2011 Sierra 3-Day A-meet
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The Sierra 3-Day at Little Truckee Summit

2011 Western States Championships

Date: Sep. 9 - 11, 2011
Location: Truckee & Sierraville, CA
Event Director: - 530.214.6168
Course Setters: Donatas Ereminas, Dwight Freund (GCO), Greg Walker
Type: A; Three-day OUSA A-meet on a new map: Friday Sprint, Saturday Middle, Sunday Long. This event will be the 2011 Western States Championships.

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Event Director's Notes


Welcome to the Bay Area Orienteering Club’s Sierra 3-Day at Little Truckee Summit, Western State Championships, September 9–11, 2011.

We are excited to see participants from all over the globe.

We offer three different course challenges over the three days: Sprint on Friday afternoon, Middle Distance on Saturday morning, and Long Distance on Sunday morning.

Recreational Courses

All are welcome. You can participate individually or in small groups.

White (beginner), Yellow (advanced beginner), and Orange (intermediate) courses are available to recreational orienteers all three days for the normal BAOC prices. The courses cover different areas of the parks each day.

Free beginner’s clinics given by experienced orienteers will be available Friday (2:30 PM – 4:00 PM), Saturday (9:30 AM – 11:00 AM) and Sunday (8:30 AM – 10:00 AM). These short training sessions provide enough information to be able to complete a beginner course.

All participants must check in at the Finish before the Course Closing Times (7 PM Friday, 3:15 PM Saturday and 2:15 PM Sunday).

Saturday Evening

Pot Luck dinner from 5–7; Campfires and possibly music are happening at Donner Memorial State Park “China Cove” Picnic Area at the Southeast end of Donner Lake. When you enter through the State Park entrance, there is an $8.00 fee per vehicle. Drive along South Shore Drive to the Picnic Area. Come join the fun!


Be sensible. Mind your limits. Easy to say, since the first thing that goes with altitude and heat stress is good judgment. Give special attention to pre-hydration. We plan to have lots of water on the course. Be sure to drink it before you need it. Use lots of sunscreen and wear dark glasses when possible.
Also occurring at Northstar this weekend is the 26th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival (http://www.northstarattahoe.com/info/calendar/calendarevent.autumn_food_and_wine.item.asp). Watch out for wine festival participants — they sometimes get carried away.
They may well be using the same Northstar trails you are during the Sprint. They are bigger and faster than you are, and have more momentum.
If you are injured or afraid, use your whistle to summon help. Give three short blasts repeated every 60 seconds. Any competitor hearing your whistle is required to come to your aid. A person who helps you will receive a “sporting withdrawal”, but their run will still be compromised, so please do not blow your whistle unless it is a true emergency.
There are bears at both Northstar and Little Truckee Summit. If you encounter a bear, stop running, and slowly walk away at a perpendicular angle as to not threaten the bear. If you see a bear cub, there will be a protective Mama bear close by. Leave the area at once!

Electronic Punching

SportIdent (SI) electronic punching will be used for all classes on all three days of the event. Each competitor must use an SI "stick". You may rent one at Registration if you do not already own one.

Remember to clear and check your "stick" before you start. When you download after you finish, you will get a printout of your splits to compare with others so you can evaluate your route choices.

Even if you do not finish, it is important to download after your course, so the computer and we know you are out of the woods. If you start but do not download, we may assume you are lost or hurt and send out a search party for you!

Course Closing Times

Courses close at 7 PM on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday all competitors have three full hours to complete their courses. The courses will close about 3:15 PM on Saturday and 2:15 PM on Sunday (i.e., 3 hours after the last start). If you cannot complete your course before then, please abort your run, return to the Finish, and download, so we do not send out a search party for you.


The awards ceremony will take place at 1:00 PM (or earlier) on Sunday at Little Truckee Summit.

We will be using the following daily point system to calculate the overall results in each class:

1st Place – 10 points
2nd Place – 5 points
3rd Place – 3 points
All other finishers – 1 point

Points are awarded for each of the three days in each class. The three-day total is calculated to determine the winners. In case of a tie, the competitor with the best Long Course (Sunday) time will prevail.

Friday Sprint Event

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, September 9, 2011

Registration/Packet pickup 2–7 PM. Starts 3–6 PM.

White/Yellow, Orange/Brown, Green, Red/Blue. Day-of-event entry is available for all A-meet courses. Day-of-event entry for recreational orienteers is available for White/Yellow and Orange courses only.

See the Course Setter’s Notes for more detailed information.


From all points East and West, take Interstate 80 to Exit 188B (Highway 267) just east of Truckee. Take Highway 267 southeast in the direction of King's Beach for about 5.5 miles. Northstar Resort will be on your right. Turn right at the stop light, and go approximately 2.2 km/1.4 miles on Northstar Dr. You will come to a turnaround guest drop off. The parking area is 100 meters north from Village Circle.

Registration will be at the “Aspen Courtyard Meeting Place”.

From the guest drop off, you will walk past the Transit Center and follow the signs approximately 210 meters down Copper Lane. The distance from registration to the start is just under 1 km, with an 80-meter climb uphill near the ski lifts. A map and some signage will guide you. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to get there.

Saturday Middle-Distance Event

Little Truckee Summit, September 10, 2011

Registration/Packet pickup 9–11:30. Starts 10–12. (Starts are about 2 km from the main paved Parking Area, heading east along Cottonwood Road.)

The full complement of seven courses will be offered for A-meet competitors. Day-of-event entry is available for all A-meet courses. Day-of-event entry for recreational orienteers is available for White, Yellow, and Orange courses only.

See the Course Setter’s Notes for more detailed information.


From Interstate Highway 80, take exit 188B. Go north on Highway 89 for about 15 miles to Little Truckee Summit. Orienteering signs and CHP Traffic Control will be in the middle of Highway 89 as you approach the major paved parking area which will be on your left. All competitors must park here and take the shuttle bus from the paved lot to the Registration/Start area, which is 1.9km east along Cottonwood Rd.. The shuttle bus leaves at 10-minute intervals. There is no parking at the meet site along Cottonwood Rd except for meet workers.

Sunday Long-Distance Event

Little Truckee Summit, September 11, 2011

Registration/Packet pickup 8–10:30. Starts 9–11. (Starts are about 1.4 km from the main paved Parking Area, heading east along Cottonwood Road.)

Same levels of courses available as Saturday, but the courses cover different areas of the park.

See the Course Setter’s Notes for more detailed information.


Directions to the junction of Highway 89 and Cottonwood Road are the same. Starts are 1.4 km east along Cottonwood Road from Highway 89. Registration is in the paved parking area. There is no shuttle bus to the Start on Sunday.

Bay Area Orienteering Club wishes you a great weekend!

   Event Director