BAOC returns to the complex orienteering terrain of Annadel State Park for our fifteenth year. First used in 1989 for the U.S. Orienteering Championships, the park contains a central plateau of forested rolling hills and broad meadows, with sections of intricate contours remaining from extensive mining activity long ago. There is a wide variety of vegetation in the park, including typical oak savanna, pine and redwood forest, and meadows that should be showcasing early spring flowers.
George Minarik, course setter for many of our past events at Annadel, will work his wizardry once again. Combining one of BAOC's best course setters with the Bay Area's best orienteering terrain gives an event not to be missed!
All seven courses will be offered, with E-punching on the advanced courses. Advanced courses will have a remote start with a car shuttle. The White, Yellow, and Orange courses will start near Spring Lake. All courses finish at Spring Lake. If the weather is nice, you may wish to bring a picnic lunch and socialize afterwards.
Registration opens at 9:00 and closes at noon, with starts available from 10:00 until 12:30. All courses will close at 2:00, so please start early enough that you can comfortably complete your course before control bags start being removed. Beginners clinics start from 9:30 until demand is satiated. I have heard rumors that we may have quite a turnout of beginners at Annadel this year.
For those of you who live in the South Bay, do not hesitate! Jump in your car (or carpool) and make the drive north. With terrain that is not steep by Bay Area standards, wonderfully intricate areas to explore and get lost in, and a very experienced course setter, you won't be disappointed.
Course Controls Length Climb Technical Difficulty White 10 2025 110 Beginners Yellow 8 2325 115 Advanced Beginners Orange 10 3450 170 Intermediate Brown 11 3725 120 Advanced Green 17 5500 200 Advanced Red 21 7025 225 Advanced Blue 25 8425 255 Advanced