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Twin Peaks

Date: (Sun.) Dec. 4, 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 415.359.4237
Course Setter: Mark Prior
Type: C; New this year: Fast and furious (or not) point-to-point courses at this urban event with lots of variety and amazing views of San Francisco. (Not a Score-O event as previous described.)

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

Think you know San Francisco? Think again! This year we'll revisit our most urban map on Sunday, December 4th, with an event right in the geographic center of San Francisco. There are a surprising number of wooded and open areas, along with hidden stairways and amazing views. The atmosphere of the city changes every few blocks, as can the weather!


Unlike all previous events on this map, this course will be classic point-to-point orienteering in which all participants must follow the same mapped route! Additionally, the route will be focused on the northeastern portion of the map, near the Castro, to best take advantage of complex features and interesting route choices while minimizing distance between controls.

For veterans of previous Twin Peaks events, this course should have a much different feel, with a focus on rapid decision making and detailed map reading — all while competing on a shared, linear course.

The event will offer both a Short and Long course, with expected winning times (for a super fast runner) of 35 and 50 minutes, respectively. Of course, we expect that many competitors will take their time to enjoy the view, bask in the sun, or introduce newbies to the sport.

We will use a mixture of unique features for controls, like lamppost numbers, signs, etc. You will mark the correct answers, multiple-choice style, on a sheet we provide with the map.

Here are the course details:

   Course    Length    Climb   Controls
   Short     5.5 km    130 m      14
   Long      7.8 km    200 m      19

See the Course Setter's Notes for more information.


Please note that everyone must report back at the Finish by 2:00 (even if you haven't completed your course) so we know that you have returned safely.


New location this year!

This event will begin and end at the Kite Hill Open Space park, a tiny green knob set perfectly in the Castro neighborhood, a few blocks from famous Castro Street with great access and gorgeous views.

To find the park, search "Kite Hill" on Google Maps or point your GPS to "47 Grand View Terrace". There is ample parking on the surrounding streets, and the park can be approached from any surrounding street.

There's a map here that shows the location of the park.