Sierra Summerfest

Sierra Summerfest

Day 2 (AM): A-meet Sprint Event
(Part 1 of the 2013 Western States Championships)

Donner Memorial State Park

Date: (Fri.) Jul. 26, 2013
Location: Truckee, CA
Event Director: - 510.407.1876
Course Setter: Steve Gregg
Type: A; Morning A-meet Sprint (part 1 of the 2013 Western States Championships)

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

A-meet start times are available

Start the Western States Championships, or at least your Friday morning, with a Sprint orienteering event at Donner Memorial State Park. Competitive and recreational courses will be offered at this beautiful and historical venue. The story of the Donner party’s struggle for survival is told at the Emigrant Trail Museum, and there is swimming and boating at Donner Lake to refresh you after your race.

All are welcome at the Summerfest events, and beginners are encouraged to participate! Sprint events are short courses with many decision points​—​a great learning opportunity. Come early to learn more about the sport at our beginners’ clinics.


9:00 AM: Registration/Check-in open
9:30–10:30 AM: Beginners’ clinics
10:00 AM – 12:00: Starts (see the Note below)
1:00 PM: Courses close

Beginners' clinics are repeating, free introductions to orienteering. They provide enough information to be able to complete a beginner (White or Yellow) course.

Note: Preassigned start times for A-meet participants are available here (, and will be available on packets, at Registration, and at the Start. Please make sure you are at the Start at least five minutes before your assigned start time. We might be able to accommodate people who are late, but it will be most convenient for everyone if you are on time.

Please note that everyone must check in at the Finish by the course closing time, even if they have not completed their course.


Registration for the A-meet courses is now closed. (The deadline for early registration was 8:00 PM PDT July 14.) You can see who has registered (and start times) here (

There will be day-of-event registration for competitive courses, with higher fees. (Early registration is not available for recreational courses. Registration will be at the event and standard event fees will apply.)

Note that there is a "Package Deal" for all the Summerfest events (but it requires early registration).

The SPORTident electronic punching system will be used to record controls. Each participant or team will need one E-stick. E-stick rentals are $3 per event. Compasses can also be rented at $1 each.


The preliminary course stats are below. Orange and Brown runners will compete on the same course, as will Red and Blue runners:

    Course          Length   Climb   Controls
    White           1.4 km    30 m      11
    Yellow          1.5 km    35 m      11
    Orange/Brown    1.6 km    35 m      14
    Green           1.9 km    50 m      17
    Red/Blue        2.9 km    70 m      20

The A-meet course time limit is 1 hour.

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

Driving Directions

Donner Memorial State Park is within the town of Truckee, just west of downtown on the south side of Interstate 80; 100 miles east of Sacramento, and 35 miles west of Reno.

From Sacramento and the Bay Area: Take I-80 East to Exit 184, Donner Pass Road. Turn right onto Donner Pass Road. The park entrance is on the left in 0.3 miles.

From Reno and other points east: Take I-80 West to Exit 184, Donner Pass Road. Turn left onto Donner Pass Road. The park entrance is on the left in 0.5 miles.


You are encouraged to park on Donner Pass Road outside the park (for free), either east or west of the entrance. Parking inside the park is $8/day.