Regional Clubs

  NTOA
(North Texas Orienteering Association) 
  HOC
(Houston Orienteering Club)
  ALTOS
(ArkLaTex Orienteering Society)
  NMO
(New Mexico Orienteering) 

Orienteering Organizations

  Orienteering USA
(United States Orienteering Federation) 
  IOF
(International Orienteering Federation) 

 

McKinney Falls State Park - January 29, 2022

This event is limited to 235 participants - Online Registration and Payment are required. Registrations without a corresponding payment are not valid. The number of maps with preprinted courses is based upon online registration numbers.

 

EVENT 1: STANDARD (Point to Point)

Courses Available:

  • White (Beginner) - (2-3 Km, Easy)
  • Yellow (Beginner) - (3-5 Km, Easy to Medium)
  • Orange (Intermediate) - (4-7 Km, Medium)
  • Red (Advanced) - (6-10 Km, Hard)

Course Time Limit – 3 hours

Punching

  • Manual Punch for White and Yellow courses and Non-Competitive Orienteers/Groups.
  • E-Punch is required for Competitive Orienteers running the Orange or Red course.
  • If you do not have an E-Punch (SI Card), you may rent one for $5 via the registration page (limited supply).
  • If you are interested in purchasing your own E-Punch (SI Card), please visit SPORTident website at http://sportident.us

 

EVENT 2: NIGHT-O (Score-O)

  • Mass start at 6:00 pm, 1 hr time limit.
  • Start and Finish TBD.

Required Items: Flashlight/head lamp, Cell phone, Watch, Liability Waiver (signed by parent/guardian if under 18).  All participants under 18 must have their liability waiver signed by their parent/guardian. Participants will have one hour to find as many control points as possible and return to the start. All participants must finish by 7:00 pm. As safety is a concern there is a no tolerance policy for late returns. Anyone returning after 7:00 pm will be disqualified. Each control point will be worth one point. Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Competitors can go as a team or as an individual; Participants under 18 must be on a team.

 

Schedule

Standard (Point-to-Point)

9:00 am – 11:00 am 

Registration / Check-In

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Beginner Orienteering Class

10:00 am

First Start

12:00 am

Last Start

3:00 pm

Courses Closed. All participants must have returned to Finish.

2:30 pm

Awards Ceremony

NIGHT-O

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Registration / Check-In

5:50 pm

Map Handout

6:00 pm

Mass Start

7:00 pm

Finish

7:15 pm

Awards Ceremony

7:30 pm

Control Pick-up

 

 

Map – 1:7500, 2.5m contour interval

Meet Contact Person: Radu Greavu, radu.greavu@gmail.com

Course Setter:  Dennis Wilkinson, dennis.m.wilkinson@gmail.com

Location – McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX  78744

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION - OPEN

STEP #1: Login & Register (closes at 8 pm on January 27, 2022)

STEP #2: PAYMENT

Pay online with a Credit Card or PayPal account. See PayPal links in the "Online Payment" section below.

 

ENTRY FEES

Registration

Junior (-18)

Adult (19+)

AOC Member Discount

Standard (Point to Point)

$10

$12

$2

E-Punch Rental

$5

$5

N/A

Non-Competitive/Map Hike

$5

$5

$2

Night-O

$5

$5

N/A

 E-Punch (SI Card) rental, not returned: Replacement fee $30

 

STEP #3: WAIVER

  • All participants (individual competitors and each member of a group) must complete an Entry Waiver. If the participant is under 18, the waiver must be signed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Those without a completed waiver will not be permitted to participate in the event.
  • To save time on the event day, complete the waiver in pen and bring it with you to the event.

 

For assistance with the registration and payment, please contact Radu Greavu at radu.greavu@gmail.com.

Course Setter Notes

Having recently moved (back) here after years out of the state, it's my pleasure to course set in Texas for the first time. Hope you enjoy running the courses as much as I did setting them!

McKinney Falls is a beautiful and interesting park with varied terrain. Besides the iconic bare rock along the creek, there are nice cliffs, many small streams and ditches, fast open forest in places, and other (not as fast) areas with an interestingly confusing mix of open land, undergrowth, and forest of varying thickness.

Map: The map has been newly updated by Nancy Bowers, and I can tell you it is a huge improvement!  I scouted on the old map and set on the new, and there is a world of difference. The trails make more sense now, though, there are still quite a few volunteer trails at McKinney which may not all be perfectly mapped. Off-trail, some of the areas of featureless white or light green forest have been updated with a lot more detail. This allows for more fun control placements :).  Also there are stands of small trees which have filled in some of the forest, and these have been largely (though not completely, of course) updated. Be aware that the contour interval is 2.5m, which is very small.

Courses: For the beginner courses I tried to visit scenic areas of the park and create courses that were interesting and fair. The length is typical. That said, because the map has a lot of detail in places, as well as a relatively dense network of official and non-official trails, navigation could be a bit trickier than usual at times. Be careful! The yellow course gives you a couple opportunities to short-cut off trail. If this is your plan, you might want to wear long pants and good shoes.

The orange course has a mix of easier and more difficult control placements. Where the control is harder to find, I tried to provide a good way to attack. The orange course has mostly longer legs, and there will be some trail and road running in between periods requiring more careful navigation.

The red course is designed with fine navigation and off-trail travel in mind. I wouldn't call it a runner's course, though you will have some chances to stretch your legs, especially if you make less aggressive route choices. The length is moderate for red, and the park is largely flat, but some of the areas at McKinney are relatively tricky, so plan for that.

Finally, for the night-O, there will be 20 reflective controls scattered through the park. You have one hour to find as many as possible. Fifteen of them are worth one point, while five are worth 2. The 2-pointers are more difficult locations. How many can you find?

Terrain notes: As mentioned above, the contour interval is 2.5 meters. Away from the creek, McKinney Falls is not hilly at all. There are almost no impassibly steep hillsides, even when the contours seem very close together near the creek. Only the larger cliffs really block you - and these can be quite high, so be careful.

There is less cat briar at McKinney than in some other Central Texas parks, but perhaps more cactus. I tried to avoid the worst areas of cactus, but you'll definitely be dodging it. There is also the typical Texas brushy undergrowth in places. Long pants, gaiters, and good shoes are strongly recommended for the advanced courses.

The difference between dotted yellow, white, light green, and darker green forest is not always obvious. I only used "vegetation boundary" between dotted yellow and green for control locations if the boundary was relatively clear. Also, medium and even dark green forest is definitely passable at McKinney. If you hunch over and/or weave around, you can even run a bit :). Dark green is often used to denote cedar forest. I used "thicket" for controls at the edge of one of the stands of cedars, sometimes with brambles interspersed, that are mapped as dark green blobs.

Out of bounds: McKinney Falls' campsites are virtually full every night. These areas, as well as the park maintenance areas, are out of bounds and are marked with bright red slash on your map. The courses are set so that you have no good reason to go into these areas; that said, be sure to stay in bounds and don't disturb the campers! We love having events at McKinney Falls, so please help us maintain a good relationship with the park and its rangers.

Swimming: Finally, as you probably know, McKinney Falls has a large and very picturesque creek running through it, Onion Creek. Though some controls are located right on the creek's edge, you will not need to cross it in your courses. So no swimming or wading this year. Any polar bear plungers can jump off the rocks after the event is over :).

Directions from North Austin:   Take highway 35 south through downtown Austin to eastbound highway 71.  Go 0.9 miles on Highway 71 and take the Montopolis Dr exit.  Go 0.5 miles and turn right on Chapman Lane (this is before Montopolis Dr.).  In 0.2 miles turn left onto Burleson Rd.  Follow Burleson Rd for 2.3 miles and turn right onto McKinney Falls Parkway.  The park entrance is 1.8 miles down on the right.  Once in the park follow the signs to the registration area.  On Saturday the registration area will be the second right after entering the park and the first right after that.  If you wish to bypass downtown Austin (i.e. it is a game day and the traffic is bad), then you can take 183 east and 1.9 miles after the 71 interchange turn right onto McKinney Falls parkway and follow the directions noted under the directions from Houston the last few miles to the park.

Directions from South Austin:  Take Highway 35 north to eastbound highway 71.  Go 0.9 miles on Highway 71 and take the Montopolis Dr exit.  Go 0.5 miles and turn right on Chapman Lane (this is before Montopolis Dr.).  In 0.2 miles turn left onto Burleson Rd.  Follow Burleson Rd for 2.3 miles and turn right onto McKinney Falls Parkway.  The park entrance is 1.8 miles down on the right.  Once in the park follow the signs to the registration area.  On Saturday the registration area will be the second right after entering the park and the first right after that.

Camping: Camping and trailer sites are available in the park. For reservations, contact park directly at 512-389-8900.