• 1st Day Orienteering at Pocahontas State Park

    Pocahontas State Park Nature/Heritage Center

    Start the New Year off right by spending it in the woods! We'll be putting on an orienteering meet in conjunction with the Pocahontas State Park "First Day" events. Come on out and join us on one of the three courses! There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon to open the new hiking trails north of Swift Creek Lake! *** *** *** *** *** *** *** STARTS: Start any time 12:30pm - 2:30pm for the beginner course and 12:30pm - 2:00pm for other courses. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 3:30 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 12:15pm. COST: Maps are $5 each. LOCATION: From the main park entrance on Beach Rd, follow the signs toward the Heritage Center. There will be red & white arrow signs pointing the way as you get closer. Look for us inside of the Heritage Center. PARKING FEE: No fee this day! OTHER: - Ribbon-cutting for the new hiking trails will be at noon just across the bridge next to the boat launch. Join in and then come orienteering! - As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. We can also offer some tips to those who've been out a few times and want to advance their skills a bit. - Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. - Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. - Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions! *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) how many of each type of map you will need, (2) if you need beginner instruction, (3) if you can help at the meet. This really helps us with planning! +++++ MEET DETAILS: All courses will be traditional orienteering courses which are to be completed in the numerical order indicated on the map. Everyone must be back to the finish by 3:30pm. Courses will be: - Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced COURSE DESIGNERS: Tim Gilbert & Alec Richardson

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  • Powhatan State Park

    Powhatan State Park

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  • Night-O at Pocahontas

    Qualla Road / Horner Forest Parking Lot of Pocahontas State Park

    Test your orienteering skills at night & burn off some of that Thanksgiving turkey! This course is set in the woods of Pocahontas State Park in an area with no lights, so it's NOT for first-timers. Those with some orienteering experience and are comfortable in the woods, should have fun with this course! ************************************ Starts: Start at any time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. You must be back to the start by 9:30 pm, so be sure to have some way to track your time while you're out there. Cost: Maps are $5 each. Location: The start/finish is at a small parking area along Qualla Rd. Look for red & white orienteering arrow signs at the road. Parking: A $5 state park parking fee will be collected, unless you have a state park permit. Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. Dress appropriately for the weather & for travel off-trail at night. Bring a headlamp or good flashlight - it gets DARK out there! *** No beginner instruction will be available at this meet. Beginners should not attend this meet. *** Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions! +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) how many maps you will need, (2) if you can help at the meet. This really helps us with planning! +++++ *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** Course Details: Tonight's course will be a 21-point Score-O course with a 90-minute time limit (and no later than 9:30 pm). This area has a mix of fire roads, small complicated bike trails, and good runnable forest, but no lights, so it should make for tricky but enjoyable night orienteering. Penalties are 1 control for every 2 minutes or fraction thereof over time, so keep an eye on the time! Course Designer: Phil Dawson

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  • Paddle-O at Dutch Gap

    Dutch Gap Conservation Area

    Come on out for our October meet! This time we've got something a little different. We will be doing a Paddle-O in the lagoon area of Dutch Gap. A paddle-O is a course that you complete using a kayak, canoe, or SUP. Take note that you will probably have to get out of your boat for some controls, so bare feet aren't a good idea. Note: PFDs are required to be worn & zipped while on the water. Bring your own kayak, SUP, or canoe, OR we will be providing a limited number of canoes and kayaks to rent on a first-come basis. *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** Starts: Start any time between 1:00pm and 3:00 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 4:00 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 12:45 pm. Location: Dutch Gap Conservation Area (http://www.chesterfield.gov/Parks.aspx?id=6442454866)in Chesterfield County, off of Coxendale Road. We'll be set up in the Peninsula Dock area. {As you drive along Coxendale Rd, watch for our red & white arrow orienteering sign on the right at one of the curves. There will be a gate to go through. This entrance is prior to getting to either the boat ramp on the river or the main Henricus parking lot/village. If you reach either of these, you've gone too far.} Cost: Maps are $5 each. Other: As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. Dress appropriately for the water and the weather. Water, sunscreen, and bug spray are good ideas to bring along. Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions. Be sure to answer the instruction and map questions when you RSVP! This really helps us with planning. Boat rentals: Rentals will be available for $10 per boat. We will have 3-person canoes, and single and double kayaks. Rental includes boat, paddle(s), and PFD(s). Rentals will be on a first-come basis. *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** Course Details: There will be a 20-control Score-O course. A Score-O is a course with all control locations shown on your map, where you find them in any order that you feel is the best route. Course Designer: Tim Gilbert

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  • Event #2 - Pocahontas Orienteering

    Pocahontas State Park

    *** There are two events going on today! Read both, make a choice, but only sign up for ONE event. Note that the start times are different for each event. *** Event #2 is foot orienteering. There will be three orienteering courses available. See below for details. STARTS: Start any time between 11:45 am and 1:30 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 3:30 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 11:30 am. LOCATION: Pocahontas State Park. 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield VA. From the main entrance station along Beach Rd, follow the signs toward the pool parking and look for the red & white arrow signs. We'll be between shelter #2 and the pool. COST: Maps are $5 each. Park entry is $5, unless you have a state park pass. OTHER: - As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. - Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. - Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. The event may get cancelled in case of adverse weather. - Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions. *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. We will need volunteers with control pickup, so please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) how many of each type of map you will need, (2) if you need beginner instruction, (3) if you can help to collect controls at 3:30pm. This really helps us with planning! +++++ MEET DETAILS: We will have 3 traditional orienteering courses to be completed in the numerical order indicated on the map. The course details are: - White (Beginner) (2.7k) - Yellow/Orange (Novice/Intermediate) (3.9k) - Green (Advanced) (5.7k) The map will be 1:10,000 covering mostly areas north of Swift Creek Lake and the northern picnic shelter loop. COURSE DESIGNER: Alec Richardson

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  • Event #1 - Pocahontas Diet Adventure Race

    Pocahontas State Park

    *** There are two events going on today! Read both, make a choice, but only sign up for ONE event. Note that the start times are different for each event. *** Event #1 is a "barebones" adventure race which combines both foot and paddle orienteering in one race with most of the time spent on foot. There will be a mass start at 11:30 and you will have up to 4 hours. There will be penalties which begin at 1 minute over 4 hours. Read this full posting for all of the details. STARTS: There will be a mass start at 11:30 am. (Feel free to arrive any time after 11:00 to check in.) LOCATION: Pocahontas State Park. 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield VA. From the main entrance station along Beach Rd, follow the signs toward the pool parking and look for the red & white arrow signs. We'll be between shelter #2 and the pool. COST: Maps are $5 each. Park entry is $5, unless you have a state park pass. OTHER: - Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. - Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. The event may get canceled in case of adverse weather. - Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions. *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. We will need volunteers with control pickup, so please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) how many maps you will need, (2) if you can help to collect controls at 3:30 pm. This really helps us with planning! +++++ RACE DETAILS: The adventure race will be a mass-start race beginning at 11:30am and lasting up to 4 hours. It will consist of foot and paddle points. Competitors will get as many of the pre-plotted controls as they can in any order in 4 hours. Penalties will be assessed for being over time. All maps are orienteering maps. - You will be given a 1:10,000 orienteering map which covers mostly areas north of Swift Creek Lake and the northern picnic shelter loop. - Optimal route to get all foot controls will be about 8-9.5k. Most controls will be advanced ones. - Optimal route to get all the paddle controls will be about 7.2k to 9k. - PFDs/Life Jackets are required to be worn on the paddle section. - Bring a boat for the paddle section. Alternatively, both canoes and kayaks may be available to rent from the park, but you'll need to arrange that on your own. - If you bring your own boat stage it on the grass to the East side of the boat ramp parking lot. - All controls will be optional, so you can spend as little or as much time as you want out there. COURSE DESIGNER: Alec Richardson

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  • Rockwood Park

    Rockwood Park

    This event will be planned, set, and officiated by local Boy Scouts who are working on their Orienteering merit badge. Course details are below. ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** STARTS: Start any time between noon and 2:00 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 3:30 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 11:45 am. LOCATION: The Nature Center at Rockwood Park at the corner of Courthouse Rd & Hull St., Midlothian, VA. COST: Maps are $5 each. OTHER: - As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. We can also offer some tips to those who've been out a few times and want to advance their skills a bit. - Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. - Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. Water is also a good idea to bring along. Ticks and poison ivy are out now, so plan accordingly. - Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions. *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) how many of each level of map you will need, (2) if you need beginner instruction, (3) if you can help at the meet. This really helps us with planning! +++++ MEET DETAILS: This event will be a Score-O event with approximately 25 control points. You will have 1.5 hours to navigate to as many as you can in that time, in any order. Deductions will be made for every 5 minutes late. Additionally, there will be one beginner-level course approximately 1.8 K that will satisfy requirement 4a for the BSA First Class Rank or be a good choice for those who are new to orienteering. The map fee is waived for Scouts who are attending and are working on a BSA requirement. Course Designers: Boy Scouts & Kevin Kessler

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  • Pony Pasture Foot & Paddle Orienteering & "diet" Adventure Race

    James River Park/Pony Pasture

    *** UPDATED PLAN *** We've needed to make some tweaks to the original plan for this event. First, please park, with your boats, at Huguenot Flatwater. Be ready for a 9.30 start, but we will be starting and timing competitors individually, not with a mass start. The event will be a paddle-orienteer downstream to Pony Pasture, followed by a foot-orienteer in Pony Pasture park (we'll have someone watching your boat), followed by a run back to Huguenot Flatwater to finish. Then drive down to PP to pick up your boat. Second, we are unable to offer an easy foot-only or paddle-only race (you can obviously just choose to ignore those controls, but would still need to get between parks). Third, we are not charging for this event! We encountered some park rules hurdles that simply make it easier for us to make this a free event. Full details: For July we’re planning a 3-hour diet-AR foot and paddle event. Starts will be individually timed at about 9.30. All courses will close at 12:30pm (or 3 hours from the last start). Competitors can compete individually or in teams. You’ll need to bring your own boat – kayak or canoe – and you must wear a PFD/LifeVest (regardless of any river rules in place). You’ll also need to be able to negotiate a 100-yard portage by yourself (soft earth – boats can be dragged). Please Note: This race (the whole race, both foot and paddle) will be postponed if the James River is above about 6 feet at Westham Gauge. We’ll make that decision on the Saturday and post a note on this site. Registration and Start will be at Huguenot Flatwater from about 9.00 to 9.30. There will not be a mass start, but starts will be fairly close one after another at about 9.30. Competitors will paddle downstream to Pony Pasture, collecting controls on the islands above and below the Z-Dam. They will then dock at the Pony Pasture parking steps, leave their boats (a volunteer will be watching boats), collect foot orienteering controls in Pony Pasture park, and then run back along Riverside Drive to Huguenot Flatwater to finish. COURSE DETAILS: The foot orienteering is suitable for beginners. The paddle section includes class II rapids, so please only compete on the paddle section if you are comfortable at that level. As noted above, we are only holding this event if the river is fairly low. Most of the paddling is downstream, but some controls will need some short upstream paddling. Scoring will be 1 point per control and 1 point penalty for each 2 minutes or portion that you're late. STARTS: Please be ready to start before 9.30. LOCATION: Huguenot Flatwater (park entry corner of Southampton Rd & Riverside Dr). COST: No Charge ! OTHER: - Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. - Dress appropriately. Both the foot & paddle sections will have controls in overgrown woodland & long pants are recommended due to ticks & thorns. Sunscreen, hat, & sunglasses are suggested for the paddle. - Hydration. Please bring adequate water/drinks with you in your boat. You can leave drinks with your boat at Pony Pasture, and you'll pass your boat after the foot orienteering so you can rehydrate for the final run. - Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions! *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) How many maps you need, (2) if you need beginner instruction, (3) if you can help pick up controls afterwards. This really helps us with planning! +++++ COURSE DESIGNER: Mark Walmsley

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  • Daniels Park at Ironbridge

    Iron Bridge Park

    Come out for a fun day in the park! The terrain in this park is fairly flat, so it's good for those who want to run their course. See below for details of the two course choices available. *** *** *** *** *** *** *** STARTS: Start any time between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 4:00 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 11:45 am. COST: Maps are $5 each. LOCATION: From the main park entrance on Ironbridge Rd, follow the red & white arrow signs pointing the way. Look for us near the picnic shelters toward the back of the park. OTHER: - As always, instruction will be available for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. We can also offer some tips to those who've been out a few times and want to advance their skills a bit. - Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. - Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. The bugs and poison ivy are out there now, so plan accordingly! Gaiters or long pants are recommended. - Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions! *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) how many of each type of map you will need, (2) if you need beginner instruction, (3) if you can help at the meet. This really helps us with planning! +++++ MEET DETAILS: The terrain in this park is fairly flat, but it has a network of trails and a variety of man-made features to make for interesting navigation choices. Courses will be: - White (beginner) - This is a 12-control traditional orienteering course which is completed in the numerical order indicated on the map. Length is 2.3 km. - 90-minute Score-O - Get as many of the 32 controls as you can in 90 minutes, in any order. A penalty of one point will be assessed for every 2 minutes (or portion) over the time limit, so bring a watch. COURSE DESIGNER: Tim Gilbert

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  • River Rock Adventure Race

    TBD

    The annual adventure race that's part of the Dominion River Rock festival will be held on Sunday May 20. This year's race will be 4 hours of fun in the Richmond area! Check out the River Rock website for all of the details: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Richmond/2018AdventureRaceatDominionEnergyRiverrock Note that the price increases on 4/1, so get your team together and register soon!