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Explore the wild... Explore yourself!

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Jackson DSF on 31 January 2011

On Sunday morning, 01 September,

45 checkpoints are set in lush, dark redwoods... 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 Jackson DSF
(Jackson Demonstration State Forest)

Wild Adventure Hunt

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

Rogainers start, against the background of redwoodsThe 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 Jackson DSF is conducted under a special recreation use permit on lands administered by the State of California, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Jackson Demonstration State Forest is a working forest. Logging of the area began in 1862, and intense industrial operations have taken place for many decades. There have been several generations of harvests and replantings. The entire area is forested, with Sequoia sempervirens the most common type of tree.

The Forest, entirely within Mendocino County, has less relief compared to coastal redwoods of the Bay Area. Slopes are less steep, passability is average to poor, and visibility is poor, with much understory. The area has a very well developed forest road network, with some singletrack trails.

Bike division participants must ride entirely on official, open roads and trails while inside the Demonstration State Forest. Bikes may not be ridden off trail, but may be carried.

The start and finish will be just north of Camp 20, which is at the junction of California Highway 20 and Forest Road 200. From Camp 20, you will drive north for 2.0 km (1.2 miles) on an unimproved dirt road, passable for most low-clearance passenger vehicles. Rental car drivers are advised to leave their vehicles at Camp 20 and carpool.

To get to Camp 20 from most places north and south, take Highway 101 to its junction with Highway 20 in Willits. Take Highway 20 west for 15.9 miles (25.6 km). Allow 25 minutes total from Highway 101 to the start/finish location.

As this event is occurring during fire season, all motorized vehicles on the State Forest shall carry fire suppression equipment, including, at a minimum, either an axe and a long-handled, point-bladed shovel, or a fire extinguisher. Vehicles may be inspected by the State Forest at any time.

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Event Schedule

Sunday 01 September 2013

08:30  Check-in and packet pickup open, 2.0 km N of Camp 20
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
19:45  Sunset

Checkpoint visits will be scored with SPORTident. The use of the SPORTident system will be demonstrated at the pre-start briefing.

This is the map that was used for last year's Get Lost!! in Fort Ord; the map for the inaugural Get Lost!! in Jackson DSF will be similar. In particular, the map will not show passability of the vegetation:

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.

GU Energy
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.

Zanfel Poison Ivy Wash is the only product clinically shown to remove the plant's toxin, urushiol, anytime after outbreak of the rash. Zanfel also provides relief from itching in 30 seconds. For most mild to moderate cases of poison ivy, one application of Zanfel is adequate for each affected area.


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 Jackson DSF is a rogaine. About 45 checkpoints scattered over the eastern portion of the Demonstration State Forest (excluding active timber harvest areas and other areas closed to the public) will be circled on a map and marked on the ground by orange and white orienteering markers. Each location will be equipped with a SPORTident station, which creates a record of your visit on a small electronic card each participant will carry.

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.

At each checkpoint visited, every team member must use her/his own SPORTident electronic card to "punch" at the SPORTident station (International Rule B16(a)). To accomplish this by distributing all of a team's SI cards to one person who goes and punches them all is breaking the rules.

You may use your own SPORTident card, or rent one from us at no extra charge.

Each member of every team in the 8-hour bike division will need a SPORTident Model 6 or Model 9 card. These are the only models that possess enough recording capacity for the checkpoints reachable by bike within 8 hours. We are quite sure that all SPORTident devices will work for foot division participants and for 4-hour cyclists; we do not expect anyone in these divisions to be able to collect more than 30 or so checkpoints.

2. Event staff

Administrative Director: Vladimir Gusiatnikov
Course Designer:         Vladimir Gusiatnikov
Emergency Medical:       Laura Tremaine
Food Chief:              TBA

3. The terrain

The terrain of Jackson Demonstration State Forest is 197 km² of ridges and canyons; elevations range from 20 m to 670 m. The entire area is forested with evergreens. There is a well developed road network and a small number of singletrack (narrow) multiuse trails; all roads and trails are open to bike use. Most of the valleys have streams with running water at most times of the year.

Going through these woods is almost always slow, and almost always possible. Visibility is uniformly low. Poison oak is abundant in the understory. The eastern part of the area, which we will utilize for this inaugural event, is less popular than the rest of the State Forest; you will probably not see many users besides fellow rogainers.

There are several minimum-security corrections facilities, called Conservation Camps, within the State Forest. They are marked out of bounds on your maps.

4. Potential hazards

Poison oak is omnipresent in JDSF. 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. This plant strongly prefers north-facing slopes.

Coastal Northern California is the nexus of marijuana production in the United States. The Demonstration State Forest is continuously logged and well patrolled, so unchecked grows are unlikely. However, if present, these operations are likely to be run not by the relatively mellow locals but by cartels, which are very likely to employ armed guards. Immediately exit all areas in which any type of plant appears to be cultivated.

Logging is active along the western edge of the area used for this event. The two active timber harvest areas are marked on your map. Do not enter them or travel along the associated access roads, also marked out of bounds on the map and signposted in the terrain.

The rogaine area is bisected by California Highway 20. A number of roads in the State Forest are open to vehicles, including logging trucks and equipment. Please be extremely careful while crossing the highway, and beware of the possibility of traffic while walking or riding along forest roads.

Hunting is allowed in the Demonstration State Forest during our event. Please wear an orange vest that we will provide.

Ticks, if attached, are best removed by yanking out firmly with tweezers. If you later develop a rash, get tested for Lyme disease. Keep the offending tick in a plastic bag for the doctor if it managed to stay with you after the event. Usually ticks take more than several hours to transmit any diseases such as Lyme through their mouthparts into your bloodstream.

The percent of ticks that can carry Lyme among all ticks in coastal California is low; the incidence of Lyme among these ticks is also low. Lyme is effectively treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, Lyme can evolve into a serious systemic disease that often leads to disability; fortunately, many of its effects are reversible with treatment.

Finally, beware of cyclists and equestrians on singletrack trails. Cyclists, yield to foot travelers; both, yield to equestrians. Friendly, respectful interaction with other trail users is key to our future ability to use the Demonstration State Forest.

Chances of heat-related problems and hypothermia are both exceedingly small at this time of the year.

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 a tiny bit of cellphone coverage by AT&T and Verizon on ridgetops, none at the start/finish. Highway 20 has frequently spaced call boxes, all of which are operational. Participants are advised to carry cellphones. If there is an emergency, call 911 or use a highway call box.

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 will have a licensed EMT on site, and there is a possibility there will be additional medical help. The State Forest is closest to the city of Willits, which has a hospital with an ER. For more advanced medical facilities, you'll have to travel to Ukiah, about 23 miles south of Willits.

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 south or north to California Highway 20; this will be noted on the competition maps.

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 Administrative Director.

6. The competition map

The map will show elevation contours, all roads and trails, and streams. It will be at 1:25,000 scale with 12 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.

There are two classes of roads shown on the map, and a single symbol for singletrack trails. The more established roads are nicely graded, and are so good that they are passable for most low-clearance passenger vehicles. They are shown with a solid wide black line, consistent with the specifications of the International Orienteering Federation for mountain-bike maps. The rest of the roads are shown with a long-dash, wide black line; they are slower, but passable for four-wheel-drive vehicles. The singletrack should probably be a solid narrow black line according to the specifications, but we show it with a long-dash narrow black line to avoid confusion with the driveable roads.

The source of all data for this map is the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. For our next event in Jackson State Forest, a bid for the 2014 U.S. Rogaine Championships, we expect to create a Get Lost!!-standard map, hopefully with lidar contours.

Maps will be printed to magnetic north, and will have a UTM grid (no indication of true north).

7. Course specifics

There will be about 45 checkpoints, totaling 1600 points. The optimum distance to get them all will be between 50 and 55 km along straight lines; distance along trails will be greater. Climb on this route will be about 6% 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 easy to moderate, while a small number are hard. We will assign values to checkpoints based on their combined navigational and physical difficulty. In other words, don't expect a gimme from an 80-pointer.

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 IN THE WOODS OR 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 and a SPORTident electronic station. There will not be sign-in/intention sheets at checkpoints. Water stations, if not at checkpoints, will not have orienteering markers.

To punch at (score) a checkpoint, put the SPORTident card through the opening. If there is no confirmation beep nor a light flash, use a paper punch attached to the control marker to punch your map. If you are unable to find the checkpoint but think you are in the right location, take a picture. All checkpoint locations will have been verified with GPS.

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

Rogainers planning, with
                     bicycle8. 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, teams should proceed to a SPORTident download station. Points will be tallied, and 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

September is the warmest month in coastal Northern California, although it is quite foggy, especially during morning hours. Temperatures rarely reach above 90 °F (+32 °C); the average high for early September is 64 °F (+18 °C) and low, 49 °F (+9 °C). It's T shirt weather day-round! Rain is exceedingly unlikely, but possible.

There are no heated or air-conditioned indoor facilities in all of Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

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.

  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. Any participants or teams seen entering active timber harvest areas, or traveling along roads marked out-of-bounds, will be disqualified. Riding bikes off trail, riding closed/forbidden roads or trails, or riding unmapped shortcuts is not allowed (however, you may dismount and carry your bike).
  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 Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

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

  • 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.
  • Each individual must have a SPORTident card.

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

All motorized vehicles on the State Forest shall carry fire suppression equipment, including, at a minimum, either an axe and a long-handled, point-bladed shovel, or a fire extinguisher.

12. Suggested equipment

Each team should have a cellphone (AT&T or Verizon), a compass, bottles or other containers able to carry at least 0.5 liters of water per team member, 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.

Travel and Accommodations

The directions to the start/finish are here. The closest airport with scheduled passenger service is in Santa Rosa. The drive from San Francisco, Oakland, or Sacramento airports will take about 3 hours in no traffic; add another 30 to 40 minutes for San José. There is bus service to Willits and Fort Bragg from points south and north.

Orienteering USA has negotiated discounted rates with its sponsor, Choice Hotels. The closest Choice property is the Baechtel Creek Inn & Spa, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, in Willits, less than 30 minutes of driving from the start/finish. At the time of this writing, members of Orienteering USA were offered rates as low as $103.20 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 in Ukiah, some 22 miles to the south of Willits. By making your booking through the Choice Hotels website and referencing the Orienteering USA partnership code, you will be supporting U.S. orienteering and rogaining.

Picturesque places to stay for the event would be bed and breakfasts in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, on or near the coast of the Pacific Ocean. These properties may book early for the Labor Day weekend. Both Fort Bragg and Mendocino boast world-class restaurants.

Camping is available in JDSF. All campsites are first come, first serve, and do not take reservations. There are campsites at Camp 20, only 2 km from the start/finish; if it is full, many more sites are in the Camp One area. The fee is $15 per vehicle per night. Camping fees are collected at self-registration stations located in the campgrounds. Campsites have picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. There is no water at the campsites or day use areas. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash.

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... 2013 T shirt designWe have a limit of 50 participants, dictated by the permit. We expect this event to sell out.

We will offer long-sleeve tech shirts with this design to all participants. All food during and after the event is included in the registration price.

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 12 August $59.00 $114.00 $102.60
Enter and pay on or before Monday 26 August $69.00 $134.00 $120.60
Enter and pay on or after Tuesday 27 August $84.00 $164.00 $147.60
8-hour events Individual Team           Cal-ARA Team
Enter and pay on or before Monday 12 August $79.00 $154.00 $138.60
Enter and pay on or before Monday 26 August $89.00 $174.00 $156.60
Enter and pay on or after Tuesday 27 August $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 Administrative Director. Contact info is on the front of your map.


REQUIRED: Whistle; Appropriate clothing; SPORTident electronic card (ONE PER PARTICIPANT).

SUGGESTED: Cellphone; Compass; Bike map holder; Bottles or other containers able to carry at least 0.5 liters of water per team member; Food/energy snacks; Salt tablets; First aid kit; Space blanket.

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


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

ILLICIT ACTIVITIES: Immediately exit all areas in which anything appears to be cultivated.

LOGGING: Do not enter areas where logging is underway, whether or not they are marked on your map.

HYPONATREMIA: 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.

VEHICLES: Look both ways before you cross, and be extremely careful while you are crossing Highway 20. Beware of traffic on forest roads.

HUNTERS: Wear an orange vest that we provide.

OTHER TRAIL USERS: Beware of cyclists on singletrack.

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 the download information and all cars/shuttles still missing passengers. If the list is not empty, we will first attempt to reach the participants' cellphones and then their listed emergency contact numbers.

If these attempts are unsuccessful, we will retrieve the missing participants' intention sheets, and use them to narrow down the areas to search. We will then dispatch event staff to query SPORTident stations in this likely area. Past experience shows that these workers are quite likely to discover the missing team(s). If the missing participants are still not found, the stations will be read out to further narrow down the search area.

Full-scale search will commence as soon as this information is generated, and will be directed by the event's Administrative Director or by authorized emergency personnel.


There is some cellphone coverage for AT&T and Verizon, mostly atop ridges. Cellphone coverage cannot be relied upon. Call boxes along Highway 20 are stationed frequently and are operational.


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.


All motorized vehicles on the State Forest shall carry fire suppression equipment, including, at a minimum, either an axe and a long-handled, point-bladed shovel, or a fire extinguisher. Vehicles may be inspected by the State Forest at any time.

The speed limit on forest roads in Jackson Demonstration State Forest is 15 mph.


Any bike division participant or team seen riding off trail, riding closed/forbidden trails, or riding unmapped 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 the State Forest.

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.

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Created: 27 July 2013
Last updated: 02 September 2013, ver. 005

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