We'll take some of your equipment over to the camp, but we'll limit the amount, so it'll be a tradeoff between speedy travel with minimum gear and a comfy night under the stars.
This is the map that was used at the 2011 Henry Coe event:
Thursday 31 October PDT = GMT–07:00
10:00 Check-in and packet pickup open, Zombie Runner store
18:00 Check-in and packet pickup close
Friday 01 November PDT = GMT–07:00
17:00 Bell's Gate open
18:30 Check-in and packet pickup open, Point A
20:00 Maps are available for route planning, Trex divisions
21:30 Check-in and packet pickup close
21:40 Briefing and instructions, Trex
22:00 Start, Trex, foot and bike
Saturday 03 November PDT = GMT–07:00
06:30 Check-in and packet pickup open, Point A
07:00 Maps are available for route planning, 4 hour divisions
07:40 Briefing and instructions, 4 hours
08:00 Start, 4 hours, foot and bike
10:00 Camp opens, Point B
11:45 Food service begins, Point A
12:00 Finish, 4 hours (Point A)
12:30 4 hour teams not finished are disqualified
13:00 Awards, 4 hours
13:20 Food service ends at Point A
13:30 Food service begins at the camp
14:30 Point A closes and is unstaffed until Sunday
18:00 Deadline to finish, Trex Stage One
18:30 Trex teams not finished are disqualified
20:00 Earliest possible start for Trex Stage Two
Sunday 04 November PST = GMT–08:00
01:00 Daylight saving time ends
01:00 Regular start for Trex Stage Two
01:20 Food service ends at the camp
02:30 Camp closes and is no longer staffed
05:00 Finish opens for Trex foot teams, Point C
05:00 Finish opens for Trex bike participants, Point A
06:30 Food service begins, Point A
06:30 Food service begins, Point C
08:00 Shuttles start circulating, Point C to Point A
13:00 Deadline to finish, Trex, Points A and C
13:30 Trex teams not finished are disqualified
14:20 Food service ends at Point C
14:30 Last shuttle from Point C
15:20 Food service ends at Point A
All the Details!
In this section:
1. Event description
Henry Coe Adventure Trex is a two-stage voyage. Each of the two stages is a rogaine with geographically separate start and finish. About 50 checkpoints scattered over the southern part of Henry Coe State Park will be circled on a map and marked on the ground by orange and white orienteering markers with SPORTident stations which create a record of your visit on a small electronic card each participant will carry.
There will be about 30 checkpoints for Stage One, and about 20 for Stage Two. Bike checkpoints will be on trails, while the foot course will use a majority of the bike checkpoints and a number of off-trail locations.
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.
The time limit for Stage One is 20 hours, and for Stage Two, 12 hours. Teams and participants take a mandatory 8 hour break between the stages at the camp. Teams that finish Stage One before the time limit start Stage Two earlier, eight hours after their Stage One finish, and can take extra time on Stage Two—up until its regular time limit.
A 4 hour rogaine will also be offered, starting and finishing at the same location. The short event will be open to teams and individual participants on foot and on bikes.
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 Trex team member and individual participant will need SPORTident Model 6 or Model 9 card. These are the only models that possess enough recording capacity for the Trex.
2. Event staff
Administrative Director: Vladimir GusiatnikovBike Course Designer: Dirk De BruykerFoot Course Designer: Bill CusworthMap Consultant: Eddie BergeronCourse Setters: TBACartographers: Vladimir Kozlov, Vladimir GusiatnikovSafety Coordinator: Rex WinterbottomCommunications Chief: TBAEmergency Medical: West Coast EMSFood Chief, Crew One: Lani SchreibsteinFood Chief, Crew Two: TBAFood Chief, Crew Three: TBA
We will provide an expanded staff listing closer to the event.
3. The terrain
The terrain of Henry Coe State Park is hundreds of square kilometers (tens of thousands of acres) of gorgeous central coast wilderness. An equal mix of grassland and oak forest, most—but not all—of the acreage allows for rapid movement. That is, the main obstacle is the grade of the hillsides, not disagreeable vegetation.
What makes route planning interesting is steep—sometimes super steep—hills and deep erosion features. There is some poison oak and chapparal, and expanses of each are mapped. The elevation is 260 to 810 meters—in the higher reaches you may encounter pine forest. There are some well-maintained roads and trails. Views are out to the Pacific Ocean on a clear day.
A foot team's successful strategy will minimize traversing the steepest sections. It is always faster in this park to go up-and-over or take a trail with some detour; contouring (maintaining elevation) on hillsides is slow. The terrain in the western and the southern reaches of the mapped area is the steepest; foot teams will reach these area at the end of the Trex on their way down.
The slowest parts of the map are the canyons that empty into Coyote Creek and into Hunting Hollow (itself) in the western part of the area. Their north-facing sides are full of poison oak, south-facing sides are high in chaparral, walls are riddled with cliffs, and to go along streams that run down the canyons frequently means climbing over car-size boulders. You really don't want to be in these canyons. Other places your team won't want to be in are where contour lines run close to each other. Conversely, the central part of the area is mostly quite pleasant for off-trail travel.
For cyclists, trails of Henry Coe offer a variety of riding options ranging from moderately difficult to extremely difficult. There are practically no easy trails for bikes. The western reaches of the park feature most of the elevation change, and no matter how fit one is, going up these hills will require walking the bike for some distance. Some trails—old farm roads—are "straight up" and "straight down"; others have been realigned to maximize their sweetness. The majority are singletrack, some are wide enough to drive a vehicle on, and there are a small number of improved-surface roads.
As to wildlife, deer and newts are abundant. Bobcats and wild turkeys are frequently spotted. This park doesn't have cows, so ground is soft and unbroken. Grasses are typically low in November, but will have some stickers.
4. Potential hazards
Hazards present in the terrain include:
In addition, there is a small chance of hypothermia at this time of the year. The chance of heat-related problems is exceedingly small.
Henry Coe is mountain lion habitat. Chances of encountering the reclusive cat are very low. If you do, follow this protocol. If you turn around and run, the cat's mind will more likely identify you as prey.
Poison oak 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. We have attempted to map continuous, extended areas of poison oak that significantly impede movement. There is more of it than is mapped. This plant strongly prefers north-facing slopes. There is plenty of poison oak along trail edges, mostly below knee height, so even trail hikers and cyclists should beware.
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.
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.
The terrain has steep, and some possibly unstable, slopes. These potentially dangerous areas are not explicitly delineated on the maps, so you will need to determine the safety of traversing a prospective route for yourself. Close contours indicate treacherous terrain.
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 punch together at checkpoints. Not staying together will yield disqualification.
There is some cell phone coverage on ridgetops, and at the camp. We will provide a map that shows the approximate extent of the coverage. Participants are advised to carry cellphones. If there is an emergency, call 911 and also notify the organizers. At least one of our cellphones will be reachable at all times; this number will be on the front of the competition map. We plan to have communications between the start, the camp, and the finish and the outside world via radio links between the locations that don't have cellphone coverage and the ones that do.
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 several licensed EMTs on site, along with a Mobile Response Unit (a four-wheel-drive vehicle). There will quite possibly be one or more medical doctors doctors among the participants.
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 respective start.
The two main dangers that exist for participants of an ultralong endurance event are dehydration and hyponatremia. We will provide water on the course. However, to be on the safe side, teams may wish to carry a water purification device, such as a portable filter or iodine tabs. In November, at the end of the dry California summer, there is not a lot of water in the creeks, anad some are completely dry; water in ponds is stagnant, but should be safe to drink after filtering. There are no water fountains/treated water sources/running water at the park bathrooms. All teams should carry reservoirs that are large enough to sustain the team members between water stations.
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 the Trex.
The safety bearing is west to Gilroy Hot Springs Road or Cañada Road; 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 Safety Coordinator.
6. The competition map
The map will be 1:20,000 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.
The primary source of data for this map is Santa Clara County lidar survey done in 2008. Raw data from this survey was provided by the USGS. The USGS processed this data into a digital elevation model, which we used for the elevation contours. Raw lidar data was processed by our bivariate kernel density estimator in search for vegetation classification and boundaries. Where results were satisfactory, our duo of cartographers brought you the the best possible standard of vegetation depiction.
For about half of the area used at our 2010 event, we determined vegetation boundaries from high-resolution photos. For most of the rest of the 2011 area, vegetation boundaries and density were digitally derived from the lidar data as specified above. High-fidelity vegetation was not available on parts of the 2011 map; these parts will be brought up to standard for the 2013 edition. We will expand the map somewhat, but most of the area will be the same as was used in 2011. Due to different positions of the start, the camp, and the finish, even those of you who had a chance to visit the farthest reaches of the map in 2011 will be treated to new discoveries!
The size of the mapped area will be between 70 km² and 75 km².
The symbols we use on this map will be largely the same as those we used on last year's map. 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. What this means is that each and every single-contour reentrant is there. The contours are unaltered by field survey, which could only make them worse.
Unlike the 2011 version, the 2013 map will have spot heights.
B. TRAILS AND PONDS: All trails and ponds are from high-resolution aerial photos, complemented by GPS survey in the field. Their accuracy is such that you won't be disappointed. All official park trails are shown, plus others in various states of disuse. Mapped trails can be used for navigation without reservations.
C. VEGETATION: The positional accuracy is better than ±10 m lateral, referenced to the contours or to UTM. All distinct single trees and bushes are shown. We use the following grades of vegetation:
We use a vegetation boundary symbol (a solid green line) between all areas of different types to aid readability. This does not mean that all of these boundaries are distinct. We also use a symbol for a gap that looks like a trail, but is skinnier and has longer dashes. This symbol denotes long and narrow breaks in the canopy; there is almost certainly no matching trail on the ground.
The use of color on this map is not the same as it is on an orienteering map; all of the vegetation symbols are green or white. We feel that the two-color scheme is most appropriate for low-light map reading.
D. STREAMS: The streams are from USGS quad data.
E. ROCK AND FENCES: There are some spectacular, towering rock features, and in general quite a bit of rock in this terrain. There are many fences; all of them are of the regular five-strand barbed wire variety, dating back to when the park was an active ranch. Most of these fences are well on their way to decomposition, and are easy to climb over.
We made a decision not to extensively survey the cliffs or the boulders, only putting in what was immediately apparent in the photo and/or gigantic in the terrain. No fences have been surveyed or shown.
The official park map can be obtained from many outdoor stores: ISBN 0-9700007-9-0. This map does not depict vegetation. Its contour base appears directly inherited from USGS 1:24,000 data. The trail network on this map was GPS'ed by park volunteers, and is exquisitely accurate and complete as far as the official trails.
7. Course specifics
The courses will be different for foot and bike divisions; a majority of the bike checkpoints will be used on the foot course, but not the other way round. The foot course, and the bike course, will each feature about 50 checkpoints in all for the two stages, totaling 3600 points. The estimated time for the best team for the first stage is 14 hours (20 hours for the median team), and for the second stage, the winning time will be 12 hours. So, we predict that the best team will finish Stage One around noon, rest for 8 hours, start Stage Two at 8 pm, and finish at 7 PST in the morning (traveling mostly in the dark). The median team will finish Stage One right at the cutoff at 6 pm, collecting all Stage One checkpoints, but will not be able to get all checkpoints in Stage Two, and will enjoy about equal amounts of night and day travel. This estimate applies equally to the foot course and to the bike course.
The optimum distance to get all checkpoints and to stop at all water stations will be as follows:
Climb on the foot route will be between 7% and 8% of the actual distance traveled, and on the bike route, between 5% and 6% of the trail distance.
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 for each stage will be disqualified and will get a score of 0 for that stage.
Most locations are technically easy to moderate, while a small number on the foot course are hard or very 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. The same checkpoint may be worth a lot of points on the bike course, but fewer points on the foot course; conversely, a far-out checkpoint to get to which involves somewhat easy riding may be worth fewer bike-course points than foot-course points.
There will be up to five water stations at each stage. These locations will not be at checkpoints, and will not be worth any points. Most of these stations will be at one of the park's many natural springs, and so will not have water containers. Instead, we will place a high-throughput water filter. The filters have a throughput of 0.5 liters/minute. So, plan on spending a little bit more time filling at each station than if the station had pre-filled water 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 camp and the 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, a SPORTident electronic station, and a red, white, and blue reflector. There will not be sign-in/intention sheets at checkpoints. Water stations will have reflectors, but not orienteering markers or SPORTident. A very small number of checkpoints and water stations may be manned.
The orienteering marker may have a number/code that will not match the checkpoint code. The correct code is shown on the SPORTident station. To punch, put the SPORTident tag 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 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.
8. Rain policy
The event will proceed rain or shine, and the foot-division course and participants will be unaffected by the following policy. However, cyclists are not allowed to use singletrack trails for up to 48 hours after a 24 hour period with more than 0.5 inches of rain.
We will have planned a fallback course for the bike divisions that stays exclusively on fireroads and improved roads. We realize that such a course won't be as attractive to some mountain-bike enthusiasts. In the case we have to implement the rain policy, bike-division participants will have two options: to participate on the fallback course, or to transfer their entry to one of our future events. Because of the risk and the upfront costs associated with producing the event, we are unable to offer refunds.
9. The camp
There is a hard limit on how much equipment we will transport to the camp for each team, dictated by the number of truck trips we are allowed to make. As much as we'd love to carry everything, we can't. The limit is one 18-gallon storage container, such as Rubbermaid Model 2215, or a similar container approximately 24" × 16" × 16" (60 cm × 40 cm × 40 cm), per team. There is no charge to transport this amount of stuff, and we will absolutely not accept more stuff than will fit into this container. Hard-sided containers are recommended, but we will also accept duffel bags, plastic bags, and similar; we accept no responsibility for damages to your equipment during transit. The container or bag must be clearly marked with the team number, preferably in permanent marker.
We will further transport your bags and containers from the camp to Point A (where your cars are parked), subject to the same limit, conditions, and disclaimer.
Unlike in our 2011 event, we will not be able to set up your tents at the camp; since the clock stops as soon as you reach the camp, we don't believe this is necessary.
The location of the camp will remain secret until the map issue time for Stage One. No public vehicle or foot traffic will be allowed to the camp; no support crews are possible.
The camp will have shelter (either permanent or organizer tents), but its use is meant for emergencies; each team should plan on either carrying a tent or sending one up with us. There will be bathrooms and running water. The camp will have a stationed EMT.
The camp will be open, and food will be served, as specified in the event schedule. The menu will include the best of the offerings at our staffed locations. The camp will also feature a supply of energy gels by GU Energy. PLEASE DO NOT LITTER, ON OR OFF THE TRAILS!!!! If you do, this event may never happen again.
It is possible—and a valid strategy—to head straight for the camp from the start. The camp does not open until late Saturday morning, so be prepared to wait for us out there—or to try to get a few of the checkpoints closest to the camp.
A better strategy for those who'd rather maximize the pleasantness of their experience would be to start later, perhaps after dawn. This is also possible, and is encouraged for those with smaller ambitions. You'll still need to be present at the mandatory briefing on Friday night, but you can crash at the start (Point A) after it, and head out by sunlight. You will have enough time to make it to the camp before the cutoff. Similarly, you can stay at the camp until Sunday morning and head out on Stage Two late so as to minimize low-light travel; you'll still have plenty of time to reach the finish before the cutoff.
There will be a SPORTident station at the aid station, used by us to account for missing participants and teams. Its use is mandatory, however your score points will continue to accumulate in your SPORTident card during Stage Two and the final score will be determined at the finish.
10. Classes and categories
There will be four event divisions, the 4 hour foot, 4 hour bike, the Trex on foot, and the Trex on bike. Solo competitors are allowed in all of these divisions except the Trex on foot. The maximum team size is 5 members. A team that has a member born after 1998 must also have a member born in 1994 or earlier.
There will be the following gender classes:
A mixed team is one that has members of both genders.
There will be the following age categories:
You may notice that these categories are slightly different from what Orienteering USA Rules for Rogaine Competition state. These Rules, and the International Rules of Rogaining, categorize teams by age on the first day of the event, not on 31 December 2011. This event is not sanctioned by either body. In any case, only a small number of teams may be affected by this distinction. If your team is, please contact us and we will ask Orienteering USA for clarification. The age on 31 December 2013 is what the rest of Orienteering USA Rules use.
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, "Trex Supervet Women" or "4 hour Junior Mixed". Categories with few teams will not be consolidated for the purposes of awards.
11. Scoring, results, and awards
All teammates must stay within unaided voice distance and all must punch at 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 back to the start of the appropriate stage (Point A or the camp). 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 for each stage will be disqualified and will get a score of 0 for that stage. A team disqualified in Stage One may continue and start in Stage Two, and will be ranked according to its score in Stage Two.
Teams will be ranked within their division, age, and gender categories according to their total score for the two stages. Among teams with identical scores, the team finishing Stage Two the earliest will be ranked highest. Teams that are disqualified in both stages, or do not finish one of the stages, 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 20 hours in Stage One or 12 hours in Stage Two! You can finish earlier (and/or start later) if you feel like it.)
Teams and individuals who finish Stage One before the time limit and visit all checkpoints on their course (foot or bike) can start Stage Two early, as early as 8:00:00 after their Stage One finish. They will thus be allowed to spend more than 12 hours on Stage Two, and can stay on Stage Two course as late as the stage's cutoff time of 1 pm PST. However, they may not start earlier than Stage Two opening time. If you come to the camp early but don't get all the checkpoints in Stage One, you will be started with most of the teams for Stage Two.
Upon finishing Stage One and Stage Two, 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.
Because the best teams will finish the course well before Stage Two cutoff, we will not have an award ceremony. Awards and prizes from our sponsors will be given to all members of the top 3 teams in each division of the Trex as they finish.
Event results, splits, and RouteGadget will be promptly made available online.
12. Weather and recommended clothing
"Late summer" in the Bay Area sometimes creeps into early November, or the rainy season may get an early start, as happened at our 2011 event. Typically, the weather is quite perfect for a long endurance event—sunny with highs in the 60s (+16– +21 °C) and overnight lows in the high 40s (+8– +10 °C). In the unlikely situation of "late summer", highs could be in the 80s or 90s (up to +35 °C). The chance of any rain showers during the event is probably at most 10%. There has not been any rain during the first week of November in each of the past 8 years—except in 2011. On the colder extreme, daytime highs could be in the low 50s (as low as +10 °C) and overnight lows in the high 30s (just above freezing).
Layers are strongly advised. Remember, we can transport your stuff up to the camp.
13. 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 (which includes some Rules deviations). When there is a conflict between the two sets of Rules, U.S. Rules take precedence.
Here are a few rules highlights:
The required equipment is (we may modify this list up to one week before the event):
We will check this equipment before the start of Stage One and before the start of Stage Two. Teams who do not possess it will not be allowed to start.
The Trex is not a race; it is a voyage of discovery. There is no preset course, and at least a half-dozen trail options will be available from the start. It is exceedingly unlikely that your team will be going head-to-head against anyone after the first checkpoint. Many teams will call it a day (or a night) well before the end of the first 20 hours, but even these teams will find out that they won't be able to run or pedal as fast as they would like to, due to extreme ruggedness of the terrain.
Nevertheless, we would like to remind all cyclists of the 15 mph speed limit at the park. It is extremely important that you obey the speed limit, and anyone caught breaking it, riding recklessly, failing to yield, or otherwise violating the park's rules will not be qualified in the standings and will receive a score of zero.
14. Suggested equipment
Each team should have a cellphone (AT&T or Verizon), a compass, shoes with treads appropriate for the steep slopes, salt tablets, food, blister tape, a first aid kit, and a space blanket.
15. Future closure of Henry Coe State Park
The park was scheduled to close to the public sometime between September of 2011 and July of 2012, but the eventuality has been averted. Many thanks go out to Coe Park Preservation Fund, an arm of Pine Ridge Association, and personally to Daniel McCranie for making this possible. Get Lost!! hopes to hold rogaines and Adventure Trex events at Coe Park for years to come.
All entry fee funds collected from bike division participants, less the cost of the event permit, will be donated to the Pine Ridge Association so that the park can stay open and operating for the enjoyment of rogainers, hikers, runners, cyclists, birdwatchers, nature lovers, and all park visitors.
Three different menus will be featured at Point A (for the finishers of the 4 hour divisions), the camp, and the overall finishes (of which there are two—the bike and the foot division finishes are separate). Food will be served at an appropriate temperature according to the schedule.
Get Lost!!'s second event at Henry Coe was sanctioned by Orienteering USA as the 2011 U.S. Rogaine Championships. One hundred and fifty-six rogainers, adventure racers, orienteers, hikers, and ultrarunners took part. Three event durations were offered, 4 hours, 8 hours, and 24 hours. Sixty-nine souls joined in the 24 hour fun as members of 26 teams. Rain and cold nighttime temperatures added to the adventure. A central aid station offered hot food and shelter through the night, and all of the 24 hour division teams took advantage of them.
The 24 hour event was won by Team Eastern Europe (Pēteris Lediņš of Latvia and Murray Maitland of Canada, both currently living in the Seattle area). The Mixed winners were Racing with Giant Dirty Avocados, a combo of Bay Area's premier adventure racing teams, Racing with Giants and Dirty Avocados, with a certain ultrarunner thrown in. The Women's division was won by Team Proceeding On, two superstar superveterans: Sharon Crawford from Colorado and Natalia Deconescu from Illinois, both current and former Masters World Champions in orienteering.
Because of the weather, and partly because the course was overplanned, most teams didn't come close to reaching all checkpoints. Even the best teams had navigation difficulties at night—as is evident from the event's RouteGadget. We'll take the lesson learned, and are pretty confident about hitting the predicted winning times and getting the course difficulty correct in 2013.
Press coverage of the 2011 event.
The style of the map used for this year's event will be very similar to one used in 2011. Checkpoint placement will again be mostly easy and moderate, with a small number being technically hard and very hard. There will be less checkpoints in all. A number of foot-division checkpoints will be shared with the bike course, and will be on trails. All of the bike checkpoints will be on trails, including some that are quite far out there and that won't be used for the foot teams.
Travel and Accommodations
The directions to the start are here. Other locations—the camp and the foot-division finish—will remain secret until the event. The closest airports are San José International, 54 miles to Bell's Gate, and Monterey Peninsula, also 54 miles; San Francisco, Oakland, and Modesto airports are also valid options. Gilroy Transit Center is reliably reachable by public transit, with buses running every 15 minutes on a weekday; it is a viable location as a pick-up point, but is quite remote from the park. Gilroy cabbies are great and taxis will take you to the park, but it'll be quite expensive.
We recommend Hertz, an Orienteering USA partner, for car rentals. By booking through this link, you will be supporting U.S. orienteering and rogaining. Our discount code will be displayed on the reservations page.
Packet pickup will be at the Zombie Runner store on Thursday, and on site on Friday. There will be no camping at the start on Thursday night.
Orienteering USA has negotiated discounted rates with its sponsor, Motel 6. The closest Motel 6 is in Gilroy, 20.2 miles from Bell's Gate. At the time of this writing, members of Orienteering USA were offered rates from $41.39 to $50.39 per night, plus tax. In order to get these rates, you must book through the Motel 6/Orienteering USA partnership program. By making your booking through this website, you will be supporting U.S. orienteering and rogaining.
Hollister is the closest city to the event. Located just outside of Santa Clara County and outside of Bay Area proper, the community has a small-town feel town with Central California independence and charm. The central business district is worth checking out for its antique shops, cafés, and taquerias.
For camping, we recommend the Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort. (Note that this is a third-party website, and Casa de Fruta's own website appears to have no info about the campground or reservations. Please contact Casa de Fruta directly by phone for reservations.) The resort is about 7 miles from Bell's Gate.
For activities in the Hollister area, please check with our partner, the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.
Entry and Registration
We have a registration limit of 380 participants, of whom at most 100 can be in the bike divisions. This limit is due to both park constraints, and to the extent of what we can do while maintaining a quality experience for everyone.
We offer high-quality tech shirts to all individuals and team members who enter before the last deadline. One shirt per individual and two shirts per team are included in the base price; additional shirts are $10. Pictured is our shirt design for the 2011 Henry Coe event; the design for this event will be no less captivating, and will be posted here as soon as it's done!
All food during and after the event is included in the registration price, as is SPORTident rental for each team member.
All entry fees paid by the participants in the bike Adventure Trex and the 4 hour bike division, less park permit costs, will be donated to the Pine Ridge Association.
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 increase the team fee—unless you select the flex-team option, which is slightly more expensive. The extra fee accounts for the work and the cost associated with providing supplies and insurance to participants at the last moment. Team member substitutions are always free.
The fees are:
The flex team option locks in the price, and also includes one shirt per team member regardless of the number of people in a team. If you register at the standard, non-flex team price, and additional team members join after a deadline, they will pay extra according to the price level in effect at the time. Team member substitutions are free for all registration options. All California ARA teams automatically receive the flex option.
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:
The BAOC and Orienteering USA discounts only apply 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.
These discounts are taken and combined automatically by the registration system.
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Forum for Henry Coe Adventure Trex.
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Message thread for Henry Coe Adventure Trex will be established shortly after registration goes live.
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Facebook event for Henry Coe Adventure Trex.