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Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Date: (Sun.) Oct. 28, 2012
Location: Livermore, CA
Event Directors: - 925.516.7622, - 925.516.7622
Course Setters: Luc Poppe, Theo Verhoeven, Cedric Lasfargues
Type: B; All the standard courses will be offered — Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

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

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve north of Livermore is a land of moderate and steep slopes, half of them covered by open grassland and the other half covered by generally sparse forests of oak, bay laurel, and madrone. Our annual event at this park has become a fall tradition in BAOC.

This year we will provide the "standard 7" courses: White and Yellow courses at the beginner level, an Orange course for intermediate-level navigators, and the usual Brown, Green, Red, and Blue courses for advanced navigators.

Here is the schedule for the day:

If this is your first time orienteering, mention that at registration, and they will direct you to a free beginners clinic to get you started. Come on out and join us!

Park admission is free.


The White, Yellow, and Orange courses will begin about 500 m from the Registration area.

All the advanced courses will begin at a remote start that is about a 15- or 20-minute walk from the Registration area. These advanced courses will use a self-start process.

The advanced courses this year will venture into some of the terrain on the west side of Morgan Territory road. Poison oak is fairly abundant in this area, but is almost all very short (usually no more than 6 inches or a foot off the ground). As usual, care has been taken to design courses that avoid most of this hazard.

Here are the course statistics:

   Course    Distance   Climb   Controls   Difficulty
   White      2.0 km     85 m       8      Very Easy
   Yellow     2.8 km     85 m       9      Less Easy
   Orange     4.0 km    160 m      10      Intermediate
   Brown      3.1 km    225 m      14      Advanced
   Green      5.3 km    300 m      16      Advanced
   Red        6.3 km    370 m      18      Advanced
   Blue       7.5 km    425 m      21      Advanced

Be sure to read the Course Setters' Notes for more information.

Junior Skills Clinics

BAOC will be offering two Junior skills clinics at this event.

Navigation by vegetation (primarily for White and Yellow). How do woods and clearings and thickets help you figure out where you are on a trail? How do they help you once you go off the trail? Leader – Janet Petersen

Handrails and Attack Points (primarily for Orange). How do you decide which features on the map will help you get to the next control most efficiently? A lot of the time, it comes down to identifying what orienteers call "handrails" and "attack points". Leader – Nick Corsano

We will all meet at 10:30 near the registration table. We will then divide up into the two workshop groups, and spend 30 minutes or so on our topics. Then you can go out on your course, and try to apply what you've learned!

Request for Volunteers

The Event Directors request assistance with the various tasks required to make the event possible. Help is needed with parking, registration, clinics for beginners, starts, Finish, E-punch, social, and control pick-up.

As of Tuesday, October 23, we are in need of a few more volunteers, especially for clinics, the Finish, and E-punch.

Please let know if you can be of any assistance.

Driving Directions

Everyone is encouraged to carpool since parking at the park is somewhat limited.

Take I-580 east to the North Livermore Avenue exit in Livermore. To get to the park, head north on North Livermore Ave until forced to turn left onto Manning Road. Take the next right onto Morgan Territory Road, and continue 5.6 miles to the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve parking lot on the right. The road is very narrow with many sharp curves, so allow extra time and drive carefully. Parking and park admission are free. Parking on the road outside the park is not permitted.

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