April 26, 2015

Hopping into Rabbit Creek

2015 marks the 12th year of orienteering meets at Rabbit Creek!  While we are still enjoying the hospitality of Bill Pilcher on the ranch, this year brings a change in meet director (Jeff) so that Bill can finally run his own map - or photograph some orienteers on the course live.  Be prepared in your best O garb and a good layer of Owyhee dust.
Spring flowers at your feet.

Four levels of classic will be offered:
  White (Beginner) - 0.6km, 0m climb, 5 controls.  A short course right around the house for families or those just getting acquainted with orienteering.
  Yellow (Advanced Beginner) - 1.5km, 60m climb, 8 controls.  A little larger loop to see topography and some distinct map features with the house in sight.
  Intermediate - 5km, 355m climb, 13 controls.  A medium distance loop that takes a serious sightseeing tour of boulders and cliffs, requiring your full map reading attention.
  Advanced - 8.6km, 475m climb, 18 controls.  A large loop with a full complement of technical controls and long legs.

Given the variety of courses, the impossibility of printing maps anywhere near the area, and the desire to minimize waste, please RSVP to me no later than Thursday April 30th with your name and intended course choice (and if you want an extra map or two for a larger group.)  My email is jeffwrites AT gmail DOT com.  If you decide to show up impromptu, I expect to have a few blanks on hand and you will get to copy your course the old school way.
Friendly face in a reentrant.

This is the edge of the remote Owyhees with wild horses (and a few ATV's), a strong contrast to our last few urban meets, so come prepared to handle the terrain and weather for early May:

  • your compass of choice, baseplate or thumb compass works best for orienteering.
  • sturdy shoes for off trail navigation.
  • pants and/or gaitors for the high desert - cheatgrass and sage being the most common.  Some barbed wire fence hopping or crawling required for the intermediate and advanced courses.  (Maybe one on the yellow.)
  • hat and sunscreen as you need.
  • water and food for up to 3 hours in the desert sun.  A water control is included halfway on the advanced course.
  • whistle and cell phone for emergencies.  Cell phone coverage is not assured everywhere.

Keep in mind rattlesnakes are starting to get out at this time of year.  Please pay attention in boulder areas and keep your ears open!  At the moment control placements look clear but I have not had a chance to vet all locations in advance.

If you have any interest in birds, the ranch is an amazing place full of orioles, kingbirds, hummingbirds, buntings, and birds of prey.  Bring your binoculars to see them up close.

The usual details:
 Date:  Sunday, May 3
 Location:  Rabbit Creek, Murphy, ID (driving directions below)
 Start times:  9:30am to 11:00am
 Time limit:  ~3 hours (all courses close at 2pm)
 Cost:  $10 per person/team, $5 for a single junior, free to CTOC members (more info here)
 Lunch:  no major meal planned this year, but will have some snacks afterward.

Driving directions:
From Boise take I-84 west to Nampa (exit #35). Turn Left and proceed to 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd). Turn Left on 3rd Street S (Caldwell Blvd) and proceed to 12th Ave. Turn Right on 12th Ave. Follow 12th Ave. south and it becomes Hwy 45 as it leaves Nampa city limits. Follow Hwy 45 across the Snake River. Soon after crossing the river, bear to the left and it becomes Hwy 78. Follow Hwy 78 to milepost 29. Immediately after passing the "Murphy" city limits sign turn to the Right on "Old Hwy 45" follow this for one block then continue straight and it becomes " Rabbit Creek Road". Follow Rabbit Creek Road for about 5 1/2 miles to J & S Road there is a lone mailbox. Turn Left on J&S Road and follow this road approximately 1 1/2 miles to the house and sign in area.
Unique rock features, canyons, and mountains beckon.
See you soon at Rabbit Creek!

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