Date: (Sun.) Nov. 23, 2008
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setter: Matthias Kohler
Type: C; AFTERNOON courses, Night-O, and Potluck are on the agenda
This event is being planned in collaboration with the Stanford Orienteering Club.
We apologize for the short notice, but we were finally able to pin down the date with Stanford!
Be sure to read the November 9th Update below.
This is our annual winter potluck, with afternoon courses, and hopefully seminars, and an evening Score-O, followed by a potluck dinner.
The event center will be in the Old Union Building (http://campus-map.stanford.edu/index.cfm?ID=02-580), just to the northeast of Tresidder Union. We must leave the room exceptionally clean. Please bring a change of clothes and shoes if you think you might become dirty running your course. We have access to the building from 2 PM to 9 PM, but we will have a place to drop off anything that you need to bring earlier.
Be sure to read the Course Setter's Notes.
Afternoon Courses (times subject to change):
- Courses: White, Yellow, Intermediate, Sprint #1, Sprint #2
- Registration: 12:30 to 3 PM
- Short, repeating beginner's clinics: 12:30 to 1:30 PM
- Starts: 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Please note: You must return to the Finish by 5 PM, even if you decide not to complete your course.
Afternoon Clinics/Seminars from 2 PM to 5 PM:
We have three seminars lined up at this point (as of Nov. 18):
- Ben Legg, 3:15-4:15: Mapping standards – Differences between ISOM and ISSOM. How to identify tunnels, bridges, out-of-bounds. Also review USOF standards on how to mark dangerous terrain on the day of event.
- Have questions about a funny map symbol? Want to know the difference between a high fence and a regular fence? Curious about these new-fangled sprint maps? I've got the training session for you!
- I'm teaching a session on the IOF mapping standards this weekend at Stanford. This should be good for beginning orienteers who want to improve their skills. I'm also hoping some course setters and event directors will show up. Knowing the details about maps will let us set higher-quality events.
- I'll do my best to have a thorough presentation. If you have any particular questions regarding IOF mapping standards, go ahead and shoot me an email now so I can include that in my presentation.
- Gary Kraght, 4:00-5:00: USOF issues – Paid director, fees, etc.
- Tapio Karras, 4:00-5:00: RouteGadget (software for post-race analysis and comparison of route choices) – Demonstration and practice.
I’ve also had a request for some beginner/intermediate-level navigation instruction, sort of the next level beyond the beginners clinic (attack points, catching features, compass use, etc.). If someone would like to lead an informal discussion along these lines, please tell .
Evening mass-start 60-minute Score-O
- Registration from 4:30 to 5:15.
- Mass start at 5:30 PM.
You can start later, but your time will have started at 5:30!
- Don't forget to bring a flashlight or headlamp! Some of the controls will be in very dark areas.
Potluck begins around 6 PM
- We will provide disposable plates, napkins, cups and utensils, but we encourage you to bring your own in a non-disposable format.
- Please bring an appetizer, salad, main course, or dessert to share.
November 9th Update
Matthias showed me his course plans this afternoon, and it looks like a lot of fun: White, Yellow, Orange, and 2 sprints in the afternoon, and a 60-minute Score-O after dark. Not to mention the potluck dinner. Course setter's notes will be forthcoming.
- We need several volunteers to help with Starts and Finishes, control pick-up, and beginners' instruction. (We'll make sure you can still run a course or two.)
- I haven't had any requests for, or offers to lead, afternoon seminars. Anything you'd like to learn more about? Any valuable information you'd like to share with the rest of us?
E-mail or phone me—see contact details above.
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 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.
Common to both routes: Drive on Junipero Serra Blvd to Campus Drive East. Turn right and drive to Mayfield Avenue. Turn left and follow Mayfield around a forced left turn. Park in the first parking lot on your right. Registration and the event center will be at the Old Union Building (http://campus-map.stanford.edu/index.cfm?ID=02-580), to the north of the parking lot and Tresidder Student Union.
Take Caltrain (http://caltrain.com) 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 400 meters, the Old Union will be on your right, across the Mall from the bookstore on your left.