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 officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Diane Reider  
Course Setter: Ed Scott
Notes: There is a National Event at Letchworth (Western NY)
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.
Sun Sep 24, 2017    Adams Creek    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Petr Hartman
Notes: EVENT DIRECTOR NEEDED! HVO DUAL
Directions: Go to the Junction of US 209 and PA 739 and look for O signs
Sun Oct 01, 2017    White Clay Creek    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Tom Overbaugh
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.
Sun Oct 08, 2017    Fair Hill - Strawbridge Fields    W  Y  O  Special 
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.
Sun Oct 15, 2017    Egypt Mills    W  Y  O  Br  G  R 
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.
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
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    SVO : To be Determined  
Event has EPunching
Event Director:
Course Setter:
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:
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 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
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.
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 
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 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: QOC
Course Setter:
Notes: QOC national meet
Sun Nov 19, 2017    Rutgers Environmental 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.
Sun Nov 26, 2017    French Creek State Park West    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  This event has been confirmed with park officials
Event has EPunching
Event Director: Mark Frank  
Course Setter: Mary Frank
Directions: Follow Rt.23 to PA Rt.345, take Rt.345 north and watch for O'-signs, or from Rt422 take 82 into Birdsboro and follow 345 to park.
Sat Dec 02, 2017    McKaig Nature Center    Night-O 
Event has EPunching
Event Director:   
Course Setter: Christopher Hand
Sun Dec 03, 2017    Fair Hill (1:15,000)    W  Y  O  Br  G  R  Bl  Relay 
Event has EPunching
Event Director: John Gillette  
Course Setter: Ralph Tolbert
Notes: Mid Atlantic Champs
Directions: Rt 273 west of Newark Delaware or east on 273 from the crossing of MD Rt 213