Presidio of San Francisco
Date: (Sun.) Sep. 14, 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 415.453.3679
Course Setter: Vic Revenko
Type: C; National Orienteering Day Event: Beginner and intermediate courses in a beautiful venue
Please join us as we once again wander through the incredible parkland known as the Presidio. This will be one of our National Orienteering Day (NOD) events this year—the other one will be at Knowland Park.
Note: We normally hold an NOD event at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa. However, this year that park is officially embargoed to competition because of our 2009 "A" meet to be held at Spring Lake and Bogg's Mountain.
Join us for an outing for novices, as well as experienced orienteers at the Presidio National Park on Sunday, September 14, National Orienteering Day. 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 or improving old skills.
White, Yellow, Orange, and Long Orange courses will be offered. A beginner's clinic will be available for all those who wish it. The White course is suitable for beginners with no experience necessary. 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 Racers.
- Registration: 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon
- Starts available: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
- Beginners clinics: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
- Intermediate clinic: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Courses close: 2:30 PM
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 AM to 11:30 AM. These short sessions will introduce orienteering and provide enough instruction to be able to complete a beginner course. In addition, we'll hold a clinic for Adventure Racers and Intermediate orienteers at 10:00 AM.
Please observe the parking directions below, and the 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 for the club, and/or prohibition from using the Park in the future.
The Presidio is an open urban park, so there will be activities in many areas, but this should not interfere with your enjoyment. Please do not interfere with other activities.
Please note the following:
- There are many out-of-bound areas that need to be strictly observed according to park rules.
- Please observe the terrain and off-limits areas, and stay within Park boundaries for all courses to avoid traffic.
- The Presidio is constantly changing. Please be aware that some changes made since the courses were set may not be mapped.
- All residential areas and lawns are off limits, please use walkways and paths when going by residential areas, and be courteous.
- The Golf Course road is open, but all golf cart paths, the golf course itself, and areas on either side of the road, are out of bounds. Please respect the golfers.
- All courses will require crossing roadways (under, across, around), so be careful.
- All courses provide scenic views of the Presidio and surroundings.
- You must check in at the Finish whether or not you complete your course. We will not search for anyone, because this is an open, urban park.
- You have up to three hours to complete a course before orienteering rules disqualify you. Courses close at 2:30 PM, so you must return to the Finish by then.
Course Length Climb Controls Comments
White 3.2 K 20 m 11 Beginner’s course, no experience needed
Yellow 5.0 K 70 m 8 Advanced beginners, mostly trail course requiring little orienteering experience
Orange 5.2 K 80 m 9 Intermediate, longer, off-trail course, of moderate difficulty. Requires experience.
Long Orange 7.6 K 100 m 13 Intermediate, long, off-trail course of moderate difficulty. Great for experienced orienteers of all levels. A great runner’s course.
More information about the courses is available in the Course Setter's Notes.
Note: Read the directions carefully, as no signs will be provided because of 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 on 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 Blvd and Ralston Ave. Building 1205 is east across Ralston Ave 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 Lincoln Blvd and Ralston Ave. Building 1205 is east across Ralston Ave if you park here.
There is a large lot just west of the registration area; it is the most convenient location. Do not park elsewhere. There are no direction signs to the orienteering event in observance of park rules. There will be signs by the parking area.