DVOA’s 50th Anniversary National Event
November 4th & 5th, 2017

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DVOA is offering the following two-day national event:

Saturday morning November 4th, a Sprint at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, Schuylkill Haven PA. (40.543447, -76.229757)

After the Morning Sprint, there will be a (23 miles, 32 minutes) drive to Penn State Berks, Reading, PA. (40.361167, -75.974204)

Saturday afternoon November 4th, a Sprint on the university campus at Penn State Berks.

Sunday, November 5th, a Long event at Mt. Penn, east of Reading.
For all courses, this will again involve parking at Penn State Berks, with busing to the Start, and from the Finish back to the parking at Penn State Berks.

Event Officials

Event Director: Roger Hartley
Registrar: Bob Fink: registrar@dvoa.org
OUSA Course Consultant: Eric Weyman
Hawk Mountain Sprint course setter: Sam Kolins
Penn State Berks Sprint course setter: Nate Ohrwaschel
Mt. Penn Long course setter: Erik Eddy
Vetting: Rob Wilkison
Results: Valerie Meyer
Starts: Tim Walsh

Schedule

Friday, November 3rd
2:00pm - 5.00pm: model event open at Mt. Penn. See below for details
5:30pm - 9:30pm: registration packet pick-up at the event hotel, Days Inn, Wyomissing, 910 Woodland Rd, Reading, PA 19610.

Saturday morning, November 4th
Sprint at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, Schuylkill Haven, PA.
8:00am – 11.00am: Registration packet pick-up at the Hawk Mountain parking area.
9:30am – First competitive starts.
(The Start is within a few minutes of the Registration packet pick-up and the parking area.)
There will be no Recreational courses available at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.

Saturday afternoon, November 4th
Sprint on the university campus at Penn State Berks, Reading.
10:30am - 12:00pm Recreational courses (with day-of-event registration) will only be available at Penn State in the morning.
12.00pm – 3.30pm Registration packet pick-up at Penn State Berks Student Parking lot
12.30pm – 2.30pm Boxed lunch options at Penn State (details below)
2:00pm – First competitive starts at Penn State
5.30pm – Before the Dinner at Penn State, US Junior Team members will conduct course reviews, and meet with younger Juniors.
6:00pm – Dinner at Penn State Berks (details below). Saturday’s combined Sprint results Awards will be presented at the dinner.

Sunday, November 5th
Long event at Mt. Penn
(At 2:00am, summertime ends, and clocks are turned back one hour.)
Park at Penn State Berks Student Parking Lot. (40.361167, -75.974204)
7:30am – 10.00am: Registration packet pick-up at Penn State Berks Student Parking lot.
8.00am –­ First bus leaves to go to the drop-off point for all Starts. There is a 23-minute bus journey to the drop-off point, from which there is a 5-7 minute flat walk to the Start. After Finishing, there will be a 25-minute bus ride back to the Penn State Berks Student Parking lot. Buses will shuttle competitors throughout the day.   
9:00am – First competitive starts
9:30am - 11:00am: Recreational courses (with day-of-event registration) are available. Park at Penn State Berks Student Parking lot (directions below). Included in the registration fee will be a 23-minute bus journey to a drop-off point (from which there is a 5-7 minute flat walk to the Start), and then a 25-minute bus ride from the course finish back to the parking area at Penn State Berks. On Sunday, there will be a 2-hour time limit to complete the recreational courses.
2:30pm (or as soon as possible) – Awards for Sunday’s Long event at the Penn State Berks Student Parking lot.

Registration

Late fees will be added to entries after midnight, Sunday, October 15th.
* Late entries for all competitors after October 22nd will be accepted only subject to map availability

  By Oct 1 Oct. 2-15 Oct 16-29 Race Day OUSA/IOF
Member Discount
Adult Entry Fees
Sat AM Sprint: Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation $20 $24 $29 $40 $4
Sat PM Sprint: Penn State Berks $20 $24 $29 $40 $4
Sun Long: Mt. Penn $39 $43 $48 $59 $4
Junior Entry Fees
Sat AM Sprint: Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation $11 $15 $20 $31 $2
Sat PM Sprint: Penn State Berks $11 $15 $20 $31 $2
Sun Long: Mt. Penn $21 $25 $30 $41 $2

E-punch Rental: $3 per day; $40 if not returned
Dinner: $16 per person, $10 for children 10 years and younger (see below for more details)
T-Shirt: $16 (see below for more details)

Recreational Courses

W and Y recreational courses will be available for novice participants on both Saturday and Sunday.  
Pre-registration is not required, but please contact the Registrar if you are planning to bring a group of five or more people.
Adults: $12 per map, juniors (20 years and younger) $7 per map.
Scouts and other youth groups: $5 per map. Additional map for multiple people in the same group: $2 per map.
These fees includes full instruction, an electronic punch and a compass if needed.

Saturday morning, November 4th.
Special registration and start times are 10:30am – 12:00pm.
Meet at Penn State Berks Student Parking Lot (directions below)

Sunday morning, November 5th.
Special registration times are 9.30am – 11.00am.
Meet at Penn State Berks Student Parking Lot (directions below). Included in the registration fee will be a 23-minute bus journey to a drop-off point (from which there is a 5-7 minute flat walk to the Start), and then a 25-minute bus ride from the course finish back to the parking area at Penn State Berks.

* On Sunday, there will be a 2-hour time limit to complete the recreational courses.

Model Event

A practice map with streamered controls will be available 2.00pm - 5.00pm on Friday, November 3rd on the Mt. Penn map.

Meet at Egelman Park  40.341043, -75.896486 . The park entrance is on Hill Road, east of the junction with Angora Road.

Orienteering signs will lead to the model event parking area.

Please print your own map, (the map link will be available about a week before the event) and supply your own map case if desired.

Awards

The awards for the Saturday sprints will be based on the combined times for both the Sprints, and will be awarded at the Saturday evening Dinner. To be eligible, competitors must register for the same course and age group for both events.

The awards for Sunday’s Long event awards will be awarded at the Penn State Berks Student Parking lot at 2:30pm (or sooner, if possible).

Class/Course Structures

Classes are assigned to the following courses according to the following table:

White

Yellow

Orange

Brown

Green

Red

Blue

F-10

F-14

F-16

F-18

F-20

F-21+

M-21+

F-12

M-14

M-16

F55+

F35+

M-20

M-10

F-Yellow

F-Orange

F60+

F40+

M35+

M-12

M-Yellow

M-Orange

F65+

F45+

M40+

M/F White

   

F70+

F50+

M45+

 

 

 

F75+

m-18

M-Red

 

 

 

F80+

M50+

 

F85+

M55+

 

 

 

F90+

M60+

 

 

 

 

 

M65+

M-GReen

 

 

 

 

 

M70+

F-Green

 

 

 

 

 

M75+

 

 

 

 

 

 

M80+

 

 

 

 

 

 

M85+

 

 

 

 

 

 

M90+

 

 

 

 

 

 

F-Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

M-Brown

 

 

 

Map & Course Notes

Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation

a forested Boy Scout camp

  • Vegetation - predominantly open hardwood forest, with a few clearings, and some detailed thicker vegetation.
  • Water features - only a few small streams, but a number of dry (brown) ditches.
  • Rock - no large rock features, a few boulders, and possibly no cliffs, some areas of stony ground, but often below the threshold for mapping.
  • Topography - a gently sloping hillside with only a few significant contour features.
  • Manmade features - a dense and complex trail network, ranging from dirt roads to narrow paths, many manmade camp related features, including  buildings, pavilions and misc. objects, the most numerous being tent platforms (small black squares)
  • Summary - We expect  Hawk Mtn Scout Res to be a technical sprint venue, not related to control sites, but with very challenging en-route navigation, involving many route choices and decision points.
  • Map - New 1:5,000 scale, 5m contours, improved ISOM map, lidar base map by Eddie Bergeron and Greg Balter, fieldwork and drafting, by Vladimir Zherdev, completed in June 2016, with revisions by Sam Kolins 2017.

Link to previous map- Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation
Map sample taken from anticipated OB terrain.

Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls
White 1.1 45 10
Yellow 1.5 50 11
Orange 1.8 55 11
Brown 1.7 55 10
Green 2.1 60 11
Red 2.3 70 13
Blue 2.8 90 15

 


Berks Campus of Penn State University

a mixed-landscape suburban college campus.

  • Vegetation- a combination of paved surfaces, open mowed grass, and forest. The forest tends to have thicker vegetation, but with some limited areas of good running.
  • Water features- none, unless you count stormwater structures or ornamental features.
  • Rock-  a few cliffs and boulders, mostly small.
  • Topography- rolling, but not especially detailed.
  • Manmade features- for a college campus, only a moderate density of buildings, pavement, and associated objects. A few unpaved trails. Evidence of features (buildings, garden plantations) from the previous estate.
  • Summary- The PSU Berks Campus should provide fast, enjoyable running and pleasant aesthetics.
  • Map- New 1:5,000 scale, 2.5m contours, ISSOM map. lidar base map by Ed Despard, augmented by Vladimir Zherdev using Google Street View. Fieldwork and drafting by Vladimir Zherdev, completed December 2016.
Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls
White 1.16 18 10
Yellow 1.55 35 9
Orange 1.77 32 11
Brown 1.87 47 13
Green 2.08 47 15
Red 2.43 50 14
Blue 2.69 60 16

 


Mount Penn  

a forested hill mass overlooking the City of Reading
Click here for some photos of the area taken by the course setter.

  • Vegetation - predominantly hardwood forest, much with above average visibility, especially in autumn leaf-off conditions, but also a variety of understory vegetation of varying thicknesses. There have been many vegetation changes since the previous mapping, with a general  trend to more open vegetation.
  • Rock - many rock features, but mostly small, including numerous stony areas, mostly mapped as stony ground. Many small boulders, but only a few areas with larger boulder and boulder field detail. A few cliff features.
  • Water features - a couple clusters of small streams and marshes, but mostly very little surface water.
  • Topography - mostly gentle to moderate meandering slopes, except for the steep west facing slope towards the city.  Only a few prominent topo details.  
  • Manmade features - Most important is the trail network, which was already moderately dense  on the original map. Since then a whole additional trail network has been created, primarily by mountain bikers, characterized by often indirect, meandering shapes, adding complexity to route choices.
    Arguably less important, but perhaps more interesting is the abundance of historic artifacts, related to the proximity to the City of Reading. This includes features related to industrial activity, as well as a colorful history of resorts and speakeasies. This has left us with quarries,  the abandoned gravity railroad  (map & photos), cold cellars, springhouses, charcoal terraces, The Pagoda, The Fire Tower, logging related trails and roadbeds that when sloping, have evolved into ditches,  some scenic roadways (Skyline Drive, and Duryea Drive) and many assorted ruins, such as Kuechler's Roost.
  • Summary -This Mount Penn terrain doesn’t have extreme technical difficulty, but the trail network is likely to provide many route choice opportunities. The busing plans will allow a high elevation Start and a much lower elevation Finish, which will likely create plenty of net downhill, with limited climb, especially for the shorter courses.
  • Map - New 1:10000 scale, 5m contours, ISOM, lidar base map by and initial mapping by Greg Balter in 2015, with extensive additional fieldwork and drafting by Vladimir Zherdev completed in 2017.
    Special note. The maps for Mount Penn’s BrownX and BrownY courses will be at 1:7500 scale, 5m contours.

Previous maps of  Mt Penn Antietam and Mt Penn Pagoda
For some high adrenaline photo-O, check out these videos- Duryea Hillclimb crash or, Duryea Hillclimb (no crash) and Duryea Downhill crash, or Duryea Downhill (no crash). Hint- use the Mt Penn Pagoda map.

Course Length (km) Climb (m) Controls
White 2.8 25 14
Yellow 4.2 85 14
Orange 5.1 130 13
BrownX 4.4 85 11
BrownY 3.7 65 11
GreenX 6.2 180 15
GreenY 5.2 155 12
Red 9.5 305 21
Blue 12.4 415 26

 

Accommodations

The Event Hotel is the Days Inn, Wyomissing, 910 Woodland Rd, Reading, PA 19610.

  • There is a discounted group booking. Double-bedded room rates (full beds) are $74 + 11% tax.
  • These rates include a free breakfast (both hot and cold options are offered).
  • The hotel reserves the right to sell off unused group booking rooms if they are not taken by October 5th.
  • For reservations, call (610) 374-1500, and ask for the group rate, mentioning the ‘orienteering group booking”, and the dates.

Accommodation is also available at The Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road, Wyomissing, Reading, PA 19610.

  • There is a discounted group booking. Double-bedded (full beds) rooms and king-sized bed room rates are $79 + 11% tax.
  • Breakfast is available for purchase at The Publick House Restaurant.
  • Reservations must be made by October 5th in order to receive the discounted group rate.
  • For reservations, call (610) 372-7811, and ask for the group rate, mentioning the ‘orienteering group booking”, and the dates.

Saturday and Sunday lunch

A boxed lunch will be available at Penn State, for $9.00. Depending on availability, this will include either turkey/provolone, or roast beef/cheddar or ham/swiss on a Kaiser roll, chips or pretzels, 2 cookies, hand fruit/a bag of apple slices, a can of soda/16.9oz water.
Or for $11.00, as above, with a salad.

Saturday Evening Dinner

Location: Penn State Berks Campus. From the entrance to the campus, follow the road signs.
The buffet meal will include options such as: fried ravioli with marinara dipping sauce, macaroni and cheese bites, BBQ or Asian Teriyaki grilled chicken on skewers, samosas, fresh fruit kebobs, bite-size cheesecakes, coffee, sodas.
Cost: $16 per person ($10 for children 10 years and younger)
Note that alcoholic beverages are prohibited on Pennsylvania State University property.

Souvenir T-Shirts

Commemorative shirts (short-sleeved performance, sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL) will be available for $16 per shirt.
Design:

SI-Card Rental

SI card rental is available for $3 per day with a $40 replacement fee if not returned.

Other

Child Care
There will be no pre-set childcare available. Special arrangements can be made on an individual basis, with advanced notice to the Event Director no later than October 22nd.  Please email the Registrar.

Alcoholic beverages
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation and on the Pennsylvania State University campus.

Dogs
Per OUSA ‘Rules for Foot Orienteering Events’, Section A.33.9, “Competitors shall not have any animals accompanying them on the course. Additionally, in order to ensure the safety of the competitors, and to avoid any possible distractions, dogs are prohibited from the Start and Finish areas, and from the arena”.
At Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation, dogs (whether on a leash or not) are prohibited at all times because of hygiene concerns.
At Penn State Berks Campus and Mt. Penn, all dogs are to be kept on a lead at all times.
(All identified and documented service dogs are of course permitted.)

Toilets
Saturday. At both event sites, toilets will be available at the event parking areas, which are close to the Starts.
Sunday. Toilets will be available at the event parking, the bus drop-off area, and the Finish. 

Warm-up clothing
For the Saturday Sprints at both Hawk Mountain and Penn State Berks, warmup clothing can be left in vehicles at the parking areas.
For Sunday, warmup clothing may be left at the bus drop-off point, and will be transported to the Finish. (For post-event lost property, contact the Registrar).

Directions to Event Parking

Saturday morning Sprint at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation. (40.543447, -76.229757)
From the SE or NW on Route 78, turn north on Rte. 183 for six miles, following the ‘O’ signs.
From the South, Hawk Mountain is 20 miles north of Route 222, and 24 miles from the Day’s Inn, and from Reading. Go north on Route 222, and follow Route 183 north towards Bernville and Strausstown, and follow the ‘O’ signs.

From the East-West turnpike Route 276, turn north on I-176 N (Mile 298). Turn onto Route 422 and then Route 222. Follow Route 183 north towards Bernville and Strausstown, and then follow the ‘O’ signs.

From Hawk Mountain, drive (23 miles, 32 minutes) to Penn State Berks Campus, via Rte. 183 S, before merging onto US-222 S. Go two miles and take the Broadcasting Rd exit.

Saturday afternoon Sprint at Penn State Berks (Students Parking Lot). (40.361167, -75.974204) The parking area for the Sprint is the Penn State Berks Students Parking lot. Driving directions can be found here.

Sunday, Long event.
The parking area is at the Penn State Berks Students Parking Lot campus (40.361167, -75.974204), ready for busing to the Start (23 minutes, with a 5-7 minute walk to the Start), and back from the Finish (25 minutes).

Driving directions to Penn State Berks Students Parking Lot can be found here.