Hemlock Overlook

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November 8

Hemlock photo by Jan Allbeck Welcome back to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park - this time for the day event! We'll have a full set of courses, from beginner to advanced. Many controls are shared with the Night-O courses, and some courses are shared, so you have a chance to run either the same or a different course during the day compared to the night. Course stats are now posted below.

Event timing will be standard: register anytime between 10:45 - 1:15, start between 11 - 1:30, and be back before the controls start being picked up at 3pm. Course and map details are below. Dogs on leash are welcome at this park; please do not let your dog(s) run off leash.

Map scale is 1:7500 for White, Yellow, Orange, Beige and Brown courses; it is 1:10,000 for Green, Red and Blue.

Any youth or large groups attending this event should contact the Event Director so that we can coordinate pre-registration for your group; the group registration and waiver form is part of the information on our Group Leaders page.

Note: our next event on Sunday, Nov. 15 is the Mid-Atlantic Championships and it requires pre-registration. All QOC members are encouraged to attend to help us win the coveted Broken Compass Award - read about the event here and then please pre-register!


Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Hemlock Pavilion, Clifton, VA (Classic)

RegistrationNo advance registration required. Just show up and have fun!
Start TimesYou may start your course at any time during the start window listed below for your event.
ScheduleSunday, November 8
11:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Gary Smith
Course Designer:Daniel Heimgartner
Location Details

Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
Hemlock Pavilion
Clifton, VA
Google Map

From Clifton VA, take Main Street (route 641) south for 1 mile. Then go right onto Yates Ford Road and drive to the end (about 2 miles). Note: Please drive carefully along Yates Ford Road - it is narrow in some places, and one section has a 15mph speed limit.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.6607
Yellow 2.81009
Orange 3.31209
Beige 2.61507
Brown 41407
Green 5.522010
Red 7.524013
Blue 9.126016
Course NotesClassic

Since most of the controls are used for both the Night and Day events, they will have reflectors attached to them. So, if you come to the Sunday meet only, the controls will look a little different than usual - in addition to the bag and the control box there will be a piece of pipe with reflecting tape on it.

As always, be very careful of using the vegetation as a navigation aid. Even though the map is only a year old it has changed quite a lot.

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
  • 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.