“Corona” courses at Morgan Territory

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Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Dates: June 4, 2020 to Nov. 22, 2020
Location: Livermore, CA
Course Setter:
Type: Training; Two courses with real "bags" for practice/exercise during the shutdown

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Note: The controls were picked up Sunday, November 22nd.

November 16th Update

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve has reopened! You can check the park status here (https://www.ebparks.org/parks/morgan/default.htm).

General Notes

There are two new courses at Morgan Territory using a different area compared to last time. (The new courses use the west side of the main road.) Like the previous courses, real control bags are used.

I thank Wayne Staats for vetting the courses.

This website (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bTuHBYmFr-bvBR6iNjjY7d2wvhDii7TuML7ZYs3fpzs/edit?usp=sharing) contains the following:

  1. A link to a Google Docs Folder containing the following documents:
    • Long map
    • Short map
    • Course Setter’s Notes
    • Control descriptions
  2. Links to maps showing the two parking locations. Parking for the Long course is at the main Park parking lot. Parking for the Short course is farther north on Morgan Territory Rd.
  3. The "normal" sign-up sheet.

Please fill in the sign-up sheet before you leave home and after you return.

Here are the course details:

    Course    Length    Climb   Controls
    Short     3.1 km    150 m       9  
    Long      5.0 km    300 m      11

François Léonard
(June 4, 2020)

Courses on RouteGadget

The Morgan Territory West “Corona” training courses are now on RouteGadget. Visit RouteGadget for an introduction, or go directly here (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi) to draw your route. (To see other RouteGadget events worldwide, visit this website (http://www.routegadget.net).)

Since there was no E-punch, I set up the event using the “no results” mode, which requires a bit more effort to enter your route.

Drawing Your Route Manually

You need to enter your name (please include your time after your name), total time, and optionally any cumulative splits that you might have taken. Both splits and total time need to be in MMMSS format. For example, 0:57 is entered as “57”, 5 min 43 sec as “543”, and 1:12:32 as “7232”. That's easy.

Uploading Your GPS Track

You need to enter only your name (please include your time after your name)​—​total time and splits are not required as with manual entry. (RouteGadget automatically adds “GPS” ahead of your name.)

Since there are no E-punch splits, it's very challenging for RouteGadget to fit GPS tracks to the course automatically, especially as our maps are not georeferenced. Thus, you will need to adjust your track manually more than usual.

When you upload your GPS track, there are three blue adjustment points that you can move to adjust your track. There are typically points at the start and finish of the track, and a third one somewhere in the middle of the track.

The trick is to add more blue adjustment points by right-clicking the track anywhere you would like to add a new point. I typically add a blue dot at every control location on my track, as those are easy to identify because of the notable direction change. Then I drag the blue dots to the corresponding control locations on the course. Note that you can remove a blue dot by right-clicking on it.

Happy Routes,

(June 17, 2020)