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BAOC COOL/BAWS #4 (Open To All)

Bedwell Bayfront Park

Date: (Sat.) Dec. 17, 2011
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Event Director: - 925.872.3935
Course Setters: Matej Šebo, Jay Hann
Type: C; Another chance to use this newly revamped map.

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

This "last-minute" event is replacing the one previously scheduled to be at Vasona Lake Park in Los Gatos. That event had to be canceled because the permit was not granted. We hope the change in plans does not cause too much inconvenience, and that you will be able to participate in this event and the evening one in the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose.


Please note that the schedule is not the normal one. The event runs later than usual for those people who want to go directly to the Willow Glen event.

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM: Registration open
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM: Start open for all courses
3:45 PM: Courses close; you must be back even if you don't finish your course


As always, we will be using electronic punching at this event, using SPORTident finger sticks. The following models are supported: SI-Card 5, SI-Card 6, SI-Card 8, and SI-Card 9. Finger sticks are available for rent at the event. In addition, you can get a finger stick to keep all season with your season pass.


If you have a BAOC COOL season pass, your event fee is covered. If you don't have a season pass, the regular fees apply.

Competitive Categories

The following courses will be used for the BAOC COOL classes:

Elementary boys and girls – Course 1
Middle School boys and girls – Course 2
Junior Varsity boys and girls – Course 3
Varsity girls – Course 5
Varsity boys – Course 6

The following courses will be used for the BAOC Winter Series classes:

Winter Series Women – Brown
Winter Series "Green Women" – Green
Winter Series Men – Green

Note: See the note below about the difficulty of the Brown and Green courses.


This event will "borrow" heavily from previous events at this park. However, the courses will not be identical to those at those previous events.

     Course                  Length       Climb    Controls  Difficulty
     Course 1/White          2.2 km     30 m  1.3%    14      Beginner
     Course 2/Yellow         2.3 km     40 m  1.6%    11      Adv. Beginner
     Course 3/Orange         4.6 km    100 m  2.1%    19      Intermediate
     Course 4/Long Orange    8.0 km    210 m  2.6%    27      Intermediate
     Course 5/Brown          5.2 km    130 m  2.5%    17      Advanced
     Course 6/Green          7.0 km    180 m  2.6%    23      Advanced


The Course 5/Brown and Course 6/Green courses will have the roads and trails removed from the map.
The "Difficulty" column is only approximate for the Brown, and Green courses. (Put another way, the difficulties listed for those courses are relative to the other courses.) It is not possible to have a courses at Bayfront Park that actually have "advanced" navigational difficulty.
None of the courses will have a map exchange.
Course 4 has a control that is visited twice. Control 10 is the same as Control 20, and you will need to punch it once between 9 and 11, and a second time between 19 and 21.
There are many legs the same as the event in February 2011, but there are many changes as well. The start and finish are both local to the event center.

The Map

All the maps will be printed at 1:5000 scale.

The contour interval is 10 feet.

Bedwell Bayfront Park is a small park, but there are still quite a few navigationally challenging areas. Efforts have been made to improve the map, but you might still find some slight contour anomalies or unmapped manhole covers.

There are several varieties of knolls in the park. Knolls with manhole covers on top of them are especially prevalent, but there are a couple of "normal" knolls. Also, there are several "gravel knolls" from trail maintenance. On the new map, the "manhole knolls" are mapped with a brown triangle. The "gravel knolls" are mapped with a gray dot, while the "normal knolls" are mapped with a brown dot.

There are quite a few small gas outlets in the park, and these are mapped with a blue or black ×.

Standing tree stumps, dead trees, and tree "sections" lying on the ground are mapped with a brown ×.

Many of the indistinct paths on the map disappear and reappear throughout the year; the map has been updated to reflect these changes (but, of course, that won't help people on the Brown and Green courses at this event).

Areas of bare earth are mapped as "open land", while the rest of the park is "rough open." Large gravel-covered areas are mapped as a gray field with black dots.

Driving Directions

From the Peninsula, North, and South, take Highway 101 to the Marsh Road East exit. Stay to the left so you can drive straight ahead into the park at the traffic signal where Marsh turns right into Bayfront Expressway.

From the East Bay, cross the Dumbarton Bridge. Go to the fifth traffic light after the bridge and turn right into the park.

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