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Tahoe Weekend 2018

Date: Aug. 4 - 5, 2018
Location: Lake Tahoe Area
Event Director: - 415.566.7990
Course Setters: Bruce Wolfe, Paul Carson
Type: B; Two-day event with the seven standard courses each day; Spooner Lake on Saturday and Burton Creek on Sunday

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

Did we hear you wanted a B-meet in forested terrain? Well we have the perfect weekend planned for you in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. Bruce Wolfe has planned the standard seven courses in Classic format at Spooner Lake in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ( (in Nevada, on the east side of the lake) for Saturday, August 4. Paul Carson has set seven Classic courses at Burton Creek State Park ( (in California, on the northwest side of the lake) for Sunday, August 5.

For those wanting to drive up on Saturday and still compete, we will keep the Spooner Lake courses open until 3:00 PM. However, all the other standard event times apply​—​in other words, make sure you register by 11:59 AM. Enter the main park entrance for Spooner Lake, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, and follow the BAOC directional signs to the assembly area. The park entrance fee is $10 per vehicle.

On Sunday, Burton Creek's assembly area is at North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City.


The standard BAOC event schedule will be followed both days, except that the course-closing time on Saturday will be extended:

  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 (or earlier if no requests)
11:59 AM – Registration closes
12:30 PM – Starts close
  3:00 PMSaturday courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
  2:00 PMSunday courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins

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 course.

Everyone must check in at the Finish by the closing times shown above, and report to the E-punch table, so we can have everyone accounted for and start checkpoint pick-up on time so those volunteers can get home.

Registration and Costs

At registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration form is available here (PDF/38KB) (

The following fees apply at this event:

  $3 for juniors on beginner (White and Yellow) courses
  $8 for adults on beginner (White and Yellow) courses
  $5 for juniors on intermediate (Orange) and advanced courses  
$12 member price for intermediate (Orange) and advanced courses
$18 non-member price for intermediate (Orange) and advanced courses
  $1 for a compass rental (optional)  
  $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (optional, but each team will need one to complete the course)
$15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)  

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

Note: We are able to accept payments only by cash or check (payable to "BAOC"). We cannot accept credit-card or electronic payments.

If you have the inclination (and can start before 12:30), you can do a second (or third) course for a much-reduced fee.

More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (PDF/100KB), which you can print and fill out in advance to save some time at the event. (You will need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.) Please note that the form has a second page for signatures of group members.

Venue Facilities

Picnic tables, piped water, and flush toilets are available at Spooner Lake.

We might have access to the high school restrooms by Burton Creek State Park; otherwise we will have porta potties.

What to Bring

For the beginner (White and Yellow) courses, comfortable outdoors attire and shoes are fine (although shoes with grip are recommended).

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

A compass is not absolutely necessary, but is strongly recommended. We have compasses available for a $1 rental fee.

We time the courses with the SPORTident system, so a SPORTident fingerstick is required for each team​—​they rent for $5. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)


The course details are below.

Note that the course Length is simply the sum of the straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be somewhat longer, and will depend on your route choices (and any errors you make). (A rough rule of thumb is to mentally replace "km" with "mi", so a "1.8 km" course might cover about 1.8 miles.)

Climb is an estimate of the cumulative "up" that would be encountered on the optimum route, with no regard for any "down" along the way. As with course length, the actual climb you encounter will depend on your route choices (and errors).

Saturday – Spooner Lake

    Course    Length   Climb  Controls
    White     2.7 km    30 m      8  
    Yellow    2.6 km    50 m      9
    Orange    3.4 km   165 m     10
    Brown     3.3 km   165 m      9
    Green     5.2 km   280 m     13
    Red       6.0 km   310 m     16
    Blue      7.1 km   420 m     16

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

Sunday – Burton Creek

                                        Navigational  Physical
    Course    Length   Climb  Controls  Difficulty    Difficulty
    White     1.8 km    20 m     10     Easy          Easy  
    Yellow    3.3 km    70 m     11     Easy          Easy
    Orange    4.5 km   100 m     12     Moderate      Moderate
    Brown     3.9 km    70 m     13     Hard          Moderate
    Green     5.9 km   105 m     17     Hard          Hard
    Red       7.5 km   100 m     18     Hard          Hard
    Blue     10.0 km   205 m     22     Hard          Very Hard

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


Intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown through Blue) courses will traverse some rocky, stony areas​—​watch your step! Deadfall and fallen logs can also be tricky obstacles. You might potentially encounter wildlife such as bears and mountain lions, but that is not likely.

Request for Volunteers

Please note that we need plenty of volunteer support, including assembly area set-up, beginner's clinics, starts, and control pick-up. If you are able to help out, please send an e-mail indicating your availability and preferred volunteer job.

July 31 Update:

Thank you to those that have contacted me already and volunteered. Many more positions to fill! I especially would like to make sure I have the morning shifts covered at Spooner Lake. I would like to have more volunteers to keep the shifts to about 45 minutes.
All positions are still available, but the following are of particular note for Spooner Lake on Saturday, with arrival times:
  • Any early birds to help set up the staging area – 7:30 AM
  • Registration at Spooner Lake – 8:30 AM
  • Early beginner's clinics – 9:15 AM
  • Early starts – 9:30 AM
And for Burton Creek on Sunday:
  • E-punch to assist Western Race Services (separate registration and download)

Thanks – Deron van Hoff, Event Director

Driving Directions

There's a map here that shows the locations of the events.

Saturday – Spooner Lake

The approximate coordinates for the park entrance are 39.1063,–119.9189

Spooner Lake is on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, near the junction of Routes 28 and 50, which is between Incline Village and South Lake Tahoe.

From Truckee, exit I-80 at CA Route 267 and head south to King's Beach. At the lake, go left (east) on CA Route 28. Spooner Lake park entrance is approximately 10 miles south of Incline Village, on the left side of the road.

From South Lake Tahoe, take U.S. Route 50 north approximately 10 miles, then turn left onto CA Route 28. The park entrance will be on the right.

Expect to pay a park fee at the entrance kiosk. It's $8 for NV residents, and $10 for others. Note that parking might be limited, so please carpool if possible.

Free parking is located on the west side of Route 28, just north of the intersection with U.S. 50. The walk is about 0.25 mile (400 m). If you park there, be very careful crossing Route 28 while walking to and from the event. Also, be aware that there is a $1 per person walk-in use fee assessed at self-pay stations.

Sunday – Burton Creek

The approximate coordinates for the assembly area at North Tahoe High School are 39.1940,–120.1193

Take I-80 east to CA Route 89 south toward Tahoe City. At the main intersection in Tahoe City (by the Save Mart on your left), go straight onto CA Route 28 (N Lake Blvd). After 2 miles, turn left onto Fabian Way. (There's a 7-Eleven store on the opposite side of the highway.) Make an immediate right onto Village Rd. Turn left at the third intersection onto Polaris Dr, go to the end of the street, and follow signs for parking at North Tahoe High School.

There are more complete directions in the Course Setter's Notes.