Stanford University

Palo Alto
Saturday, April 13, 2002

Contact: Chuck Spalding, 650-321-6216

Join us for a springtime frolic through scenic Stanford University, where the hills are low and there is no poison oak (except in one small area that you wouldn't want to visit anyway). We have reserved a beautiful spring day, so this will be an ideal event for a family outing.

This event is being presented by the Stanford Orienteering Club, whose president, Syd Reader, is our course setter, with support by the Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC). The courses have not been completely planned, but there will be White and Yellow courses for beginners, and an Orange course for intermediate orienteers. In addition, there be something to entertain and challenge experienced orienteers. Hopefully there will be a Start-O for the smaller orienteers. Details of the courses will be provided shortly before the event.

Registration will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in front of Tresidder Student Union. Beginner's clinics will be available 9:30-10:30 am. Starts will be from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm. All participants must check in at the finish by 2:00 pm, whether or not they have finished their course.

Note to BAOC members: The BAOC annual meeting, including election of officers, will be held at this event at 1:00 pm. Please plan to finish your run by then, and attend the meeting.

A few very generous people have volunteered to help without even being asked. Please consider adding your name to that esteemed list. You can help with clinics, starts, finishes, results, and/or control pick up. No previous experience is necessary -- the tasks are easy, and training will be provided. Orienteering experience isn't even needed (except for conducting clinics). You can volunteer at the event, but the event director will sleep better if you send email or call in advance.

Course Statistics

      Course        Length   Controls   Navigational Difficulty
      ------        ------   --------   -----------------------
      White         2.7 km       9      Beginner
      Yellow        3.8 km      12      Advanced beginner
      Orange        4.8 km      12      Intermediate
      Long Orange   7.6 km      20      Intermediate
You might be wondering "Where are the numbers for climb?" What climb?

Nobody volunteered to put on a Start-O, so there won't be one.


All the courses cross some roads with vehicle traffic. Please be careful crossing roads. Also, look out for bicycles everywhere. Remember that this is a fun event, not a competitive event, so please don't risk injury to save a few seconds.

The grass is fairly tall in some areas that the courses go through (mostly for the Orange and Long Orange courses). You might want to wear long pants to protect your socks, prevent itchy legs, etc. Also, be wary of hazards (e.g., holes or objects) lurking in the grass.

There might be a little poison oak on the Orange and/or Long Orange courses. The course setter didn't notice any (but he's immune to it).


From Highway 101, exit at Oregon Expressway/Embarcadero Road, and take Oregon Expressway southwest beyond El Camino Real (where the name changes to Page Mill Road) to Foothill Expressway/Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn right onto Junipero Serra, and follow the "common" directions below.

From Highway I-280, exit at Page Mill Road, and drive northeast to Foothill Expressway/Junipero Serra Blvd. Turn left onto Junipero Serra, and follow the "common" directions below.

Common to both routes: Drive on Junipero Serra Blvd. to Campus Drive East. Turn right and drive to Mayfield Avenue (the first street on the left). Turn left and follow Mayfield around a forced left turn. Park in the first parking lot on your right. Registration will be in front of Tresidder Student Union, the large building just north of the parking lot.

You might want to check out this detailed map of the relevant portion of the Stanford campus, with the Tresidder Student Union centered at the top.