Courses Originally Intended for the 26 April 2020 Orienteering Event
Below you will find links to each of the courses. Each
is a .pdf file; however, to make printing easier, I have cutoff nearly
all of the legend and scale information. It is a 1:10000 scale
map with 5 m contours.; and the symbols used are the standard ones for
orienteering. By trimming the map as I have, you can print each
course on a regular 8 1/2 x 11 page. When you do the printing, be
sure to choose "Actual size", not "Fit" and not "Custom scale".
Either of these last two choices will cause the printed map to be
distorted in some way, i.e., mess up the scale.
Control locations are marked in the forest with florescent pink tape.
Each tape has written on it "WPOC" and the control number.
It is possible that a few tapes have disappeared; the most likely
to disappear are those on the Beginner and Novice courses because many
of them are easily accessed from trails so someone could tear them
down. It is also possible that a few tapes have the writing faded
- weather does that. There are no normal control flags nor any
permanent markers used to mark control locations.
A couple of notes: The Novice (Yellow) course and the Advanced
Short (Brown) course will use part of the Laurel Highlands Hiking
Trail. Be sure to give anyone hiking the trail a wide berth so
you can maintain social distancing. The Intermediate
(Orange) course is a little more difficult than usual. The
Advanced Short course has one intensely difficult climbing leg.
People on the Advanced Long (Red) course will need to maneuver
across at least one boulder field. I think anyone who tries the
Advanced Long course will find it an interesting challenge. Only
symbolic control descriptions are provided for the two Advanced
courses; I could not fit text descriptions on and keep the
map on an 8 1/2 x 11 page. If you are going to try any of these
courses, I highly recommend that you do it before mid-May. There
are several areas in which ferns grow to amazing heights (4-5 ft).
In mid-summer, I could not even see my feet going through them.
STAY SAFE OUT THERE; LAUREL RIDGE IS A FAIRLY RUGGED AREA.
Look here for driving direction to Laurel Ridge SP
Just click on the course name to view the course; then print it or save it.
Beginner (White) Length 2.1 km, Climb 50 m
Novice (Yellow) Length 3.0 km, Climb 115 m
Intermediate (Orange) Length 4.1 km, Climb 125 m
Advanced Short (Brown) Length 3.7 km, Climb 115
Advanced Long (Red) Length 7.2 km, Climb 205 m
Important Note: By downloading any one of the course maps, you are implicitly agreeing to the WPOC waiver of liability
with regard to attempting to complete that course.