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Step Trek

Pittsburgh, PA, US
Oct 4, 2014

Type: Orienteering - Local

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added by: sherpes

Event Description:
Not a standard Orienteering meet, but rather a non-competitive urban walking event. In conjunction with the annual Step Trek event, held each year on the South Side Slopes neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club will be present and offer participants an orienteering map and two courses with about 10 orienteering controls each, placed near along the Step Trek walking route. The map is free to Step Trek participants. The use of the orienteering map is optional, as it's an enrichment to the already existing Step Trek event and Step Trek route map. Cost of participation to Step Trek is $12/person, with a discount of $2 for orienteers (a discount code to be used in the online registration to be provided later). A discount for family groups is also provided (details later). Registration to Step Trek includes a T-shirt and food at the end of the event.

The city of Pittsburgh is notable for its 712 public stairways, constructed during the 1930s and 40s, when society as less automobile-based and more pedestrian. The South Side Slopes is one neighborhood where many of these public stairways are concentrated. Step Trek is a community-wide celebration of these steps. Musicians along the walking route and artist showcase and market at the main gathering area will add to the festive atmosphere.

Course Terrain:
Urban, with steep sidewalk and streets, asphalt pavement, and many, many, steps and staircases. Expect considerable climb, and amazing views.

Event Date and Time:
Saturday October 4, 2014. Event begins at 11 AM and ends at 5 PM. Anyone can start walking the two routes anytime they wish.

Directions:
The destination address that folks can type on a online street map browser page is "2101 Josephine Street, Pittsburgh, PA"

From the East:
From I-376 W/US-22 W
Take exit 73A for PA-885 S toward Glenwood

Turn right onto PA-885 S/Bates St
Turn left onto Second Avenue
Turn right onto Hot Metal Bridge
Slight left onto Hot Metal St
Turn right onto E Carson St
Turn left onto S 26th St
Turn right onto Josephine St

From the West:
From I-376 E
Take exit 71A on the left to merge onto Grant St
Turn right onto Second Avenue
Slight right onto S 10th St/10th St Bridge
Continue to follow S 10th St
Turn left onto E Carson St
Turn right onto S 18th St
Slight left onto Josephine St

From the North:
From I-279 S,
Take the exit on the left toward Downtown
Merge onto Fort Pitt Blvd
Slight left to stay on Fort Pitt Blvd
Continue onto Grant St
Turn right onto Second Avenue
Slight right onto S 10th St/10th St Bridge
Continue to follow S 10th St
Turn left onto E Carson St
Turn right onto S 18th St
Slight left onto Josephine St

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29.9 cedarcreek unlikely, but maybe
? sherpes (log) conflict with Rochester-O meet

See also:

Aug 24, 2014WPOC - Deer Lakes
Sep 7, 2014WPOC - Mingo Creek
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Oct 3–5, 20142014 US Nationals
Oct 18, 2014WPOC Night-O
Nov 2, 2014QOC Great Falls MD
Nov 2, 2014Frick ' O ' Freak
Nov 9, 2014Raid the Hammer Adventure Run
Nov 14–16, 2014QOC Long Day's Night