Pacheco State Park awaits your visit

O in the Oaks '09

Pacheco State Park

Date: Nov. 7 - 8, 2009
Location: Hollister, CA
Event Director: - 408.313.3753
Course Setters: Dan Greene, Derek Maclean, Toby Ferguson, Alex Finch
Type: A; 2-day A-Meet on a New Map! 60 mi south of San Jose

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Start times are available here (
See the Event Director's Notes and the Course Setters' Notes for more information.
Preregistration for the A-Meet and the Golden Gate Getaway Festival ( is now closed. You must now register at the event (and pay day-of-event fees).
If you want to do the Sprint Finals courses recreationally, just for fun, with cheaper entry fees, go here ( as well, and don't register for sprints along with the A-meet.
Request for vetters: If you're not going to attend the event, you can still experience the courses and help us make this a top-quality event.

The Pacheco A-meet will be the highlight of the Fall orienteering season. BAOC has made a new map of the area atop Pacheco Pass ( in Pacheco State Park ( The map was field checked and drawn in 2008 by Vladimir Zherdev. This will be the first use of that map, which will be scaled at 1:10000. The terrain is the classic oak woodland ( found in Bay Area parks with many wonderful views. There is very little poison oak and it is easily avoidable. We will have a 2-day combined-time A-Meet in Long-course format (old Classic format). More information will be posted periodically.

The location of the park, campground, and nearby lodging can be found on this map (,-121.112595&spn=0.127073,0.308647&z=12). Packet pickup on Friday evening will be from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Motel 6 at the junction of Highways 33 and 152, east of Pacheco Park. (Note: Google maps incorrectly shows this motel as a Comfort Inn.)

This event will be held as the first part of the 9-day Golden Gate Getaway Festival ( The festival includes mid-week sprint training camps, and culminates with the North American Sprint Series ( championship finals on November 13–15.

O in the Oaks Timetable

   Thu, Sep 10 – Early registration opens
   Sat, Oct 10 – Early-registration deadline
   Wed, Oct 28 – Preregistration deadline
   Fri, Nov 6  – Packet pickup at Motel 6 (see above), 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
   Sat, Nov 7  – Packet pickup at Pacheco State Park, 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon
   Sat, Nov 7  – O in the Oaks Starts, 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon
   Sat, Nov 7  – Courses close, 3:00 PM
   Sun, Nov 8  – Packet pickup at Pacheco State Park, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
   Sun, Nov 8  – O in the Oaks starts, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
   Sun, Nov 8  – Awards, 1:00 PM
   Sun, Nov 8  – Courses close, 2:00 PM

Course Offerings

For the A-meet, we are offering the standard seven courses for the 51 USOF classes ( There will also be White, Yellow, and Orange recreational courses (at regular BAOC fees).

See the Course Setters' Notes for more information.


You can register at packet pickup Friday night or at the meet.

The list of registered participants can be seen here (

Any questions can be directed to the Registrar, Marsha Jacobs, by or at 916-408-8052.

Register by Mail

Mail the standard USOF entry form (, and a check made out to BAOC, to the Registrar:

c/o Marsha Jacobs
2077 Fallen Leaf Lane
Lincoln, CA 95648

Register Online

Online registration is now closed. Your registration is not considered to be confirmed until your payment is received by the Registrar (see above). (BAOC gratefully acknowledges Kent Shaw for making his online registration system available for the Golden Gate Getaway.)

If you're registering as a recreational participant for the sprint finals, go here (

Event Prices

O in the Oaks A-meet

Recreational courses will be available for registration at the event each day at standard BAOC prices (i.e., there is no preregistration for recreational courses).

The following table shows the prices for the A-meet event.

Postmarked by Oct. 10 Postmarked by Oct. 28 Day of Event
Saturday A-Meet (adults) $24 $30 $36
Saturday A-Meet (juniors, under 21) $12 $15 $18
Sunday A-Meet (adults) $24 $30 $36
Sunday A-Meet (juniors, under 21) $12 $15 $18
O in the Oaks Camping (adults) $4 per night $4 per night $4 per night
O in the Oaks Camping (juniors, under 21) $1 per night $1 per night $1 per night

Adult members of USOF (or some other national orienteering federation) may subtract $3 from their total fee for each event entered; juniors who are members of USOF (or some other national orienteering federation) may subtract $1.50 for each event entered. Per-day e-punch rental is $3. After October 28, A-meet entrants must register at the event and pay day-of-event prices.

The park has a $5 vehicle fee per day, with a senior (62 and over) discount of $1. Your camping receipt is good for parking. There is limited parking at the site, so please try to carpool from the campground or motel. Other carpool locations may be announced.

Training Camp & Sprint Finals

The Training Camp will be Nov. 9–12; the Sprint Finals will be Nov. 13–15.

If you're registering as a recreational participant for the Sprint Finals (i.e., "just for fun" and not running for the Sprint Series competition), then the cost is just $10 per event, $3 for students and juniors. And there's a $15 ($5 juniors and students) package deal for the two Saturday events.

There is a separate preregistration system for recreational entries—go here ( Day-of registration is also available, but it is preferred that you preregister, which does not commit you to show up. Payment for all recreational participants will be collected at the events.

For the Sprint Finals, COOL Junior League participants should not register as recreational! Use the BAOC system, and your entry costs will be covered by the COOL season pass.

The following table shows the prices for the North American Sprint Series Final & Training Camp (

Postmarked by Oct. 10 Postmarked by Oct. 28 Day of Event
Friday Sprint Finals (adults) $10 $12 $15
Friday Sprint Finals (juniors, under 21) $5 $6 $8
Saturday Sprint Finals (adults) $40 $48 $60
Saturday Sprint Finals (juniors, under 21) $20 $24 $30
Sunday Sprint Finals (adults) $20 $24 $30
Sunday Sprint Finals (juniors, under 21) $10 $12 $15
Package of All Sprint Finals (adults) $60 $70 $100
Package of All Sprint Finals (juniors, under 21) $30 $35 $50
Package of All Training Camp (adults) $30 $35 NA
Package of All Training Camp (juniors, under 21) $10 $15 NA
Package of Finals plus Training Camp (adults) $80 $100 NA
Package of Finals plus Training Camp (juniors, under 21) $35 $45 NA

Individual Training Camp events are $5 per event, $3 for juniors and students. If doing two events in a day, the second event is free for juniors. These fees will be paid at the events.

There is a $3-per-day fee for e-punch rental for the Sprint Final days. (E-punch sticks will not be rented for Training Camp events.) After October 28, competitors must register at the event site and pay day-of-event prices.

Recreational Courses

White, Yellow, and Orange recreational courses will be available on the A-meet days at regular BAOC fees. Advance registration is not available (or needed)—simply show up at the event, register, pay, and enjoy your course(s).

Note: The normal event schedule will not apply on the A-meet days. On Saturday, you need to register and start before noon; on Sunday, before 11:00 AM.

Recreational entries will also be available on the Sprint Final days. Preregistration is requested (but not required) for those days—see the section above for details.

Informal Saturday Dinner/Social

Thanks to Nancy for getting us situated at the group campground — a great meet-up spot for informal socializing.

After talking to a few folks, and gathering some ideas, here's a loose plan for the Saturday informal socializing...

I think if we gather around 5:00 at the group campground, people can hook up and decide what they'd like to do. Weather may be a factor.

Some may want to head down to Casa de Fruta and grab some dinner; or if there's talk of another venue we can try it. Casa de Fruta certainly has some sensational appeal.

Some may want to remain at the campground and set up dinner there.

If you're not staying at the campground, but want to enjoy people, I think 5:00 at the group campsite would be a good place to meet us and see how it plays out.

And whatever people do, if conditions are right, we should all be able to enjoy the campfire when returning from any spot.

Looking forward to the event and enjoying everybody!


We have arranged camping for the nights of Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, at the San Luis Creek Group Campground in San Luis Reservoir, SRA ( This campground is 7 miles west of I-5, is close to Pacheco State Park, and has flush toilets and hot pay showers.

We have room for 30 campers and 10 vehicles on Friday night (in Group Site B), and 90 campers and 25 vehicles on Saturday night (in Group Sites A and B). Extra vehicles are $7 each, and there is plenty of overflow parking (but let's try to carpool to the event).

The camping will be $4 a night for adults, and $1 a night for juniors under 21. Event preregistration has ended, but you can still sign up for camping. If you decide to camp, please let know, and you can pay for camping ($4/adult, $1/junior per night) at packet pick-up, or pay Jim Fish at the campsite.

Check-in time is 2:00 PM, and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Contact for more information.


The closest motel is Motel 6 at the junction of Highways 152 and 33, east of the park. Next closest is the Casa de Fruta Motel, but it has only 12 rooms. Most people will probably stay at one of the several motels at Santa Nella, off Interstate 5. Los Banos, Hollister, and Gilroy also have numerous lodging offerings. Check the locator map (,-121.112595&spn=0.127073,0.308647&z=12) for contact information.

Weather Information

This is the perfect time of the year for Pacheco State Park. The weather has cooled, and the rainy season has yet to get underway. But be prepared for any type of weather. You can click on the flag below to see the current forecast.

Click for Gustine, California Forecast

Volunteers Needed

We will need lots of volunteers to put on this event. First, we need crew chiefs. You have your choice of:

Thanks to the following people who are already on the list:

In addition to crew chiefs, of course, we will need lots of crew members. It's not too early to express your preferences (hint, hint).

We will also need vetters to try out the courses beforehand.

It is exactly 4 weeks until O in the Oaks '09 at Pacheco Pass State Park. Your course setters have been busy planning the best courses possible, and it is coming together very nicely. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to this beautiful new area for orienteering.
One of the challenges of running an A-meet in a new area is to be sure that the courses adequately meet the USOF guidelines. Therefore we are looking for volunteers to test run the courses. If you will not be able to make it to the A-meet on Nov 7–8, but would like to run a course, let us know and we will arrange for you to receive a map. We are especially interested in any Blue runners who may be available.
Derek, Dan, Alex, Toby (10/11/2009)

Contact , Event Director for the O in the Oaks A-meet.


The nearest airport is San Jose International. San Francisco, Oakland, and Fresno are also good alternatives with scheduled air service.

Driving Directions

From San Jose and the West: From US 101, take CA-152 (exit 356) 14 miles east to Pacheco Pass. Turn right into the park. Follow O-signs to registration.

From Sacramento and the North: From I-5, take CA-33 south (Santa Nella exit 407) 3 miles to CA-152. Turn right onto CA-152 and go 8 miles west to Pacheco Pass. Turn left into the park entrance. Follow O-signs to registration.

From Los Angeles and the South: From I-5, take CA-152 (exit 403B) west 12 miles to Pacheco Pass. Turn left into the park entrance. Follow O-signs to registration.