The early morning rain deterred many would be competitors but there was still a good turnout for three courses, white , yellow and blue.Unfortunately on Sunday morning the bags for the white course were just arriving in Los Angeles still in the backpack of an assistant who had helped set the blue course and then driven off home the previous day! Thus the white course had a little added confusion for the beginners by not having punches on some of the hastily constructed temporary bags.
This BLM area in the dry foothills near Lake Don Pedro east of Modest provided a good test with the early morning rain dampening and firming much of the loose ground and causing just a few muddy patches on the trails and streams. While the hills are low there are a lot of them and the brush, while never impenetrable, is sharp enough to require some thought in negotiating. In this the third year for the event, the date being so late in the year ensured that cold and not heat was the concern.
The 1:12000 black and white map , based on the USGS, with additional features (mainly paths) displayed 50' contours. This meant that fine navigation was more an art than a science.
For many entrants this is the only orienteering that they will undertake in the year and the fun and achievement of completing or attempting a course was evident on their faces. It is clear that whatever the level of the competition, an orienteering event has a special ability to bring out the joy of playing in the woods. Many young people from the Modesto area had the opportunity to sample the sport here and it is these who we need to encourage in order to widen the opportunities for all of us to take part in our sport.
Special thanks are due to the volunteers from the Adventure Club in Modesto who helped to work the event, those who came from GCOC and arrived early or stayed late thereby making it a long day and also to those from BAOC who traveled many miles to support GCO and this event.
Results: WHITE COURSE Name Time Marvin Ordway 20:08 David Cline Deborah Hoffman 22:36 Kurt Smith Symbria Smith Chris Smith 28:18 Michael Erat Judy Bullard 29:47 Jeremy Bishop Kevin Horner 31:40 Derek Johnson 33:14 Andy Riga Bryan Wood 33:48 Peter Jeffrey Dominic Johnson 37:40 Ray Silva 45:53 Jamison Stiehr Johnathan Crane 45:55 Tom McDougal 46:58 Rod Swartzendruber Cyndy Davis Delores Sauls 47:23 Steve Reymann Bud Saalwaechter Eric Saalwaechter 49:05 Gail McGlothlen Trevor McGlothlen Emily McGlothlen 1:24:45 Jim Ambrosavage DNF YELLOW/ORANGE COURSE Name Time David Cline Deborah Hoffman 1:17:43 Marvin Ordway 1:26:08 Tom McDougal 1:36:39 Jamison Stiehr Johnathan Crane Bryan Wood Dominic Johnson 1:49:47 Rebecca Higgerson Brian Johnson Tabitha johnson 1:50:24 Kurt Smith Symbria Smith Chris Smith 1:53:48 Ann Kohlhaas Jim Youngblom Reuben Youngblom 2:38:00 Joshua Friederichs 2:53:30 Ray Silva 3:03:10 Eric Saalwaechter Bud Saalwaechter Peter Jeffrey Andy Riga 2:29:18 wrong punch Jim Ambrosavage DNF BLUE COURSE Name Time Mark Petersen 1:23:52 Dan Clark 1:29:49 Greg Lennon 1:51:00 Jay Montgomery 1:53:50 Kathleen Lennon 2:02:39 Randall Brown 2:07:58 Van Boughner 2:40:59 Janet Petersen 2:42:17 Mike Catlin 2:49;48 Martin Roche Carl Schaeffer Jan Hanigan 3:14:00 incomplete Ados the Adventurer.