Boggs 4: Adventure in Lake County
Two-Day A-Meet at Boggs Mountain State Forest
Date: Oct. 6 - 7, 2012
Location: Cobb, CA
Event Director: - 650.906.9672
Course Setters: Heidi Cusworth (NAV-X), Bill Cusworth (NAV-X)
Type: A; We return to the beautiful Boggs Mountain area for a 2-day A-meet -- Long on Saturday, Middle on Sunday
Course Setters' Notes
By Bill and Heidi Cusworth
The Boggs Mountain map is in very good shape overall, but some small updates were made near the control locations. Here are some things worth noting:
- The vegetation has grown up in the open areas since the map was made. Some of these areas will seem a little bit thicker than mapped. This is mostly chaparral type bushes about 1 m tall. These areas will be mostly noticed during Saturday’s long courses. However, the vegetation in the forested areas (most of the map) has not changed much at all.
- There are a number of indistinct rides (old road grades) that did not make it onto the map, but the prominent ones are mapped.
- Many boulders and knolls under 1 meter tall have been mapped. Technically, they are too small for IOF standards, but they are very distinct in this forest. Many of these boulders and knolls have been used on the courses for both days, but only ones that are at least 0.5 m tall.
- No poison oak was noticed in the vicinity of any of the control locations. However, there are definitely some small patches, which can easily be avoided, on the courses. In any case, the usual precautions should be followed.
It appears that yellow jackets could be a concern for the event. They are apparently very thirsty and hot, and are swarming around any water source, including human sweat. It's only a problem if you stop moving for a few minutes, and they don't sting, so it won't likely bother people on their course. However, the yellow jackets could be a problem at the campground and Start areas. For example, the weekend before the event they were swarming all over the toilets.
Saturday, October 6 — Long Courses
Course Length Climb Controls
White 2.6 km 80 m 3.1% 14 Yellow 3.3 km 125 m 3.8% 12 Orange 4.6 km 200 m 4.3% 13 Brown 3.8 km 120 m 3.2% 12 Green 5.5 km 230 m 4.2% 14 Red 8.0 km 390 m 4.9% 17 Blue 10.1 km 525 m 5.2% 19
Distance to Start from parking area: 450 meters, with 30 meters of climb
Distance from Finish to parking area: 250 meters
Water controls: White (1), Yellow (1), Orange (2), Brown (2), Green (2), Red (3), Blue (4) — 1 on Red and 2 on Blue will be on a road in the middle of a leg — all others will be at controls.
The courses are set to the IOF standard for Long courses, which emphasizes route choice and has a number of long legs.
The map scale for all the courses is 1:10,000 (which is a slight change from the early webpage information). The contour interval is 5 meters.
All the courses will start with the exact same first leg, a 115-meter run along a major trail to a trail junction. There will be two E-punch units at this first control, and also at the last control, which is the same for all the courses.
Saturday’s courses will utilize the westernmost part of the map, which hasn’t been used much in the previous events. Our hope was to use some areas that were not as familiar for people who have been to several of the past events.
There are two newer logging areas to note — one close to a Red course control, and one close to a Blue course control. There is also a hazardous area shown on the map near a Red/Blue control. All three areas are noted on the map, but we don’t expect that they should present any problems.
Sunday, October 7 — Middle Courses
Course Length Climb Controls
White 2.6 km 85 m 3.3% 15 Yellow 3.2 km 110 m 3.4% 13 Orange 3.7 km 185 m 5.0% 15 Brown 3.0 km 125 m 4.2% 13 Green 3.5 km 155 m 4.4% 14 Red 4.2 km 155 m 3.7% 16 Blue 4.7 km 185 m 3.9% 17
Distance to Start from parking: 700 meters with 40 meters of climb
Distance from Finish to parking: 250 meters
All the courses will have one water control.
The Finish area will be the same for both days.
The courses are set to the IOF standard for Middle courses, which emphasizes technical challenge and has a number of short to medium length legs.
As for Saturday, the map scale for all the courses is 1:10,000 and the contour interval is 5 meters.
All the courses will start with the exact same first leg, a 100-meter run along a road to a road/trail junction. As with Saturday, there will be two E-punch units at this first control, and also at the last control, which is the same for all the courses.
The Red and Blue courses will have a little bit of overlap of terrain for the two days, but the other courses will have no overlap.