Combat Village

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January 26

Updated 1/24:Terrain conditions as reported by VA/VP John Baker: Pretty runnable, over all! A little slow due to snow, but features are visible, even cairns, rocky ground. Snow is 1-2" in most places, compressible and showing footprints. Vegetation sometimes thicker than mapped, but still some nice white woods to be had. Some open woods have shin high briars or limited visibility due to pine saplings. Intermittent streams/marshes are all squishy under icy crust... Enough to know you're there, but not soak your feet. Creeks are iced over, but cross able on rock/deadfall. Speaking of which, lots of unmapped deadfall--shocker. Mostly very good visibility with the snow, but it is difficult to notice trails and rides until you are directly on top of them (or viewing abeam). NOTE: The Green and Brown courses will not have water at any controls. Bring your own if you anticipate needing it.

Updated 1/22: Course notes, course lengths, and an updated driving map are now all available (below). Attendees over 17 should have a picture ID to show at the MP gate, and each vehicle needs proof of registration and insurance. If your name is on this list, or you have a valid military or CAC ID, plan on coming and look forward to a fine adventure on the Quantico Marine Base. If not, sorry, you won't gain admittance, but why not register now for next week's Greenbelt event?

QOC returns to this classic terrain, and as those who were at our last event here will attest, time has treated this terrain (and our map) surprisingly well. Due to our permit conditions, we must submit a list of all potential attendees for them to be on the Sentry Guard's list on event day. Note to those with a valid CAC or military ID: signing up in advance is optional, since you are already authorized to enter the Base ... and you qualify for member (discounted) registration rates, so make sure to tell the registration volunteers that when you pay for your course. Allow 10 - 15 minutes to drive on base, and a few minutes to go through the Entrance; registration at our event site will be as usual from 10:45am - 1:15pm, start anytime between 11 - 1:30, and make sure to be back at the Finish to download no later than 3pm.

The sign up procedure is now closed. If you correctly submitted all of the requested information, your name will be on the 'Approved to Enter the Base' list ... and if not, not. Signing up to enter the Base is free and non-binding. Note that while all adults must provide their Social Security Number, birth date and place of birth (city/state if US-born, just country if not born in the US), the public list of attendees only shows participant names.

On the day of the event, once inside the Base, participants will head to the Registration/Start/Finish area where they can choose their course and pay the usual QOC event/registration fee. Courses will be the full set from white/beginner through blue/advanced, designed by Bob Turbyfill - have we mentioned that he and fellow QOC member Chuck Ferguson are the authors of the fine new book, Discovering Orienteering?

Youth groups and large groups: please contact us by January 5 with a spreadsheet containing the information requested above (including SSN for adults, but just name and place of birth if non-US for under 18's) for each person in your group, and we will add it to the Sentry Gate list. By Jan. 24, please send in the standard group registration and waiver form as indicated on our Group Leaders page. That form will be used for the actual course registration, and you can pay the corresponding (group) registration fee at the event site.

Nearby Attraction: The National Museum of the Marine Corps is open from 9am - 5pm everyday, and admission is free to this impressive $60 million structure. Upstairs there's also the Tun Tavern, styled after the original one in Philly, and open from 11 - 4.

Have any questions? Just use our handy Contact Us form.

Disclaimer: This event is not an official event of, and is not endorsed or sponsored by the Federal Government, Department of Defense, United States Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Base Quantico.


Quantico Marine Corps Base (MCBQ), Combat Village (Classic Orienteering)

RegistrationNow Closed. You'll be able to get on the base to attend our event if and only if (1) you provided all requested information when you signed up in advance, or (2) you have a valid CAC or military ID.
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSunday, January 26
10:45 amClassic Orienteering: Registration opens
11:00 amClassic Orienteering: Start window opens
1:15 pmClassic Orienteering: Registration closes
1:30 pmClassic Orienteering: Start window closes
3:00 pmClassic Orienteering: Courses close - all participants must report to the finish and download by this time
Event Director:Dave Levine
Course Designer:Bob Turbyfill
Location Details

Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering, Classic Orienteering
Quantico Marine Corps Base (MCBQ)
Combat Village
Google Map

Near the Stafford/Prince William County line, take I-95 Exit 148. Go west as you exit the interstate, and proceed about 1.3 miles on Russell Rd/MCB-1 to the guard station (after the traffic light). You will need to show government-issued photo ID there, and say that you are attending QOC's orienteering event. Only pre-registered participants will be allowed on base. Once through the gates, follow QOC signs to the event area. You may not drive on any other roads. A directional map in PDF format to LZ Peregrine (our registration area) is available here.
Course DetailsClassic Orienteering
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 23510
Yellow 3.36511
Orange 4.81509
Brown 4.31606
Green 5.61507
Red 6.82109
Blue 8.827511
Course NotesClassic Orienteering

Be ready for an adventure! The map is still reasonably good, but with a mix of snow, ice and melting ice on the ground, the courses will be challenging. This is not a good event to try a more difficult course than you have been doing previously. Warning for all courses: beaver activity near some streams has left sharp (small) tree trunks sticking straight up a foot or two - don't run near these since a fall could lead to a nasty impalement.

White & Yellow Courses: Watch for streamered sections. Map scale 1:7500.
Orange Course: A mix of intermediate and advanced legs. Map scale 1:10000.
Brown & Green Courses: Map scale 1:10000.
Red Course: You'll need to flip your map over mid-course. Map scale on both sides is 1:10000.
Blue Course: Map scale 1:15000. Your map will show one dangerous/out-of-bounds area that denotes a clump of razor wire. The optimal route to the control located ~150m away does not take you near it, but we will nonetheless flag it with hazard tape.

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
Epunch Owner $5 $5 $10 $5
Epunch Borrower $10 $5 $15 $10

Team or Group Entries

Participants are welcome to compete together as a single team entry. Teams containing one or more nonmembers are charged the nonmember individual rate. Teams containing one or more adults are charged the adult individual rate. For teams to receive member or junior rates, all members of the team must be members or juniors, respectively. Each extra team map beyond the first is an additional $2. Individuals or teams desiring to compete on a second course can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map.

Important Notes
  • Special for this event: Military personnel receive member rates.
  • At the event, we can only accept payment in cash or check; online, you may use a credit card or PayPal account.
  • You may become a member at the event or by joining online via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch pay a higher entry fee (see above), which includes the loan of an epunch for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) are usually available for sale at each event as described here.
  • 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 or epunch.
  • For additional safety, whistles are available for sale at $1/each.
  • Free beginner instruction is always available - just ask at the registration table.