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Presidio of San Francisco

Date: (Sat.) Sep. 19, 2009
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 415.453.3679
Course Setter: Vic Revenko
Type: C; One of our National Orienteering Day (NOD) events. Note that the event is on SATURDAY this year.

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

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.

Join us for an outing for novices, as well as experienced orienteers at the Presidio National Park on Saturday, September 19, 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. Beginner's clinics will be available for all those who wish one. 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.


Event Notes

The Presidio 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.

We will be holding a one-hour Advanced Course Roundtable from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM led by George Minarik. Please come by before running your course to participate. We would like to have a mix of advanced orienteers and also those who would like to move up to running advanced courses. The format will be designed so everyone can participate. During the hour we will breakdown the elements of running a successful advanced course. Some of the discussion subjects included will be preparation, warm up, map and compass management, advanced map reading issues, and tactics for running different leg types. Please drop by and share your ideas and experiences with the rest of us.

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:


Here are the details of the courses:

   Course        Length   Climb  Controls  Comments
   White         2.8 km    15 m      9     Beginner’s course, no experience needed
   Yellow        3.9 km    65 m      9     Advanced beginners, mostly trail course
                                           requiring little orienteering experience
   Orange        5.9 km    95 m      9     Intermediate, longer, off-trail course, of
                                           moderate difficulty.  Requires experience.
   Long Orange   8.3 km   160 m     11     Intermediate, long, off-trail course of
                                           moderate difficulty.  Great for experienced
                                           orienteers of all levels.  A great runner’s

More information about the courses is available in the Course Setter's Notes. You might also be interested in reading the Course Vetter's Notes.

Driving Directions

Note: Read the directions carefully—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.