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Boggs Mountain Weekend

Date: Sep. 21 - 22, 2013
Location: Cobb, CA
Event Director: - 925.516.7622
Course Setters: Bill Cusworth (GCO), Heidi Cusworth (GCO)
Type: B; Middle-distance courses on Saturday and a Wilderness Scramble on Sunday (the Saturday mountain bike event has been canceled due to park restrictions)

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


Note: Please drive slowly on the forest service roads. This is a requirement that is included in our permit, and must be respected if we want to continue our good relationship with the Fire Service ranger.


September 11th Update

A Green course has been added to the Boggs Sunday event. This is a late addition to the weekend based on requests by many BAOC and non-BAOC members. Please spread the word to other clubs and organizations to promote what will be an exciting weekend of orienteering.
Thank you to the following E-punch volunteers who have offered to help both days: Rex W. and George M.
Help is still needed for the following tasks on both days:
• Start
• Finish
• Registration
• Beginners clinics
• Control pick-up
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you the weekend of September 21 and 22 at Boggs.


The Bay Area Orienteering Club returns to the quiet pine forests of Boggs Mountain for a weekend of fun at this venue that many consider the finest orienteering terrain in Northern California.

Boggs Mountain is situated in Lake County, which is a hilly, rural region, about a two-hour drive from San Francisco, Oakland, or Sacramento, and just one mountain ridge north of Napa Valley. It is known for its recreational opportunities, its vibrant new wine industry, and the cleanest air in California. Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California, is the recreational hub of the county and is just a short drive from Boggs Mountain.

Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest (http://www.boggsmountain.org/SF_Explore.htm) is really a plateau topped with a series of small hilltops. The area is covered with a very runnable pine forest, and the slopes are fairly gradual over most of the plateau. The average elevation is about 3000 feet (900 meters) above sea level.

The event will consist of middle-distance, point-to-point courses on Saturday and a mass start Wilderness Scramble on Sunday. Orienteers of all levels of skill and experience, and of all ages, are welcome!

Note: The original event announcement included a mountain bike event. Unfortunately, the mountain bike event was not approved by the ranger.

Schedule

Saturday Middle-Distance Courses

9:00 AM – Noon: Registration
9:30–10:30 AM: Beginner's clinics
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts
2:00 PM: Courses close
Note:
  • Everyone must check in at the Start to be assigned a start time.
  • You have 3 hours, or until 2:00 PM, to complete your course, whichever comes first.
  • All participants must check in at the Finish, whether or not you complete your course. This is the only way we know that you have returned safely; otherwise, we must initiate a search-and-rescue.

Sunday Wilderness Scramble

  8:45 AM: Registration
  9:15 AM: Map distribution and pre-race instructions
  9:25 AM: Instruction clinic for beginners
10:00 AM: Mass Start
11:30 AM: Course closes, 90-minute category
  1:00 PM: Course closes, 3-hour category
Note:
  • Everyone must check in at the Start so we can know you're on the course.
  • You have 90 minutes or 3 hours to complete your course.
  • All participants must check in at the Finish, whether or not you complete your course. This is the only way we know that you have returned safely; otherwise, we must initiate a search-and-rescue.

Sunday Green Course

Here is the schedule for the course:

8:45–9:30 AM: Registration
10:10–11:00 AM: Starts
1:00 PM: Course closes
Note:
  • Everyone must check in at the Start to be assigned a start time.
  • All participants must check in at the Finish, whether or not you complete your course. This is the only way we know that you have returned safely; otherwise, we must initiate a search-and-rescue.

Event Fees

Saturday Middle-Distance Courses

The standard BAOC event fees will apply for this day:

    Beginner (White, Yellow) Courses
       Entry fee for first person           Adult $6     Junior $3
       Each additional person in group      Adult $3     Junior $2
       2nd (3rd, 4th, ...) course           Adult $3     Junior $2
    Intermediate (Orange) and Advanced (Brown, Green, Red, Blue) Courses
       Member entry fee, first person       Adult $10    Junior $5
       Non-member entry fee, first person   Adult $15    Junior $5
       Each additional person in group      Adult $5     Junior $3
       2nd (3rd, 4th, ...) course           Adult $5     Junior $3
    Children under 8 with parent,
       guardian, or youth group leader      Free
    Beginners' Clinics                      Free
    Compass Rental                          $1; no security deposit required
    E-punch Rental                          $3; no security deposit required
                                              ($25 liability for lost stick)

A Junior is defined as anyone age 8 through 20.
Note that "group" refers to people going on a course together, not people arriving at the event together. For example, six people might arrive together, and go on courses as three groups of one, two, and three people, respectively. One person in each group pays the appropriate "first person" fee listed above; each of the other people in a group pays the lower, "additional person" fee.

Sunday Wilderness Scramble

The following special fees will apply for this day:

$20 – For first adult team member
$10 – Each additional adult member
$5 – Each additional youth member (aged 12-20)
Free – Youth under 12, must be accompanying adult

Sunday Green Course

The following fees will apply for this course:

    Member entry fee, first person          Adult $10    Junior $5
    Non-member entry fee, first person      Adult $15    Junior $5
    Each additional person in group         Adult $5     Junior $3

A Junior is defined as anyone age 8 through 20.
Note that "group" refers to people going on a course together, not people arriving at the event together. For example, six people might arrive together, and go on courses as three groups of one, two, and three people, respectively. One person in each group pays the appropriate "first person" fee listed above; each of the other people in a group pays the lower, "additional person" fee.

Course Information

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

Saturday Middle-Distance Courses

    Course     Length       Climb       Controls
    White      1.9 km     60 km  3.2%      12
    Yellow     3.1 km     95 km  3.1%      11
    Orange     3.3 km    100 km  3.0%      11
    Brown      3.2 km    125 km  3.9%      12
    Green      3.6 km    170 km  4.7%      13
    Red        4.4 km    195 km  4.4%      14
    Blue       4.8 km    220 km  4.6%      17

Sunday Wilderness Scramble

Optimal route to get all the controls:

16.7 km, 885 m climb (5.3%), 33 controls, 1000 points

Sunday Green Course

The Green course will use controls that are on the Scramble. Here are the numbers:

4.6 km, 195 m climb (4.2%), 8 controls

Electronic Punching

The SPORTident E-Punch system will be used both days. Rental E-Punch will be available at the event.

Boggs Mountain Map

The map was field checked and drawn in OCAD in 2006 and 2007 by Vladimir Zherdev under the direction of Bob Cooley, BAOC Mapping Director. The contour interval is 5 meters. The map scale is 1:10000 for all the middle-distance courses and 1:15000 for the Scramble.

Volunteers

This event will require volunteer help. As of September 2nd, we're looking for volunteers for the following positions:

Please email the event director, , if you can help.

Control Pick-Up

Boggs Mountain is fast approaching ... the Course Setters' Notes have been published ... exciting times ahead! Yes, exciting times, but the controls still have to be picked up after each day's event. (Note that control pick-up will be able to begin earlier than usual on Sunday.) Penny and I have volunteered to organize control pick-up for each day, and we need volunteers to help. E-mail and if you can help. Either day, or hopefully both days, would be much appreciated. Thanks,

Lodging

Here are some suggestions for lodging in the towns nearest the event site. They are all fairly small, and may fill up quickly.

The town of Clear Lake, about 40 minutes away, has a wider variety of accommodations (http://www.lakecounty.com/Accommodations/Area/Clearlake.htm), including:

Calistoga, in northern Napa County, is about 50 minutes away, but staying there shortens your Friday night drive by that amount. Lodging information can be found here (http://napavalley.com/regions/calistoga/lodging.html).

Camping

Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest, at the event site itself

On the plus side, it’s a beautiful spot, it’s convenient, it’s free, and it will be the center of all the organized social activity for the weekend (more information coming soon). On the minus side, the facilities are minimal (a pit latrine and portable toilets, limited tables and fire pits, no running water or trash containers). You will need to bring your own water and remove your own trash. No new fire circles may be constructed. You will also need to stay close to the camping area, since you will be surrounded by areas used for the weekend’s courses (and thus off limits).

Jellystone RV Park and Camp Resort (http://www.jellystonecobbmtn.com), 10 minutes away.

This is a well equipped private campground with tent and RV sites, a few cabins, laundry, playground, swimming pool, showers, etc. If you're not staying at this park, you can pay $3 to get a pass to take a shower (the previous "$13" amount was incorrect).

Clear Lake State Park (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=473), 30 minutes away

Lakefront park with tent/RV sites, restrooms, and showers.
Individual campsites (for up to 8 people each) are first come, first serve. There are two group campsites that can be reserved, but you need to have at least 9 people. Both types of sites have tiled, flush-toilet bathrooms, and nice, large, coin-operated (bring quarters), tiled showers.
There is a nice swimming area on the lake. If you are not camping there, you can pay the day-use fee to swim and take a shower.

Driving Directions

Traffic Warning: Friday afternoon and evening traffic on CA 29 through Napa Valley and US 101 to Santa Rosa is quite heavy. Give yourself at least an extra hour to get through this.

From San Francisco via Santa Rosa

From the East Bay via Napa Valley

(Once in the Napa Valley, you have the option of taking the scenic Silverado Trail instead of the traffic-heavy CA-29. Turn right to leave CA-29 at Trancas, then turn left onto Silverado heading north. You will turn right onto CA-29 just north of Calistoga.)

From Sacramento