Return to Boggs Mtn A-Meet & U.S. Team Trials
The Boggs Mountain forest beckons!

Return to Boggs Mountain A-Meet

Spring Lake Regional Park and
Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest

Featuring the 2009 U.S. Team Trials

Date: May. 1 - 3, 2009
Location: Santa Rosa, CA & Cobb, CA
Event Directors: - 510.681.6181, - 415.456.8118
Course Setters: Mikkel Conradi, Evan Custer, George Minarik
Type: A; 3-day A-meet, featuring the 2009 U.S. Team Trials and 2 WRE days; recreational courses Saturday & Sunday for non-competitors

Event Director's Notes



Welcome to BAOC's Return to Boggs Mountain A-meet. We hope you enjoy spending time with us, and orienteering in the detailed sprint terrain of Spring Lake and the beautiful and challenging mixed-forest terrain of Boggs! We are excited to host the U.S. Team Trials. Good luck to everybody!

Updated Event Schedule

Friday, May 1

Spring Lake packet pickup – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sprint starts at Spring Lake – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sprint courses close – 3:00 PM
Model Event open at Boggs Mtn. Campground – 4:00 PM to dusk
Packet pickup at Eagle & Rose Inn, Cobb – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday, May 2

Model Event open at Boggs Mtn. campground – dawn to 2:00 PM
Packet pickup at Boggs Mtn. campground – 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon
Middle courses starts – 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Courses close – 2:30 PM
JWOC meeting – 5:00 PM
Campground dinner meet-up – 6:00 PM
Campground social, music – 6:45 PM

Sunday, May 3

Packet pickup at Boggs Mtn. campground – 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Long courses starts – 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Awards and U.S. Team Selection – 1:00 PM
Courses close – 2:30 PM

Facilities – Important for all Participants

Boggs has limited facilities—no running water, no garbage collection, and only two "outhouse" style toilets.

BAOC is providing five more portable toilets with little sinks inside for sanitation. BAOC is also providing water for the courses and the Finish area, and some for refreshments, but we will not have enough to meet everybody's needs.

Please bring your own water. Please pack out your own garbage.

Parking will be directed Saturday and Sunday—please follow the directions of our parking crew so we can fit everybody in!

Avoiding Competition Areas

You will not be able to wander from the campground area or the mapped Model Event area the days prior to or during the meet. You can, of course, drive in and out on the park road. But walking in the terrain outside of the streamered campground area, or the mapped Model Event area, will result in a disqualification.

Start and Finish Logistics

Note for Team Trialers: Remember that your assigned start times cannot be changed. If you are late, you can either (a) start right away, but keep your original assigned start time, or (b) ask for a new start time, but then you will not be eligible for the Team Trials.

All starts, near and remote, will have CLEAR and CHECK stations for your E-punch sticks.

On Friday, the start is 1.3 km from the parking area. Please budget for a 10-minute jog or 20-minute walk to get there.

On Saturday, all courses start near the campground, except the Green, Red, and Blue courses–those will have a remote Start that is 2.5 km away from the assembly area, which should take about 30 minutes at a brisk walk.

On Sunday, the Red X, Red Y, and Blue courses will have a 1.2-km walk to the start from the assembly area (follow the yellow & black streamers). The White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, and Green courses will have a brief 150-m walk to the Start (follow the yellow & black streamers).

For those with remote starts, clothing will be brought back to the gathering area for you to retrieve after your course.

The Finish is close to the gathering area all days. The E-punch download station will be nearby.

Control description sheets will not be available before you check in at the Call-up line at the Start.

You will label the back of your map at the Start, and maps will be collected at the Finish. Maps will be available for retrieval after starts close.

Start Procedure

Plan your arrival to the Start area accordingly, bearing in mind how much time it should take to get there (see above).

We expect to use a Chronomix clock displaying the current meet time (i.e., not the call-up time) at the Start each day. The clock will be set to beep at regular intervals: every minute on Friday, and every two minutes on Saturday (except for Green, Red, and Blue) and Sunday (except for Red and Blue, which will beep every three minutes). The start procedure will be tied to these beeps, as follows:

Note: The call-up time for the Red and Blue courses might be six (6) minutes before your Start time on Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you check on this at the event, and allow yourself enough time to get to the Start and to get ready.
Note: The beep sequence for the Green, Red, and Blue courses on Saturday has not been determined. Please follow the directions of the Start crew.

There's no need to memorize the above; the Start crew will guide you through each step. This is here just so you'll know what to expect.

On-site Camping

This will be the main area for group camping for this event. The camping is free. You don't have to register, since it's included in our event permit. There are about 16 sites that aren't marked. You just pull up to a designated campsite, or any area that's not out of bounds, and camp. It may be close quarters, as you will probably be sharing your site with other campers. There will be a yellow caution tape surrounding the camping area. Do not camp or walk outside of this area (see Avoiding Competition Areas above).

There are a few tables and fire pits. The rangers prohibit us from constructing new fire pits or circles. There are not enough tables for all the campers, so some campers may want to bring their own table. Please clean your site before leaving, so the meet organizers don't have to. We'll have a campfire both Friday and Saturday night.

Also, we will be using the campgrounds for the event parking, so you probably will be asked to share your campsite with some cars.

Ad Hoc Child Care

Meet with other parents at the juniors pavilion to arrange schedules.

Socializing and Entertainment

All socializing is centered around the campground area.

Jay Hann will set up "the bearing game" on Friday.

Campfire Friday night!

Jay Hann is setting up a junior pavilion in the campground, and everybody is encouraged to socialize there and enjoy complimentary snacks such as fruits and granola bars after returning from your courses.

A fun "mini-O", with a large-scale map and barriers, with e-punch, will be set up by Jay Hann for folks to enjoy after their courses.

At 6:00 Saturday, you're invited to join the "big group" for a BYO dinner/potluck. BAOC will provide utensils, napkins, plates, cups, etc. Bring food and drink for yourself, and if you can bring some to share, great. You might want to coordinate with others who are coming, to share the responsibilities of producing salads, entrees, etc. This will not be centrally planned.

The BAOC Juniors will host an ice cream social. We will provide ice cream and soda for all to enjoy. There is no charge for this.

After dinner, let's party! Nancy Lindeman has coordinated some musical entertainment, and you're welcome to bring your own instruments and voices to jam with us around the campfire.