Patapsco Glen Artney

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February 19

PVSP Cascase FallsPre-registration is required for this event, and it will open at 6pm on Monday February 13 and close at noon the day before the event, Saturday Feb. 18.

Special Reminder: reg. fees increase Feb. 21 for QOC's Royal Romp March 11-12 event

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.

Rain Policy: 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. UPDATE as of Sat Feb 18: EVENT IS ON!

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

Safety Notes:
1. The parking lot itself is an active traffic area, occasionally used by tour buses to pick up and drop of passengers. 2. 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.

Check in will open about 9:45am and courses will open at 10:00am.

As always, please be off the course no later than 3 pm and remember to download at our e-punch station even if you did not finish. We want to make sure of everyone’s safety and status.

Free Beginner Instruction will be offered, but please reach out to the Event Director if you have a group, so we can plan accordingly. Also, make sure to check out our Your First Event and For Beginners webpages. Beginners are also encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst. If they don’t answer any remaining questions you have, just use our Contact Form and ask.

Any youth or large groups attending, although you will be pre-registering online, please contact the Event Director of your plans and numbers for her situational awareness.


  • QOC will continue to use pre-registration as the ONLY method of signing up for our meets. There will be NO day-of, on-site registration. Refunds are paid only in the case of event cancellation.
  • Masks are optional at all locations connected with the event. Please continue to minimize clustering at and around the check-in, e-punch, start and finish areas.
  • As mentioned above, beginner instruction has resumed to provide an overview of orienteering basics for newcomers to the sport or those who just want a refresher.
  • There is no water on the course. Participants are responsible for their own hydration. A very limited supply of bottled water for emergency use will be on hand with the Meet Director; but it is vital to stay well hydrated. Please come prepared!
  • There will be no snacks offered by QOC.
  • For this event (as with most others this season) there will be eight 15-minute check-in windows followed by two 45-minute windows.
  • 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 on site.


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

RegistrationRegistration for this event opens at 6pm on Monday Feb. 13 via this link. Registration will close at noon on Saturday Feb. 18 (the day before the event). Pre-registration is mandatory.

Who's registered? Check by clicking here. Sorting by column is possible too - just click on the column name.

Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSunday, February 19
10:00 am - 3:00 pmClassic:
Event Director:Addie Nolan
Course Designer:Glenn Pastel
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.
Google Maps Link
Apple/iPhone Link
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.
  • In addition to free on-site beginner instruction if needed, beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst