Mount Pinos ARDF Training Camp
Saturday-Sunday August 11-12, 2018

This two-day practice event is especially for radio-orienteers who are in training for the ARDF World Championships this September.  It is open to all other radio-orienteers, but please understand that these are advanced courses.  You must be capable of walking or running at high elevation for at least 5 kilometers.  A ham radio license is not required, but you should have some map-and-compass orienteering experience.

Marvin Johnston KE6HTSYour organizer is Marvin Johnston KE6HTS (photo at right).  His plan is to have a full 2-meter course Saturday morning and a full 80-meter course on Sunday morning.  Course setters are to be determined.  If time permits and there is enough help, there will be a sprint or foxoring course on Saturday afternoon.  That will be followed by a Santa Barbara style tri-tip barbecue supper prepared by Marvin.

An excellent course map by the Los Angeles Orienteering Club will be provided for each event.  There will be a nominal donation of $8 per person to cover the maps, barbecue and other expenses.

If you plan to attend, please send e-mail to Marvin to help him make plans and to insure that you'll be expected at start time.  (  He will reply to tell you the starting locations and times for each day.

Mount Pinos terrain is mostly runable forest. The air is clear and there is no poison oak.  Scoring will be electronic.  If you have an "e-stick," be sure to bring it.

Please be on time for this event.  The starts for all courses will only be open long enough to get everyone going (about 30 minutes).  We will try to monitor 146.52 MHz simplex for incoming ham operators, but may not be able to hear you if you're not close by.

Control flagDirections:  Take the Frazier Park exit from Interstate 5 and go west on Frazier Mountain Park Road.  Continue 8 miles, passing Frazier Park and Lockwood Valley Road (which is your last chance for supplies and water).  Four miles beyond the Lockwood Valley turnoff, stay left at the fork onto Mt Pinos Road.  (If you reach Pine Mountain Club, you went the wrong way, so turn around and go back to the fork.)  Go another five climbing, winding miles to McGill Campground on your right or continue to the announced gathering point.  Forest Service Adventure Passes are not required for this area, but there is a day-use fee for vehicle parking at McGill Campground.

Lodging:  Overnight camping is available at McGill Campground for $20 per night per campsite on a first-come-first-served basis ($10/night if you have an Interagency Senior Pass).  If McGill is full, continue up the road to Mt. Pinos Campground.  The campgrounds are dry, so bring your own water.  Depending on the fire danger, campfires may be prohibited.  (If that happens, we'll move the barbecue to Frazier Park.)  If you don't want to camp, you can stay at the Holiday Inn Express or the Motel 6 (formerly the BestRest Inn), both at the Frazier Park exit of I-5. There is also a Studio 6 Extended Stay hotel (formerly the EconoLodge) at the Gorman exit of I-5.

Mt. Pinos area

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