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Important Note:

On-site Registration will not be permitted for this event. In addition, we are prohibited for having any involvement dealing with the exchange of money on site (e.g. registration fees), therefore, all payments must be made in advance. There are two options for making a payment:

  1. Pay Online with credit card or PayPal account
  2. Mail in a check or Money Order

Payments must be received prior to the event. If you are a school and would like to make special arrangements, please contact Radu Greavu by email at radu.greavu@gmail.com .

 

Registration moved to Orienteering Online website:

To simplify our processes, registration will be made through the Orienteering Online website. Some benefits of using Orienteering Online include:

  • Create and maintain an orienteering profile that can be easily used to register in orienteering events across the globe;
  • Ability to mass-register club members (for schools, troops, large groups, etc.);
  • Serves as the main registration platform for most international orienteering events;
  • Quick registration to our future events.

If you do not already have an Orienteering Online profile, please register at  http://www.orienteeringonline.net/Register.aspx.

If you are ready to register for this event, go to   http://www.orienteeringonline.net/CompetitionBasicInfo.aspx?CompetitionID=4109

*For schools, troops and large groups, the administrator can create a new club profile as well as add individuals to an orienteering event without having to re-enter their information every time.

If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Radu Greavu at radu.greavu@gmail.com.

 

Events:

1.  Classic Event, Saturday, October 13, 2018

  • White Beginner (Beginner) - Manual Punch (2-3 Km, Easy)
  • Yellow (Beginner) - Manual Punch (3-5 Km, Easy to Medium)
  • Orange (Intermediate) - Manual Punch (4-7 Km, Medium)
  • Green (Advanced) - Electronic Punch (ePunch) (4-7 Km, Hard)

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards to highest score for the day for each category. 

Manual Punch   Electronic Punch (ePunch)
 

 

Map Scale: 1:7500 (Beginner); 1:10000 (Intermediate and Advanced); Contour Interval:  3 m

Meet Contact Person: Jen Harker

Course Setter:  Jen Harker

 

Event Location:  Chalk Ridge Falls Park, 5600 FM 1670, Salado, TX  76571

SATURDAY  
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Check-in/Package Pick-up
9:30 AM Orienteering Class for Beginners
10:00 AM Classic Event First Start
2:00 PM Awards Ceremony
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Bag Pick-up:  Control Bag pick-up.  Meet at the registration area at 3pm.  Return all bags to the registration area. 

Online registration closes at 8 PM on Thursday, October 11 , 2018.

On-site Registration will not be permitted for this event. In addition, we are prohibited for having any involvement dealing with the exchange of money on site (e.g. registration fees), therefore, all payments must be made in advance. There are two options for making a payment:

  1. Pay Online with credit card or PayPal account
  2. Mail in a check or Money Order

Payments must be received prior to the event. If you are a school and would like to make special arrangements, please contact Radu Greavu by email at radu.greavu@gmail.com .

 

Registration moved to Orienteering Online website:

To simplify our processes, registration will be made through the Orienteering Online website. Some benefits of using Orienteering Online include:

  • Create and maintain an orienteering profile that can be easily used to register in orienteering events across the globe;
  • Ability to mass-register club members (for schools, troops, large groups, etc.);
  • Serves as the main registration platform for most international orienteering events;
  • Quick registration to our future events.

If you do not already have an Orienteering Online profile, please register at  http://www.orienteeringonline.net/Register.aspx.

If you are ready to register for this event, go to   http://www.orienteeringonline.net/CompetitionBasicInfo.aspx?CompetitionID=4109

*For schools, troops and large groups, the administrator can create a new club profile as well as add individuals to an orienteering event without having to re-enter their information every time.

If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Radu Greavu at radu.greavu@gmail.com.

Entry Costs:

 

Event

Junior

(<=18)

Adult

(19+)

Map Hiker

(Non-competitive per map)

AOC Member

Discount

  Classic Event Pre-registered

$10

$12

$5

$2

*There are NO REFUNDS, but we can often place other runners on a missing entrant’s card if they have a waiver or hold an account balance until the next event. Make checks payable to AUSTIN ORIENTEERING CLUB.


All participants (individual competitors and each member of a group) must complete an Entry Waiver. To save time on the event day, complete the waiver in pen and bring it with you to the event.

There are NO REFUNDS, but we can often place other runners on a missing entrant’s card if they have a waiver. Make checks payable to AUSTIN ORIENTEERING CLUB.

Those without a completed waiver will not be permitted to participate in the event.

Directions to Chalk Ridge Falls: 

Exit from I-35 and head west on FM 2484 for about one mile. Turn right onto FM 1670 and head north for 3.5 miles. Look for the park entrance on the right. Proceed down the winding driveway to the parking area near the trail head. 

 

Course Setters Notes:  

We are using the scout shelter, north of the river, for headquarters again this year.  When you get to the park, continue through the parking lot to the gated road that goes along the base of the dam.  I will use rope (or maybe a carabiner) to keep the gate closed, but not locked.  Please open the gate, drive through, and close the gate behind you.  Parking will be at the end of the paved road, like last year.

The start will be at the parking area.  We will try to set up the registration table there.  Finish is at the scout shelter, up the dirt road.  The park requests that we do not drive up the dirt road.

Please try to arrive before 10 AM to avoid driving along the dam when most people are starting.  If you do arrive late, please look out for runners, and be especially careful when parking.  Also, be aware that we cannot accept money at this venue, so please prepay using Paypal, or contact Radu to make arrangements.

As of 10/4, the trails in grassy areas are not mowed, have been growing all summer, and are almost invisible with waist high (or higher) grass in the fields. I highly recommend long pants and/or tall gaiters, especially for orange and green courses.  Cactus and thorn vines are common.  There is some poison ivy, especially near water features, but it can be avoided.

The water level in Stillhouse Hollow Lake is still below average, so they are not releasing any water through the dam.  The river is crossable in spots, although only the green course will have a reason to do so.  Other creeks are dry or crossable.  Please stay out of the dried-up pond - as tempting as it is to run across, it is still a mud pit.

Water is available at a control for the white and yellow courses, and convenient to orange and green courses.  We will have water jugs at the finish, as well, but it is otherwise a dry park. You might want to leave a cooler of ice water in your vehicle.  There is an outhouse at the finish, and another back at the public parking area.

All courses cross or run along the main park road.  Look out for traffic on the road.  This park is extremely popular on nice weekends, and people drive fast and park everywhere.

The area is home to rattlesnakes, coral snakes, and water moccasins.  Stay aware and go far around if you spot one.

Course lengths (still subject to change):
White 2.3 km
Yellow 3.3 km
Orange 4.2 km
Green 4.9 km

Miscellaneous Park Info.:  

Chalk Ridge Falls Park is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and is located just upstream from Camp Tahuaya and just below the Stillhouse Hollow Lake dam.  It's entrance is off of  FM 1670 just south of the dam.  The park gates are open from 8am to sunset and they are closed and locked right at sunset.  The parking lot is small and usually fills up with local hikers on weekends.  We will be parking on the north side of the river and will use the road that crosses just below the dam. The gate is normally locked, but we will probably just leave it tied shut and not locked while we are holding the event to make the access easier.  Please close the gate behind you when you enter.  There is a bathroom that is basically a permanent outhouse in the main parking area on the south side of the river and an outhouse near the shelter on the north side which I personally prefer over the main park facility on the south side of the river.

The park is centered around the Lampasas River which flows out of the dam and also encompasses the overflow spillway to the south of the dam.  When they aren't releasing water, the river is not much more than a creek that can be easily crossed (in a couple places without even getting your feet wet), but can be a major torrent if water is being released and some of the lower trails right next to the water can get flooded.  River water levels will be announced just before the event when we have a better idea of the dam release schedule and courses will be adjusted accordingly.  Beginner courses will only cross the river on the road.  A couple streams feed into the river from both the north and south sides of the river.  These streams usually have some water that flows out of caves.  They are usually easy and safe to cross, but if it has rained a lot recently, there may be a lot of water.  The park has limestone beds that have been carved out by the rivers and streams leaving steep cliffs, caves and grottos, wooded hillsides some flat grasslands and open areas and one creek on the north side has been dammed just before it meets the river to for a large pond.  There are a number of trails and some old roads from prior park use and earlier settlers.  The main trail follows the river on the south side and goes by the waterfall that the park is named after and there is a unique suspension footbridge that crosses the creek just below the falls. Some trails are still being built and may not be much more than a cleared path with tree limbs cut but never had much foot traffic to make them obvious.  There are some areas where there is a lot of historic garbage and old roads that are largely overgrown with vegetation.  Most of the park boundaries are fenced and there are only a few partial fences that exist within the park which usually are in need of maintenance and easily crossed.  Occasionally, there is some poison ivy near the creeks/river, but it is easily avoided.

 

Another great description of the Chalk Ridge Falls Park can be found on the Texas Hiking website at http://www.texashiking.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?LocationID=1675

Online Payment

Registration is required via the Online Orienteering website. Payments without a coresponding registration entry are not valid. If the payment is made by an individual other than the participant, please make sure you specify that in the Paypal notes or notify the organizer. 

 

 

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