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Preliminary results.

Get Lost!! in Fort Ord 2012 starts

On Saturday morning, 03 August,

45 checkpoints are set in gently rolling foothills... runners, cyclists, and hikers pore over how to find as many as possible and get back under a time limit... and then we gather you all up and tell you to...

Get Lost!! in Fort Ord

Wild Adventure Hunt

An 8-hour and 4-hour rogaine. On bike and on foot. A trail run or ride unlike any other!

Rogainers start, on footThe Basics, Location, and Schedule

Gather a team of 2 to 5 explorers; you may go solo in the 4-hour event. We'll give you four or eight hours to complete a course that no team can possibly finish. Prioritize and plan a good route to maximize your point scoring. Or just plan to have a grand adventure! You'll be using a custom-made map with accurate elevation contours and trails. Find up to 45 or so checkpoints; a compass can be useful.

Rogaining on Wikipedia
Press coverage of one of our recent rogaines!

Get Lost!! in Fort Ord is conducted under a special recreation use permit on lands administered by the United States Government, Bureau of Land Management.

On 20 April 2012, President Obama signed a Proclamation to designate the Fort Ord National Monument. The National Monument consists of some of the last undeveloped natural wildlands on the Monterey Peninsula of California. Fort Ord was a military base and training area until 1994. Prior to being open to the public, the area went through an extensive munitions cleanup—but there is still some unexploded ordnance.

Because of this possibility, and because the National Monument contains environmentally sensitive areas, we have been asked by the Bureau of Land Management to stay exclusively on trails that are signed open. Each and every checkpoint will be on a trail, and the course will be set in such a way that there will not be a temptation to shortcut. The course will offer a plethora of route choices!

The start and finish will be at Fort Ord National Monument Day Site. This area is in the interior of the Monument, and roads leading to it are not open to public driving, except during special events. Access is from the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Gigling Road in Seaside.

To get there from most places north, take Highway 1 to Exit 406, Lightfighter Drive. Take a right on General Jim Moore Boulevard, and shortly a left on Gigling Road. Proceed to the intersection with Eighth Avenue; the route will be signposted from this intersection. Remain on Gigling Road for 1.5 miles (2.5 km) past the intersection. Take a left on Watkins Gate Road and then an immediate right on Henneken's Ranch Road. Go on Henneken's Ranch Rd. for 1.8 miles (2.8 km). The road will end at Eucalyptus Road; take a left onto Eucalyptus, which will become Jack's Road after Barloy Canyon Road. The Day Site is on Jack's Road. All of this route is paved, and the total distance from the Highway 1 exit is 8.1 miles (13.0 kilometers). Allow 25 minutes from the highway exit.

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Event Schedule

Saturday 03 August 2013

08:30  Check-in and packet pickup open, Fort Ord Day Site
09:00  Maps are available for route planning, all divisions
09:40  Briefing and instructions
10:00  Start, all divisions, foot and bike
13:30  Food service begins
14:00  Finish, 4-hour divisions
14:30  4-hour teams not finished are disqualified
14:40  Awards, 4-hour divisions
18:00  Finish, 8-hour divisions
18:30  8-hour teams not finished are disqualified
18:40  Awards, 8-hour divisions
19:00  Food service ends
20:12  Sunset

We will use cellphone scoring, originally developed for our Street Scramble urban adventures, to record your checkpoint visits. Each team must have at least one cellphone (a smartphone is not required). Complete details about the scoring method are available.

This is the map that was used for last year's Get Lost!! in Fort Ord:

Get Lost!! in Fort Ord 2012 map

Our Sponsors!!

This event has been made possible by the following businesses and organizations. We are delighted to offer a sampling of their products as prizes for this event. Please patronize their offerings and services, and contribute to their programs:

From 1991 until today, athletes the world over have come to the same conclusion: GU works. The Berkeley-based sports nutrition company started with its original GU Energy Gel, a revolutionary and more effective method to keep athletes fueled during exercise. Since then, every product has been formulated to further GU's mission: to help athletes go faster and longer than ever before.

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Road ID

The mission of Road ID is twofold: One, to educate outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of wearing ID. Two, to provide these athletes with innovative identification products that they will want to include as part of their gear. The dream of Road ID is to see the day where wearing ID is as common among athletes as wearing a seatbelt is among motorists.

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o21e—the Official Uniform Provider of Team USA Orienteering—makes a line of clothing for adventure running in Los Angeles, California.

Scarborough Orienteering, aka, is a leading vendor of equipment. They carry compasses, SPORTident 1cards, Inov-8™ shoes, and other gear and produce their own line of o21e suits, club uniforms, and gaiters. also offers map and compass instruction and group outings, including orienteering and team-building training, as corporate offsites.

All the Details!

In this section:

1. Event description

Get Lost!! in Fort Ord is a rogaine. About 45 checkpoints scattered over the entire area of the National Monument that is open to the public will be circled on a map and marked on the ground by orange and white orienteering markers. Each location will have a scannable QR code and a letter code. You will record checkpoint visits by either scanning the code with your smartphone, or sending us a text message with the letter code (a simple cell phone will work with this option).

Each checkpoint has a point value, which is equal to the checkpoint number rounded down to the tens. For example, Checkpoint 68 would be worth 60 points. The objective is to score as many points as you can within the time limit by visiting checkpoints along your planned route. There are point penalties for returning late. Maps are issued well before the start, so that teams have time to plan their route.

QR codeMost preinstalled smartphone code reader apps will work with our QR codes. Here's a sample code to try; on our Androids, it is readable by the AT&T Code Scanner. Scanning this code brings up the Messaging interface, and you need to hit "Send" to complete the message.

Instructions on how to use a phone without an app are in the event-day notes.

2. Event staff

Administrative Director: Vladimir Gusiatnikov
Course Designer:         Vladimir Gusiatnikov
Cartographer:            Vladimir Gusiatnikov
Safety Coordinator:      TBA
Communications Chief:    TBA
Emergency Medical:       Laura Tremaine
Food Chief:              TBA

3. The terrain

The terrain of Fort Ord National Monument is gently rolling foothills; 28.6 square kilometers of them are open to the public. The total trail mileage is 86 miles (138 km), and the types of trails include wide paved roads, fireroads, and twisty, technical singletrack. All trails are open to bike use (and to foot use). About half of the area is forested, the rest is grassland and chaparral.

A significant portion of the open hillsides in the southern part of the area harbors an endangered species, Smith's blue butterfly.

4. Potential hazards

The main hazard is unexploded ordnance. Although BLM staff are very confident there is none on the official trails, findings of it are regularly reported off trail. Do not enter trails that are posted closed. Do not approach anything on the ground that looks manmade, and follow the rest of this guide.

Poison oak is present. This plant produces an oil which may cause a delayed skin irritation reaction. Know what it looks like, avoid contact, and treat exposed skin areas with a product such as Zanfel Poison Ivy Wash. By staying on trail, you won't encounter continuous, extended areas of poison oak, but there is plenty of it along trail edges, mostly below knee height.

Rattlesnakes may be present if it's warm. They aren't aggressive, but don't want to be bothered.

There is a small chance of heat-related problems at this time of the year. The chance of hypothermia is exceedingly small.

5. Participant safety

Participants will be responsible for their own safety while taking part. Of course, event staff will try to help you if we learn that you are seriously injured or otherwise need assistance, but there is a good chance you would be waiting a long time for help, and we don't have the level of staffing or expertise necessary to quickly and expertly handle many emergency situations that might arise, so your best bet is to be very careful not to get injured. If you are not comfortable assuming the risks involved in prolonged exertion while traveling through rugged terrain under various and possibly unexpected conditions, then you should not take part in the event.

Each person will be required to sign a liability waiver when registering online or upon checking in for the event. A parent or guardian must sign for a minor.

The organizers are not in a position to review each participant's preparedness to participate and will not do so. However, if it comes to the organizers' attention that a person or a team is poorly prepared for the event, the organizers may deny entry to that person or team in the interest of the safety of all the participants and staff of the event.

The team aspect of the event is perhaps the best safety instrument. Team members must stay together within unaided voice distance, and must approach checkpoints at the same time. Not staying together will yield disqualification. If you would like additional reassurance, team up with a friend.

There is cell phone coverage by AT&T and Verizon, quite reliable on ridgetops, less so at the start/finish/parking. Participants are required to carry cell phones in order to be able to score checkpoint visits. If there is an emergency, call 911 and also notify the organizers. At least one of our cell phones will be reachable; this number will be on the front of the competition map.

If a team has indicated an emergency, it is the duty of all other teams who are nearby and hear the distress signal to help the team or participant in distress.

We are required to have a licensed EMT on site, and there is a possibility there will be additional medical help. The emergency responder station is at the edge of the event area, and the National Monument is close to the city of Monterey which has advanced medical facilities.

Each team will be required to fill out an intention sheet, which is a copy of the competition map, with their intended route. The actual route taken does not have to exactly match the intended route. Intention sheets are due at the briefing 15 minutes before the start.

We will provide water on the course. However, to be on the safe side, all participants should carry enough water to sustain them for three hours.

Consuming enough salt will mean the difference between being sluggish and not thinking clearly, and being sharp and enjoying the experience throughout the whole duration of the event. Take salt pills or eat salty food starting at 3 hours into the event at the latest; 200–400 milligrams of sodium ion per hour are advised. Drinking only plain water depletes sodium in your body. Other electrolytes may also help prevent cramps. We suggest carrying electrolyte pills if you plan on participating in one of the 8-hour divisions.

The safety bearing is east to California Highway 68 and Reservation Road; this will be noted on the competition maps. If you are using the safety bearing, please do still stay on open trails!

We have a safety, emergency/accident response, communications, and search/rescue plan you may peruse. Information on this webpage supercedes the Safety Plan, where contradictory. If you have any questions about information in this section, please contact our Safety Coordinator.

6. The competition map

The map was made in 2012 for Get Lost!! in Fort Ord. It will be at 1:25,000 scale with 10 m contours. We will offer high-legibility printing. The whole area will be on a single map sheet. We do not feel that waterproof paper is needed for this event. We will provide plastic map cases of appropriate thickness.

Trail widths and their suitability for riding are shown according to the specifications of the International Orienteering Federation for mountain-bike maps. You will be able to estimate in advance how fast a given trail is using information on the map. Of course, this is largely irrelevant for foot participants and teams, but makes a large difference for bikers.

The source of elevation data for this map is Monterey County lidar survey. The USGS processed this data into a digital elevation model, from which we derived elevation contours. Trail configuration is from GPS data.

The symbols we use on this map are the same as those we used on the map for the 2012 event. Maps will be printed to magnetic north, and will have a UTM grid (no indication of true north).

A. CONTOURS: The contours are the most reliable and consistent component of the map. The quality of the contour base is uniform throughout the map, and the absolute accuracy is better than ±10 m lateral, ±2 m vertical. The contours are unaltered by field survey, which could only make them worse.

B. TRAILS: All trails are from GPS data; a number of cycling enthusiasts rode the Fort Ord trails and made their tracks available for download. We assigned trail grades using high-resolution aerial photos and survey in the terrain by the 2012 course designer. Closed trails are still shown on your maps, and have purple X's (which mean DO NOT ENTER) across them.

Trails are continuously rerouted in Fort Ord, new trails are being created, and old ones, retired. We will have made a GPS survey pass to investigate all trails that are known to have changes from last year's event.

C. VEGETATION: Passability will not be shown. Open vs. forest may or may not be shown (it wasn't in 2012). If the open areas are indeed shown, their boundaries will be from high-resolution aerial photos.

D. STREAMS: The streams are from USGS 7.5' quad data.

E. ROCK AND FENCES: Neither are shown. There are some cliffs that you can see from trails, but not many in this terrain.

7. Course specifics

There will be about 45 checkpoints, totaling 1600 points. The optimum distance to get them all will be between 75 and 80 km along the actual trails. Climb on this route will be below 3% of the distance traveled. We hope that nobody is able to get all checkpoints, but if really strong mountain bike riders show up this may not be true.

The number of points awarded for visiting a checkpoint is the first digit of the checkpoint's code, times 10; for example, Checkpoint 68 is worth 60 points. The penalty for being late is 10 points per minute, or fraction thereof. Teams finishing more than 30 minutes after the deadline will be disqualified and will get a score of 0.

Most locations are technically very easy; this event puts emphasis on careful route planning, including into account the relative speed along various trails, and on endurance, rather than on navigational prowess. We will assign values to checkpoints so as to maximize the planning challenge.

Other than the start/finish, there will not be aid stations on the course, manned or unmanned. There will, however, be unmanned water-only stations (below).

The start/finish will feature an ample supply of energy gels by GU Energy. PLEASE DO NOT LITTER ON THE TRAILS!!!! If you do, this event may never happen again.

There will be three or four water stations. These locations may or may not be at checkpoints. Plain bottled water will be offered, in individual bottles or in jugs.

There will be a trash bag at each water station. You are allowed to dispose of your trash into these bags, but not elsewhere on the course other than the start/finish. There will not be any other drinks, food, or supplements at the water stations.

Each checkpoint will be equipped with an orange and white orienteering control marker. There will not be sign-in/intention sheets at checkpoints. Water stations, if not at checkpoints, will not have orienteering markers.

All checkpoint locations will have been verified with GPS.

All team members must approach each checkpoint within 60 seconds (first to last) in order to claim credit for the checkpoint.

A Women's team
                     before the start of Get Lost!! in Fort Ord in 20128. Classes and categories

There will be four event divisions, the 8-hour bike, the 8-hour foot, the 4-hour bike, and the 4-hour foot. Solo competitors are allowed in the 4-hour division, but not in the 8-hour. The maximum team size is 5 members. A team that has a member born in or after 1999 must also have a member born in 1995 or earlier.

There will be the following gender classes:

  • Men;
  • Mixed; and
  • Women.

A mixed team is one that has members of both genders.

There will be the following age categories:

  • Open;
  • Juniors (each team member born in 1993 or later);
  • Masters (each team member born in 1973 or earlier); and
  • Supervets (each team member born in 1958 or earlier).

Every team is eligible for awards in the Open category. Some teams may fall into multiple age categories. In this case the team is eligible for awards in all categories in which they meet the criteria.

Logical combinations of the above classifications will constitute awardable categories, for example, "8-hour bike Supervet Women" or "4-hour foot Junior Mixed". Categories with few teams will not be consolidated for the purposes of awards.

9. Scoring, results, and awards

All teammates must stay within unaided voice distance and all must approach a checkpoint in order to claim credit, within 60 seconds (first to last). If one team member is unable to continue, the whole team must report to the start/finish. A new team may be formed and it may then go on the course, but it will be unable to claim credit for checkpoints already visited.

The number of points awarded for visiting a checkpoint is the first digit of the checkpoint's code, times 10; for example, Checkpoint 68 is worth 60 points. The penalty for being late is 10 points per minute, or fraction thereof. Teams finishing more than 30 minutes after the deadline will be disqualified and will get a score of 0.

Teams will be ranked within their division, age, and gender categories according to their total score. Among teams with identical scores, the earliest finishing team will be ranked highest. Teams that are disqualified or do not finish do not get a place.

(Every team that finishes within 30 minutes of the time limit, and does not break certain rules, gets a score. You don't have to stay out for the full 4 or 8 hours! You can finish earlier if you feel like it.)

Upon finishing, team scores will be available near-instantly. Each team will receive a copy of their score sheet that will contain checkpoint-by-checkpoint split times, the total straight-line distance traveled, and the approximate climb.

Top teams in all divisions, classes will get prizes from our sponsors. Event results, splits, and RouteGadget will be promptly made available online.

10. Weather and recommended clothing

August is the foggiest month in coastal California in general, and Monterey Peninsula in particular. While inland locations may well be in the middle of a heat wave, temperatures above 70 °F (+21 °C) are unlikely at Fort Ord in early August. Rain is quite unlikely but possible. A local guide says "In the summer, always carry a sweater," which, applied to rogaining, means you may want to consider a long-sleeve shirt.

The Day Site has a shelter, and we will have tents erected, but there are no heated indoor facilities.

11. The rules

Although they don't explicitly cover bikes, Orienteering USA Rules for Rogaine Competition and the International Rogaining Federation Rules of Rogaining will be in effect, supplemented by this information. When there is a conflict between the two sets of Rules, U.S. Rules take precedence.

Here are a few rules highlights:

  1. Team members must stay together (within unaided verbal contact) the whole time they are on the course (Orienteering USA Rule 5.5).
  2. All team members must go to each checkpoint visited by the team (IRF Rule B16).
  3. All participants are required to respond to a distress signal and to assist a participant who is injured and needs assistance (Orienteering USA Rule 10.2).
  4. All participants are responsible for their own safety while they participate, and participants should make themselves aware of the hazards associated with the weather, rugged terrain, health risks of extreme exertion, equipment malfunction, and remoteness from emergency assistance.
  5. Except in case of emergency, all participants must check in with event staff before leaving the area; in case of emergency, an evacuated participant or her/his team members should notify event staff of the situation as soon as possible after attending to the emergency.
  6. Points will be deducted from the scores of late returning teams, and teams finishing more than 30 minutes late will receive a score of zero (Orienteering USA Rule 9.1).
  7. A team may be disqualified for infringing these rules (Orienteering USA Rule 8.1).
  8. Solo participants are allowed in the 4-hour divisions (exception to Orienteering USA Rule 3.1 and IRF Rule B1).
  9. GPS devices and altimeters (such as GPS tracking watches) may be carried on the course (to allow tracking analysis afterward) but not used for navigation by teams. If carried, any such devices that have a display must be presented to race officals to be sealed (after tracking is activated, if desired) before the start. Without going into the details of the sealing method, we can say that participants with GPS watches and altimeters should plan to carry them, not wear them. This is an exception to Orienteering USA Rule 5.2 and IRF Rule B7.

    Most cellphones nowdays have GPS on them. We will rely on your honor not to use it to aid your navigation. Remember, the challenge of this event is not as much in precise navigation as it is in careful route choice that optimizes your score.

  10. It will not be allowed to have equipment caches arranged for you on the course. Carry all you may need, including spare inner tubes. (Orienteering USA Rule 5.8 and IRF Rule B13.) You are also not allowed to discard trash or unwanted equipment, except into trash bags at the water stations.
  11. Off-trail travel is not allowed. Any participants or teams seen traveling off trail, or entering closed trails, will be disqualified.
  12. Please observe trail etiquette. Cyclists, yield to foot travelers; both, yield to equestrians. Friendly, respectful interaction with other trail users is key to our future ability to use Fort Ord National Monument.

The required equipment is (we may modify this list up to one week before the event):

  • Each team must have bottles or other containers able to carry at least 0.5 liters of water per team member.
  • Each team must carry at least one cellphone (AT&T or Verizon).
  • Each participant must carry a whistle for signaling in case of emergency (three short blasts).
  • Each individual should have clothing appropriate to the weather, accounting for the possibility of injury or exhaustion.

We will check this equipment before the start. Teams who do not possess it will not be allowed to start.

12. Suggested equipment

Each team should have a compass, food/energy snacks, salt tablets, a first aid kit, and a space blanket. For bike division participants, we suggest bike map holders such as this one.

2012 Fort Ord Rogaine

Get Lost!!'s inaugural rogaine at Fort Ord was featured in Episode 202 of This American Land, a series on PBS. The Fort Ord segment starts at 9:03 in the video, and coverage of the rogaine begins at 10:18 and is sprinkled throughout the segment.

The style of the map used for this year's event will be very similar to one used in 2012. The map was printed at 1:30,000 in 2012, but will be at 1:25,000 for this year's event. All checkpoints will be shared by bike and foot participants.

Travel and Accommodations

The directions to the start/finish are here. Monterey has an airport, and excellent public-transit connections with the Bay Area and Southern California.

Orienteering USA has negotiated discounted rates with its sponsor, Choice Hotels. The closest Choice property is a Comfort Inn in Marina, about 4.8 miles from the Gigling and Eighth gate, less than 30 minutes of driving from the Day Site (the location of the start and finish). Hotels in August are at a premium on Monterey Peninsula. At the time of this writing, members of Orienteering USA were offered rates as low as $151.99 per night, plus tax. In order to obtain these rates, you must book through the Choice Hotels site and enter Special Rate ID 00228560 in the "Select Rate" drop-down menu. Lower-priced Choice properties are available on Monterey Peninsula. By making your booking through the website and referencing the Orienteering USA partnership code, you will be supporting U.S. orienteering and rogaining.

We recommend Hertz, an Orienteering USA partner, for car rentals. By booking through this link, you will be supporting U.S. orienteering. Our discount code will be displayed on the reservations page.

Entry and Registration

Get Lost in... 2012 T shirt designWe have a soft limit of about 100 participants, dictated primarily by the size of the parking at Fort Ord National Monument Day Site. If you pack your car with fellow adventurers, we can accept more.

We will offer long-sleeve tech shirts with a design similar to this one to the first 50 individuals and teams who enter. All food during and after the event is included in the registration price.

The design shown is for the 2012 Get Lost!! in Fort Ord. Design for the 2013 event will be different enough that you won't regret obtaining a shirt if you already have a 2012 Get Lost in... T shirt.

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 are capped. Three, four, or five people enter at the team price; each team member gets a map. The price for a team is determined when the last member joins it; additions after the deadline will increase the team fee. The fees are:
4-hour events Individual Team           Cal-ARA Team
Enter and pay on or before Monday 15 July $59.00 $114.00 $102.60
Enter and pay on or before Monday 29 July $69.00 $134.00 $120.60
Enter and pay on or after Tuesday 30 July $84.00 $164.00 $147.60
8-hour events Individual Team           Cal-ARA Team
Enter and pay on or before Monday 15 July $79.00 $154.00 $138.60
Enter and pay on or before Monday 29 July $89.00 $174.00 $156.60
Enter and pay on or after Tuesday 30 July $104.00 $204.00 $183.40

Although we publish an individual price for the 8-hour event, everyone who participates in the 8-hour divisions is required to be a member of a team. The individual price serves as the base for individual discounts, and the team price is the maximum a team would pay.

If you are unable to attend the event, our fees are fully transferable to future events. If prices change in the future, we will give you a complimentary entry into a category that most closely approximates your original entry.


On top of these prices, we offer the following discounts:

Bay Area OC member registering her/himself $5.00
Orienteering USA member registering her/himself $5.00
No shirt(s) $7.00 individual, $14.00 team
Family/junior (at least one participant age 20 or under) $10.00 per team

The BAOC and Orenteering USA discounts only apply to individuals, not teams. For example, 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.

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 VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and DiscoverWe accept credit cards online through Google Checkout, and cash, checks, and credit cards on site.

Go register!!

Event-Day Information

1. Safety


If there is an emergency, call 911 and also notify the Safety Coordinator. Contact info is on the front of your map.


REQUIRED: Bottles or other containers able to carry at least 0.5 liters of water per team member; Cellphone (AT&T or Verizon); Whistle.

SUGGESTED: Compass; Bike map holder; Salt tablets; Food/energy snacks; First aid kit; Space blanket.

AID: Three water-only stations on the course with plain bottled water.


UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE: DO NOT APPROACH OR TOUCH ANYTHING THAT LOOKS MANMADE. Stay on trails. Do not enter trails that are posted closed, and do not enter trails that are marked as forbidden routes on your map.

POISON OAK: Learn to identify it if you're sensitive, and treat with Zanfel Wash afterwards.

RATTLESNAKES: Do not approach. Do not put your hands or feet where you can't see them.

4-hour event:       2:00 pm
8-hour event:       6:00 pm

Each team and individual participant must mark their intended route on a copy of the competition map. This so-called intention sheet will be collected at the briefing 15 minutes before the start. Teams and participants who do not provide an intention sheet will not be allowed to start. It is not critical that the team follow this plan, however the intention sheet will give us a good idea where to look for a team should it become missing.


All teammates must stay within unaided voice distance and must punch at checkpoints together in order to claim credit. Not staying together will yield disqualification.


At 06:15:00 pm, that is 15 minutes after the 8-hour time limit, we will generate a list of teams and individuals who have not reported back from the course. We will take into account information provided by the scoring system, and all cars/shuttles still missing passengers. We may do so earlier for the 4-hour event. If the list is not empty, we will first attempt to reach the participants' cell phones and then their listed emergency contact numbers.

If these attempts are unsuccessful, the cellphone scoring system will determine the last checkpoint visited by the missing participant(s). We will then retrieve the missing participants' intention sheets, and use them to narrow down the area to search. We will then dispatch event staff to this area. Past experience shows that these workers are quite likely to discover the missing team(s).

If the missing participants are still not found, full-scale search will commence. The search will be directed by the event's Safety Coordinator or by authorized emergency personnel.


Cellphone coverage is acceptable for AT&T and Verizon throughout the entire event area, except in several low-lying areas.


There will be a dedicated EMT stationed at the start/finish who will operate a medical aid tent. The EMT can reach an injured person on the course if necessary.


The speed limit on Fort Ord Public Lands is 25 mph.


Any participant or team seen traveling off trail, entering closed/forbidden trails, or taking shortcuts will be disqualified. Please observe trail etiquette. Cyclists, yield to foot travelers; both, yield to equestrians. Friendly, respectful interaction with other trail users is key to our future ability to use Fort Ord Public Lands.

2. Map, terrain, and course notes

For most extensive map notes, please refer to the map section. A summary, with updates, will be posted here during the week before the event.

3. Cellphone scoring

Cellphone scoring will be offered for this event. There are two possible ways to score. Attached to each checkpoint flag is a label with the checkpoint number, a letter code, and a QR code. To score with QR codes, you need an app for QR recognition that can send out text messages; most smartphones come with these apps preinstalled. One such free app is offered by i-nigma. You should download and install it on your phone before the event—data coverage at the start/finish is spotty, but voice and texts seem to go through well. When at checkpoint, simply scan the code with your phone; depending on the app, you may have to to then hit "Send" in your messaging app. You will then receive a confirmation message as shown below. Prior to start, you will need to register your phone by scanning a QR code that comes in your registration package.

A smartphone is not required to score with letter codes, and here's a short tutorial for scoring with simple text messages. The confirmation message looks the same for those scoring with texts and with QR codes, but otherwise QR users don't need to use any of the commands explained in the tutorial—scan and go on your way!

T commandOur receiving phone number is +1 503 567 8924. (It spells out LOST X24. Hope you aren't.)

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, email us and we'll let you know your team number. For example, if your team number is 142, text

T 142

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.

Checkpoint answerAfter you have registered your team number, you're clear to head out on the course! And here's how you score checkpoints: Just send us the checkpoint number and the letter code, in this order or code first, with or without a space; the answer (as all commands) is case-insensitive. For example, if the letter code at Checkpoint 35 is P, text

35 P

For each answer, you get a short confirmatory message.

S commandYou can find out how many checkpoints you have visited, and how many points they are worth, by texting S?.

The full command set is

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.

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 acted upon.

4. Pen-and-paper scoring

If technology fails, write down each letter code on your map. If you also write the time at which you visited this checkpoint, we will be able to add your split times to the event data for post-race analysis and RouteGadget.

Watch out, the poison oak!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.

Forum for the Fort Ord rogaine.

In addition, we hang out on MTBR:

Message thread for the Fort Ord rogaine.

We also post updates to our Facebook pages:

Facebook event for the Fort Ord rogaine.
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Created: 01 July 2013
Last updated: 04 August 2013, ver. 005

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