Quicksilver O'Quest

2 Day 'A' Meet at Almaden Quicksilver County Park

October 26 & 27, 2002
San Jose, CA

Contact: Steve Beuerman, 408-739-9376

BAOC will hold its 2nd 2002 Orienteering 'A' meet on a new map of Almaden Quicksilver County Park, which is located a few miles south of San Jose. The 'A' meet will be a two-day, cumulative time, classic distance event.

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Almaden Quicksilver has terrain typical of other BAOC venues: steep rolling hills with oak forests intermixed with grass clearings. Locals tend to favor cleats for climbing and descending slippery grass slopes and gaiters and duct tape for reducing the stickers and burrs. Elevations range between 600' and 1800'.


This new map has been drawn and field checked by Yukhym Shtempler and will be printed in either 1:10000 or 1:15000 with 5M contours.


The climate in late October can be variable, ranging from sunny clear days (70 F) to rainy or foggy days (40 F).


Poison Oak is the predominant hazard at Almaden Quicksilver Park. You should know how to identify and avoid the plant, wear full body cover and wash with Tecnu after completing a course. Hanta Virus warnings are posted on the mine ruins and the courses will avoid all structures as control locations. Do not enter any ruins. Our mapper found one uncovered mine shaft vent. Ticks and rattlesnakes are infrequently encountered. Be alert for mountain bikes and equestrians on the trails. All competitors must carry a whistle and fill out a contact/safety form at registration.

Classes and Awards:

This event will offer 7 standard courses and 43 USOF classes. Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each class. The Awards ceremony will begin as soon as possible after 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 27.

Electronic Punching:

We will be using the Sport Ident electronic punching system for all classes in the 'A' meet. On your registration form, indicate either your SI card number or that your need to rent an SI card for $2 / day.

Model Event and Training:

There will be no official model event or training course set up. A map of Calero (similar terrain to Almaden) can be ordered for $3.

Recreational Courses:

White (Beginner), Yellow (Advanced Beginner) and Orange (Intermediate) will be offered without pre- registration for $6 (Adult) and $3 (Junior) and an additional $2 per extra adult ($1 per junior) in the group. Electronic Punching will not be used. Courses will be different on Saturday and Sunday. Registration opens at 9:00 am, beginner's clinics are given 9:30 to 10:30 am with starts occurring from 10AM to 12 Noon.

Saturday Night Dinner:

We will gather at the South Side Community Center at 6:00pm on Saturday for meat and veggie burgers, sausages, condiments, salads and cookies. Course reviews will follow dinner. The top male blue course runner and top female red course runner from Saturday will receive a dinner refund if they perform a course review. Directions to the dinner will be in the packet.

Important Dates:

Aug 27  Online registration available
Oct 1	Last Date for entry without late fees
Oct 4 	Last Date HQ Hotel rooms held at discount rate
Oct 15 	Last Date for entry with pre-assigned start times 
Oct 25	Packet Pickup at headquarters hotel 1900-2200
Oct 26	Day 1 of A meet 
    09:00    Registration for A meet and recreational courses
    10:00    First Starts* for A meet and recreational courses
    18:00    Saturday Night Dinner with course reviews	
Oct 27	Day 2 of A meet 
    09:00    Registration for A meet and recreational courses
1000	First Starts* for A meet and recreational courses
1400	Award Ceremony (later if necessary) 

Event Fees:

                         Adult (ages 21+)     Junior (ages 8-20)
Postmarked by Oct 1	          $20/Day          $10/Day
Postmarked by Oct 15          $25/Day          $15/Day
Day of event                  $30/Day          $20/Day

USOF (IOF) Discount           $3/Day            $1.50/Day
SI Card Rental                $2/Day            $2/Day
Compass Rental                $1/Day            $1/Day
T-Shirt                       $18               $18
Training Map (Calero)         $3                $3

Saturday Night Dinner         $19 Adults /Teens	
                              $10 (children 5-12)
                              Toddlers Free

Baby Sitting                  To Be Determined  

No pre-registered entries will be accepted after Oct 15th. Entries received with a postmark later than Oct 15th will be treated as a day of event entry. Day of event entries will be accepted for the 'A' Meet, but these entrants will not receive assigned start times and will have to wait for a vacancy in the start list for their start time.

Registration by mail

Complete a standard USOF entry form, enclose a check made payable to BAOC, and send them to the registrar at the following address:

Steve Beuerman
963F La Mesa Terrace
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Online registration

Online Registration for the Almaden Quicksilver A-meet is now available at
http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1018010  register on Active.com

Start Logistics

In order to manage the climb and utilize interesting terrain, remote starts and finishes will be employed.

On Saturday, Red and Blue have a remote start that is a 15 minute drive from registration and then a ten minute, 500M walk to the start area from the drop off point. Green and Brown have a different start that is a 10 minute drive in the opposite direction. There is a 15 minute, 900 M walk from the drop off point to the starts. It is a 65M climb from the registration area to the WYO (A meet/ recreational) starts. The finish line is about 1.5K from the parking area and is all downhill (250M). The courses will be physically difficult. Almaden may have the highest climbs of any BAOC courses this year.

On Sunday, White and Yellow starts and all finishes will be adjacent to the parking/registration area. Orange and the advanced courses will share a remote start location.

Headquarters Hotel:

Our Headquarters Hotel is the Residence Inn by Marriott (San Jose South) and they have set a block of studio suites aside for $71 + tax each. Individuals are responsible for making their own reservations by calling 1-800-321- 2211 and mentioning Quicksilver O' Quest to obtain the rate above. The rooms will only be held at this rate until Oct 4th. The Residence Inn is located at 6111 San Ignacio Blvd, San Jose.


From Highway 101 in South San Jose take the Bernal Exit and go west. Turn North onto San Ignacio Blvd. The hotel is about 15 miles from the 'A' meet parking lot.

From the North, Take Almaden Expressway to Old Almaden Road and follow signs to Parking to the Hacienda Entry

From the South, take Bailey to McKean North and Old Almaden road South. Bailey tees at the Old Monterey Highway. This may be faster from 680 and 101 as well.

From the Hotel, fastest route is Bernal to Santa Teresa Blvd South then Bailey to McKean N and Old Almaden Road South.

Other Accommodations:

For a list of other places to stay in San Jose or Morgan Hill, try the BAOC web site after July 20, MapQuest or any of your favorite other Web Search engines.


There are 4 tent campsites in Santa Clara County located 30-60 minutes from Almaden Quicksilver Park. Log on to http://www.parkhere.org for more camping information. Uvas Canyon is probably the closest to the event site. Most camp areas lock the gates after dark, which may prevent or discourage attending the dinner. Maple Leaf RV Park and Thousand Trails Inc are located in nearby Morgan Hill for RV parking.

Other Activities:

Mining Museum and historical walking tour of New Almaden
Winchester Mystery House
Tech Museum of Innovation
Children's Discovery Museum
Control Pickup