Partridge Run Meet Notes
Parking and Amenities
- The Registration/Start/Finish area is on Bradt Hollow Road (approximate address: 540 Bradt Hollow Rd., Berne), a bit south of the intersection with High Point Road.
- The parking area is small, so you will likely need to park along Bradt Hollow Rd., and be sure to park on the East side of the road. This is a narrow dirt road, and other vehicles must be able to get through without hitting your car.
- There are NO FACILITIES of any sort anywhere in Partridge Run. Come prepared.
- The area is mostly bounded by roads, and completely by State Land boundaries. The Orange/Yellow/White courses are entirely within the boundary of High Point Road to the north, Bradt Hollow Road to the west and south, and Beaver Road to the East. Red/Green runners will cross west of Bradt Hollow Road and north of High Point Road. Still, for the most part the safety bearing is northwest, as the Start/Finish area is located near the westernmost north-south road (Bradt Hollow Road). If you run into trouble, get to the nearest road, and work back.
- Cell phone coverage exists but is poor (one bar), so do not count on that as a safety feature.
- While turkey hunting season is on, their day ends at Noon, so there should be no hunters as you run. Still, be aware that there could be some hunters “expanding” the rules. However, they have to be very close to their targets, so they are not much of a safety issue. Nonetheless, wearing bright clothing is a good idea.
- It is expected to be warm the day of the meet, and we will be starting in the heat of the day. Due to its elevation PR is substantially cooler than Albany, and even somewhat cooler than downtown Berne, but be prepared to deal with heat. The Red course will have 3 water stops, and the Green and Orange courses will have 2. The White and Yellow courses will not have water stops. Everyone should consider carrying their own water.
- The map is printed at 1:10,000, with 5m contours, printed on “legal” size (8.5 x 14) paper. Because this map is a section of the overall Partridge Run map, the North lines are spaced at 1 kilometer, so there are only two on the map.
- The map uses standard orienteering symbols, but also includes some less common symbols developed by Mark Dominie. There is no legend on the map, but there will be some available at the Start to look over and/or carry with you. Some particular things to note:
a. Trails are shown in black, and their different levels reflect the most common uses of those trails:
- The “vehicle track” symbol is used for wide trails which are mostly intended for snowmobiles;
- The “footpath” symbol is used for trails which are nominally ski trails or hiking trails;
- The “small footpath” and “indistinct footpath” and “narrow ride” symbols all show levels of semi-open paths which are much less likely to have been used by anyone recently.
b. Vegetation as shown on the map is a hybrid:
- It shows some vegetation info produced by the software program “Kartapullautin”; those areas have been minimally checked for vegetation density by me; but I have not as yet observed any big issues while checking the control locations. I would say that generally some places could be mapped more light green than white, as it doesn’t seem to recognize areas with much deadfall or saplings.
- Areas with larger blocks of green have been determined by me to be indeed at least light green, or medium green, as shown on the map.
c. The area is crisscrossed with stonewalls in various stages of ruin. They are mapped at four different levels: solid, ruined, very ruined, linear stony ground. Only the last sort might be hard to notice in places when crossing one (but if you see it, you can follow it, which can be useful).
d. The State land is outlined in Red, with the tag lines pointing towards the State land. This is the only land you are allowed on, but in this section of PR that won’t come into play, except that there is one small “in-holding” shown on the map, which is both surrounded by the red boundary line and marked with the ”Out-of-Bounds” symbol.
- While the map is getting checked and re-checked all the time as I set courses and wander, it has not been completely checked everywhere, as one might expect from a professional mapper. I think I’ve covered most everything along the probable route lines, but I’m sure to have missed things. So, in general, the regular O-map caveat applies: “What’s shown on the map is there; but there may also be other things not shown on the map”. In the case of this map:
a. The most common item not shown will be rootstocks; I have tried to show them in relevant places, but there a zillion of them, and it just gets confusing and boring. Where I found some distinct and separate ones I mapped them, and I mapped a few areas of many clumped together with brown X’s without much care as to the exact placement of each one. Where there is a control on a rootstock, expect it to be exactly mapped.
b. There are also areas with many possible knolls and/or small depressions; I have tried to use a consistent standard on what is mapped, but you may well see some that are not mapped which you think should be shown. Also note that many (but not all) of the mapped knolls are rock, but with much moss and other things growing out of them.
- The ground is actually much drier than usual for this time of year, but expect to get your feet wet. Marshes may be somewhat expanded from how they are mapped (most mapping has been done in the Fall).
- For Red/Green/Orange competitors, there are control description “Clue Sheets” available at Registration/Start, though the descriptions are also printed on front side of the map, using orienteering symbols without English translation. You can look them over before your Start, and ask for definitions if you aren’t familiar with any of them.
- White/Yellow competitors will not have separate “Clue Sheets”, but the descriptions on the map will be in English rather than symbols. These maps will be printed on “letter” size paper (8.5 x 11), rather than “legal” size.
- You MUST check in with the Start/Finish crew if you have been recorded as starting the event, no matter what; we need to be SURE that everyone has returned; this is for YOUR safety, as well as our peace-of-mind.
- If you think you have seen things on the map which should be adjusted, please let me know; I will certainly research areas where anyone has seen something they do not think is correct.
- Have FUN!