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Joe Scarborough checks his escape route on the Green course at Mt. Pinos, June 2001 (Photo: Joel Thompson, LAOC)

Bon Tempe

Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 18/19, 2004
Location: Fairfax, CA.
Event Director: - 510.658.4327
Course Setters: Dwight Freund
Type: C; Short, Medium, & Long Advanced Course only.
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The final BAOC event of the year is hard upon us. Due to the limits on the number of runners allowed by the Marin Water Dist.(20 per day), it is also the most exclusive event. In recent years we have made this our annual volunteers appreciation meet. There is no charge for entering, although you will have to pay to get into the park. If you have volunteered to help ( in a significant way) at a meet in the year 2004, you are invited to join us at this most beautiful venue. E-mail me with the when and how you volunteered and state which day you prefer to run and I will confirm your entry. You cannot just show up on the day. Starts will be from 10:00AM until 12:30PM and both courses close at 2PM. Weather permitting, we will provide some post race treats, hot cocoa, coffee, muffins, etc. Bring a backpack if you're running on Sunday and would like to help pick up a few controls afterwards. Yes, there I go asking you to volunteer even on volunteer appreciation day! A few years ago Harold and I did a lot of work on the Bon Tempe map. Since then there have been a number of controlled burns, sudden oak death has hit the area pretty hard, the ever growing broom has changed vegetation boundaries, and wicked storms like the one we had during our 2002 event, have changed the terrain, sometimes for the better. However the dreaded 'Hillside of Death' remains as mysterious as ever....Please observe the marked 'out of bounds' areas (meadow restoration, etc.), so that we keep in good standing with the rangers.

The map is 1:10,000 with 40' contours (about 12 meters). The maps will be preprinted. We will be using pin punching. Dwight Freund has set the courses and the stats are as follows:

    Short advanced    3.9k   160m climb   8 controls
    Medium advanced   4.8k   200m climb   9 controls
    Long advanced     5.8k   280m climb   15 conrols

Spikes are recommended for these often wet, muddy and sometimes steep hills. We have to keep a low profile, so there will not be any orienteering signs out. Do not ask the ranger at the kiosk where to go, he won't know.

See you there. It'll be grand.

Penny and Harold DeMoss, Co-Hosts
Dwight Freund, Course Setter

A scenic view at Annadel State Park

Driving Directions

Directions: From highway 101 in San Rafael, take the Sir Francis Drake Blvd. exit and go west for 5.5 miles to the town of Fairfax. Turn left on Claus Dr. (Rino gas station), then immediately take another left on Broadway then right at the next corner which is Bolinas Rd. Stay on Bolinas Rd for 1.5 miles. Turn left at the large wooden sign that says Lake Lagunitas. Stay on this road until you reach the ranger kiosk. Pay the entrance fee then proceed on the paved road to the parking lot at the very end.