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Presidio of San Francisco

Date: (Sun.) Sep. 23, 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 415.453.3679
Course Setter: Vic Revenko
Type: C; "Come and Try It" event for beginners, plus intermediate courses

Join us for an outing for novices, as well as experienced orienteers, at the Presidio National Park on Sunday, September 23. This annual event is a big draw for groups as well as individuals from around the world. September is a great time to enjoy the views while getting some exercise and learning new skills or improving old ones.


The following courses will be offered:

  Course         Length     Climb   Controls
  White          3.0 km      40 m      12
  Yellow         4.6 km      70 m      10
  Orange         5.2 km      80 m      14
  Long Orange    7.0 km     100 m      15

The White course is suitable for beginners, with no experience necessary. Beginner's clinics will be available for all those who wish one. Yellow is for advanced beginners, a mostly trail course requiring little orienteering experience. Orange and Long Orange are longer, intermediate, off-trail courses of moderate navigational difficulty. The Long Orange course will cover most of the Presidio. It is also a great course for Adventure Racing.

See the Event Director's Notes for more information about the courses.

Event Schedule

Registration: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon
Starts available: 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Beginners clinics: 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 noon
Intermediate clinic: 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Courses close at 2:30 P.M.

As noted above, beginners clinics will be available for all those who wish one. These are repeating, short instructional sessions that cover the basics of orienteering—enough to prepare people for the White course.

Everyone must report to the Finish by the course-closing time, even if they haven't completed their course, so we can know that they've gone home safely. Please observe this courtesy to the organizers.

Event Notes

The Presidio, our newest National Park, is an ideal locale for beginning and intermediate orienteers, with a central location and relatively easy terrain, not to mention historic buildings and scenic views. (Note: Wooded areas have some poison oak, so off-trail participants should wear long pants.) Beginners clinics will be offered every 15–30 minutes from 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon. In addition, we'll hold a clinic for Adventure Racers and Intermediate orienteers at 10:30 A.M.

Please observe the parking directions below, and the out-of-bounds restrictions noted on the maps—all residential areas and lawns are off limits. Our permit strictly enforces these rules. Violations could result in hefty fines, and jeopardize our permission to use this park in the future. Please use walkways and paths when going by residential areas, and be courteous.

NOTE: Some people did not observe that request at last year's event, and it lead to complaints to the park administration. Our continued use of the park depends on everyone observing that requirement.

All courses will require crossing (under, across, around) roadways, so be careful. All the courses provide scenic views of the Presidio and surroundings.

Questions? Look at the FAQ section of the Web site, or contact the event director by or phone (see above).

Driving Directions

Read the directions carefully. NO SIGNAGE will be available because of new park rules.

All the action will start from the west part of Fort Winfield Scott at Building 1205.

Coming from the South or East: Head to the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the last SF exit onto Doyle Drive just before the toll plaza. Turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. Continue under the overpass. Park in the large open area on your left of the stop sign at Lincoln and Ralston avenues. Building 1205 is east across Ralston Avenue if you park here.

Coming from Marin: Exit immediately after the toll plaza onto Merchant Road. Turn right at the stop sign, and park in the large open area immediately on your left, which is between Ralston and Lincoln Avenues.

Please observe these parking rules, and out-of-bounds restrictions noted on the maps, including residential areas and lawns. Our permit strictly enforces these rules. Violations could result in hefty fines and jeopardize our permission to use this park.