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Stanford University

Date: (Sun.) May. 2, 2010
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Event Directors: - 650.327.2193,
Course Setters: Manfred Kopisch, Philipp Kopisch, Daniel Kopisch
Type: C; White, Yellow, and Orange courses with something thrown in for fun

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

Once again, we are guests of the Stanford Orienteering Club for a spring event on the beautiful Stanford campus.

Families, Scouts, and everyone else are welcome to enjoy a nice, relaxed walk on the Stanford campus with a map in hand. Scouts who received a coupon at the Jamboree last weekend can use it at this orienteering event.

Special Note for Scouts: Scouts who participate on the White or Yellow course can get their 2nd requirement for First Class (Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items [tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.]) signed off if they report at the Finish the height of the object at control #9 (White) or control #6 (Yellow).

Registration, Start & Finish

Everything will be in front of Tresidder Student Union (


9:00 AM – 12:00 noon: Registration
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts for all courses
9:30 AM – 10:30 noon: Beginner's Clinics
2:00 PM: Courses close; you must be back even if you don't complete your course

Beginner's Clinics are short introductions to orienteering that provide enough information for anyone to complete a beginner (White) course.

Everyone must check in at the Finish by 2:00 PM, even if you don't complete your course.


There will be no electronic punching at this event. Instead we will use punch cards. Each control is made from a paper plate. You will need to copy the letter code on the plate onto your punch card to show that you visited the control.

Course Statistics

This year we are offering four courses.

  Course        Distance   Controls   Technical Difficulty
  White          1.6 km        9      Beginner
  Yellow         2.6 km        8      Advanced Beginner
  Long Orange    9.3 km       11      Intermediate
  Frame-O        5.7 km        8      Advanced Intermediate

The White and Yellow courses are designed for beginners and advanced beginners. Orange is designed for length and some navigational challenge.

To offer more of a navigational challenge, we also offer a "Frame-O". In this Frame-O, all controls are placed on a "picture frame" with the "picture" in the middle missing. You can safely reach each control by navigating only on the frame; or you can venture out through the big unknown white in the middle, but you better have a good attack point, and a catching feature on the other side when you get back onto the frame, or you might find yourself, well, "framed".

Everyone is welcome to do more than one course — as long as you can start your last course before 12:30, and finish it by 2:00.

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 the south on 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.

From the north on Highway I-280, exit at Sand Hill Road, and drive west to Santa Cruz Ave/Alpine Rd. Turn right onto Alpine Rd and immediately turn left onto Junipero Serra Blvd. Follow the "common" directions below.

Common to all routes: Drive on Junipero Serra Blvd to Campus Drive East (not West). Turn onto Campus Drive and drive to Mayfield Avenue. Turn left and follow Mayfield around a forced left turn. Park in the first parking lot on your right. (Parking is free on Sundays.) Registration and the event center will be at Tresidder Student Union (, to the north of the parking lot.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.

Public Transit

Take Caltrain ( 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 about 450 meters, Tresidder Student Union will be ahead of you, at the far end of the Mall, across from the bookstore on your left.