We’re looking forward to seeing you all next month at the 2017 Crooked Compass Adventure Trek. Early registration just closed yesterday and we’ve already exceeded the total number of participants from last year, with some top-notch navigators and racers making the trip to Buchanan State Forest. We’re pretty excited about the course we’ve laid out and all of the features that the park offers, and can’t wait to showcase the wild wilderness (and abandoned highways) of Central PA for you all.
We’ll be sending out some additional details as we get closer to race day, but for now we wanted to share some logistical information with you, so that you’re able to get to the start line on time and well-rested.
First, the start location: check-in will take place at the picnic area on Lincoln Highway/Route 30 at the junction with Bark Road, in Harrisonville, PA. The GPS coordinates for the location are 40°00’59.1″N 78°09’08.0″W.
Check-in will open at 6:30am. At that point, you will receive all maps and instructions. Maps will be pre-plotted and on water-resistant paper, but as you’ll see on the gear list, we recommend some means of protecting your maps from the elements (ziplocks, map case, etc…).
In terms of lodging:
The park has authorized folks to camp in a field near the start line. There are no facilities at this location. The bathrooms in the picnic area may or may not be opened on March 18. Those interested in camping must get camping permits from Buchanan State Forest. Please email us if you are considering this option.
Primitive Camping is also allowed in the state forest. From the park’s website: “Primitive camping is allowed throughout the state forest, with the exception of designated natural areas, vistas, trail heads and picnic areas. Primitive camping does not include any amenities such as latrine facilities, grills or fire rings, or picnic tables. Campers are required to obtain a camping permit (no charge). Camping in groups of 10 or more requires a letter of authorization from the District Forester. Primitive backpack campers do not need a permit if they stay no more than one night at any campsite.”
If you’d prefer a bed the night before the race, Breezewood, just off the PA turnpike, is full of hotels and motels, and it is 10+ minutes away from the start. Conditions vary widely, so do your homework if such things are important to you! Likewise, there are various options for food in Breezewood on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Finally, we have partnered with Autopilot to offer adventure racers, orienteers, and all outdoor enthusiasts what we feel is the best handlebar-mounted map board on the market. With an easy to use latching system and no tools necessary after initial set-up, this map board takes seconds to install or remove, and it weighs less than most of its competitors, coming in at 258 grams (Standard Height model). We’ve been told that they’ll arrive to us from the Czech Republic in the next 3-4 weeks, so we’re optimistic that we’ll have them on hand at the Crooked Compass. We’re also happy to ship orders, but there will be additional charges. Let us know if you’re interested or would like any additional information.
See you in the woods!
Abby and Brent