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McDowell Nature Preserve & Park (Jan 9th)

January 9, 2021 - 10:00 to 12:00

Price: $8.00

Yes, you can buy orienteering map leggings.

The results are in and it’s unanimous – Dan & Walter’s meet at McDowell Park & Nature Preserve was a huge success!  It’s apparent that the club is doing things right in these unusual times since there haven’t been any glitches in our event management plan. Having all participants pre-register and pay for a pre-printed map / e-stick makes things flow very well in a safe manner.  The only downsides continue to be:

  • no beginner courses or training for those just starting out in this outdoor activity
  • little opportunity for school-aged groups (given park limitations on the number of total participants)

We’ll continue to monitor park rules and make adjustments as we transition to more familiar orienteering events later on this year.   In the meantime – you’re encouraged to use PERMANENT COURSE map resources provided by the club (many recently updated).

Still remaining this season are:  Reedy Creek, Kings Mtn Military, and Kings Mtn State Park.  Map sales are final and sell out quickly.   If you purchase a map and can’t attend – please contact the meet director or club immediately so that someone on a “wait-list” can participate.   Even if sold out – you can still inquire whether there’s any possibility of attending.

Female Orienteering competitor running up to a flag FROM THE MEET DIRECTOR:

Although Friday, January 8th, was a cold & gloomy day – Saturday turned out to be fine orienteering weather.  It was still pretty slick out in the woods and most of us took a slide or two on McDowell’s steep slopes – but, the open January woods were great to run in.

Walter Siegenthaler designed 3 excellent courses for us.  As you can see from the finish times – there are quite a few OT (over the 3-hour time limit) and DNF (didn’t finish finding all the controls).  But, that shouldn’t bother anyone as all 3 courses being currently offered are the most challenging in our usual offerings.
~ Dan


  1. Helen G. – 1:51:08
  2. Joshua K. –  1:58:03
  3. Tod C. –  2:21:01
  4. Mark C. –  2:56:05
  5. Kevin. Q – DNF


  1. Sandy K. – 2:08:36
  2. Anthony W. – 2:40:28
  3. Tom H. –  2:54:54
  4. OT:  April, John, Samuel
  5. DNF: Stephen


  1. Daniel T. – 1:41:00
  2. John B. – 1:51:44
  3. Phyllis T & granddaughter – 1:59:36
  4. Mark K. – 2:18:48
  5. Lisa N. – 2:26:01
  6. Jim M. & daughter – 2:26:35
  7. OT: Stephanie, John, Brett, Darrin, Jeanne, Jeff
  8. DNF: John

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January 9, 2021
10:00 to 12:00
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Dan Davis
Walter Siegenthaler


McDowell Nature Preserve & Park
15222 York Rd
Charlotte, NC 28278 United States
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(704) 588-5224
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