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Knowland Park

Date: (Sat.) Sep. 13, 2008
Location: Oakland, CA
Event Directors: - 650.365.4275, - 510.619.5728
Course Setters: Jim Fish, Dean French
Type: C; National Orienteering Day event on a NEW MAP

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

Note: There will be a Junior Orienteering Day Camp at this event. See the information below.

Come out and join us on Saturday, Sept. 13, for our National Orienteering Day event on our new map of Knowland Park in Oakland. Orienteer on Bob Cooley's (BAOC Mapping Director) newest map.

This is a good time and place to invite your family, friends, and co-workers to join us.

Scout, school, homeschool, alumni, and other groups of 8 or more, please let us know how many in your group ahead of time, so that we will be sure to print enough maps and have extra clinic instructors for your group.

We are having a Two for One special. When you pay for one course, you can run a second course for free. Just tell the registration folks what courses you want to run, and then you just need to change your e-stick before you run your second course. The registration, E-punch station, Start and Finish area are all in one place, so we think that many people will choose to try a second course.

The Sprints will be part of the 2008 BAOC Sprint Series. Besides the Sprint course (for adults), we'll have the White course as the sprint course for Juniors 12 and under, and the Yellow course as the sprint course for Juniors 13 and above.

Parking is $6 per car. The registration area will be up the hill at the far end of the parking lot. The restrooms are just past the zoo entrance, before you head up the hill to the registration area. If you want to use the restrooms on your way to registration, park by the restrooms to use them, and then drive the rest of the way up the hill to the end of the parking lot. Park your car and walk up the trail to the registration and start area.

You might want to park outside the zoo entrance and ride in with others.

Some of you might like to visit the Oakland Zoo ( after our event. Mention BAOC and you can get a discount on the zoo admission. The discounted prices are $5.50 per adult, $4.50 per child.

We hope to see you there for our first event at Knowland Park.


There will be White, Yellow, Orange, and Sprint courses offered. The White and Yellow courses are suitable for beginners, and there will be time to do both courses. The Orange and Sprint courses are suitable for those with some orienteering experience.

Here are the details for the courses:

  Course     Length   Climb   Controls   Comment
  White      2.0 km   260 ft      8      Beginners (Junior <13 sprint)
  Yellow     2.4 km   360 ft     15      Advanced beginners (Junior >12 sprint)
  E Orange   3.3 km   440 ft     15      Intermediate
  H Orange   3.4 km   500 ft     15      Intermediate
  Sprint     2.8 km   260 ft     14      Intermediate

See the Course Setter's Notes for more information, including an explanation of the two Orange courses.


Here's the event schedule (note later than usual times):

These short, repeating sessions will provide an introduction to orienteering, and enough information to be able to complete the White course. Please register before attending a clinic, so you will have a map. (Of course, everyone is welcome to attend a clinic, but only White-course participants will get their maps before they start.)
Note: Please remember to "punch" the "Before" unit at E-punch download before you go to the Start.
Note: You must check in at the finish by then (and then go to E-punch download) even if you haven't finished your course.

Please note that everyone must check in at E-punch download—even if you don't finish your course.

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help with:

To volunteer send an e-mail to .

Driving Directions

Ride sharing is encouraged.

For directions, see the Oakland Zoo ( Web site.

Take exit 29, Golf Links Rd, off of I-580. Go in the Oakland Zoo Parking entrance, pay $6 parking fee, and head up the hill to the very top of the parking lot to find our registration table.

Public Transit

For public transportation, see the trip planner (

Junior Orienteering Day Camp

9 AM to 5 PM
Meet near registration.

This event is designed for kids, but people of any age are welcome.

$15 includes lunch, maps, and e-punch finger-stick rental.

This will be Part 1 of a 2-part program. Part 2 of this course will take place sometime during November through February. In Part 2, you will set the course you designed for a COOL event.

Preregistration is required (for mapping exercise and lunch quantity); pay on site. To register, email with the following information:

What to Bring


9:00 – Route-O
11:00 – White course
12:30 – Lunch
1:00 – Yellow course
3:00 – Design COOL course
4:45 – Part-1 graduation
5:00 – Dismissal