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Folks gather at 1997 Shoreline Egg-O

Indian Valley

Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005
Location: Novato, CA.
Event Director: - 415-383-4429
Course Setter: Ian Tidswell
Type: C; White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, plus a longer advanced course by reservation only.

After a two year hiatus, orienteering returns to Indian Valley on January 30, 2005. The center of action is the College of Marin Indian Valley campus, which has a network of trails and woodsy hills and meadows, in addition to standard campus fare. Stretching south from the campus are steeper hillsides with few trails, perfect for more advanced orienteering opportunities, both physically and technically. Ian Tidswell, our club president, will be doing the course-setting honors.

White, Yellow, Orange, and Brown courses will be offered. White and Yellow will stay in the gentler areas around the campus, while Orange and Brown will climb the hills. These courses are open to everyone.

Mass start at the 2002 Golden Goat at Las Trampas

In addition, there will be one Red course. This course is available through advance reservation only. You will not be able to sign up day-of-event. The Marin Open Space District has limited the number of people who can orienteer in the areas these courses will go through. In order to reserve a spot, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Contact (415-383-4429) to reserve your spot.

E-punch will be used on all courses except for White and Yellow. Course statistics are as follows:

Course      Length           Climb
======      ======           =====
White       1.7 km             75m
Yellow      2.5 km             70m
Orange      3.8 km            230m
Brown       3.6 km            240m
Red         5.4 km            430m

Registration will be next to the swimming pool, same spot as we have used in the past. Registration is opens from 9:00 AM to noon, with starts available from 10AM until 12:30. Beginners clinics will be available from approximately 9:30 until 10:30, depending on demand. All courses close at 2PM, and control bags will be picked up at that time. Please honor the course closure time, as evening comes early this time of year and we need time to pick up the courses.

Scenic shot of Lake Louise taken on an off day between APOC events in Alberta, Canada (Photo: Tony Pinkham)

Driving Directions

To get to Indian Valley, take Highway 101 through Marin County to southern Novato and exit at Ignacio Blvd. Go west on Ignacio Blvd as far as you can until it terminates at the College of Marin Indian Valley campus entrance. Follow the campus road to its end and park in the huge parking lot. Registration will be next to the swimming pool, same spot as we have used in the past.