Discover a new neighborhood... or one you
thought you knew well!!
The complete results, checkpoint times, and RouteGadget are
available. Use RouteGadget to see what paths other teams took! Please send us your tracks or
post them on RouteGadget.
All photos from the event are on
Facebook. Thanks to Ben Legg!
Introduction to RouteGadget. For this event, selecting "View routes" will
show the team's checkpoint order even if no route or track has been entered. RouteGadget
split-time analysis is enabled only for teams who used cellphone scoring and for those who
wrote down the checkpoint times on their answer sheets, but all teams can add their GPS tracks
Berkeley and Oakland Hills Street Scramble
It was great to see so many fresh new faces at this Street Scramble event... and the
regulars, too. Some quotes:
"I enjoyed the event—while I've run/biked in most of that area, I got
into new areas—and the navigation is always a challenge!"
"And thanks for putting on such a fun event, I had a
"... you put on a great event. I know it is a lot of work but you had a
One hundred forty-one
participants enjoyed the grand tour of the neighborhood by Rex (who went to Cal in the times
long gone, and now lives just south of the territory covered by the map). There were
52 teams. Competition was very very close in several categories... so close that we
wrongly awarded several teams, usually second-place getters! After rechecking answer sheets
and cellphone records, we mailed the prizes to the real winners.
Notable performances included: the overall winner, Alvin Chen, who biked
the course as Team Wolfpack of One and got all but one checkpoint; Steve Gregg
winning the 3 hour foot by just 10 points over Eric Rosenzweig;
and a win in Open Women's 3 hour foot by Las Bonitas. Seattle Street
Scramble veterans Four-Eyed Nerds, formerly known as the Whidbey Island Nerds
and now hailing from Sebastopol, took the 3 hour foot Open Mixed win over first-time
Street Scramble adventurers Desi Detectives. And in a nail-biting victory
that necessitated three recounts, Team Kafka edged out all-Women's
Hornettes by 20 points to take the Family category in the 3 hour
This event was made possible by—and sincere thanks go out
to—our (we are especially
grateful to TableTopics for stepping in so close to the event and providing
their Cubes and Travel Packs as prizes); our volunteers, Werner Haag,
Nancy Lindeman, Bruce Wolfe, and Shona
Armstrong; and Sabrina at the Berkeley Office Depot and Sarah
Moxon at College Avenue Presbyterian Church.
We have posted the Urban Adventure Hunt Series
standings after two events... participate in at least three events and win a free entry to the 2012 Night & Day Challenge, with a chance for an expense-paid
trip to the Seattle Night & Day! Your next chance to vie for Street Scramble
points is the Los Gatos Street Scramble to be
held on 07 January. We are also considering adding more San Francisco neighborhood events
on top of our already announced schedule, potentially as early as late January.
We would love to see you again at one of our events—come explore
neighborhoods near and far, venture into the wild, test your team's skills and make new
friends! Our big Henry Coe event is coming up for
those who love the wilderness. Or try "real orienteering" at Sprint the Golden Gate event in late November. Check
out our plans for 2012... and go Get Lost!!
Street Scramble preview in the East Bay Express.
Location and Schedule
On Saturday, 24 September 2011, two
event durations will be offered: 3 hours and 90 minutes. You can do either on
foot or on bike. The headquarters will be at College Avenue Presbyterian
This will be the inaugural Berkeley and Oakland Hills
Street Scramble. Check out the description and our calendar of Street Scramble events!
This event is the second in the 2011/2012 Urban Adventure Hunt series, and your next chance to
collect points and win a trip to the series Final, the San Francisco
Night & Day Challenge.
08:30 Registration and check-in
open, College Avenue Church
09:00 Maps are available for
09:40 Briefing and instructions
10:00 Start, 3 hour division,
foot and bike
10:10 Briefing and instructions
10:30 Start, 90 minute division,
foot and bike
12:00 Finish, 90 minute division
12:10 Light lunch service starts
12:15 Awards, 90 minute division
13:00 Finish, 3 hour division
13:20 Awards, 3 hour division
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Transit directions: Rockridge BART. College Avenue Presbyterian Church is a
5 minute walk from the station.
You will score checkpoint visits
by texting us the answer to the question on your scorecard. Checkpoint visits will be
instantly tabulated, and scores available upon the teams' return. If you'd rather not use
the cellphone for any reason, you can instead circle answers on the paper scorecard. More
details are here...
This is a sample map that was used for this year's Santa Cruz Street
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The Street Scramble Experience
Street Scramble races can be enjoyed by anyone who (a) can travel under their
own power for 90 minutes—walking, running, biking, or moving in a wheelchair;
(b) can follow a street map; and (c) likes to explore.
(Strollers and power wheelchairs are OK for those who need
them. If you can't read a map, you can be on a team with someone who can.)
When you arrive at a Street Scramble event, you will check in (some events
don't sell out and allow onsite registration). Then, a half hour before the
start time, you will receive a map with thirty-one checkpoint locations circled. Each
circle has a number between 10 and 99. The point value of the checkpoint is
equal to its number rounded down to the tens; for example, Checkpoint 35 is worth
30 points; Checkpoint 12 is worth 10 points. You will also receive a
scorecard with a description of a feature to be found at each checkpoint, such as
"Statue of woman" or "Public pier".
You (together with your team, if you have a team) will then plan which
checkpoints you will try to visit, and in what order. You can visit as many or as few
checkpoints as you want, and in any order. Your team will need to stay together at all
times. You can change your plan as you go along, but it's very helpful to at least start
with some kind of plan.
A few minutes before the start there will be a pre-Scramble-race briefing, at which
the event director will review rules and safety. There will be a countdown to the start,
after which you will head out to visit checkpoints. Again, your team must stay together
at all times. Checkpoints are found at the precise centers of the circles on the map.
When you arrive at a checkpoint location, look for the feature described on the
At most locations, you will need to answer a simple multiple-choice question, found on
your scorecard, to prove you were there. Example:
35 Statue of woman:
What is the last word on the plaque next to the statue?
(A) Arts (B) Commission (C) Space
If you are not using the electronic scoring system, circle the correct answer on the
scorecard and proceed to another checkpoint. Also write down the time of your checkpoint
As an option, we will offer two electronic ways
to record your checkpoint visits.
One option will only be available at select
checkpoints that are at locations of participating businesses, and only to those entrants
who have a smartphone capable of recognizing QR codes
, and the necessary phone app. Simply snap a picture of
the code and get on your way!
If you don't have the hardware or the app, just answer the multiple-choice
The other electronic option is available at all checkpoints,
and involves sending us, the organizers, a text message with your answer to the question
on the scorecard. For example, suppose you are Team 191 and the correct answer to
the question at Checkpoint 35 is (A), "Arts". You will send,
to the phone number we provide at registration, a message with the text
and you will get back a confirmation message that says
Team 191 Checkpoint 35 Answer A at 10:31:23.
To participate in the 90 minute division, you must return to the event center
within 90 minutes. To participate in the 3 hour option, return within
3 hours. You can decide which option you want while you're out there. Returning on
time requires planning!
The map is usually an improved USGS
topographic map; we also use information from other sources. The map will have only a
few street names on it, so it will be important for you to keep track of where you are on
It is perfectly fine to utilize other maps you may bring, or to look at a map
on your smartphone. You can also use the phone's GPS; any GPS units, altimeters, and
pedometers are all fair game—but please don't get so distracted by the gadgets as
to lose track of vehicle traffic!
When you return, you will turn in your scorecard; if you used electronic scoring, your
score will be ready and waiting for you. (In case your phone turns out to be
less sweat-resistant than you thought, we can handle answers that are partially submitted
electronically and partially handwritten.) It is important to be on time
because you will lose points for each minute you are late. We will keep your scorecard,
but you get to take your map home with you. If your answers are handwritten, we will
tally your score while you enjoy refreshments, included in your entry fee. After
refreshments, awards will be given out for those with the highest scores in different
divisions and categories.
As a minimum, we will award the best men, women, and mixed teams in the
following categories: Juniors (each team member must be 20 years of age or
younger on 01 January 2011), Masters (40 or older on 31 December 2011),
and Open. Awards will also be given to the best family teams; a family team is one
that has anyone 20 years of age or younger, and also someone 21 years of age
If you have further questions, you may be able to find answers to them on the
Equipment and Detailed Rules pages.
Entry and Registration
As of 11:45:00 PDT, Monday 17 September
2011, complimentary event shirts are sold out. The system will automatically apply the
no-shirt discount to subsequent registrants. At most a handful of shirts will be
available on site for $15.00, in random leftover sizes. The event itself is not yet sold
out and we will post a note here when it is within 20 participants of selling out.
Pre-registration is open. Team members may enter together (be
entered by the same person), or separately. If you would like to go with a team, but
don't know your teammates' names yet, you can enter yourself and other members can join
the team at a later time.
As with all events by Get Lost!!, fees for teams, including families, are
capped. Three, four, or five people enter at the team price; each team member gets a map.
The fees are:
|90 minute event
Enter and pay on or before Monday 12 September
Enter and pay on or before Tuesday 20 September
Enter and pay on or after Wednesday 21 September
|3 hour event
Enter and pay on or before Monday 12 September
Enter and pay on or before Tuesday 20 September
Enter and pay on or after Wednesday 21 September
On top of these prices, we offer the following discounts:
Bay Area OC member
Family (at least one participant age 20 or under)
||$10.00 per team
Scoring by text message
||$3.00 per team
Use of safety vests
||$2.00 per team
The BAOC discount only applies to individuals, not teams.
That is, a registration for two people who are both BAOC members will cost less than the
team price. A three-person team is always best off taking the team deal.
- BAOC member going solo, early registration, no shirt, uses a cell phone and a
safety vest: $10.00
- California ARA team of 4, standard registration including shirts, uses a cell
phone and safety vests: $13.38 per person
- Family of 3, day-of-event registration, no shirts, uses a cell phone and
safety vests: $20.00 per person
These discounts are taken and combined automatically by the registration system. Make
sure to indicate the team association, individual participant's club membership, and the
correct (or at least approximately correct) ages for the team members.
We accept credit
cards online through Google Checkout, and cash, checks, and credit cards on site.
We have a large turnout for this event. To spread out the check-in rush, we are going
to start 90 minute division participants at 10:30, and will ask that they
arrive no earlier than 09:00, preferably between 09:00 and 09:30. The
3 hour event starts at 10:00 as announced earlier. You will still be able to
change your mind about which course you would like to do; if you start at 10:00 and
finish by 11:30, we'll put you down for the 90 minute division, and if you
start at 10:30, you will have until 13:30 (1:30 pm) to complete the
3 hour course.
Please use street parking (not free), or take BART to Rockridge station.
Safety is our first priority. All cyclists must wear a helmet and stop at all stop
signs and red lights.
There are only certain places in which you can cross Highway 24 (a freeway).
These are shown on your map with purple dashed lines. Ashby Avenue/Tunnel Road
(Highway 13) has a lot of traffic. It is dangerous to cross it anywhere east of
Domingo Avenue and it impossible to cross it between The Uplands and Hiller Drive (the
impassable wall in the median is shown on your maps). You can run and bike along Tunnel
Road but it is either dangerous or impossible to cross it in these places.
We strongly encourage you to wear a Street Scramble safety vest to enhance your
If you have a coupon or a voucher, the coupon/voucher is your proof of payment. You
should enter all of your team members, but you do not need to pay on our website. We will
collect your coupon or voucher at the event.
If you haven't paid yet, please do so before the fees go up on the early morning of
Wednesday 21 September.
Each team should have at least one member. If your team's entry shows a team
with no members, please sign on and add yourself to the team by using the Join
Team!! or Add a Member button, and pay.
If your team has more than 5 people, and all of them are planning to attend, we
would like to ask that you please split the team in two. We have found out that it is
very hard for teams of more than 5 people to stay together throughout the event, and
we would like to maintain the five-person maximum for all of our events.
5. T shirts
Shirts for this event are completely sold out. We will have enough
for the 50 teams who entered first, according to the sizes stated in the
registration. We have three different shirt designs: a small number of Unisex round neck
in grey, a large number of Unisex round neck in cardinal color, and an even larger number
of Women's V-neck in grey. Please arrive early to guarantee that your preferred design is
available (but not too early if you are in the 90 minute division).
6. Urban Adventure Hunt series 2011/2012
This event is the second one in the series. Here is the complete announcement, but in brief, it works this way:
Each Street Scramble event is worth a maximum of 1000 points. We will add together
the points from Mill Valley, Berkeley and Oakland Hills, Los Gatos, Millbrae, and Santa
Cruz events. If your team participates in the 90 minute division, we will multiply
its points by 1.5. In order for event scores to count for the series, your team
should keep the same name and at least one common member for the Street Scramble events
it participates in.
Prizes: In each category (foot and bike; Open, Masters, and Juniors;
Men, Women, and Mixed; and Family), there is a single first-place award to the best team,
and it is a free entry to San Francisco Night & Day Challenge in 2012. A team has
to participate in at least three Street Scramble events in order to be eligible for the
award. But furthermore, we'll combine your points from the Street Scramble events and
SFND, and a few very lucky—or fast—teams will win an expense-paid trip to the
Seattle Night & Day, which occurs about a month after SFND!! We will
showcase one or two categories for this award.
7. Event rules
Each team must stay together throughout the event. It is not allowed
to split up to cover more ground.
Travel under your own power only. It is not allowed to take buses or
It is not allowed to look up answers to checkpoint questions without actually going to
the checkpoint; in particular, you cannot use Street View, Panoramio, or
the likes. Using Street View would be just like driving past everyone in a car at a
running race! At select checkpoints we will have monitors recording team numbers and if
we find a team that claims credit for a checkpoint that it hasn't been to, the team will
get a zero score for the whole event. The monitors may not be immediately obvious, they
may look just like regular public.
You can, however, use the map on your smartphone, and GPS. You are welcome to use any
and all maps of the area you may bring.
Please stay off private property.
A road bike is definitely recommended for this event. All checkpoints are immediately
reachable on bike and the course does not force you off the road. There are a few stairs
that are not traversable on bike, but you can go around on city streets.
There are no bikes allowed in Claremont Canyon. Going through the Canyon is an option
on foot but not on bike. Also, bikes are only allowed on certain parts of UC Berkeley
campuses. You can assume you can bike on the wider mapped streets and roads on campus.
9. Course notes
The map for this event will not be an augmented off-the-shelf topo map nor a specially
prepared rogaining map, but will look more like what you'd get on your smartphone. It
will have most street names, and in addition it will have elevation contours. The map is
at 1:15,000 scale with 20 ft. contours.
The course has been designed entirely by Rex. There are 33 checkpoints worth
the usual 1000 points. The optimum straight-line distance to get all of them
is 21.1 km. It is definitely possible to get all checkpoints on bike, but most
likely not on foot. The late penalty is 10 points for each minute, or fraction
thereof. Remember, you can switch from the 90 minute division to the 3 hour
division at any time, even while you are on the course.
Please don't go through Claremont Hotel! The map doesn't suggest that you can, and you
The upper entrance to Claremont Canyon looks like a gate across a public street,
beyond which there is someone's driveway. That's probably true, but we believe it's a
legal park entrance. Bikes are not allowed past this point.
10. Cellphone scoring
Cellphone scoring will be offered for this event, and here's a short tutorial.
Our receiving phone number is
+1 503 567 8924. (It spells out LOST X24. Hope you
Start with registering your team's cell phone number. You can send us answers from
more than one cell phone. We don't pull the phone number information from your
registration, so this step must be done for at least one phone. From this phone, send us
a text message that says T followed by your
team number. You will find out your team number at check-in, or if you would like to
complete this step early, e-mail us and we'll let you know your team number. For example,
if your team number is 142, text
You will receive a short confirmatory message. It may take a few seconds for the
system to issue a confirmation to each of your commands and answers, sometimes up to
about half a minute, more if your phone moves in and out of coverage.
After you have registered your team
number, you're clear to head out on the course! One of the neat features is the
ability to retrieve checkpoint questions and answer choices as you go. Just say
Q? followed by the checkpoint number, like
And now to the most important
part—sending us answers to checkpoint questions! Just send us the checkpoint number
and the answer choice, in this order or answer first, with or without a space; the answer
(as all commands) is case-insensitive. For each answer, you get a short confirmatory
Please take care in answering the questions. Sometimes, teams give a literal answer,
for example if the answer choices are (A) 1; (B) 2; (C) 3, a team
can text 2. This answer will not count as a
wrong answer and the system will simply ask you to try again. Only the first valid answer
choice counts. If you send in a wrong answer choice, for example if the correct answer is
B and you say A, the mistake cannot be corrected.
You can find out how many checkpoints you
have visited, and how many points they are worth, by texting S?. This score is not graded; that is, the
points are calculated without take into account whether your answers are correct or
The full command set is
Q? R? S? T/T? U
We already went over most of those. The remaining commands
are: R? tells you how long your team has been
on the course; T? replies with your team
number on record; and U is used to unsubsribe
the phone number.
The system is currently on Eastern time. We may or may not
be able to fix that before the event. Finally, if you encounter an error message, please
let us know after the event.
Please do not send praise, comments, blame, bug reports, missing
checkpoint notes, or status updates to this number—they are all quite welcome, but
use +1 971 998 0321 instead. They will all be read and
We will not be using QR codes at this event.
11. Pen-and-paper scoring
When you mark your answer, please also make sure to write down the time you visited
each checkpoint. Doing this is not mandatory, but allows for some entertaining post-event
route analysis. Your finish time will be taken when you hand in your score sheet.
12. Newest sponsors
Please welcome Table Topics
as our newest . Table
Topics is excited to provide several prizes for the winning teams at the
Berkeley and Oakland Hills Street Scramble.
The slate of prizes is provided by Road ID,
Orienteer.com, Table Topics, and Get
We can use one or two additional volunteers for this event. All of our volunteers
receive free entries for future events. These entries are
transferrable, so if a friend or a family member is going to come along but not run, they
can help and you or they can enjoy the next Street Scramble for free!
Bill, Heidi, Lani, Rex, and Vladimir
We maintain a discussion board for all our events on Attackpoint. Popular
among map and adventure-sports athletes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and
other countries, the site is the one to go to for the latest navigation-sport news,
schedules, discussion, and gossip.
the Berkeley and Oakland Hills Street Scramble.