Patapsco Glen Artney

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March 13

Sorry folks but this event has been CANCELED.

Permits have been received for the event! However, the weather may drive us to cancelation. As of Wednesday 7pm we are watching the forecast closely. As you’ll see in the notes below, Patapsco Valley State Park has a strict rain policy and the forecast does not bode well.
The event team will make a call no later than Friday am to open registration or to cancel the event. Also note that registration will be limited to 200 total participants, which is a condition of our permit. Details will be provided when/if registration opens.

Remember to set any clocks needing manual adjustment forward 1 hour as of 2am (Sunday March 13)!

Welcome back to the Glen Artney area of the Patapsco Valley State Park system. Course setters Glenn Pastel and Addie Nolan have designed a full set of courses (and detailed course and map notes are now posted below), applicable to all skill levels, which we hope you will come out and enjoy.

Parking and registration will be in the commuter parking lot at the intersection of S. Rolling Road and Rte. 166. Port-a-potties can be found at the registration site.

Important Note: Patapsco Valley State Park has a strict rain policy, which will force us to postpone or cancel the event in case of more than 1/4” of rain within the 24 hours preceding the event. Please check this webpage for possible cancellation notices before traveling to the meet if rain has been falling in the preceding 24+ hours as forecast. If we are forced to cancel this event after registration has opened, we will fully refund all entry fees.

ARDF Radio Orienteering Course: We will also be offering a ten-control Fox-O radio-direction-finding (ARDF) orienteering course designed by Mike Kholodov, a perfect complement to your classic course for those who would like to try a new orienteering experience. Click here for more details.

Safety Notes:

  • The parking lot itself is an active traffic area, occasionally used by tour busses to pick up and drop of passengers.
  • The start and finish for the courses will be in the park itself, across South Rolling Road from the parking lot. To get to the start and to return to the registration/download desk you will need to cross S. Rolling Road. The road carries regular traffic traveling at speeds of 40 mph or above. Please exercise great CAUTION when crossing the road. PARENTS & COACHES: please keep children under close supervision. You are responsible for your own and your group’s safety.
COVID Risk Reduction Protocols:

As with all 2021-2022 QOC events, this event requires pre-registration via the link below. QOC’s COVID risk reduction protocols, as also enumerated somewhat here, are in effect. Please read these guidelines carefully. Key points:

  • PROPERLY WORN MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED at all times when near registration, epunch and any other areas or queues where volunteers and/or participants are congregating.
  • No water will be provided. Provide for your own hydration needs before, during, and after the event.
  • There is no planned, on-site beginner instruction, but beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst.
  • There will be eight 15 minute check-in windows followed by two 45min windows (as for most QOC events this season).
Other points:
  • Any large groups planning to attend the event or anyone with questions please contact the Event Director.
  • There are no pavilions or park shelters at this registration/parking, which is located at the Catonsville Park and Ride.
  • Bring appropriate clothing for winter conditions.
  • The size of start teams (groups of individuals orienteering together with one e-punch) on a course must be no more than four (4) individuals (juniors and adults combined).
  • Port-a-johns will be located next to the parking area.
  • Pets are permitted in the park but must be leashed at all times.
  • You're Invited! QOC veteran Sidney Sachs will host a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 8pm to review selected course legs and analyze the routes various orienteers took. Please contact Sidney Sachs for the invite link.


Patapsco Valley State Park, Glen Artney, Catonsville, MD (Classic)

RegistrationThis event has been canceled.
Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSunday, March 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:John Landers
Course Designer:Glenn Pastel
Course Designer:Addie Nolan
Location Details

Patapsco Valley State Park
Glen Artney
Catonsville, MD
Google Map

Find the large parking area where the northwest end of I-195 meets South Rolling Road just west of I-95 and you'll be there. To put it another way, head to BWI Airport on I-95, but instead of taking the I-195 connector east to the airport, head the opposite way (west) and in less than 1 mile from I-95 you'll be at the correct parking area.
Course DetailsClassic
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
White 2.6857
Yellow 2.7958
Orange 3.71659
Beige 3.71359
Brown 4.21609
Green 4.91859
Red 7.538014
Blue 9.647519
ARDF 4.920010
Course NotesClassic

Glen Artney might just be the greenest park in QOC's repertoire but the course setters have tried to keep orienteers away from the northern areas of the park which are overgrown with thorns and brambles. There are plenty of new rootstocks and mountain biking trails including a rerouting of the soapstone tail. The private property boundary overlapping the soapstone trail has been recently remapped. Please avoid the private property boundary lines. It would also be wise to avoid navigating by the rootstocks on the map.

We hope that you enjoy running these courses and we would welcome any feedback on how to improve your experience as a participant. Thank you for supporting QOC and coming out to Glen Artney.

Also, a shout out to the many volunteers that helped streamer and remap the park!

Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
$10 $5 $20 $5

Group Entries

Participants are welcome to orienteer together as a group (up to the maximum for that event; usually 4). Each member of a group is charged their individual rate as shown above, up to a group total of $30 (maximum), and each receives a map. A group receives one epunch. Individuals or groups desiring to compete on a second course after completing their first can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map subject to approval at the event by the Event Director.

Important Notes
  • If you wish to become a QOC member you should join online in advance 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 will be loaned one for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) can be purchased from online vendors as described here.
  • Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (such as car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • There is no planned, on-site beginner instruction, but beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst