Date: (Sat.) Dec. 8, 2007
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Event Director: - 650.248.9595
Course Setter: Manfred Kopisch
Type: C; Day courses, afternoon clinics, a mass-start Night-O, and a potluck social
Note: The date above is different than the one originally announced.
This event is being planned in collaboration with the Stanford Orienteering Club.
This is our annual winter potluck, with afternoon courses and seminars, and an evening Score-O, followed by a potluck dinner.
The event center will be in the newly-reburbished Old Union Building (http://campus-map.stanford.edu/index.cfm?ID=02-580), just to the northeast of Tresidder Union. We must leave the room exceptionally clean. Please bring a change of clothes and shoes if you think you might become dirty. We have access to the building from 2 P.M. to 9 P.M., but we will have a place to drop off anything that you need to bring earlier.
- Registration: 12:30 to 3 P.M.
- Starts: 1 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. (Return by 5 P.M.)
- White course: 2 km
- Yellow course: 4.3 km
(Note: This course has a "fork" for control #8—you need to visit 8A or 8B, not both.)
- Long course: 7 km
(The long course can be run either as a Memory-O or as a regular course. If you choose to do the Memory-O, at each control you will find a small laminated card. Study the card and memorize your way to the next control.)
Afternoon clinics/seminars from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.:
- Advanced Compass Techniques with Ben Legg. 3–3:30 P.M.
The compass is a widely used tool. I'll bring a variety of different compasses to show, and explain which features make them different. We'll also practice some important techniques that aren't commonly used while orienteering, like declination adjustment and triangulation.
- Catching Features with Cameron Ferguson and others. 3–5 P.M.
Catching Features is an online orienteering game—orienteering in the comfort of your own home. A great learning tool, and a lot of fun besides! Juniors, bring your parents so they know what to get you for Xmas—Parents, bring your Juniors so they can help you play the game better! Seminar from 3–3:30; Competition from 3:30–5 P.M.
- Intermediate and Advanced Orienteering Skills with Dan Greene. 4–5 P.M.
This clinic is designed for those who have experience orienteering, but are moving to more advanced courses (Orange or higher) and would like additional teaching on navigation and route planning skills for the advanced courses.
- Event Directing with Steve Gregg (Drop-In)
BAOC hopes to hold 30 to 35 events in 2008. That requires a lot of volunteer help! The courses are usually set by more experienced orienteers, but the rest of the event organization can be done by anyone. Steve will be at the event center all afternoon, answering questions about the Event Director's job and recruiting for 2008 event directors. Volunteer your services to the club in 2008, and help us schedule a full slate of orienteering events!
- Is there a seminar you would like to teach? If so, please contact (see below for more information).
Evening mass-start 60-minute Playing Card Score-O:
- Registration from 4:30 to 5:15.
- Mass start at 5:30 P.M.
- Did I mention that it's a mass start? You can start later, but your time will have started at 5:30!
- Don't forget to bring a flashlight!
- Score-O Twist: At each control you will find small playing cards, separated into two bags. The points that you earn for visiting a control will be determined by the "value" of the card you pick at that control, and that will depend on how willing you are to take time to find the highest-value card in the bags. Numeric cards are worth their numeric value, Jacks are worth 11, Queen is 12, King is 13, Aces are 14 points. Initially, there will be 26 cards at each control—two of each card value. The 27th or later visitor to a control will find empty bags, and won't receive any points for that control. Please be careful to grab only one card at each control.
Potluck begins at approximately 6:45 P.M., following the return of the evening runners. We will provide disposable plates, napkins, cups and utensils, but we encourage you to bring your own in a non-disposable format. Please bring an appetizer, salad, main course, or dessert to share.
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. Turn left and follow Mayfield around a forced left turn. Park in the first parking lot on your right. Registration and the event center will be at the Old Union Building (http://campus-map.stanford.edu/index.cfm?ID=02-580), to the north of the parking lot and Tresidder Student Union.
Take Caltrain (http://caltrain.com) to the Palo Alto station. From the Palo Alto station, you will walk approximately one mile southwest to the event center. From the station, follow Palm Drive to the "Oval". Turn left at the far (S) side of the Oval, on Serra Mall. Turn right at the first corner, Lasuen Mall. After 400 meters, the Old Union will be on your right, across the Mall from the bookstore on your left.