Mid-summer brings us back to Spring Lake County Park, with gently rolling terrain that contains the highest concentration of mining pits per square kilometer of all of our maps. I've ordered cool temperatures and have asked the park service to eradicate all poison oak, so we should have a great event! Bring a picnic and relax with fellow club members after completing your courses.
We will have four courses: White and Yellow for beginners, Orange (intermediate), and Green (advanced). All courses will frequent the complex terrain west and immediately east of the lake, with planned emphasis on mostly short, technical legs for the advanced courses, with all courses touring scenic areas of the map rarely, if ever, used.
White 2.1 km 35 m climb Yellow 3.8 km 110 m climb Orange 3.5 km 210 m climb Green 4.8 km 250 m climbThere will be electronic punching on both the Orange and Green Courses. Steve Gregg is the e-team leader on this, and participants will need to either buy or rent e-cards to do these two courses.
Special bonus: Neal Barlow will be offering a training exercise for interested Orange and Green participants. He will take Green orienteers out at 10:00 am, and Orange folks out at 12:00. For each exercise, Neal will shadow the participants on the course and critique each leg as it's completed. This should be an excellent training opportunity for advanced participants on Green, and a wonderful opportunity for intermediate orienteers to learn techniques they can apply to the Orange course.
Take U.S. Highway 101 north to Santa Rosa. Once in Santa Rosa, exit onto highway 12 going east. Follow highway 12 for 1.5 miles to its left turn at Farmer's Lane. Do not take this turn, but instead, continue straight onto Hoen Avenue. At the Hoen-Summerfield traffic light 1.5 miles later, continue straight, then take an immediate left onto Newanga Avenue. Newanga leads into Spring Lake County Park. At the ranger's kiosk, make a right and go up the hill to the Oak Knolls picnic area.