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Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
Date: (Sun.) Feb. 9, 2020
Location: Gilroy, CA
Event Director: - 510.525.1574
Course Setter: Lubomir Šebo
Type: B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)
Optional online registration is now open. See below for details.
Everyone is welcomed to attend this event. We especially love beginners. There will be beginner’s clinics at the event to get you started. Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch is a beautiful wilderness park near Gilroy with some wonderful views. In February the park will be green and lush. The terrain is typical oak woodland. It is interesting and somewhat steep. Course designer Lubomir Šebo will set the standard seven courses.
What is Orienteering?
An adventure! Discover the outdoors and discover yourself! You can explore a course by yourself or go as a team with your friends. You will get a highly detailed orienteering map, probably unlike any map you have seen before. The map will have a lot of detail on it, such as fences, boulders, lone trees, vegetation boundaries, and anything else you might see. Your course will be printed on the map.
Orienteering is easy to learn, a challenge to master, and incredibly fun! You can read more about orienteering here.
- 9:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Registration open
- 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Beginners’ clinic instruction (free)
- 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts open
- 2:00 PM: Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
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/90KB)).
Note that you can register and start on courses anytime during the open times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be “punctual” at 9:00 (but you can if you want, but please don't show up earlier and expect to be served).
Beginners’ clinics are 15–20-minute, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner (White) course.
Note that you must return to the Finish by 2:00, and then go to the download tent, even if you have not finished your course. If there are unaccounted people after 2:00, we must initiate a search for them.
After you finish, stick around and socialize with other participants!
The following fees apply at this event:
- $3 for each junior (age 8 through 20) on beginner's (White) and advanced beginner's (Yellow) courses
- $8 for each adult on beginner's and advanced beginner's courses
- $5 for each junior on intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown, Green, Red, Blue) courses
- $15 for each member on intermediate and advanced courses
- $20 for each non-member on 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)
- Online registration is open here (https://eventreg.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/register/start/harveybear2020). It is not required—you can register at the event. Credit cards are accepted for online registration.
Online registration will close on Saturday, February 8th, at 6:00 PM.
Individuals and groups might want to register in advance to simplify check-in at the event.
If you register online, and have your own E-stick, you can skip the registration and E-punch lines, and walk directly to the Start. However, if you rent an E-stick, or if you have any changes, just stop by the computer area, and we can help you out.
You can see who has already registered online here (https://eventreg.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/reglist/home/harveybear2020), but note that others will register at the event.
- At the event, we are able to accept payment only by cash or check—no credit cards or electronic payments.
- Juniors are age 8 through 20 (under age 8 is free).
- There is no charge for a second course (but you must end up paying for the more expensive course).
- Members of other orienteering clubs can pay the “member” fee. (We hope your club would do the same for our members. 🙂)
More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (PDF/90KB), 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.)
In addition to the above costs, there is a $6 per-car park entrance fee. Pay at the entrance kiosk.
Please bring your own lunch and beverages. Due to park restrictions, we will not serve snacks at this event. Water fountains are available in the parking area.
What to Bring
For the beginner (White) course, comfortable outdoors attire and shoes are fine.
Due to the dry weather, matted grasses, and loose soils, we recommend O-shoes or shoes with cleats on the intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown through Blue) courses. Hiking boots with an aggressive tread are recommended for the advanced beginner (Yellow) course.
Dry grasses with burrs and stickers are present on all the courses except White. We recommend long pants and gaiters.
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, so each entry/team needs to have a SPORTident fingerstick. If you don’t have your own, you can rent one at registration for $5. (Use of the E-punch system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)
All seven regular courses will be available. The details will be posted here closer to the event date.
Request for Volunteers
As usual, we will need volunteers to staff the event. In particular, we will need a crew to help with control pickup, starting at 2 PM. Please contact if you can help.
The event headquarters will be at the boat launch accessed from the "Coyote Lake" entrance to the park. Do not go to the "Harvey Bear Ranch" entrance to the park!
The approximate coordinates are 37.093,-121.543.
From San Jose, go south on highway 101. Allow at least 50 minutes from the junction of 101-280-680. Take exit 357, Leavesley Road/CA-152W (which is before the CA-152E exit), and go east on Leavesley Rd 1.8 miles. Turn left onto New Avenue, and go 0.6 miles to Roop Rd. Turn right onto Roop Rd.
Alternative: You can save about 2 miles (but possibly not much time) by exiting 101 at San Martin Avenue, heading east, following it around the bends until it becomes New Avenue, and going south to the junction with Roop Rd. Turn left onto Roop Rd.
Go 3.2 miles to Coyote Reservoir Rd and the park entrance. (Note: At approximately 2.8 miles along Roop Rd there is an entrance on the left—do not take that entrance—instead, continue on to Coyote Reservoir Rd.) Once you turn onto Coyote Reservoir Rd, go 1 mile to the entrance kiosk. Pay the $6 entrance fee, and then continue 1.3 miles on the main road toward the boat launch parking area. Registration and parking are at the north end of the boat launch parking area. The parking spaces are designed for vehicles with boat trailers. There will not be any boat trailers present, so please park two cars in each of these parking spaces.
There's a map here that shows the location of the event.