Photo gallery image (click to enlarge)

Red Bluff Training Weekend

Date: Apr. 24 - 26, 2009
Location: Red Bluff, CA
Event Director: - 541.401.7595
Course Setter: Ben Legg
Type: Training; A great training opportunity in Northern California. Spaces are limited, RSVP is required.

Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

Note added April 19:

The weekend is approaching fast. I have sent out the logistical information to (almost) all the people who contacted me by email. I had problems contacting at least one person. If you wanted to participate and didn't hear from me, let me know ASAP.

Note added March 26:

Just a heads up. There has been significant interest in the Red Bluff training campout. I already have an estimated attendance of over 30 people! This is great, but I prefer keeping things small, so I will likely limit the attendance to around 50 people.
I haven't decided exactly how to implement this, perhaps I will even change my mind and make things bigger. But right now, I recommend that you RSVP as soon as possible so that I can save you a spot.

Once again, I'm excited to be offering a great orienteering training opportunity. On April 24th-26th we'll be returning to Red Bluff, California for a camping weekend. This is just one weekend before the Boggs Mountain A-meet, so consider it a last chance to hone your skills before the big event. Last year's training event there was great. Check out these photos (

Like last year, I'd like everyone to . The sooner you can do this, the easier it is for me to plan. All skill levels are welcome. The Red Bluff terrain is an excellent place for beginners to build their skills. Youth are welcome too, but I'd like a parent or guardian to come along.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, April 24th – We'll get a group campsite at Lake Red Bluff in Northern California. I've even prepared an orienteering map of the 300-acre campground.

Saturday, April 25th – Saturday morning we'll drive a little north, for training exercises on the Perry Riffle map. This is a beautiful expanse of blue oak savanna, with fast open running, gentle hills, and lots of wildflowers. In the evening, participants are encouraged to join us back at the Lake Red Bluff Campground for a potluck BBQ dinner (and perhaps more orienteering).

Sunday, April 26th – Those of us from the Bay Area will get up early and drive south on I-5 to participate in GCO's Sacramento River Bend meet. And then head home from there.

Once again, please as soon as possible. I hope you can make it!

What to Bring

Bring your typical orienteering and camping gear, and don't forget your signaling whistle. The campground has BBQ grills, picnic tables, and quarter-fed showers. There are groceries, motels, and restaurants nearby.

Bring something tasty to share for Saturday's dinner. Other meals are on-your-own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. There is no running water at the training site, just an outhouse.

Safety Information

Weather is variable—come prepared for cold and heat. Bring a whistle for emergency signaling. Rattlesnakes are common. Gaiters and long baggy pants are recommended. There are cliffs on the map, so look before you leap. There is some poison oak, but it is easily avoided. The Sacramento River is cold and swift, but refreshing. Cell coverage is spotty.