BAOC Wilderness Scramble Series
The Scramble is simple: 30 checkpoints. Up to 3 hours. How many can your team find? Each event is a cross-country navigation adventure.
The 2013 Wilderness Scramble Series
Come to one, or do them all!
- March 17 — Sunol Regional Wilderness, Sunol, CA
- April 7 — Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore, CA
- June 30 — Camp Tamarancho, Fairfax, CA
Part of Marin Camping Weekend
- July 25 — Spooner Lake State Park, NV
Part of Sierra Summerfest
- September 22 — Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest, Cobb, CA
- September 29 — Presidio National Park, San Francisco, CA
Want even more wilderness fun? Check out the BAOC TrailCross Series.
Who can take part?
All are welcome, and the BAOC Scrambles are perfect for beginners! These events are for the type of person who enjoys an adventurous hike through the hills, and isn't afraid to try venturing off trail. Teams may consist of 1 to 5 members.
Solo competitors should have previous experience, and youth must participate in teams. Juniors under 16 (under 13 at the S.F. Presidio) should be accompanied by an adult.
- 30 minutes prior to the start, teams will receive their race map. You have 20 minutes to plan your route, and submit an “intention sheet," although you may change your route on the course. (Volunteers will be available to help you plan your route.)
- The race begins at 10:00 AM, sharp.
- 30 (or more) checkpoints will be placed in the terrain, marked with orange-and-white flags, and an "E-punch" system is used for punching in.
- Find as many of the checkpoints as you can in 90 minutes or 3 hours.
- In a tie, the first team back wins.
- Teams that return late lose 1 point for each minute (or fraction) over 3 hours.
- Team members must stay together during the competition (within aural and visual contact).
- Teams must carry a whistle for emergency signaling purposes.
- Safety first. Teams are expected to stop their race and offer help in emergency situations.
What to Bring
- Each teams must carry a signaling whistle (for emergencies), and one SPORTident "E-Stick". (An “E-Stick” can be rented for $3 at the event.)
- Bring a watch, so you know when to return.
- Compass, to keep your bearings. (Can be rented for $1.)
- Long pants or gaiters to protect against thorns and ticks.
- Shoes with good traction.
- Small first aid kit.
- Water bottles. Stay hydrated!
- Other navigational aids (GPS and altimeter) are allowed, but are not necessary.
You may also like to bring a camp chair, and a warm jacket, so you'll be comfortable during the post-race party. We'll provide some light snacks and water before the award ceremony.
How to Take Part
Find registration information at each of the event websites. Be sure to preregister early, as some events have capped attendance. You don't need to be a club member to participate, but membership is very affordable and includes registration discounts.