Fall Frenzy is a FREE navigation event where solo competitors and/or teams use a map and compass to search for up to 20 control points placed in the woods and fields around Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Rd, Fincastle, VA). Competitors have up to 6 hours to find as many points as possible and return to the start/finish. Total length of the entire course is approximately 10-15 miles, but that will vary widely based on how many points you find and how you find them! Points will be marked on the map and can be found in any order.
Course maps are available here. We will also have a folder of printed maps on the porch of the camp office. Bring your own compass, water, and snacks. Teams must stay together (no splitting up!). Families are encouraged to participate. Beginners can decide when to "call it a day."
You may find some snacks and treats at selected points :)
The Fall Frenzy course will be open from 7 am Friday, November 4th until 4 pm Sunday, November 6th. The course will close at dusk each day and re-open at dawn. You can choose your day and your start time -- still 6 hours max. The start/finish is the paved ARK parking lot at Camp Bethel. Please depart the camp BEFORE dark.
Deer season for archery starts Oct 1 and deer season for muzzleloaders begins November 5. There is no hunting on the Camp Bethel property, but if you cross into national forest, you could see some hunters. We encourage you to wear something blaze orange, just in case.
This event is FREE, but we welcome donations! Please consider making one to help offset the time it takes to design, put up, and take down the course. Thanks in advance for your generosity :)
This format is a competitive navigation adventure where individuals/teams use a map & compass to navigate an area in search of control points (CPs). The adventure must be completed totally on FOOT and teams MUST stay together. Our goal in course design is to take you to cool places that you might never travel to otherwise. We definitely will encourage you to navigate the road less traveled. Our courses are challenging for experts, but are also welcoming to beginners. We'll have CPs suitable to every ability level. Here are the basics...
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