Stanford University, Palo Alto
Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999
by Alan Glendinning, 650-843-0753
At our annual Stanford holiday event, we'll have a full afternoon and evening of
orienteering events. Starting at 2 pm, we'll have several Street-O courses,
along with various orienteering clinics. In the evening, we'll offer Night-O
courses and then the BAOC Social (potluck dinner) and Service Award. And,
to top it all off, we're featuring the first annual Orienteer At Home tournament!
Schedule of Events
1:30-5:30 Orienteering clinics
2:00-4:00 Starts for White, Yellow, Orange, and Score-O courses
2:30-? Orienteer At Home tournament
5:30 pm Last finish for day courses
6:00 pm Mass start for Night-O (50- and 70-minute courses)
7:10-10:00 Social (potluck dinner, BAOC Service Award, etc.)
The Social begins immediately following the end of the Night-O at
7:10. Please bring a dish of food to share, and enjoy sampling the
contributions of others. The BAOC
Service Award will be presented, and we'll have general merriment all around.
Volunteers are gratefully solicited for such tasks as registration,
daytime control pickup, and Night-O control placement.
All clinics will be held in or near event headquarters, the Hartley
conference room in the Mitchell Earth Sciences building.
Intermediate Skills Clinic - Aileen Abernathy
- This clinic is for beginning and intermediate orienteers (White,
Yellow, Orange) who want to improve their orienteering skills.
We will cover 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.
Afterward, you can try your new skills on one of the day or night courses!
Map Making for Juniors - Nick Corsano, Vicki Woolworth
- Learn how to make your own orienteering maps. It's a fun way to
become better at orienteering. Recommended for children ages 12 and older.
Basic Training for Running - Ian Ramsey
- Emphasis will be on helping inexperienced runners learn basic
techniques to improve their running (specifically for
Course Setter's Workshop - Evan Custer
- This workshop is designed primarily for people who are
interested in designing and setting courses, but feel that they
do not have enough skills to do so. However, it might also be of
interest to anyone who wants a review of basic course-setting
principles. Topics to be discussed: the aims of good course
planning, criteria for good legs and control placement,
selection of the start and finish areas, developing complete and
accurate control descriptions, guidelines for the beginning,
intermediate and advanced courses, drawing board course design,
field work, map preparation, course setter's notes, and hanging
Approximately 50% of the session will be spent in
reviewing the theoretical considerations of course design. The
remainder of the session will be devoted to letting you design a
few legs of beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses.
We will then go over the course legs that you designed and
Upon completion of this workshop, you should be
able to design and set the beginning courses at an orienteering
event with the supervision of a more experienced course setter.
If you have any questions, please contact Evan at
evancusterhome.com or 925-254-5628.
Orienteer At Home Tournament
This year we are introducing the (hopefully!) annual Orienteer At Home
tournament, beginning around 2:30. Come try out Dennis Wildfogel's
orienteering computer game and test
your skills against others for a nominal fee ($2). All proceeds go to BAOC.
The format: Practice for a few minutes on the Demo version, if you've
never played the game before, then "run" your race on a new course
with an expected winning time of around 10 min. We'll try to get
several computers set up so people can play in parallel for some good
From Highway 101, exit at Oregon Expressway/Embarcadero Road and take
Oregon Expressway west past El Camino (where the name changes to Page
Mill Road) to Foothill Expressway/Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn
right on Junipero Serra and drive to Campus Drive East. Turn right
and drive to Mayfield Avenue. Turn left and follow Mayfield around a
90 degree left turn to Lomita. Turn right and drive to Santa Teresa
Street. Turn left on Santa Teresa and drive to Morris Way. Turn
right on Morris and follow it as it turns left into Panama Street to
Parking Structure 2. Park your car and follow the signs to the
Mitchell Earth Sciences building. Registration will be in the
vicinity of the Hartley conference room (look for signs), and the
Start/Finish area will be on the patio outside adjacent to the SW
corner of the main Quad.
From I-280, exit at Page Mill road and drive east to Junipero
Serra. Turn left on Junipero Serra and drive to Campus Drive East.
Turn right and drive to Mayfield Avenue. Turn left and follow
Mayfield around a 90 degree left turn to Lomita. Turn right and
drive to Santa Teresa Street. Turn left on Santa Teresa and drive to
Morris Way. turn right on Morris and follow it as it turns left into
Panama Street to Parking Structure 2. Park your car and follow the
signs to the Mitchell Earth Sciences building. Registration will be
in the vicinity of the Hartley conference room, and the Start/Finish
area will be on the patio outside adjacent to the SW corner of the
We will try to have the key turns marked with orienteering signs.