Tahoe 2-Day

A-Meet at Burton Creek, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe City
Saturday & Sunday, June 29-30, 2002

Contact: Evan Custer, 925-254-5628

As of June 17, 2002 Only "day of entries" registrations are being accepted  |   Get the event flyer (PDF)

Tahoe 2-Day - Official event director's notes
Saturday, June 28 - Day One writeup&info
Sunday, June 29 - Day Two writeup&info
Tahoe 2-Day - Entry list, start times
Last minute news

In June 2002, BAOC will hold a 2-day A-meet at Burton Creek State Park near Tahoe City, Calif., on the north shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. This event would be a nice prelude to APOC, which will be held in Alberta, Canada, starting July 4 (the following Thursday).

There will be a two-stage short-course event on Saturday, with a preliminary staggered-start race in the morning and a chase start in the afternoon. There will be a spectator control for the final race in the afternoon. Sunday will feature classic-distance courses.


Burton Creek State Park offers some of the most interesting orienteering terrain in Northern California. Terrain in California is notoriously known as being very steep, but Burton Creek is significantly flatter, with only mild to moderate climb. In fact, large areas of the park are very runnable. The park is used as a cross-country ski area in the winter.

Vegetation varies from meadowlike clearings covered with wildflowers, to pine forest, to brush and chaparral. There is no poison oak in the Lake Tahoe basin. The density of rock feature varies from sparse to moderate. Some parts of the terrain have many boulders which vary in size from 0.5 m to 5.0 m, with 1.0-2.0 m being the most common. The trail system ranges from moderate to relatively dense in the northeastern part of the park. There are a few small streams, only one or two of which are usually active in June. The altitude ranges from about 6800 to 7100 feet.


The climate in late June is usually sunny, with a high temperature of 65-75 degrees F. Humidity will be relatively low. Depending on the previous winter, there is a small chance that there still may be snow on the ground.

Courses and Classes

We will offer the standard 7 courses and 43 USOF classes at this A-meet.

For Saturday, the short-course winning times for both the preliminary and chase events will be 25 minutes for the Red, Green, and Brown courses, and 30 minutes for the Blue course. Orange, Yellow, and White will be "classic distance" and the winning times will the same as for Sunday.

The preliminary statistics (subject to change) for the Saturday event are:

       Course         Length      Climb   Number of controls

       Blue prelim    4.675 km    80 m    20
       Blue final     4.625 km    95 m    23

       Red prelim     3.350 km    45 m    15
       Red final      3.450 km    80 m    19

       Green prelim   2.700 km    35 m    12
       Green final    2.450 km    45 m    14

       Brown prelim   2.075 km    25 m    10
       Brown final    2.025 km    40 m    13

       Orange         4.200 km    45 m    10
       Yellow         3.050 km    55 m    13
       White          2.625 km    40 m    12

On Sunday, there will be a classic-distance event with the following estimated winning times: White, 25-30 min; Yellow, 35-40 min; Orange, 50-55 min; Brown, 45-50 min; Green, 50-55 min; Red, 60-65 min; Blue, 75-80 min.

Preliminary Course Statistics for the Sunday event are:
       Course         Length      Climb   Number of controls

        White         2.950km     45 m    12 controls
        Yellow        3.700km     60 m    12 controls
        Orange        4.275km    110 m    12 controls
        Brown         3.950km    110 m    10 controls
        Green         5.025km    135 m    11 controls
        Red           7.100km    230 m    14 controls
        Blue          9.150km    285 m    21 controls

Recreational White and Yellow Courses - Saturday and Sunday.

White and Yellow recreational courses will be available. No pre-registration is required. The entry fees are $6 per individual or first member in a group, and $2 for each additional person in a group. Juniors are half price. Electronic punching will not be used.

All Courses --- The trails that we're using are in a popular mountain bike area, so be on the lookout for cyclists. The wild flowers are in bloom, and if you're lucky you'll see a brilliant red snow plant.

White Recreational --- Portions of the trails are too rough for regular strollers, but the large wheeled varieties like converted bicycle trailers and jogging tricycles should be fine.

White Competitive --- On Sunday there is a different course for competitive and recreational runners, as making the competitive course long enough to get close to the target winning times also made it longer than most of the standard BAOC white courses.

Yellow --- All controls are visible from a handrail. The most difficult handrails are the seasonal streams, which at this time of year are dry. These streams vary from a pit still holding water to what was a pooled area, barely discernable from the surrounding ground. Most often the seasonal streams are somewhat depressed areas with clean looking exposed gravel. There is often a more direct route between controls by going cross-country. Following the handrails will increase the stated straight-line distance somewhat on Saturday's course and significantly on Sunday's course. On Sunday there is a different course for competitive and recreational runners, as making the competitive course long enough to get close to the target winning times also made it longer than most of the standard BAOC yellow courses.

The preliminary statistics (subject to change) for the event are:

Saturday     Yellow                3.05 k,    53 m,     13 controls
Saturday     White                 2.6 k,     40 m,     12 controls
Sunday       Yellow Competitive    3.7 k,     60 m,     12 controls
Sunday       Yellow Recreational   2.7 k,     50 m,     10 controls
Sunday       White Competitive     2.95 k,    45 m,     12 controls
Sunday       White Recreational    2.125 k,   40 m,     10 controls

There was an error in the last Bulletin indicating that there would be a recreational orange course at the Tahoe 2 Day event on June 29-30 at Burton Creek State Park in Tahoe City. There will only be white and yellow recreational courses at this event. Orange and advanced courses will be for A meet participants only.

Electronic Punching

Electronic punching -- SportIdent electronic punching will be used for all advanced classes on both days of the A-meet. If you do not own an SI Card, you may rent one for $2/day. Please indicate on your entry form either the number of your SI Card or your intention to rent one.

Standard paper-punch cards will be udes for all recreational courses.


The map scale is 1:10000 with 5-meter contours, and is generally quite good. It was made by George Kirkov in 1999, and Zoran Krivokapic has made a number of map corrections this month. Generally, it is a good map.

The contours are reliable, and most of the rock features are well mapped. However, Kirkov was inconsistent when he mapped boulders. In areas with few rock features, he would map a boulder as small as 0.5 m, whereas in areas with higher density of rock features, he would not map these small boulders, but he would use the boulder field symbol, the small isosceles black triangle, to indicate multiple boulders scattered in the area. Large boulders are usually 2.0 meters high or larger. I have tried to use distinctive boulders as control points in very rocky areas, or else to have another distinctive feature nearby to aid navigation and in an effort to eliminate bingo controls, or controls that depend more on luck than navigational skill to find them. The dimension listed for a boulder is the height of the boulder, not necessarily its largest dimension. Some boulders listed as 1.0 meter may be quite large because of their length and width.

There are a lot of smaller rough open clearings mapped that may be difficult to distinguish in the field. Many of these clearings now have smaller trees growing in them. The larger clearings are reliable. Also, Kirkov used a green X to indicate a lone or distinct tree, either alive or dead, and a green O to indicate a small copse or group of trees, or a tree with two trunks. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish which tree or clump of trees he meant by these symbols. I have tried not to use the symbol as a control feature unless it is quite distinct. Also, some areas have been remapped with elimination of the smaller clearings, and the green X's and O's (unless they are truly distinct), and replaced with rough open with scattered trees. The brown X may indicate a true rootstock (i.e., a tree that has fallen down and its root ball is showing), but it may also indicate a tree stump, or a dead standing tree. Sometimes there is a brown line extending from a brown or green X indicating a fallen tree.

The large clearings are quite reliable. However, there are numerous small clearings which may be difficult to discern and should not be relied on for navigation. Similarly, individual trees (green X's), small copses (green O's), and the brown X (either a rootstock, large stump, or standing dead tree) are sometimes difficult to discern in the field. In addition, many stumps and downed trees are not mapped. Therefore, these symbols may not be the most reliable features to use for navigation.

However, there are many, many other unmapped stumps and fallen trees. Part of this is due to the initial inconsistency in mapping, but also there have been several major storms in the area since the map was first made, and many trees have been blown down. I would suggest that you not rely too heavily on these features for navigation. Large areas of deadfall are mapped with vertical green lines. Actualy, there is a lot of unmapped deadfall because of more recent storms and inconsistent mapping.

There are new unmapped logging tracks here and there. We will make map corrections for the ones you are likely to encounter, but don't be surprised if you see a short but obvious unmapped track to a clearing just off a main logging road. There is also a road-to-trail conversion project being undertaken in the park, so some of the trails may be slightly different than mapped.


The biggest hazard is probably the altitude. You will be competing at 6200 feet. One of the best ways to decrease some of the effects of high altitude is to stay hydrated throughout the competition. Start drinking water about 1 hour before your start, and drink water at all of the water stops. If it is warm, it is even more important to stay hydrated.

There are no rattlesnakes or poison oak. Black bears are occasionally seen, but they usually are not aggressive. Be alert for mountain bikers on the trails.


Whistles must be carried by all competitors. If you do not have a whistle, ask for a free one at registration.

The safety bearing is south until you reach a residential area or Highway 28.


No formal training course will be set up, but training maps of Boreal, Northstar, and Spooner Lake will be available for sale and use before the event. A map of Burton Creek may also be purchased. All maps are $3, and can be ordered on the entry form.

The training at Sunol is still on for Wednesday, June 26. For anyone who wants to mass-start the course, plan to be ready by 6:30 PM or so. Of course if you want to go out by yourself later, that's OK too.

Burton Creek training - The extreme north eastern part of the Burton Creek map may be used as a training area. You must stay north of the stream that runs from the NW to the SE in this portion of the map.


Ribbons will be presented to the top 3 finishers in all classes for both days. The awards ceremony will begin as close to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, as possible.

Registration and Fees

Register by June 1, 2002, to avoid a late fee. No pre-registered entries will be accepted after June 15. Entries received with a postmark later than June 15 will be treated as a day-of-event entry. Day-of-event entries will be accepted for the A-meet, but these entrants will not receive assigned start times and will have to wait for a vacancy in the start list.

Packet pick is at in Lake of the Sky Motor Inn in Tahoe City between 7pm and 10pm on Friday, June 28.

We will need the following information from each competitor at packet pick-up for emergency information:

Please be prepared to fill out a form asking these questions when you pick up your packet.

You can register either by mail or online.

Entry fees

Postmarked by June 1, 2002:

    Adult    $15 per day
    Junior   $7 per day
Postmarked between June 2 and June 15, 2002:
    Adult    $20 per day
    Junior   $12 per day
Postmarked after June 15 and day-of-event entries:
    Adult    $25 per day
    Junior   $17 per day
Members of USOF or another national federation belonging to the IOF receive a $3/day discount on the above fees. To qualify as a junior, you must be under 21 years of age.

Other fees

    SI card rental                     $2 per day
    Compass rental                     $1 per day
    Training maps of Burton Creek,     $3 each
      Northstar, Boreal, Spooner Lake

Foreign Participants

Information about obtaining a visa for entry into the US can be found at http://travel.state.gov/visa_services.html. Foreign competitors may pay their entry fees at registration when they pick up their packets.


No formal paid childcare will be available. Childcare will be provided as a parental cooperative effort, and we will provide a childcare coordinator.

Dinner and T-shirt

This will be a "bare bones" event, with no formal Saturday night dinner or T-shirt.

Important Dates and Program

June 1                Last day to enter A-meet without late fees

June 15               Last day for entry with pre-assigned starts

June 28, 7-10 p.m.    Packet pickup available at headquarters 
                      hotel Lake of the Sky Motor Inn
                         955 N Lake Blvd
                         Tahoe City Ca 96145
                         (530) 583-3305
                      1 mile east of Jct with SR89

June 29               Short course event
                      Registration opens 9:00 a.m.
                      Staggered starts for preliminary race begin at 9:30 a.m.
                      The chase start will have a "zero" hour of 1:00 pm for the red, green, and
                          brown courses, and 1:30 for the blue course.  Your start time will be the
                          time it took you to finish the preliminary course plus the "zero" hour.
                          Thus if you took 35:30 to complete the green preliminary race, your start
                          time for the chase will be 1:35:30.
                      Awards ceremony at approximately 3:00 p.m.

June 30               Classic distance event.
                      Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.; first starts at 9:00 a.m.
                      Awards ceremony at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Start Areas

There will be 4 separate start areas for the 2 days. There will be water available at the starts, but no toilet facilities. The distance from the entrance of the high school (assembly area) to the different starts are:
   Start 1--Saturday morning, preliminary short course race for
            advanced runners and for the orange course, 1250 meters,
            about a 20-minute walk.

   Start 2--Saturday afternoon, final short course race for advanced
            runners, 500 meters, about a 7-minute walk.

   Start 3--Sunday morning, start for advanced and orange courses,
            675 meters, about a 10-minute walk.

   Start 4--Both days, White and yellow starts, 300 meters, about a
            5-minute walk.

Ice cream social

There is going to be a free ice cream social held after the completion of the afternoon final short course race on Saturday, June 29th, for all participants. Since the afternoon race will be chase start, most of the participants should have finished or be finishing their courses around 2:30 pm. The ice cream social will start around that time while the results are being calculated. An award ceremony, based on the cumulative time of the prelim. and final, will take place as soon as the results are calculated, hopefully by 3:00 pm or so.

Directions and Parking

From the Bay Area or Donner Lake: Take I-80 to Truckee. Turn south on Route 89 toward Tahoe City. In Tahoe City, at the Y-intersection, continue straight on Route 28, North Lake Boulevard. Go about 2 miles towards Dollar Point, turn left onto Fabian Way (there is a 7-11 on the opposite side of the highway), then make an immediate right onto Village Road. Turn left at the 3rd intersection onto Polaris Drive, and go to the end of the street and follow signs for parking at the North Tahoe High School.

The nearest major airport is in Reno, Nevada, about 1 hour east of the event site.

From Reno: Take I-80 west to Truckee. Go south on Route 267 until you come to the T intersection with Route 28 in King's Beach. Turn right and go west until you come to Dollar Point, then turn right onto Fabian Way and then an immediate right onto Village Road. Turn left at the 3rd intersection onto Polaris Drive, and go to the end of the street and follow signs for parking at the North Tahoe High School.

There is free parking in the North Tahoe High School parking lot. In addition, you may park on the streets near the school.

Headquarters hotel: Lake of the Sky Motor Inn 955 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, (530) 583-3305, 1 mile east of Jct with SR89. Click here for directions.

Event Officials

Event director: Evan Custer, 925-254-5628
Asst event directors: Harold and Penny DeMoss
Registrar: Steve Beuerman, 408-739-9376
Recreational registration: Ev and Jean Beuerman
Course setters: Evan Custer, Dwight Freund, Jay Hann
Course consultants: David Irving and Karen Dennis
Vetters: Evan Custer, Jay Hann, Bob Cooley
Map production: Bob Cooley
Start Chief: Chuck Spalding assisted by Matthias Kohler, Gary Kraght, Scott Aster
Finish chief: Dan Greene
Start time assignments: Dennis Wildfogel
E-punch: Robert Lewis
Beginner's clinics and greeters: Abby Wolfe
Signage and equipment: Mark Blair
Construction: Harold and Penny DeMoss
Child-care coordinators: Wyatt and Angelica Riley
Event flyer: Tony Pinkham
Publicity: Lucy duPertuis
Webmaster: Andrew Masalkov
Search and rescue: Bill Straka
First Aid: Joan Roos
Control pickup: Harold and Penny DeMoss


The Lake Tahoe area offers a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from campgrounds to resorts. The motels at Tahoe City are the most convenient. The less expensive motels are generally in King's Beach, a 10-minute drive from the event site. The motels on the Lake side of the highway tend to be much more expensive than those across the road. June is high season for Lake Tahoe, so if you care about the place you stay in, make your reservations early.

Here are two extensive lists of Lake Tahoe accommodations (Word RTF files):

For camping, we recommend Sugar Pine Point State Park, which is included in the above list. It has nice facilities, is relatively close to the park, and is less noisy and crowded than Donner Memorial State Park.

Last minute news

Packet pickup

06/27/02 - Packet pick is at in Lake of the Sky Motor Inn in Tahoe City between 7pm and 10pm on Friday, June 28. Hope this clears up any confusion.

Registration Committee.

Pacific Region meeting

06/26/02 - To all interested orienteers:

There will be a meeting held at the Burton Creek A-meet on Saturday, June 29 between the morning and afternoon courses. The following items are on the agenda:

1) Regional Elections - to be handled by Ev and Jean Beuerman
2) Discussion of Regional Championships
3) Open Forum on the work of the course/class structure committee
4) Any other business

Pack a lunch and join us!

Clare Durand
Pacific Region Representative


Check training section for latest information.

06/25/02 - Important June 28 Burton Creek training info posted (how to obtain maps).

06/25/02 - June 26 Sunol training rescheduled to 6:30pm.


06/26/02 - We will need the following information from each competitor at packet pick-up for emergency information:

Please be prepared to fill out a form asking these questions when you pick up your packet.

06/26/02 - Minor corrections (names, clubs, etc.) in entry list.

06/20/02 - As of June 17, 2002 Only "day of entries" registrations are being accepted. Currently 152 Entries (47 of them online) are registred. Please check your e-card number (or lack thereof) and classes and send me any corrections.

     Saturday                   Sunday

      7 White                   6 White 
     12 Yellow                 12 Yellow
     17 Orange                 13 Orange
     20 Brown                  23 Brown
     39 Green                  42 Green
     37 Red                    36 Red
     12 Blue                   16 Blue