July 24, 2019

Idaho City Gold Rush Classic, Aug 4, 2019

What:  Hot and smoky (not yet, fortunately, in Boise) means it is time for an Idaho City orienteering course!  I will set three classic courses:
  • Sport:  This is an advanced beginner/orange course that requires navigation off trails and roads, but controls are close to features that 'should' assist you in navigation.  Length will be around 2.4 km and about 240m climb. If you are an adult newcomer, I will be happy to provide you with some hints that will help you get through the course or at least through part of it and still enjoy the excursion. Beginner-youngsters traveling with adults with experience should also be able to enjoy this course. 
  • Advanced - sane:  This will be something between a brown/green classic advanced course, about 3.3 km and 350m climb. 
  • Advanced - insane: This will be the advanced-short course plus a few additional controls that will take you farther out on the map and into more elevation change (4.3k, 490m climb). 
When:  Sunday, August 4, starts are from 9am - 11am.  Course will close at 1pm.  If you think you will take longer than 2 hours on the course, arrive early.  If you want to avoid the heat, arrive early.

Where:  Off highway 21, 2 miles north of Idaho City, across from the Granite Creek Recreation area (NW of Idaho, on the left as approaching from Idaho City).  The start/finish is 3/4 mile up dirt road 314c .There is room for a few cars to park at the start and a little farther up the road. There are a couple of very significant bumps in the road, and narrow sections. If you don't have high clearance and four-wheel drive, you may want to park at bottom and walk up or hitch a ride with another orienteer coming up  I will place CTOC signs at the 21 turn and on the way up 314c.

RSVP: melanie c wright AT gmail dot com ASAP and definitely by 8/1 or on the CTOC Facebook Page. Please let me know what course you plan to run. If you use Facebook to reply, you must say yes (not maybe) and you must indicate a course for me to count you for map printing.

Cost: $5/map for non-members.

E-punch: maybe.  Since it is a maybe, if I am able to set e-punches, I will waive the rental fee if you do not have one.

Why:  This is really great terrain and aren't you tired of boring old running where you just follow the road or trail ahead of you?  Add some spice to your hike or run and come experience the joy of stumbling upon (with either skill or luck) those beautiful orange and white controls amidst old mining ditches, draws, knolls, hilltops, and trees!

  • Compass!
  • Waiver, prepared in advance especially if you are not a CTOC member.
  • A suitable pack with essentials and snacks as you usually need to prepare for a day hike in the hills.
  • Sufficient water for yourself.  
  • Sunscreen and/or hat.  
  • Bug spray. 
  • Gaitors and/or long pants.
  • Shoes for mountainous  terrain.  If your ankles are sensitive please prepare accordingly.
  • A whistle and a cell phone (there may be no cell coverage).

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