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Bedwell Bayfront Park

Date: (Sun.) Jul. 14, 2013
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setter: Dennis Wildfogel
Type: C; Beginner courses, and Middle Distance courses with lots of controls

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

We return to Bedwell Bayfront Park, conveniently located on the Bay near the west end of the Dumbarton Bridge in Menlo Park. This will be traditional, point-to-point courses, with many controls.

We're going to try to make this event as good a tune-up for the Sierra Summerfest as we can. Dennis Wildfogel has designed some challenging courses, with lots of controls and frequent changes of direction. The Red course is one of the longest (the longest?) course we’ve ever had at this venue. And did I mention lots of controls?


In addition to White, Yellow, and Orange beginner/intermediate courses, there will be Brown and Red advanced courses. Here are the stats:

   Course    Length   Climb  Controls
   White     1.6 km    24 m     10
   Yellow    2.3 km    36 m     12
   Orange    4.6 km    84 m     24
   Brown     4.6 km    84 m     24
   Red       7.9 km   154 m     40  (See the Note below!)

Note that the course lengths are the straight-line distances between controls. You will travel a somewhat longer distance, because straight routes are often not possible (or recommended). The climb numbers represent how much uphill there is on the "optimum route" around the course, ignoring any downhill.

We have removed all the trails from the maps for the Brown and Red courses, which makes the navigation quite a bit more challenging. The map has new, Lidar contours, and we have endeavored to make sure that the vegetation is mapped accurately.

All the courses will use E-punch. If you don't have your own E-stick, you can rent one at Registration (for $3).

Note: If you're going to compete on the Red course, you will need an E-stick with sufficiently high capacity, namely, a model SI-6, SI-9, SI-10, or SI-11 (information on how to identify an E-stick model is here). If you have an E-stick that is not one of those models, you can deposit your stick at Registration, and use one of the club sticks for the Red course free of charge. Of course, if you don't have an E-stick at all, you'll have to rent one (for $3).

Make sure you read the Course Setter's Notes carefully, since there are some non-standard symbol definitions.

Don't forget that you are welcome to do a second (and third!) course at a reduced fee. Note, however, that you will need to stay within the schedule below (i.e., register for each course by noon, start by 12:30, and finish by 2:00).


The standard event fees will apply.
You may print and fill out an entry form (38KB/PDF) ( in advance if you wish (which may save time if you are bringing a large group). Complete one form for each group of people going on a course together.
These short, repeating introductions to orienteering provide enough information to complete a beginner (White) course.
Everyone must check in at the Start to be assigned a start time, so participants are spaced out (at least at the Start).
Everyone must report to the Finish by then even if you haven't completed your course.


Everyone will register and pay at the event, but it will help us get a better idea of how many maps we'll need if you would please fill out this brief form ( And it would be very helpful if you would use the form to offer to help out at the event.

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.