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September 8


Update: due to the gratifyingly high level of response, this event is now closed to further participants - we have as many as we can handle. If you'd like to try orienteering, we hope you'll come to one of our remaining events this season, each of which will also offer beginner instruction and courses suitable for beginners.

Quantico Orienteering Club invites all newcomers to join us for an "INTRODUCTION TO ORIENTEERING” as we prepare to kick off our 2013-2014 season. This year we are hosting two purely beginner-oriented events: one in Maryland on Sunday, September 1st at Wheaton Regional Park and this one at which we're pleased to now be able to say instruction will also be available in ASL as well as English.

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 you do. *Note: although our event is free, the park charges a $4/vehicle entrance fee.

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 9:00 AM and instruction will be offered approximately every 20 minutes beginning at 9:20 AM and running through 11:00 AM. Instruction will also be available in ASL throughout this period. Participants can either orienteer solo, or in small groups of their own choosing. All participants will have until 12:30 PM to complete their courses.

The only equipment you'll need to bring is your brain, some active clothing/sportswear, a comfortable pair of athletic shoes, and a watch. 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.

As added bonus, all participants get a free trial membership to the Quantico Orienteering Club through the end of October 2013.

To join us an one of these events, please reserve a spot by emailing the Meet Director, Heidi Onkst and providing first/last name of each participant and which event you will be attending (Wheaton, Mason Neck or both!). The park permits limit these events to a certain number of participants, so please register ASAP.

Looking forward to the start of a great O-Season!


Mason Neck SP, Mason Neck SP, Lorton, VA (Introduction to Orienteering)

RegistrationRegistration is now closed.
Start TimesFirst training session begins at 9:20am. Participants can start course any time after they complete the Introduction to Orienteering training, which will last about 20 minutes. “Out of the Woods” time is 12:30pm
ScheduleSunday, September 8
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIntroduction to Orienteering: Courses open
Location Details

Introduction to Orienteering
Mason Neck SP
Mason Neck SP
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., 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 5 miles to the right turn on High Point Road (it's about 1.2 miles after the Pohick entrance). Once in the park ($10 entrance fee per vehicle), follow the signs towards the Visitor Center. The registration area will be to the left just before the Visitor Center; look for the banner.
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Course DetailsIntroduction to Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 34013
Yellow 3.87015
Course NotesIntroduction to Orienteering

White - all on trails. Best option for adults and families with no or limited orienteering/navigational experience

Yellow - longer, some off trail controls but with linear features to follow. Good option for adults and older children with 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.
  • Free beginner instruction will be available - just ask at the registration table.