July 1, 2011

Two Days of Orienteering on a World Class Map July 23 and July 24

Please join us for our July orienteering meet at the Gold Rush Hills just a couple of miles east of Idaho City. Each day will feature four courses with levels of difficulty ranging from beginner to advanced (white 2K, orange 4K off-trail, green 5K cross country, red 7K cross country). The beginners courses will be about 2K and entirely on trails. The advanced courses run cross-country through the mountains and are as long as 8K.

Gold Rush Hills was the site of the 2009 Pacific Northwest Orienteering Championships. All of the courses are laid out on the map that was professionally prepared for that event. It is our club's best map in excellent orienteering terrain.

Give yourself a good hour or so to get to the meet start from downtown Boise. From downtown Idaho City proceed on Highway 21 another 2 ¼ miles. Look for our orange and white orienteering road sign at the intersection of Highway 21 and National Forest Road 327, aka Rabbit Creek Road. The start and finish are in the parking area on the north side of the road.

Give yourself a good hour or so to get to the meet start from downtown Boise. Head up 21 towards Idaho City, and when you get there:
1. Turn left on Main street, just before the visitor center.
2. Go 1/3 of a mile and turn right on Bear Run Road. (A building with a very large collection of signs is at this junction on the left.) This road is quite passable but has many potholes currently, some probably with water. Take your time, especially as some ATVs and motorcycles use this road.
3. Continue north, more or less, on Bear Run road. About a mile down the main road will veer left, but continue straight (or right) on Bear Run, following the signs indicating Pilot Peak and Lowman.
4. Another mile later continue straight at another junction, still heading towards Lowman.
5. Continue for one more mile, passing a large parking area on your right (this is called Lycow Flat) and continuing a little bit further to where a slightly rougher road goes right and the main road goes left. Turn right which should put you right in the start area. Signs, controls, and our club shelter should be easy to spot. If parking is cramped you can also park just up on the left fork.

Look for our orange and white orienteering road signs at intersections close to the start/finish.

If by some unfortunate circumstance another party has occupied the Sunday start area, we'll make the new start area as obvious as possible along the same road at or before that point. Hopefully, the planned start area will available for our use.

Both Days:
The courses will be open at 10:30am, and you can start until about 12. The course will close around 2pm. If you plan on tackling the advanced course an early start would be much easier for control pickup and such.

If time and logistics permit we can meet up at Trudy's afterward in Idaho City to discuss route choices and exchange stories of the day.

This is a beautiful area, on our best club map, in great orienteering terrain. Come on out and brush up your skills - it's worth the trip!

Your meet directors,
Sergey Velichko and John Murray co-director for Saturday
Jeff Black for Sunday

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