Palo Alto
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002

Contact: Syd Reader, 650-704-2248

Welcome back to Stanford University for our annual holiday event and social, hosted by the Stanford Orienteering Club. The afternoon will include White, Yellow, and Orange courses, as well as a 60-minute Score-O. In the evening, there will be 50- and 70-minute evening Score-Os, followed by the annual BAOC social, which includes a potluck dinner and awards.

The event is being held in the same building as last year, but not quite the same room. The building is the Gates computer science building; this year we will be in room 100, instead of 104. See the directions below for more information.

Schedule of Events

1:30-2:30 pm    Beginner's clinics (for first-timers)
1:30-5:30       Orienteering clinics (see below)
2:00-4:00       Starts for White, Yellow, Orange, and Score-O courses
5:30            Last finish for day courses
6:00            Mass start for evening Score-Os (bring a flashlight)
7:30-10:00      Social (potluck dinner, awards, etc.)

Please bring a dish of food to share at the potluck, and enjoy sampling the contributions of others. Also bring your stories, pictures, and awards related to orienteering and show/bestow them upon someone.

Regarding food prep: There is a small kitchen area near our room. It has a small microwave, small sink, and limited refrigerator space.


The White and Yellow courses are suitable for beginning orienteers, while the orange is meant for more intermediate orienteers. Any intermediate or higher level orienteer should be able to enjoy the score-Os. For the Score-Os, each control will be worth one point, and each minute (or fraction thereof) will be a 1-point penalty. The longer evening Score-O will use the same map as the shorter one, with the extra 70-minute controls being numbered in the 100s. So you can decide which course you are on while you are out there.

Course stats:

White       2.7 km                         9 controls
Yellow      3.6 km                        11 controls
Orange      4.8 km                        14 controls
Score-O     60-minute time limit          26 controls
Night-O     50- or 70-minute time limit   20 or 28 controls   


All clinics will be held in or near room 100 of the Gates computer science building. Check with Registration for the exact location. Check back closer to the event for a full listing of clinics.

Intermediate Skills Clinic - Abby Wolfe

If you are a Yellow or Orange (or newly advanced) orienteer looking to improve your navigational skills, this clinic is for you. We will cover key navigational skills, including effective map reading, route choice, navigation strategies (attack points, handrails, catching features, aiming off, etc.), compass use, pace counting, error detection and correction, and other techniques. Come with your questions, a compass, and/or a course map with troublesome legs that you'd like to discuss. Email Abby at by Dec. 4 if you'd like to attend, so she knows how many handouts to prepare

Electronic Punching - Evan Custer

This workshop will give an overview of the SportIdent electronic punching system, with an emphasis on the procedures necessary to set up and run a local B meet. Topics that will be discussed include programming the controls, setting up the initial database for an event, entering the entry data, downloading the SI cards, printing results, and problem solving. Following completion of this workshop, you will be able to set up and run the SI EP system for a B meet with consultation by a more experienced EP person.

Meet Directing - Scott Aster

Course Setter's Workshop - Evan Custer

This is designed as an introduction to designing orienteering courses. In the first hour, I will focus on the general principles of course setting, and will describe the duties of course setter, from desktop planning to hanging the controls. The guidelines for the various courses, white, yellow, orange and advanced will be discussed. In the second hour, the participants will have a chance to design legs on various courses and their efforts will be critiqued by the group. Following completion of this workshop, you will be able to design white and yellow courses under the guidance of a more experienced course setter.


From Highway 101: Exit at Oregon Expressway/Embarcadero Road and take Embarcadero Road past El Camino Real and onto the Stanford campus (where Embarcadero changes name to Galvez Street). Turn right onto Campus Drive; cross Palm Drive and continue on, past most of the medical center on the right. Turn left onto Panama St, and left again onto Via Ortega. You may park in the open air lot on the right, or the parking structure on the left. See the directions below from the lot to the event location.

From I-280: Exit at Page Mill road and drive east to Junipero Serra. Turn left on Junipero Serra and drive past Campus Drive East, until you reach Campus Drive West. Turn right and drive to Panama St, which will be after a 90-degree bend to the right in Campus Drive. Turn right on Panama St, and left again onto Via Ortega. You may park in the open air lot on the right, or the parking structure on the left. See the directions below from the lot to the event location.

From the parking lot to the start/finish: Walk down Via Ortega, away from Panama St (and toward Campus Drive). Turn right at Via Pueblo, then left Via Palou, and right again onto Serra Mall (it's about a block along each street). Registration will be inside the Gates building to your left and the start and finish will be on your right, near the Packard Building. The social afterwards will be held in the Gates building. There will be signs to guide you from the parking lot to the event location.

You can also check out this map of the campus area around Gates Hall. You can zoom in and out.