Muddy Squirrel

Fall Frenzy details

1) There will be no "mass start."  In fact, you probably won't see us at all.  Instead, the course will be open from 10 am Friday to 4 pm Sunday.  You can choose your day and your start time -- still 6 hours max. Important: if you plan on completing the course Friday or Saturday, please call the Camp Bethel office (540-992-2940) to let them know you are coming.  The start/finish is the grassy area on the right, immediately after you enter Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Rd, Fincastle, VA 24090).

2) Course maps will be available on this page by Thursday morning, so you can print your own.  We will also have a few maps available on the bench outside the Camp Bethel office.  The course has shifted a little to give you more "unexplored" areas!

3) Make sure you bring plenty of snacks and water and a first aid kit.  Creeks are running pretty strong in the mountains, so there is ample water on the course if you are willing to filter it.  We strongly encourage the buddy system.  Make sure someone is aware of your planned "end time."  You should have cell phone service on most of the course -- but don't count on it!

4) There is no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted (and greatly appreciated!)  Suggested donation: Solo -- $25; add $10 for each additional person.

5) Score your own card and share your score, elapsed time, and photos on our Facebook page (you can email them to us, too). We'll have a FB post set up by Friday for you to reply to.

6) Please let us know if you will be participating (and when), just to give us an idea. Contact us if you have questions. Our phone numbers will also be on the map should anything come up the day of the event.

7) Have fun and enjoy a little "normalcy" for the day! 

Number on team

November, 2020

***Spring Navigation Results***

Not every team shared their results with us, but here are the top 5 of the ones we received. Don't see yours? Email us at to share your score.

1) Team van Assendelft -- 420 pts in 4 hrs 10 mins

2) Dave Smith (solo) -- 420 pts in 5 hrs 1 min

3) Team Smith -- 380 pts in 6 hrs 0 mins

4) CJ Meidlinger -- 320 pts in 5 hrs 6 mins

5) Team Butler-Meidlinger -- 105  pts in 1 hr 48 min

Learn more about orienteering events in the area from our friends at the Blue Ridge Orienteering Club.

Learn more about the amazing benefits of navigating (mind, body, and soul) at these links from our friends at Orienteering Unlimited

What is "Open " Navigation?

Our "open" 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 can be completed on foot, on mountain bike, or using both.  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...

  • CPs are worth different point values
  • Time limit ("Open 4" is up to 4 hrs, "Open 6" is up to 6 hrs)
  • Most points wins
  • In the event that multiple teams "clear the course," first team back wins
  • We provide maps
  • You provide the compass​ and mountain bike (optional)
  • Great for families or teams of friends 
  • Basic instruction available before start 
  • We also offer "custom" navigation experiences for any group​

More navigating Resources:

Orienteering USA

​International Orienteering Federation


"Fall Frenzy" Navigation Adventure