- That's right - in four days it will be time once more for QOC's Annual
Meeting and Potluck Picnic.
Location: Patapsco State Park, McKeldin Area.
Date: Sunday, June 5, 2005
Meet director: Ted Good
Course designer: John Blaisdell
10:30 am Registration opens
11:30 am Registration Closes
11:30 am Annual Meeting
12:00 Mass Start for `The Chase'
Beverages for your selection: Beer, Soda, or Water
Post Chase: Annual PICNIC and AWARDS CEREMONY
1. Recognition of course setters/meet directors-- 2nd half of
2. Club Ranking Winners
4. Volunteer Award
QOC will provide beverages, desserts and paper goods. People
should bring picnic foods to share. Grills will be available and
BBQing is encouraged!
NO PETS allowed in the park
There will be an additional $1 for this meet to cover extra map costs
Park Entrance Fee: $2.00 in-state cars (Carpooling is encouraged)
$3.00 out-of-state cars
· Allow enough time to get to the meet and register. Don't be late.
· Epunch is being used do don't forget you dibbers.
Course Setters Notes:
The annual picnic features courses suitable for all, with a
mass start format and following allowed.
There are three loops; the first loop is Advanced difficulty,
the second loop is Orange level difficulty, and the third
loop is Easy. Green runners and above should do all three loops;
Yellow through Brown runners should try the last two
loops; and White runners and other beginners and visitors
should enjoy the third loop. Yellow runners on the second loop
may consider taking the long way around on the available
Everyone will start together at noon; please allow a little time
for parking as we may overflow into a second lot 200 m away.
Before and after the course, and before you can exchange your map
between each loop, you will quaff a beverage of your choice, on the
clock. There are no other water stops.
The lengths are as follows:
Advance loop: Loop 1: 2.85K, 1:10,000 map
Medium Loop: Loop 2: 2.37K, 1:10,000 map
Beginner Loop: Loop 3: .88K, 1:5,000 map.
Loops 1+2+3: 6.10 km, 210 m, 20 controls
Loops 2+3: 3.25 km, 105 m, 11 controls (start with #10)
Loop 3 only: 0.88 km, 20 m, 5 controls (start with #16)
This year EACH loop/map has "forked" controls. At forked controls
you will find two circles on your map. These are route choice forks;
you may go to EITHER of the pair as you choose. Do not go to both.
The advanced map has a two-control fork; choose either the left pair
or the right pair. Both halves of each fork have the same control
description and control number.
The second loop crosses the main park entrance road; please use
caution. The small out-of-bounds area near the second loop is the
ranger's office area. The third loop may require dodging frisbees,
and you may meet horses almost anywhere. Please be courteous.
There is a route choice option on the advanced loop on which you
might get quite WET. The wet route is NOT required, nor necessarily
the best route, but does use a brand new section of map. You may wish
to be prepared with a suitable change of clothes.
We are using e-punch; there will be two boxes at control #1, with
luck this will keep the time waiting to punch to a minimum.
The goals of setting the course have been to provide some
interesting legs while minimizing the famous McKeldin climb, and also
to use newly mapped or revised features as control points to showcase
our newly revised map.
Although Ted is maintaining the map in OCAD, it is proving hard
to keep up with the continuing efforts of mountain bikers, horses, and
disk golf enthusiasts to remake details of trails. The disk golf holes
are not mapped as they are not in permanent locations. There are also
some prominent deer trails which we have declined to map.
As of May 21, there is considerable undergrowth in some sections,
especially around the start area, so gaiters are recommended.
Visibility is also down. We saw a little poison ivy on two legs, but
no ticks as yet.
The map has been undergoing revision for the last year by John
Blaisdell and Ted Good.. Almost all of the map has been revised.
The terrain is steep so all courses will have some periods of
steep climb accordingly. The woods are very, very open with lots of
trails. The catch is there is a low growing grass that obscures the
footing in much of the area and visibility is general isn't that
I found very little poison ivy in this park but it does exist.
The areas around the disc golf course are mapped somewhat
irregularly as the vegetation changes frequently. Some fields get cut
periodically while others they let the grass grow nice and tall.
There are also numerous trails to/from the tee area/baskets that are
not on the map as they also change when the baskets move. The wooded
areas in the course tend to be open and free of undergrowth. A new
light grey dot is now used to signify a possible basket location but
not all baskets have been mapped yet.
The black circles on the map are the permanent orienteering
course. These are 4x4" green post with a small orienteering symbol
painted on top. They are about 4 ft high.
Most of the cliffs are small, 1-2 feet high. Where stony ground
exists it has been mapped. The rock in stony ground areas can vary
from 6 inches to 2 feet sized rocks.
Rootstocks are all new and are 2+ meters height. There are
numerous small root stocks not on the map.
From westbound I-70 exit 83 Marriottsville Road, go north 4 miles to
park entrance on right.
From eastbound I- 70, there is no access to Marriotsville Road. In
order to get to Marriotsville, you have to take the Route 40 exit and
access Marriotsville Road from Route 40. You would then make a left
turn on to Marriotsville Road from Route 40 and proceed north on
Marriotsville Road to the Park Entrance.
Note: to avoid the Baltimore Beltway, the webmaster used from DC area,
from either I-95 or the BW Parkway to Rt. 32 West to US 29 north to I-
70 west. Marriottsville Road is the next exit.
- The regular QOC 2010-2011 season ends this Sunday at Jug Bay with our annual general meeting at 11:30am followed by the traditional Chase event at noon and subsequent potluck picnic. All are welcome to participate, whether QOC member or not. Details are on the QOC web site, with the exception of information about the promised "kid-oriented events", which we'll have to bestir ourselves to publish ASAP.
I hope to see many of you at the event. If not, then at one of the Summer Series events our SS Mistress will be overseeing, or at the WPOC A meet later this month, or the Canal Cities Orienteering Festival in late July/early August or in the QOC season to come starting in September, for which the proposed schedule should be online within the next couple of weeks. Cheers.