Neither rain nor mud nor ridiculously steep hillsides could keep the die-hard members of our club from getting their fix of orienteering this year at Las Trampas Regional Park. Below are the complete results.
It rained all day on Saturday, as I, along with Manfred Kopisch and Dave Barr, spent 6-7 hours each hanging all of the bags and hauling water, and it rained most of the day on Sunday when everyone was out slipping and sliding on their courses. Because Las Trampas is open rangeland, the areas where the cattle congregated tended to be soupy, sticky water traps which made for slow going for everyone. And the trails were even worse!
Nevertheless, the hillsides did beckon to some who enjoyed the terrain and the weather so much that they tended to stay out on their courses for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour longer than they usually did. Times were slow on all of the courses save White, and quite a few people quit without finishing due to the combination of weather, steep terrain, and technically challenging courses.
This meet would not have happened without certain people stepping in and taking over various tasks even though they would not be at the meet. Bob Cooley did the huge job of designing and tagging all of the courses, while Gary Carpenter vetted every control location. Neither of these two could be present the day of the event, but through their efforts we were able to hold the meet. A huge thanks should go out to them!
Lots of people showed up early on Sunday and helped get everything set up before the rain started up again (around 11 am), and I especially appreciate Dave Barr, Kelly Wells, and Mark Prior for going out on Sunday and picking up some nearby controls before going home and drying out.
I put out a plea on the BayOnet for help picking up bags the next weekend, and was overwhelmed by the response. Peter Graube & friend, Werner Haag, David & Cathy Rice, Brian Moore, Dwight Freund, and the indomitable Kelly Wells volunteered, and between them, they picked up over 30 bags that were still hanging. This club contains some of the greatest people when you consider the help that was extended to me by so many people before, during, and after the event in conditions which could charitably be called less than optimal. Thanks again, everyone!
White 1.7km 113 m 1) John & Diana Link 26:00 2) Rick Fraga & Jana Saasted 32:50 3) Diane Link 45:00 4) Ginny, Andrew & Peter White 62:15 5) Troop 3829 65:15 Yellow 2.7km 172 m 1) R. Alayna, R. Bothwell, M. Strasser 60:20 2) K. Kerrigan, M. Lasgoty, N. Methuer 60:40 3) Dan Bigley & Michael Torphy 70:30 4) Steve Miller - Troop 24 99:54 5) Christine Link 101:04 6) Mack Cuttitta 101:08 Vasiley Volkov DNF Dima Volkov DNF Orange 4.0km 202m Cheryl Madson DNF Don Gee & Shu Wang DNF Brown 2.8km 240m 1) Penny DeMoss 72:00 2) George Minarik 79:20 3) Gavin Wyatt-Mair 83:27 4) Gary Kraght 84:12 5) Jerry Goss 105:37 6) Yelena Krasnova 112:34 7) Stacy Goss 121:20 Nancy Lindeman DNF Dave Kim DNF Ari Houser DNF Leslie Minarik DNF Jeff Lanham DNF Rosemary Johnson DNF Green 3.7km 225m 1) Joe Scarborough 126:13 2) Peter Graube 127:13 Robert Lewis DNF Carol Chen DNF Alex Krasnov DNF Red 5.0km 390m 1) James Scarborough 83:35 2) Eric Ohlund 104:28 3) Tapio Karras 112:29 4) Van Boughner & Neeme Loorits 116:50 5) Thorsten Graeve 117:20 6) Kent Ohlund 120:57 7) Paul Canham SLOW (London) 167:39 Peter Rexer DNF Mark Prior DNF Brian Moore DNF Werner Haag DNF Kelly Wells DNF Hugh Wright DNF Steve Gregg DNF