Intro to Orienteering - Pohick Bay

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September 8


ATTENTION: VENUE CHANGE from Mason Neck to nearby Pohick Bay

Quantico Orienteering Club invites all newcomers to join us for an "INTRODUCTION TO ORIENTEERING” as we gear up for our 2018-2019 season. As we have for the past few years, we are hosting two purely beginner-oriented events: this one at Pohick Bay Regional Park (VA) and another in Maryland taking place on Saturday, July 14 at Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD.

These will be FREE beginner-only orienteering events for all ages - from children to adults. For anyone who has ever wanted to try orienteering, or just wondered what it is, here's the chance to come out and give it a go. Those of you who are already seasoned orienteers, please feel free to invite your co-workers and friends out to experience that activity you're always telling them about.

Participants will learn the basics of orienteering from experienced instructors and then apply their newly acquired skills on a beginner level orienteering course (either a White or Yellow course) that same day. Registration opens at 10:00 AM and instruction will be offered approximately every 20 minutes beginning at 10:20 AM and running through 12:00 PM. Participants can either orienteer solo, or in small groups of their own choosing. All participants will have until 1:30 PM to complete their course.

The only equipment you'll need to bring is your brain, some active clothing/sportswear, a comfortable pair of athletic shoes, and a watch. Compasses will be available, but please bring your own if you have one. Participants may also want to bring along extra water or beverages, though there will be plenty of water on the course and at the start/finish/instructional area.

Pre-registration is now open here and is encouraged to ensure map availability. Need a Locator Map of the registration & start area? Click here.



Pohick Bay Regional Park, Pavilion 3, Lorton, VA (Beginner)

RegistrationPre-registration is now open here and is encouraged to ensure your spot and to speed up check-in. On-site registration will also be open from 10:00 am to 12:00pm, pending space availability.
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSaturday, September 8
10:20 am - 1:30 pmBeginner:
Event Director:Heidi Onkst
Course Designer:David Onkst
Location Details

Pohick Bay Regional Park
Pavilion 3
Lorton, VA
Google Map

From southbound I-95, take exit 163 (Lorton). Go left onto Lorton Rd at the end of exit ramp. Go under the 2nd overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St (Z-pizza is in the shopping center on the left), then go about 1.5 miles to the traffic light at Route 1. Go straight through light (the road name changes to Gunston Rd) and go about 4 miles to the park entrance on left.
Per a generous agreement with the Park, those attending this event do NOT need to pay the regular park entrance fee; QOC will cover a nominal fee for each participant. After passing through the gate, continue down the main park road to the end and park in the LARGE lots to the west (by the boat launches). Walk about ~125 meters to Shelter 3, which is on the east side of the main entrance road (look for the QOC banner).
Course DetailsBeginner
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
Short Training 3.7256
White 310013
Yellow 412015
Course NotesBeginner

White Course: All on trails. Best option for adults and families with no or limited orienteering/navigational experience.

Yellow Course: Longer, some off-trail controls but with linear features to follow. Good option for adults with older children and some navigation/orienteering experience, adventure racers and hikers.

Entry Fees
  • This event will be free of charge.
  • Electronic timing will be used. We will provide you with an electronic timing chip (aka e-stick, finger dibber, or SI-card) for free if you don't own one. Loaned e-sticks that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (driver's license or car keys) when borrowing a compass.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.