EMPO Members and Interested Parties--

On Saturday, October 13, Empire OC will be holding its first event of this sort: a traverse from one venue to another, with orienteering legs at the first location, trail/off-trail (and some road) running in between, and more orienteering over the final map. You will use two or three maps, to keep them at typical orienteering scale.

Total length will be around 18k. There will be some climb, but nothing out of the ordinary. More specific details on the splits among orienteering/trail/road leg distances are shown below. These may change somewhat.

Competitors should park at Grafton Lakes State Park, then at 10am take shuttle car or a bus (only one bus, so don’t miss it) down to Pineridge XC Center for the Mass Start at 11am. [If you arrive at Grafton, but miss the cars/bus, you can drive yourself to Pineridge XC, and we will work with you to get you back to your car; but that will be late and slow.] From Pineridge, you will have 5 hours to complete your course. All those completing the course in that time frame will receive a prize (TBD).

No one is allowed to still be on the course after 5 pm. There will be two cut-off points at major road crossings, from which you will not be allowed to continue if you have not reached them by a designated time. There will be vehicles available to bring you back to Grafton (though it may be a while before those vehicles can leave, as they must wait for all competitors to pass through). The time limits for each intermediate station are stated in the table below. These locations will also serve as filling stations, with water, sport-drink, cookies, bananas.

To encourage families, spouses, partners, friends, etc., to come along with those trying this Traverse, we will also offer a Green/Orange type course at Grafton Lakes State Park. And, if we receive enough requests, we will create a White/Yellow course as well, so let me know. These additional courses do not require pre-registration, but send a note to Phil H-T if folks who accompany you are interested in them.

The Traverse requires pre-registration, and all courses will be SI-only (if you need an SI stick, we will have them for rent at $2). Prices for the event:

Traverse: $35 ($20 for EMPO members)
Registration / Waiver form must be completed and mailed with a check (payable to Empire Orienteering Club) to Phil by COB 10/7/2018. Mailing address is on the form.
NB: Prices may have be adjusted to cover costs of the bus or other transport options, which is not yet finalized.*
Recreational courses: (payable at the event, but please let Phil know which course/s you're interested in)
Orange/Green course $10 ($5 for EMPO Members)
White/Yellow course $5 for anyone

In order to keep costs down for our initial event of this type, EMPO will not be offering anything like a ROGAINE-style hash house food operation at the finish. There will be water, sport-drink, cookies, pretzels, bananas, apples. If the weather is cold, we will consider adding some hot food and drink.

-Phil H-T
v. 2018-09-09

* If you register and pay before the need for a bus is finalized, you will be safe from any price adjustment.


Section Map Scale Cut-off Km Climb Orienteering Footpath
Pineridge XC 1:10000 2 hrs 6.2 140m 6.2        
Pineridge to
1:20000 4 hrs 8.0 100m   3.0 2.25 2.0 0.75
Grafton Lakes
1:10000 6 hrs 4.0 90m 4.0        

** N of Fifty-Six Road at Pineridge, to N of Johnson Rd at Grafton Lakes