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Presidio of San Francisco, Fort Scott

Event #3 of 6 in the BAOC 2019 Summer Series

Date: (Sun.) Jul. 7, 2019
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 415.456.8118
Course Setter: Deron van Hoff
Type: C; This event will be part of the 2019 Summer Series — one course for Beginners, who are very welcome, and one "advanced" course — the courses will be "easier" than usual because of the nature of the park

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

This event will be the third of six events in the 2019 Summer Series. However, we want to emphasize that everyone is welcome to come out and do one (or more) of the courses, regardless of whether or not you attended a previous Summer Series event, or plan to attend later events.

Beginners new to orienteering are encouraged to attend​—​the navigational difficulty is significantly eased by the "urban" setting, so anyone should be able to complete the beginner course.

We will offer two courses: one for beginners, and a longer course (about 5 km) for the Summer Series. Advanced orienteers should not be discouraged by the "easier" navigation​—​it will give you an opportunity to practice making faster decisions, and running faster, than your competition.

The temperature at Ft. Scott is usually in the high fifties in the morning, climbing all the way to the low sixties if the fog burns off. Great conditions for runners and hikers alike!

We look forward to seeing everyone at what is always a fun event!


The standard BAOC event schedule will be followed:

  9:00 AM – Registration opens
  9:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction begins (free)
10:00 AM – Starts open
10:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction ends
11:59 AM – Registration closes
12:30 PM – Starts close
  2:00 PM – Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins

You can register and start on courses anytime between the open and close times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want).

Beginners' clinics are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner course.

Everyone must check in at the Finish by 2:00 PM, and report to the E-punch table, so we can have everyone accounted for and start checkpoint pick-up on time so those volunteers can get home.

Registration and Costs

At registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration form is available here (PDF/90KB)).

The following fees apply at this event:

  $3 for juniors on the Beginner course
$10 for adults on the Beginner course
  $5 for juniors on the Orange course  
$15 for adult members on the Orange course
$20 for adult non-members on the Orange course
  $1 for a compass rental (optional)  
  $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (optional, but each team will need one to complete the course)
$15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)  


  • At the event, we are able to accept payment only by cash or check​—​no credit cards or electronic payments.
  • There is no charge for a second course.

More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (PDF/90KB), which you can print and fill out in advance to save some time at the event. (You will need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.)

What to Bring

Comfortable outdoors attire and walking shoes are fine for those who will walk their course.

For the Orange course, any comfortable running shoes without metal spikes are appropriate. Courses will include lots of pavement, concrete, and dirt trails, with some minor off-trail. You may encounter some annoying grasses or poison oak depending on your route choice, so you may consider wearing gaiters, long socks, or long pants rather than running shorts.

A compass is not necessary, but can be helpful. We have compasses available for a $1 rental fee.

We time the courses with the SPORTident system, so a SPORTident fingerstick is required for each team​—​they rent for $5. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)

Note: Please do not bring a dog to go on a course with you. (See the Course Setter's Notes for an explanation.)

Venue Facilities

There is a restroom near the assembly area.


Two courses are being offered: a "beginner" course; and an "advanced", Orange-level course.

Although the beginner course is navigationally easy, there are some route choices to make, and there is nice, picturesque running.

The two courses share only one control, so if you want extra distance, you may elect to run both courses for the same entry fee. Just make sure that you arrive early enough so that your second start is no later than 12:30 PM.

Whether you want to take a stroll or keep up your rankings in the Summer Series, you can choose one (or both) of these courses:

    Course          Length    Climb   Controls
    Beginner        3.2 km     85 m      12  
    Orange          5.0 km    140 m      15
    Both courses    8.2 km    225 m      27  (two separate starts)  

Beginners should be aware that the lengths shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be somewhat longer. For a rough estimate of how far you might actually go, mentally change "km" to "mi" (e.g., for a "3.2 km" course, you might travel up to 3.2 miles).

The Orange course will be the ranking course for the Summer Series.

Be sure to read the Course Setter's Notes for more information.

2019 Summer Series

This is the third event of the BAOC 2019 Summer Series. The Series consists of six events, each of which has a "ranking course" for the overall Summer Series results. At this event, points will be awarded to all the individuals (but not groups or teams) who complete the Orange course.

Details of the Summer Series scoring system are available here. (Note that we need your birth year if you want to be scored properly.)

Request for Volunteers

As usual, we will need help with setup, beginner clinics, starts, finishes, control pickup, and cleanup. Please consider giving an hour of your time to help Scott, Deron, and the club in general. Contact if you can help.

Western Race Services, aka Jay Hann, will not be handling E-punch for this event. I will be coordinating E-punch while Jay is in Europe. It would be great if someone can help, so that I can run a course. Thanks,

Driving Directions

All the action will start from the west part of Fort Winfield Scott at Building 1205. This is the location we've used in past years. The approximate coordinates are 37.8023,-122.4752.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event. To use that map, drag it to center San Francisco in the panel, then use the "+" button to zoom in. Repeat dragging and zooming to get the desired area shown.

Note: Read the directions carefully, as no signs will be provided because of park rules.

Coming from the South or East: Head to the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the last SF exit on Doyle Drive, just before the toll plaza. Turn right onto Lincoln Blvd. Continue under the overpass. Take the first left onto Storey Ave. Park right there, in the parking area on the right (NW of the soccer field that is surrounded by buildings​—​this is Fort Scott). Be sure to purchase a parking sticker at the kiosk in that lot. Walk south about 200 m, with the soccer field on your left, to the assembly area.

Coming from Marin: After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, exit immediately after the toll plaza onto Merchant Road. At Lincoln Blvd, continue straight onto Storey Ave. Park right there, in the parking area on the right (NW of the soccer field that is surrounded by buildings​—​this is Fort Scott). Be sure to purchase a parking sticker at the kiosk in that lot. Walk south about 200 m, with the soccer field on your left, to the assembly area.


Note: Please do not park near the Log Cabin! Those spaces are reserved for events at the Log Cabin.

No matter where you park at the Presidio, you must purchase a parking sticker, even if there is no sign saying so near the place that you park. There are many kiosks with automated machines where you can purchase a sticker (with credit or debit card, possibly with coins). Rates are $1.50–$2.20 per hour or $8.00–$10.50 all day (prices differ by location and day of the week; more info here (

Wherever you park, please be mindful of conserving space so we can fit in everyone's cars, and consider the affect your car might have on traffic, pedestrians, etc. (Also, be aware that the park police office is nearby, so there's a good chance they will see your car.)

Public Transit

From the Daly City BART station, take Muni Bus #28 (departures about every 10 min.) to Merchant Road at the underpass under Doyle Drive, about 32 min.