What is a Wilderness Scramble? It's simple: a large number of checkpoints will be scattered over a custom-made, detailed map of the Presidio. With your team of 1 to 5 people, find as many checkpoints as you can in 90 minutes or 3 hours. There is a mass start, so everyone starts and finishes at about the same time.
This event is also for beginners too!!! The Scramble, White, and Yellow courses are all suitable for beginners. What are the differences?
The Scramble is a longer experience—90 minutes or 3 hours. The White course can typically be done in 20–40 minutes and the Yellow course in 30–60 minutes.
For the Scramble, your team chooses which checkpoints to visit and in which order. You may visit as many or as few as you desire, and as time allows. The White and Yellow courses, on the other hand, are point-to-point, with specified checkpoints, all of which you must visit, and in the prescribed order.
The Scramble will involve route-choice decisions and cross-country travel (as well as lots of roads and trails). The White course will stay completely on roads and paths, while the Yellow course will be mostly on roads and paths with some easy cross-country opportunities.
The Scramble will have a mass start at 10:00 AM. For the White and Yellow courses, you can start any time from approximately 9:30 until 12:30.
So, if the idea of a longer, less structured adventure appeals to you, you might wish to try the 90-minute or 3-hour Scramble. If you want a shorter, more structured adventure, consider the White or Yellow course (or both).
What is orienteering? Orienteering is a competitive sport in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across rough country with the aid of a map and compass within nature, in short. For more information on orienteering, refer towww.baoc.org/wiki/fAQ .This event is geared for beginners, so we will participate in groups.
We will be orienteering with BAOC (Bay Area Orienteering Club)www.baoc.org for this event, which they run events throughout the year. It is not necessary to become a member of BAOC to participate.
There will be a continuous beginners clinic instruction, which starts at 9:15 am til 11:00 am.
For tips on orienteering, feel free to click below:
****Please take a moment to download and sign the OA waiver to hand in upon your arrival to this event. Feel free to click on the link provided:
What to wear:
What to bring:
- Water bottle
- brown bag lunch
What's the cost:
For the Scramble:
- $20 – For first team member, preregistered ($30 for day-of entry)
- $10 – Each additional team member, preregistered ($15 for day-of entry)
- $5 – Each additional youth member (aged 12–20)
- Free – Youth under 12, must be accompanied by an adult
For the White and Yellow courses:
- $6 – Each adult (no preregistration needed)
- $3 – Each youth member (age 8–20) (no preregistration needed)
- Free – Youth under 8, must be accompanied by an adult
- For Equipment Rental:
- $1 - Compasses (limited supply - advised to bring your own)
- $3 - electronic hole punch (required)
**** I encourage you to bring your family; children are included. I recommend children of 10 years of age and older. If you have a younger child that you would like to be exposed to orienteering; feel free to bring them to the orienteering workshop to test the waters before this event. The Orienteering Workshop is will be posted soon.****
What's the schedule:
Registration, Starts, and Finish will be in the same area as last year (west of Building 1205, SE of the intersection of Merchant Road and Lincoln Blvd).
If you are planning on participating in the Scramble, remember that it is a mass-start event, so be on time! You can start late, but you will already be on the clock.
Here is the schedule for the day:
- 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon: Registration/Check In
- 9:30 AM: Map distribution and pre-race instructions for Scramble
- 9:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Continuous 5-minute instruction clinic for beginners
- 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts available for White & Yellow courses
- 10:00 AM: Mass start for Scramble
- 11:30 PM: Course closes, 90-minute Scramble category
- 12:00 noon: Award ceremony, 90-minute category
- 1:00 PM: Course closes, 3-hour Scramble category
- 1:30 PM: Award ceremony, 3-hour category
- 2:30 PM: Courses close for White & Yellow courses
**You can run as many courses within the available time frame**
Please be sure to purchase a clear compass. The compass you'll need should look like the compass below. You will be able to purchase this compass at any major retail store with a sporting good section. The compass should cost around $6.00 dollars.
Where do we meet:
Read the directions carefully, as no signs will be provided because of park rules.
All the action will start from the west part of Fort Winfield Scott at Building 1205. This is the location we used last year. This is southeast of the intersection of Lincoln Blvd and Ralston Ave.
Coming from the South or East: Head to the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the last SF exit on Doyle Drive, just before the toll plaza. Turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. Continue under the overpass. Park in the large lot on your left after the stop sign at Lincoln Blvd and Ralston Ave. If you park there, Building 1205 is east, across Ralston Ave.
Coming from Marin: Exit immediately after the toll plaza onto Merchant Road. Turn right at the stop sign, and park in the large lot immediately on your left (between Lincoln Blvd and Ralston Ave). If you park there, Building 1205 is east, across Ralston Ave.
Where do we park:
There is a large lot just west of the registration area (it has disappeared and reappeared repeatedly during the construction project). It is the most convenient location. If the lot is full, you may park along Ralston Ave and between the buildings on Ralston Ave. Parking is also available on the east side of the fields that are next to the registration area.
Wherever you park, please be mindful of conserving space so we can fit in everyone's cars, and consider the affect your car might have on traffic, pedestrians, etc. (Also, be aware that the park police office is nearby, so there's a good chance they will see your car.)
Note: Please do not park near the Log Cabin! Those spaces are reserved for events at the Log Cabin.
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