Photo gallery image (click to enlarge)

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Date: (Sun.) Mar. 22, 2015
Location: Sunol, CA
Event Director: - 408.878.5073
Course Setters: Matej Šebo, Daniel Šebo, Lubomir Šebo
Type: B; 7-course Long event at one of our most beautiful springtime venues, with courses for all ages and abilities

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


Please note that new registration fees will apply at this event. The new registration form is available here (and will be at the event, of course). Please do not use the previous form.

As usual, we have openings for volunteers at the event. Please consider helping.


Once again, we return to Sunol park (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol) for our classic spring event. The grass is green after recent rains, and the wildflowers are unparalleled at this time of year (see the photo below​—​click on it for a large image).

Seven courses are on the menu, with our usual beginner and intermediate courses as well as advanced Long courses for those who are up for the challenge.

Sunol Scenic View
Larger image (JPG/655KB) (http://baoc.org/gallery/albums/2015-Miscellaneous/Sunol_Scenery_2015_1200w.jpg)

Schedule

  9:00 AM – Registration opens
  9:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction begins (free)
10:00 AM – Starts open
10:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction ends
11:59 AM – Registration closes
12:30 PM – Starts close
  2:00 PM – Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins

Note that you can register and start on courses anytime between the open and close times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want).

Beginners' clinics are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner (White) course.

Everyone must check in at the Finish by 2:00 PM, and report to the E-punch tent, so we can have everyone accounted for and start checkpoint pick-up on time so those volunteers can get home.

After you finish, enjoy free snacks and refreshments, and socialize with other participants!

Costs

Note: The new fees listed below (approved by the Board on March 10) apply at this event.

  $3 for juniors on beginner's and advanced beginner's courses
  $8 for adults on beginner's and advanced beginner's courses
  $5 for juniors on intermediate and advanced courses  
$12 member price for intermediate and advanced courses
$18 non-member price for intermediate and advanced courses
  $1 for a compass rental (optional)  
  $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (if you don't own one, you'll need one to complete the course)
$15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)  

For extra people on a team, add $7 per adult for intermediate and advanced courses or $5 per adult on beginners' courses (with lower prices for juniors).

More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ.

Courses

Here are the final course statistics:

                                             Navigational   Physical  
     Course    Distance   Climb   Controls   Difficulty     Difficulty
     White      2.6 km    110 m      11      Very easy      Easy    
     Yellow     3.2 km    155 m      10      Easy           Moderate
     Orange     4.9 km    165 m      17      Moderate       Moderate
     Brown      4.1 km     40 m      19      Difficult      Easy
     Green      6.4 km    270 m      18      Difficult      Difficult
     Red        8.4 km    420 m      21      Difficult      Very difficult
     Blue       9.6 km    470 m      26      Difficult      Grueling

The White course is for beginners and young children. It's a great warmup if you're trying orienteering for the first time. You get to see the map before the start and experience how everything works. This course is entirely on trails.

The Yellow course is considered an advanced beginner's course. It's suitable for somebody with some orienteering experience, or who is comfortable reading topographic maps. This course ventures off trails for short distances, but navigation is still relatively easy.

Note: Beginners should be aware that the distances shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be longer. The climb numbers represent the amount of ascending that would be done on the "optimum route" (in the Course Setter's opinion), without regard for any descending.

The Orange course is an intermediate course for those experienced at reading topographical maps. It ventures fully off trails, although controls are always at distinct, easily recognizable features.

The Brown, Green, Red, and Blue courses are for more experienced participants. Those courses explore the forests, meadows, hilltops, and valleys for a fun, challenging navigation experience. The Brown course is Classic length, while Green, Red, and Blue are Long courses.

There will be three Start locations for this event:

  1. The Start for the White and Yellow courses is located 200 meters from the registration area (a 3-minute walk).
  2. Those on the Orange and Brown courses will walk 1.7 km (178 m climb) up a gradually sloping hill to get to their Start location, which will take approximately 20–40 minutes. The route is almost entirely on trails and will be clearly marked with blue pin flags. Water will be provided at this Start.
  3. From that point, Green, Red, and Blue runners will walk an additional 0.6 km (128 m climb) up a steep incline to reach the advanced-course Start. It takes 30–60 minutes in total to reach the advanced-course Start (total 2.3 km, 306 m climb), so please plan on coming early if you want to go out on Green, Red, or Blue. (Note: Contrary to previous information, there will be Clear and Check units at this Start.)

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

What to Bring

For beginners' courses, comfortable outdoors attire and shoes are fine.

For intermediate and advanced courses, leg cover or gaiters are recommended, as well as shoes with some extra grip on the soles.

A compass is not necessary, but can be helpful. We have compasses available for a $1 rental fee.

We time the courses with the SPORTident system; a SPORTident finger stick can be rented for $5. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)

Request for Volunteers

Please consider volunteering to help at this event. Help will be especially needed during morning setup and control pickup at the end of the event. Contact the if you can help (you can even contact him at the event, but he would appreciate knowing in advance).

Driving directions

Sunol Regional Wilderness is in the East Bay. Take highway I-680 to the Calaveras Road exit near Sunol. Go south on Calaveras Road about six miles to Geary Road. Turn left onto Geary and continue a couple of miles to the park entrance. Pay the entrance fee (see below), and follow the O' signs to the Registration area. (Park only in designated parking areas. The rangers do give tickets.)

Be prepared to pay a park-usage fee of $5 per car (and $2 per dog) [2014 rates, subject to change]. Most likely a ranger will be on duty at the entrance kiosk to accept your payment, but if not, you may have to use a ticket machine that takes only $1, $5, and $10 bills.

There's a map here that shows the location of the park. (Click on the "pins" in the East Bay until you find the one for this event, and then drag the map [not the pin] to center the pin, and zoom in to see more detail.)