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Anza-Borrego Desert O-Fest 2009

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Experience orienteering in January at the Anza-Borrego Desert O-Fest on Martin Luther King weekend. Two days of B-meet classic courses and a Maze-O. Three events in two days! Register now >>
Dates: January 17 - 18, 2009
Location: Anza Borrego, Buttes Pass
Event Register by
January 9, 2009
Register after
January 9, 2009
B-Meet $10.00 per day * $13.00 per day *
Maze-O $5.00 * $7.00 *
All 3 Events $20.00 * $30.00 *
E-Stick Rental $3.00 for one day, $5.00 for both days
Camping "on the map" $5.00 per car
Registration: No online registration any more. Register day of event.
See list of registerd competitors here.
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Saturday, January 17
  start 10:00 am - noon B-Meet Classic - Day 1
  closes 2:30 pm
  start 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Maze-O
  closes 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 18
  start 9:00 am - 11 am B-Meet Classic - Day 2
  closes 1:30 pm
Start times: Please see your start times here.
Courses: B-Meet Day 1: White/Yellow, Orange, Green, Red
B-Meet Day 2: White/Yellow, Orange, Green, Red
Maze-O: All one course, 6 controls

Map scale: Maze-O and Day 1 White/Yellow 1:5,000, Orange Day 1 1:7,500, all others 1:10,000

Course Length Climb Controls
White/Yellow - Day 1 1.7 km 50 m 10
White/Yellow - Day 2 1.9 km 55 m 7
Orange - Day 1 3.5 km 90 m 11
Orange - Day 2 3.0 km 75 m 9
Green - Day 1 5.0 km 220 m 9
Green - Day 2 4.8 km 80 m 9
Red - Day 1 6.7 km 220 m 13
Red - Day 2 7.7 km 145 m 16
Course Setter Notes: Day 1 (Edwin and Donna Gookin)
The terrain for Day 1 is more rugged than for Day 2. For that reason I would suggest that those more used to a brown course, physically, would choose the Orange course here. The green and red courses involve a bit more slippery sloped areas. For any of the courses it would be a good idea to have shoes with good traction such as O shoes or hiking boots. There are a few broken pieces of chollas ("jumping") cactus around so a comb might come in handy for removal if one sticks to you! The terrain is awesome and offers a good opportunity for exploring and enjoying the area.
Walk to start from the parking is about 600 m.

Day 2 (Jan Urban)
Day 2 terrain is significantly flatter and allows for faster running than day 1, but there is still few patches of cactus growth. Also there is a lot of sandy ground, so your shoes could fill with sand rather quickly.
Walk to start from the parking is less than 100 m.

The Maze
The usual labyrinth like terrain. There will be one point-to-point course of 6 controls, 1.8 km long. Walk to start from the parking is about half a mile. There will be no late starts (that is no starts after 4PM).

Please bring enough water for yourselves and bringing an additional gal for group use would help, too.
Monday training run: If you are looking for an additional day of orienteering after the Anza Borrego Desert O-Fest B-meet, then read on!
A few of the orienteering folks from Arizona will be doing an informal practice course the following morning. Ludwig Hill will coordinate, but each participant will be asked to design and hang 2 or 3 course legs between pre-established "link" controls. These legs will then be combined to create a course (intermediate to advanced skill level), or if enough participants, two courses (intermediate and advanced). A suggested $1 donation to the SDO Club would help defray map printing costs.
The approximate schedule is:

1:30 p.m. - Courses close for the SDO B-meet.
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Help SDO Club collect controls (optional).
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Design and set 2-3 course legs between pre-determined "link" controls. Mark control locations and clues on the master map.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Short night-o??? Assumes each person hangs 1 extra control on a different part of the map. TBD.

7:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Copy maps and clues.
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Short classic course(s), 2-minute starts, self-log time at finish.
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - Retrieve controls. 1:30 p.m. - Soothe aching bodies at the BLM hot springs near Holtville (optional).

To participate, sign up with Ludwig anytime by noon of Day 2 of the B-meet.
Directions: Take Highway 78 - 10.5 miles past the junction with S-3 (Yaqui Pass Road) and 1.5 miles past the junction with Borrego Springs Road. Look for the brown "Buttes Pass" sign on the left, and in another 25-m, the orienteering sign and pink streamers on the left marking the turnoff to Buttes Pass. Drive slowly North on the dirt Buttes Pass Road for one mile to the dirt road junction and then East (right) about 0.4 mile to the junction with Goat Trail and the camping area and competition center.
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Parking: Please park perpendicular to the road, no more than 1 car deep, and avoiding damaging plants.
Accommodations: Primitive Camping "on the map" $5.00 per car. For additional accommodations in the Anza-Borrego area, go to:
Anza Borrego Accommodations >>
Meet Director: Jan Urban
Course Setter: Donna and Edwin Gookin, Jan Urban, and Jeff Coker
Course Vetter: Greg Walker
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