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Stanford University

Date: (Sun.) Apr. 29, 2007
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Event Director: - 650.321.6216
Course Setter: Matthias Kohler
Type: C; White, Yellow, Orange, and Sprint courses

NOTE: The permit for this event has been received! The event is "on".

NEWS FLASH: The Sprint has been approved for inclusion in the USOF Sprint Series (!

This event is sponsored by the Stanford Orienteering Club and directed by BAOC members Chuck Spalding (ED) and Matthias Kohler (CS).

Join us for a Spring day at scenic Stanford University—no hills and no poison oak! In addition to beginner courses, we will have a longer course for intermediate orienteers, and a Sprint course for the speedy crowd.

Please note that we are guests of the Stanford Orienteering Club, and must be courteous to others on campus at all times.


Registration will be open from 9:00 A.M. to noon in front of Tresidder Student Union. Short beginners 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 P.M., whether or not they have finished their course. (NOTE: Even if you decide not to finish your course, we want to know that you have gone home safely.)

Request for Help

Volunteers are needed to help with with clinics, starts, finishes, results, and control pickup. No previous experience, not even Orienteering experience, is necessary for most of the tasks—they are easy, and training will be provided. Please contact the if you can help at the event.


Here are the details for the courses that will be available:

  Course   Length  Controls  Comments
  White     2.1 km    10     Beginners
  Yellow    3.5 km    13     Advanced beginners
  Orange    5.3 km    15     Intermediate navigation
  Sprint    3.3 km    13     Easy controls, but tricky route
                             choices will require fast decisions

All the courses will use "proper" controls with pin punches (i.e., not plastic plates requiring writing down codes). See the Course Setter's Notes for more information about the courses.

The White and Yellow courses might be slightly trickier than usual, given the high level of detail on the map and the occasional need to be aware of multi-level mapping (building overhangs, porches, bridges, etc.). The Orange course will probably be a bit easier than typical Orange-level controls, but will take advantage of some natural features and will provide many route choices.

The Sprint course will provide opportunities for advanced orienteers to practice looking at the map without stopping, and fast selection of route choice. The Sprint will earn points for the BAOC Spring Sprint Series, and it will count for the USOF Sprint Series ( We will not be using e-punch for the Sprint.

Safety Notes

All the courses cross streets—please be alert to automobile traffic. Also, look out for bicycles everywhere. Your safety is more important than your orienteering time.

Observe all out-of-bounds areas and construction areas, and make sure you stay out of them.

Map Notes

The map follows current IOF conventions. In particular, it is helpful on all courses to be aware that the map indicates building overhangs, passages, and elevated walkways that can be passed under, through, or over.

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 "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 (,+ca&sll=37.424081,-122.170404&sspn=0.002675,0.003476&ie=UTF8&z=18&ll=37.42394,-122.170426&spn=0.002283,0.003723&t=h&om=1) of the relevant portion of the Stanford campus, with the registration location at the center. (You can zoom out to see the approach streets.)