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laptopdragon Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 31st, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Other Fields
in the Area:
first field ever, 1st time painting people
Directions
to the Field:
use navigation. i used a G1 from Seattle, and it saved the day.
i had printed a step by step, but lots of turns, and many times 1 road will turn into 3 different names. easily confusing me. once you know, it easy.
Review: we drove past the entrance. look for a small (pizza box sized) sign. and a dirt/ gravel road leading uphill. *(*from what i remember, it was very easy to miss it vs. MPH on the twisty road.)

small parking lot, and difficult to get all of our cars parked together (not a big deal, but considering the land they own, i would presume a much larger lot, enough to have a tailgait party in (lunch we did just that).

there is no huge sign instructing where to go 1st, but its obvioulsey broken down to 2 places. up the hill or at a decrepid half trailer w/full canopy.

personel at the office are very friendly and polite (even though i raised the marker wrong, and all the paint fell out of the hopper right away, they replaced them for me).

Prices are fair, and they do offer everything we need (including 9vt batteries).

speedball field was closed, and i was told that would've been more fun, but i had a great anyways.

FIELDS:
- Urban ;
pros= very cool, and mustve been awesome when it was brand new. there are mock buildings (slightly falling apart) and plenty of cover.
cons= main trail and general meeting area is right behind a "safety" net, which happens to be too short. as my friends got a few pelts from over the net. (needs 10 feet highter)
when its sunny, it will get hot, and the center is in full view.
the buildings are still great, but i could feel plywood flexing, and thought i might fall through the wall (or floor) ontop of one of the castles. the ladders are wood too, and i couldn't slide down them b/c of the way it was built. (steel ladder would be better imo)
-Bridge;
pros= wide field and plenty of brush/ cover
cons= don't trust your footing, all the wood structures are falling apart, be careful (thats hard to do at full sprint)...and did i mention the thorn bushes that tore my shirt off ?
-Hill;
pros= lots of shade (for hot summer days) and cover, no thorn bushes that i met, and solid ground. good place for cletes
cons= none, unless you cant climb a small hill

uncertain if i went to the "jungle" and i know the hpyerball field was closed. the ground was hard dirt and we saw deep mudholes from footprints all over, so if it has been raining, wear rubber boots.
i nearly broke my ankle falling into a hard pit.


JUDGES...can be tempermental and if you don't obey they're every request, your out. which is really fine in the long run. they keep having to yell the same thing over and over, but seem to have a great job.
they maintain the rules and never tired of explaining the game to newcomers all day. but i wish they would allow customers to be able to pick their own teams. esp if a small child is separated from their parents due to the "1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, " team labeling system they use.
i would recomend "devide yourselves across this center line" instead. imo

PUBLIC.... in the morning, i was shot to hell by tons of newbs with rentals and it didn't hurt at all. later in the day, all the pro's come out, w/their snipers and uber guns, and i got pelted from a mile away with lots of welts...but still laughing...be wary of those profesionals if your timid..or wear lots of clothing.


this was my 1st time to any field ever, and overall, i want to go back.
this rating may not be accurate in the future, but for now, as my 1st every experience, it has to be the best.
no-body got hurt all day, and im still smiling.


RECOMENDATIONS;
- bring extra shoes (i broke my cletes)
- bring "fog-X" for the goggles, they WILL fogup, and fog-x will save the day. coat the lense and dont wipe it dry. (this is why i rolled my ankle btw.. i couldn't see my knees it was so bad. i keep a bottle of rain-x in my truck, and that worked like magic_) also, a few of my teammates shot their own team member b/c of bad vision. (they wash all the rentals, so the natural anti fog is long gone)...
- lots of water, and snacks. they will order pizza, but i kept a bag of beef jerky handy, and soda/ juice/ water helps so much.
- tiger balm, after your running all day, up/ down that hill (refills, more paint etc) i was pooped out.
- carpool
- cheap gloves from harbor frieght (cotton w/ rubber palms) help you climb all over everything w/out splinters. and keeps your hands clean, oil free all day.
- don't be upset if you hit someone, and they don't register that hit...it sucks, but better to just rush them, and riddle them with everyting in the hopper :) :) :)

OVERALL ;
after all is said and done, i feel this place is AWESOME, i couldn't have thought of any better way to use a few acres of landscape, and there are many types of fields all within walking distance.
segway rentals would be nice (or golf carts for the old farts), maybe a ski lift too, but if you cant hike a hill, you might be better off playing video games instead...im going back in a few weeks, and want to watch some great players
 

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