Competition 
 Map Notes
 Previous Orienteering Uses
 Model Map
 Driving Directions
 Procedures
 Courses
 Awards
 Results

Map Notes for Both Parks

The maps for both parks have a 1:10,000 scale with 5-meter contours.  The maps are based on field checking done in 2009 and 2010, with a few updates to deal with recent changes.

The following special symbols are used on the two maps.  All of them are listed in the legends on the maps.
 
Symbol Legend Entry Description
Black O Man-made Object Exclusively used for gas fixtures:  tank, valve structure or meter.  Generally one meter or more in height.
Brown X Rootstock Overturned root system at least 1.0 meters in height
Brown * Tree Rubble Pile of tree limbs and stumps created through bulldozer action
Used only on the Keystone map
30% Brown  Gravel Area Gravel areas used either for maintenance or parking 
Used mostly for the Deer Lakes map
Green X Distinct Tree Single tree in an open or rough open area
Green O Copse Group of two or more trees in an open or rough open area
Series of 
Green Dots
Tree line Planted trees meant to form a border or for some aesthetic purpose
Gray Line Park Boundary Where the park is not bounded by a road, a gray line is used to show the park boundary.  Used mostly for Keystone SP where frequently there are "No Trespassing" signs on the other side of the boundary.

Mapping specifications say light green (symbol 406) should allow 60-80% of running speed and medium green (symbol 408) should allow 20-60% of running speed.  Because of the time of year, for most green areas, the lower number is closer to the speed that is possible much of the time.

Undergrowth that is mapped is primarily briars of some kind, usually blackberries or roses, but occasionally raspberries or green briar.  Again, map specifications say the widely-spaced green lines (symbol 407) should allow 60-80% of running speed and narrowly-spaced green lines (symbol 409) should allow 20-60% of running speed.  For these areas too, the lower number is closer to the speed that is possible much of the time.

Vegetation boundaries that are shown are exclusively evergreen boundaries.  The surrounded areas may be exclusively evergreen trees or not; however, the edge which forms the boundary is fairly distinct.  Evergreen areas whose boundary is a mixture of tree types do not have a boundary shown.

Aside from isolated spots, there are few rock features (boulders, cliffs, rocky areas) in either park.  All cliffs are shown with tags.  Cliffs and boulders less than 0.5 meter in height are not mapped.

Rootstocks shown on the maps are at least one meter in height (measured at average root height).  There are also many unmapped rootstocks in the park - those that are smaller and probably a few new large ones that did not get mapped.

 Additional Map Notes Specifically for Deer Lakes

 Additional Map Notes Specifically for Keystone


Previous Orienteering Uses

Both Deer Lakes Park and Keystone State Park are embargoed for orienteering competition and training until after June 26, 2011.  All parts of the parks are included in this embargo, with two exceptions:


Deer Lakes Park has had two local orienteering meets (in 2008 and 2009) and a couple of beginner orienteering workshops.  All of these utilized a previous version of the map of the park.  This older version did not cover the entire park and lacked many of the details of the map that will be used in competition.

Keystone State Park has had one local orienteering meet (2009) and several  beginner orienteering workshops.  The local meet utilized a previous version of the map that showed only about 1/2 of the park.  The workshops utilized 1:5000 scale maps of small parts of the park (based on the old version of the map).  The older version of the map lacked many details of the map that will be used in competition.

Neither Deer Lakes Park nor Keystone State Park has been the site of an A-meet before.


Model Map
As mentioned in the welcome and the map notes for the two maps, the terrain for the two parks differs in some significant ways.  However, the same person mapped both of the parks and few of you will have seen one of his maps before.  The model map will give you an opportunity to see the mapping style being used and particularly how the green areas are mapped and how a few of the special features, such as gas wells and rootstocks are mapped.

You may download the .pdf of the model map and print your own copy by clicking on    model map     The file holds a 1:10 000 scale map of part of Keystone State Park.   Copies of the map may be purchased for $2.00 when registering. These copies can be picked up with your packet.  Additional copies may be purchased at packet pickup.

The model event will be open Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25. Controls will be in place no later than 2 pm on Friday.  Controls will have only manual punches and will be placed as on a score course.


Driving Directions

To Model Area
From the intersection of  Route 22 and Route 66 in Delmont:
Follow the same directions given below for Sunday.  While the model is open, the orienteering signs at Keystone will direct you to the parking area for the model.  On Sunday, the orienteering signs will be changed to direct you to parking for that day's competition.

Airport to Event Center (Delmont)
As you exit the airport, you will be on Airport Expressway (labeled I-376 or Route 60);  follow I-376 towards Pittsburgh.  I-376  will join with Routes 22 and 30 and continue toward Pittsburgh.  Continue toward Pittsburgh until you go through the Ft Pitt tunnel.  As you exit the tunnel, you will be on a bridge, bear right at the end of the bridge and continue on I-376.  Follow I-376 to its end (exit 85) and get off on Route 22 east toward Murrysville.  (The total distance from the airport to the east end of I-376 is about 30 miles.)  Follow Route 22 ten miles to reach Delmont.

Saturday
From the intersection of  Route 22 and Route 66 in Delmont:
Take Route 66 North about 5 miles to Route 366.  Turn left (west) on Route 366 and go about 8 miles until you reach a stop light as you enter New Kensington.  This is the intersection of Route 366 and Route 56.  Go straight through the intersection and onto TRK Route 56.  Follow Route 56 1.3 miles to the second stop light; there, turn left and cross the bridge over the Allegheny River.  On the other side of the bridge, turn right onto Freeport Rd.  Follow that 1.3 miles to the second stop light and turn left onto Crawford Run Rd.  After 2.1 miles on Crawford Run Rd, bear right onto Airport Rd.  Follow Airport Rd 0.9 miles to a stop sign at Baileys Run Rd.  There, turn left and go 1 mile to the entrance to Deer Lakes Park.  Turn right into the park and follow the orienteering signs to parking.   Driving time on this route is approximately 35 minutes.  Refer to the  Deer Lakes Park Detail Map if you need a visual reference.

Note:  From the intersection of Route 366 and Route 56 all the way to the entrance to Deer Lakes Park, you will be following what is known as the Orange Belt.  You will see signs along the road referring to the route as the Orange Belt;  many times you may not see the signs with the street names; but you will see the Orange Belt signs.

Alternate route using the PA Turnpike (I-76)
Take Route 22 west 10.5 miles to the PA Turnpike (I-76).  Take I-76 west 9 miles to Exit 48.  As you leave the toll booth, go toward Cheswick/Springdale.  This will lead you to Freeport Rd; follow it north for about 0.5 miles (to the first traffic light).  Turn left onto Pearl Street (this becomes Deer Creek Valley Rd).  Follow this road for 5.7 miles going straight through at three stop signs.  The last stop sign is in north Russellton; take the next right after this stop sign (just past the First Commonwealth Bank).  The road is labeled Orange Belt.  Go about 150 meters under a railroad overpass and turn left into Deer Lakes Park.  Follow the orienteering signs to parking.  Refer to the  Deer Lakes Park Detail Map if you need a visual reference.

For those who choose their own route
The GPS coordinates of the entrance of Deer Lakes Park are  40.617500o N (40o 37' 3" N)   79.830833o W (70o 49' 51" W)

Sunday
From the intersection of Route 22 and Route 66 in Delmont
Take Route 22 east 8 miles to New Alexandria.  At the stop light, turn right onto Route 981.  Follow 981 for only 0.25 miles to Keystone Park Rd.  There, turn left and follow Keystone Park Rd 2.8 miles to Keystone State Park.  Look for the orienteering signs to guide you to parking.  Driving time on this route is approximately 15 minutes.  Refer to the Keystone State Park Detail Map if you need a visual reference.

For those who choose their own route
The GPS coordinates of the park office at Keystone State Park are 40.376111o N (40o 22' 34" N)   79.379722o W (79o 22' 47" W)  The park office is across the street from the parking for the beach and close to the turn-off for parking for the competition.


Procedures

Electronic Punching
SportIdent electronic punching (e-punching) will be used by all course participants.  For those who do not own an e-punch (also called an SI  card or finger stick), you may rent one as part of registration.  Rental e-punches must be returned after downloading on Sunday.  Anyone losing a rental e-punch will be required to pay a replacement fee of $40.

Before you start your course each day, you must CLEAR your e-punch.  This is done using a special control box that is located in the starting area.  Clearing takes several seconds; wait until the box flashes and beeps.  After clearing, you must also CHECK your e-punch using another special control box in the starting area.  The flash and beep from the CHECK box should be almost immediate.

At each control, you must put your e-punch into the control box.  The box should beep and flash within a second.  If it does not beep and flash, you should use the manual punch hanging from the control to punch the edge of the map.  Should you have to do a manual punch, you need to tell competition officials in the finish and download areas that you have done this.

Start
A three-stage start will be used with a call-up line, an intermediate line, and a start line.  You will be held at the call-up line until two minutes before your start.  Be sure to clear and check your e-punch before leaving the call-up line.  At two minutes before your start time, you will leave the call-up line and proceed to the intermediate line.  One minute before your start time, you will advance to the start line.  There, you should write your name and bib number on the back of your map.  You may hold your map; but you may not look at the front of it.  At the start signal, punch the start control, turn over your map and start.

Finish
The route from the last control to the finish is marked.  You must punch the finish control to get a time for the course.  After punching, proceed to the download station which will be at Competition Center.  Please go to the download station even if you did not complete your course.

Control Descriptions
Control descriptions will be attached to or printed on each map.  Control descriptions will be available in the start area, before the call-up line.  Pins, tape, and scissors will also be available for your use.

Time Limits
The course time limit for all courses on each day is 3 hours.  Please report to the finish within the allowed time.  Anyone taking longer than 3 hours will be listed as Overtime (OVT).

Shadowing
Shadowing is allowed for competitors on the White course in  classes M-10 and F-10.  Shadowing may be allowed for other classes with the Event Director's permission.  Those shadowing must stay silent and may not lead the competitor.  Those shadowing are there for the safety of the child and should not offer assistance of any kind.  If assistance is given which aids the child in completing a course, the child will be disqualified.  Those shadowing must not wear bib numbers and should not enter the finish chute to avoid confusing the finish crew.

Jury
To be selected.

Results
Results will be posted at Competition Center each day and will be available online at  Results


Courses

Course Lengths & Climbs
 
Saturday Sunday
Course
Distance
Climb
Controls
Distance 
Climb
Controls
White
 2.3 km
40 m
11
2.8 km 
85 m 
11
Yellow
 3.0 km
95 m
11
3.6 km 
155 m 
10
Orange
4.8 km 
170 m
11
4.7 km 
175 m 
10
Brown
3.9 km 
150 m
10
3.8 km 
115 m 
10
Green
5.9 km 
240 m
15
5.7 km 
150 m 
13
Red
7.9 km 
270 m
14
7.4 km 
265 m 
16
Blue
10.2 km 
375 m
19
11.0 km 
365 m 
21

Course Notes for Saturday
The walk to the start from Competition Center and the parking lot to the start is 670 m in length and will take about 12 minutes.  For more course notes, see the program in your packet.

Course Notes for Sunday
The walk to the start from Competition Center and the parking lot to the start is 1.7 km in length and will take about 30 minutes.  For more course notes, see the program in your packet.

Recreational Courses  (for Map Hikers)
White and Yellow recreational courses will be available to all comers each day at a cost of $8 per day.  Participants will be using e-punching and the e-punch being used must not be one used by another competitor.   The e-punch rental ($2 per day) is included in the recreational course fee.  Anyone losing a rental e-punch will be required to pay a replacement fee of $40.

Safety Bearings
See the program in your packet.


Awards

The top three people in each class will receive an award based on the combined time for Saturday and Sunday events.  Awards will be presented at about 2 pm on Sunday at or near Competition Center.