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Stanford University Campus

Date: (Sun.) Apr. 10, 2005
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Event Directors: - 650.248.9595, Misha Lipatov
Course Setter: Tony Pinkham
Type: C; White, Yellow, Window-O (orange, green, red), and Score-O courses; BAOC Annual Meeting & Election, Course-setting workshop

This event is sponsored by the Stanford Orienteering Club and directed by BAOC.

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Skip to the Driving Directions

Come orienteer at world-renowned Stanford University, and enjoy the Stanford Community Day Events too! Stanford Community Day is an open house with music, arts, athletic events, science exhibits, faculty lectures, and a variety of exhibits and programs hosted by university organizations.


Registration will be open from 9:30 am to noon in front of Tresidder Student Union. Short beginner clinics will be offered on request from 9:30 to 10:30. Starts will be available from 10:00 until 12:30. All participants must check in at the finish by 2:00 pm, whether or not they have finished their course (even if you decide not to finish your course, we want to know that you have gone home safely.)

These six courses will be offered:

  White             2.6 km   11 controls
  Yellow            3.6 km   13 controls
  Score-O                    25 controls (50 or 75 minutes)
  Orange Window-O   2.9 km    9 controls
  Green Window-O    4.7 km   13 controls
  Red Window-O      5.9 km   17 controls

The White and Yellow courses are intended for beginners and advanced beginners, respectively. The Score-O course will involve somewhat more difficult navigation, and the Window-O course will offer challenging navigation.

In addition to orienteering, the BAOC annual meeting and election of officers will be held at 1:00 pm, followed by a course setting workshop by Evan Custer. Please plan to finish your run by 1 pm and attend the meeting.

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Annual Membership Meeting

By Ian Tidswell

It is time again for the BAOC Annual General Meeting, which will be held immediately after the Stanford campus orienteering event this Sunday, April 10, at 1pm.

The meeting should be short and sweet (at least it will be for me since I need to rush off to the airport immediately afterwards). The agenda:

Ian Tidswell - President
George Minarik - Treasurer
Evan Custer - Event Coordinator
Terry Farrah - Secretary

Note that the meeting has historically been very short, but that it is important that we have a quorum. Please come out and enjoy running around the Stanford campus, and hang around for a little while for the AGM. Immediately following the AGM, Evan will lead a course setting class.

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Course Setting Workshop

Time: 1:30 pm (following the BAOC Annual Meeting)

Evan Custer will be offering a free workshop on Course Setting to be held right after the BAOC annual meeting at the Stanford event. It will last about three hours.

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 are 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 controls.

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 the beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses. We will then go over the course legs that you designed and critique them. 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.

So that I can have an idea of how many copies of the syllabus and sample maps to bring, if you are planning on attending, please let me know. It is not essential to pre-register, but it would be helpful.

If you have any questions, please contact at 925-254-5628

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Driving Directions

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 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.

From Page Mill Road, drive on Junipero Serra to Campus Drive East (before Campus Drive West). 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. Here's a link to a map ( showing Tresidder Student Union at the top center, the parking lot, and the approach streets.