps will be pre-plotted. E-punching will be available on the Orange
through Red courses.

The course details are as follows:

White: 1.9 km, climb 96m, 10 controls
Yellow: 2.0 km, climb 81m, 7 controls
Orange: 2.8 km, climb 126m, 8 controls
Green: 4.3 km, climb 234m, 13 controls
Red: 6.4 km, climb 291m, 16 controls. Done in two "loops" (A &
B) with a map exchange at the finish area.


The finish is the NE corner of the parking lot; start is a trail
junction about 75m SE of the parking lot.


We'll have water points placed on the courses.

We need volunteers to help us with the meet - we need help at the
start and finish and later with control pick-up. Please let me know
at gary@logicaldecisions.com or call 703-218-1803

Directions: To reach Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park from the
Dulles Greenway, take Exit 1B (15 N). Go 2.4 miles on Route 15 then
turn right onto Battlefield Parkway. Go 0.2 miles then turn left onto
Ball's Bluff Road. The entrance to the park is at the end of the
street.


Gary Smith
703-218-1801
gary@logicaldecisions.com


Bowie update: Course notes

Jan Merka
 

Course notes:

Courses offered:

STREAMER 1.1 km 4 controls
Course for kids with orange streamers marking the path

WHITE 2.3 km 11 controls
Beginner course - along trails, streams, and other linear features

YELLOW 3.3 km 11 controls
Advanced beginner course - near easily identifiable re-location features

ORANGE 3.7 km 18 controls
Intermediate course - off trail network, checkpoints on major terrain
features

BROWN 3.3 km 18 controls
Expert course - navigation is very tricky with few re-location features

GREEN 4.3 km 20 controls
Expert course - navigation is very tricky with few re-location features

RED 5.4 km 25 controls
Expert course - navigation is very tricky with few re-location features

General notes:

The terrain is flat and low-lying with significant areas of great detail. It
has turned out that the expected rain is sufficient to flood the MARC train
track underpass and threaten to inundate the Patuxent river floodplain
generally. This has forced me to redesign and shorten courses, to the point
that a blue will not be offered and the green and red courses will also be
rather shorter than usual. Even avoiding the floodplain almost entirely, many
mapped and unmapped water features will be encountered and can be expected to
be full - runners should probably accept that their feet will eventually get
wet despite all precautions and just bring a change of socks and shoes - two
changes for people kind enough to help with control pickup. Anyone planning
on doing a course at a walking pace might be well served by rubber boots.

The area is frequented by ATV riders, who habitually create small detours in
trails to get around fallen trees. This reconfigures the details of the trail
network in ways that are occasionally confusing if one isn't paying
attention, though the overall topology of the network mostly agrees with the
map. "Mostly" since one trail mapped as having a dead end now instead
continues to a junction with another trail. This trail features in the white
course between the fourth and fifth controls (see hand drawn correction on
the white master map). White runners will also pass a junction with an
unmapped trail between their third and fourth controls. Please also note that
the map shows a planned trail that never got built as a gray dashed line,
which might confuse people on the white, yellow and orange courses.

It continues to be a good idea to check the word of mouth at the start as to
the state of the terrain before starting - the red and orange courses, in
particular, still have a few controls that may have to be skipped if the
river rises higher than anticipated.

Notes on specific courses:

White: pay attention to hand drawn corrections on the White master map. Note
that there will be a short streamered section through the woods between White
controls 9 and 10 since a section of the obvious trail route is routinely
flooded even when it hasn't just rained. The beginning of this section will
be marked with a half-size orienteering control - please leave the trail and
follow the pink streamers from there to reach the next trail leading towards
control 10.

Yellow: some of the controls are arguably slightly harder than usual on
yellow, despite being extremely close to trails - the ability to keep track
of where you are along a trail will be rewarded with opportunities to take
advantageous short cuts and by avoiding overshooting to the next trail
junction and having to come back.

Orange: absent large contour features (trust me, they're almost entirely
absent), the course will likely seem hard to someone accustomed to QOC's maps
of spur and reentrant terrain (one reason it's a little shorter than some
orange courses). However, if at first you don't find a particular control,
you shouldn't be very far from a major catching feature (usually a trail or
water feature) to bail out to, relocate on and try again.

Brown/Green/Red: the advanced courses will now have something of a middle
distance character, i.e controls mostly closely spaced in the more detailed
parts of the accessible terrain. They're still quite tangled though not as
much as parts of my original courses so, in the absence of e-punching,
everyone is on their honour to visit the controls in the prescribed order.

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