“Corona” courses at Morgan Territory
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Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
Dates: June 4, 2020 to Nov. 22, 2020
Location: Livermore, CA
Type: Training; Two courses with real "bags" for practice/exercise during the shutdown
Note: The controls were picked up Sunday, November 22nd.
November 16th Update
- Morgan Territory Regional Preserve has reopened! You can check the park status here (https://www.ebparks.org/parks/morgan/default.htm).
- These are training courses, not an organized BAOC event. We do not have a park permit for these courses.
- Be careful for your safety. You are on your own—tell somebody where you will be and when you expect to return.
- You are doing this at your own risk. Each participant assumes full responsibility (BAOC accepts no responsibility) for any and all injuries, losses, and damages that he or she incurs while attending or participating in these courses.
- Be mindful of the general COVID-19 restrictions, and any specific restrictions that might apply to the park.
There are two new courses at Morgan Territory using a different area compared to last time. (The new courses use the west side of the main road.) Like the previous courses, real control bags are used.
I thank Wayne Staats for vetting the courses.
This website (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bTuHBYmFr-bvBR6iNjjY7d2wvhDii7TuML7ZYs3fpzs/edit?usp=sharing) contains the following:
- A link to a Google Docs Folder containing the following documents:
- Long map
- Short map
- Course Setter’s Notes
- Control descriptions
- Links to maps showing the two parking locations. Parking for the Long course is at the main Park parking lot. Parking for the Short course is farther north on Morgan Territory Rd.
- The "normal" sign-up sheet.
Please fill in the sign-up sheet before you leave home and after you return.
Here are the course details:
Course Length Climb Controls Short 3.1 km 150 m 9 Long 5.0 km 300 m 11
(June 4, 2020)
Courses on RouteGadget
The Morgan Territory West “Corona” training courses are now on RouteGadget. Visit RouteGadget for an introduction, or go directly here (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi) to draw your route. (To see other RouteGadget events worldwide, visit this website (http://www.routegadget.net).)
Since there was no E-punch, I set up the event using the “no results” mode, which requires a bit more effort to enter your route.
Drawing Your Route Manually
You need to enter your name (please include your time after your name), total time, and optionally any cumulative splits that you might have taken. Both splits and total time need to be in MMMSS format. For example, 0:57 is entered as “57”, 5 min 43 sec as “543”, and 1:12:32 as “7232”. That's easy.
Uploading Your GPS Track
You need to enter only your name (please include your time after your name)—total time and splits are not required as with manual entry. (RouteGadget automatically adds “GPS” ahead of your name.)
Since there are no E-punch splits, it's very challenging for RouteGadget to fit GPS tracks to the course automatically, especially as our maps are not georeferenced. Thus, you will need to adjust your track manually more than usual.
When you upload your GPS track, there are three blue adjustment points that you can move to adjust your track. There are typically points at the start and finish of the track, and a third one somewhere in the middle of the track.
The trick is to add more blue adjustment points by right-clicking the track anywhere you would like to add a new point. I typically add a blue dot at every control location on my track, as those are easy to identify because of the notable direction change. Then I drag the blue dots to the corresponding control locations on the course. Note that you can remove a blue dot by right-clicking on it.
(June 17, 2020)