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Camp Tamarancho

Date: (Sun.) Jul. 15, 2007
Location: Fairfax, CA
Event Director: - 510.407.1876
Course Setters: Rex Winterbottom, Greg Ehrensing
Type: B; Standard seven courses--White (easy beginner) through Blue (strenuous advanced)

Note: In case there is any doubt, the permit has been received.

We return to this picturesque Boy Scout Camp for the first time since the Golden Goat of 2004. Enjoy the vistas of Mt. Tamalpais, Mt. Diablo, San Francisco Bay, Loma Alta, and sweeping views of Marin. The terrain is mixed with oak forest, and open, steep grassland, fir forest, redwoods, and ferns. The trail network is moderate and a little unkempt. Maps are 1:10000 with 5-meter contours.

We will offer seven courses: beginner White and Yellow, intermediate Orange, and advanced Brown, Green, Red, and Blue. E-punch will be used for the Orange through Blue courses; regular punch on White and Yellow. Registration opens at 9:00 A.M. Starts will be from 10:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. Courses close at 2:00 P.M. (everyone must report to the Finish by then).

Rex Winterbottom and Greg Ehrensing have come up with some great courses, vetted by Ben Legg. Rex's goal was to TAME-a-rancho, using the best terrain and avoiding torturing the participants on the hot steep hills or the deep, dark green thickets.

Tentative course statistics:

  Course   Controls   Distance   Climb
  White        8       1.2 km     40 m
  Yellow       9       2.5 km    105 m
  Orange      13       3.5 km    290 m  (might we say "challenging"?)
  Brown        9       2.2 km    135 m
  Green       14       3.1 km    285 m
  Red         16       4.2 km    345 m
  Blue        22       5.2 km    405 m

Just a few important rules so we can continue to use this map:

Please volunteer! We will need folks for traffic direction as well as the usual starts, finishes, beginners clinics, control pick up, and registration. Contact the if you can help. Pleeeease.

Driving Directions

From Highway 101 in Marin, take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard until you reach downtown Fairfax. Continue westbound on Sir Francis Drake past downtown for another quarter mile, and look for the green highway sign that says "Camp Tamarancho." Turn left at this sign onto Olema Road, and continue to follow the subsequent green camp signs until you reach Iron Springs Road. Head up Iron Springs Road for two miles until it ends at the camp entrance.

Warning: Iron Springs Rd is a narrow, winding, partially paved road with lots of small to moderately-sized potholes. A car with normal clearance can make it if driven carefully. Low-riders and sports cars are not advised.

Carpool Site

If you would prefer not to drive your car up Iron Springs Road, the Fairfax library parking lot is available as a park-and-ride location for this event. The library is located on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, just before the turn-off to Tamarancho. The library asks us not to park in the three spots located next to the book-drop. It is up to you to arrange carpooling from this location. People passing the library could stop in to see if there's anyone waiting for a ride.