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2016 U.S. Individual Championships
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve – Middle and Long Events
Mills College – Sprint Event
Date: Mar. 18 - 20, 2016
Location: Livermore and Oakland, CA
Event Director: - 650.281.5280
Course Setters: Graham Brew, Christine Brew, Steve Harrison
Type: A; This event will have Middle, Long, and Sprint events on consecutive days
Sunday results have been posted (3/20)
Saturday results have been posted (3/19)
Friday results have been posted (3/18)
PDF map showing Mills parking posted (3/16)
No toilets at remote Starts noted (3/15)
New BAOC Club Uniforms added (3/15)
Event Director's Notes PDF file (3/14)
Course Setters' Notes PDF file (3/14)
Start times (https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/reglist/home/2016-us-ind-champs) have been posted (3/14)
As of Wednesday, March 16th, the weather forecast is good for Friday and Saturday; chance of rain Sunday afternoon; highs in the low 70s, lows around 50.
BAOC will host the 2016 U.S. Individual Championships National Meet. Steve Haas is the event director, with course setting by Stephen Harrison, Graham Brew, and Christine Brew. The event will take place March 18–20, with the Middle (Friday, March 18) and Long (Saturday, March 19) Championships at Morgan Territory Regional Preserve (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/morgan) (near Livermore, CA), and the Sprint Championships (Sunday, March 20) at Mills College (http://www.mills.edu) (in Oakland, CA).
If you've never participated in a National Meet, you might want to read this page, which explains why they are so special. Note that you do not need to be an experienced orienteer to be welcome at, and to enjoy, a National Meet. By all means, do not be intimidated by the "competitive" aspect of the event. Not everyone treats a National Meet as a competition—as with all orienteering events, you can make of it what you want. Furthermore, recreational courses are provided for those who do not wish to "compete".
Note about the photos: You can click on any of the photos on this page to see a larger image. You can then click on that image to see a really large image.
Pedantic Note: You might see the URL "http://baoc.org/2016_US_Individual_Champs (http://baoc.org/2016_US_Individual_Champs)" for this event. It is the "public" link to this page. Note, however, that "US_Individual_Champs" in that URL is case sensitive, and thus must be typed exactly as shown.
Because this is a National Meet, the area close to the races is embargoed (ref. OUSA Rule A.7 (http://www.us.orienteering.org/rules#A7)). This is done for the purpose of fairness.
Thus, from September 22, 2015 through the completion of the events:
- Anyone who intends to compete in the Sprint championship is not allowed to visit Mills College (except if they are already a student there).
- Anyone who intends to compete in the Middle or Long championships is not allowed to visit Morgan Territory Regional Preserve.
Anyone who visits the embargoed areas can still participate in the event, but will not be included in the official results, will not receive awards, and will not earn OUSA ranking credit.
(This notice does not apply to people who will participate on the recreational courses.)
Here is the schedule for the weekend's courses (see the Event Director's Notes for the times of other activities):
|Activity||Friday Middle||Saturday Long||Sunday Sprint|
|Registration/Check-in*||11:00 AM – 1:30 PM||9:00 AM – Noon||8:00 – 10:30 AM|
|Beginner Clinics||11:30 AM – 12:30 PM||9:30 – 10:30 AM||9:00 – 10:00 AM|
|Starts**||Noon – 2:00 PM||10:00 AM – 12:30 PM||9:00 – 11:00 AM|
|Course Time Limit||2 hours||3 hours||1 hour|
|Courses Close||4:00 PM||3:30 PM||Noon|
| * Packet pick-up will be available at the headquarters hotel Thursday evening, as well as at Morgan Territory Friday morning.|
** National Meet entrants will have pre-assigned start times within the given periods.
Recreational participants can start anytime within the given periods.
Everyone must return to the Finish by the course-closing time, and then to the E-punch download tent (i.e., even if they have not completed their course). We want to know that everyone has returned safely from the courses. Otherwise we will have to initiate a search-and-rescue operation.
Beginner Clinics are short, repeating introductions to orienteering that provide enough information to complete a beginner (White) course.
See Arrival Logistics below for information about getting to the Start on time.
Online registration for this event has closed. Registration will be available at the event.
You can still order T-shirts and dinner tickets, and make registration changes, by sending email to the .
If you need to send something to the (e.g., your registration payment), the address is:
- Steve Beuerman
- 963F La Mesa Terrace
- Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Entry fees for the three-day National Meet are given in the table below. For members of OUSA/COF/IOF, a discount ($4 Adult, $2 Junior) will be applied to each event entered.
|Category|| || ||Day of Event|
|Adult (21 & up)|| || ||$45 per day|
|Junior (20 & under)|| || ||$18 per day|
|Note: The registration deadlines are at 11:59 PM PST on the indicated dates.|
Additional, optional fees:
- E-punch rental: $5 per day (see Electronic Punching)
- T-shirt: $22
- Sample maps: $5 for Morgan Territory, $3 for Mills College, $3 each for training maps
- Saturday dinner: $25 per adult, $15 per child 12 and under
The up-to-date list of people who have registered is available here (https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/reglist/home/2016-us-ind-champs).
The event T-shirts will be custom designed with technical fabric. The following unisex sizes will be available: Small, Medium, Large, XL, and 2XL.
A photo of the T-shirt is at the right. You can click on it to see a larger image. An image of the artwork is at the top of this page.
The following fund-raising activities will be available during the event to support up-and-coming American Juniors.
Junior National Team Fund-raiser
We are planning a Junior National Team (JNT) fund-raiser at this event. We will be selling sandwiches after the races at Morgan Territory on Saturday and at Mills College on Sunday. There will be turkey or ham sandwiches plus a bag of chips for $7.00. We might be offering baked goods and sodas, too. Plan to refuel after the races and support our Juniors at the same time!
We would appreciate it if club members would be willing to bring some baked goods (cookies, brownies, fudge, etc.) on those days, that we could also sell. I would be willing to package them up for sale if you can get them to me on Friday or Saturday. Please let know if you’re willing to help out by bringing something or helping at the table. Thanks! –
World University Orienteering Championship Fund-raiser
The World University Orienteering Championship (WUOC) is an international meet held every two years for university students. This year's event (http://wuoc2016.hu/index.php/en/) will be held in Hungary at the end of July. It's a high-level meet where many of the top runners in the world compete, and it's a good opportunity for America's college juniors and seniors, graduate students, and 2016 graduates to get international racing experience. It looks like the U.S. will be fielding a good team this year, including many JWOC and WOC runners.
Participating in WUOC is expensive, so to help raise money for entry fees, we will be organizing a Labyrinth-O at Morgan Territory after the Saturday race. The suggested donation is $5 for the first course, and $1 for each additional course. Please stop by and support the university students!
A group dinner will be held 6–9 PM Saturday evening at Handles Gastropub (http://www.handlesgastropub.com) in Pleasanton (855 Main St (https://goo.gl/maps/sKbAMkgyfNE2); phone 925.399.6690; see the map below). The evening will include presentation of awards for the Middle and Long events, beginning around 7:30 PM.
The cost for the dinner is $25 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. The cost includes the buffet, taxes, and gratuity. The buffet menu is as follows:
- • Market salad: fresh mixed greens, sliced cucumber, tomatoes, scallions, garlic herb croutons, balsamic vinaigrette
- • Sauteed vegetables: chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables sautéed with butter
- • Mashed potatoes
- • Grilled chicken breast: marinated in sauvignon blanc, garlic, and thyme
- • Pesto and parmesan penne pasta
- • Dessert: chef’s selection based on freshness and availability
- • Beverages: iced tea, lemonade
You can sign up and pay for the dinner when you register for the event. If you later change your mind about attending the dinner (i.e., either from Yes to No, or from No to Yes), or if you wish to purchase additional dinners (perhaps for a spouse or family), please contact the to have your registration adjusted. Of course, no additional spaces will be available after the dinner is sold out.
There will be nine courses for the Friday Middle event and for the Saturday Long event. There will be seven courses for the Sunday Sprint event. Details of the courses are below.
The Brown-X and Brown-Y courses will be quite different, with the Brown-Y being shorter and physically less demanding. The Green-X and Green-Y courses will be substantially similar.
The competition class assignments for the courses are listed in the Awards section below.
The maps for the Middle and Long courses will be at 1:10,000 scale, except for the following:
- The maps for the Brown-X and Brown-Y courses will be at 1:7500 both days.
- For the Long event, the maps for the F−21+ class (Red course) and the Blue course will be at 1:15,000. (The other classes on the Red course will have 1:10,000 maps.)
The scale of the Sprint maps will be 1:4000.
The expected winning times (in minutes, for a 100-point runner) are as follows:
- Middle: 25–35 (Brown to Red except F−21+); 30–40 for F−21+ & Blue
- Long: 45–55 for Brown, 50–65 for Green, 70–90 for Red, 80–100 for Blue
(For Brown and Green, the X and Y courses should both be covered by these ranges.)
- Sprint: 12–15 for all courses
The following course details are considered "final", but there might be minor changes.
Middle Event – Friday
Course Length Climb Controls White 2.1 km 70 m 11 Yellow 2.5 km 90 m 14 Orange 3.3 km 155 m 14 Brown-Y 2.4 km 120 m 9 Brown-X 3.1 km 140 m 13 Green-Y 3.2 km 165 m 14 Green-X 3.5 km 175 m 16 Red 4.4 km 225 m 19 Blue 4.8 km 270 m 22
Long Event – Saturday
Course Length Climb Controls White 2.5 km 80 m 7 Yellow 3.4 km 195 m 10 Orange 4.7 km 275 m 10 Brown-Y 4.3 km 205 m 9 Brown-X 4.4 km 250 m 9 Green-Y 5.3 km 340 m 10 Green-X 6.6 km 355 m 13 Red 8.3 km 440 m 16 Blue 10.3 km 525 m 20
Sprint Event – Sunday
Course Length Climb Controls White 1.4 km 35 m 17 Yellow 1.8 km 40 m 18 Orange 2.1 km 55 m 18 Brown 1.9 km 50 m 14 Green 2.3 km 45 m 16 Red 2.8 km 55 m 15 Blue 3.1 km 60 m 19
White (Beginner), Yellow (Advanced Beginner), and Orange (Intermediate) recreational courses will be available on all three event days at regular BAOC fees. Advance registration is not available (or needed)—simply show up at the event, register, pay, and enjoy your course(s). Beginner Clinics will be available—they are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete a beginner course.
Previous events have been held at each of the venues that will be used for this event. You can purchase maps of Morgan Territory and Mills College via online registration. Also, maps can be viewed in RouteGadget for Morgan Territory (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=349&kieli=) and Mills College (http://getlostxx.com/cgi-bin/gadget/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=72&kieli=). Older Morgan Territory events can be viewed through BAOC's RouteGadget site (http://baoc.org/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi).
Note: Both Morgan Territory and Mills College are embargoed. That is, you lose your ability to compete officially in this event if you enter either of those venues, with or without a map, prior to this event.
No formal model events are planned. However, there will be opportunities to train on maps that are somewhat similar to the championship venues.
- Sunol Regional Wilderness (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol) is steeper, less technical, and has fewer rock features than Morgan Territory, but the vegetation and mapping style are very similar. A BAOC local event was held at Sunol on February 7th. The map of the Green course from that event is available for download here (1.2MB PDF) (print on 8½”x11” paper). Streamers will mark the control sites from the day of the Sunol event to the completion of the 2016 U.S. Individual Championships. You can go out to Sunol on your own at any time.
- Note that a $5 park fee is usually required. Also, be aware that poison oak is abundant in this park. The good news is that the leaves are budding, so the plants are more visible; the bad news is that the new leaves might have maximum "potency". You can read the Course Setters' Notes for the Sunol event for more advisory information.
- University of California Berkeley (http://www.berkeley.edu/map), like Mills College, is a fine venue for college campus orienteering sprints. A BAOC local event at UC Berkeley, which included a Sprint course, was held on February 27th. The map of the Sprint course from that event is available for download here (1MB PDF) (print on 8½”x14” paper, or "just the useful part" on 8½”x11” paper). No markers of any kind are at the control sites. The Berkeley campus is generally quite congested between 9 AM and 2 PM on weekdays; though March 18 is the last day before Spring Break, so there may be fewer students than usual on campus then. Brief Course Setter's Notes for the Berkeley event are available here.
In both cases, you can obtain the course map in either of two ways: (1) purchase a copy when you register online—it will be mailed to you after the local event; or (2) copies of the course maps have been posted as PDFs on the BAOC website with links above—you can print them for yourself free of charge.
This section provides comments about getting to the Start on time, with time estimates for the various steps.
Start times are available here (https://www.orienteeringusa.org/eventregister/a40/reglist/home/2016-us-ind-champs).
The Middle (Friday) and Long (Saturday) are both at Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, part of the East Bay Regional Parks District. The Assembly area (E-punch download, day-of-event registration, snacks, shuttle pick-up, restrooms and porta-potties, etc.) will be at the Morgan Territory parking lot both days. Since this parking lot has limited capacity, most people will have to park at Indian Springs Ranch (9601 Morgan Territory Rd) adjacent to Morgan Territory—there will be signs, parking staff, etc.
Note: The road from I-580 to the park includes a lengthy section of narrow, steep, twisty, 1.5-lane road. Please allow more time for the drive than the distance would lead you to expect.
Carpooling is strongly encouraged due to possibly limited parking.
Note: There will not be toilets at the Starts—they're at the Assembly area.
- Park as directed by parking volunteers
- Walk to Assembly area (10 min)
- Walk to appropriate Start:
- Start for White/Yellow/Brown/Green is 1.5 km, minor elevation gain – 25 min
- Start for Orange/Red/Blue is 700 m, 50 m elevation gain – 15 min
- Check in at the Start 4 minutes before your start time
You should plan to arrive at the parking area about an hour before your scheduled start.
Extra clothing left at the Start will be carried to the Assembly area.
- Park as directed by parking volunteers
- Walk to Assembly area (10 min)
- Catch shuttle (up to 10 min wait)
- Two-mile shuttle ride (10 min)
- Walk from shuttle drop-off to all-courses Start (1.5 km, 100 m elevation gain – 25 min)
- Check in at the Start 4 minutes before your start time
You should plan to arrive at the parking area at least 75 minutes before your scheduled start.
Extra clothing left at the Start will be carried to the Finish area (not the Assembly area).
We will have a room in the Haas Pavilion, just beyond the Assembly area, where items such as clothing can be stored, but you probably shouldn't leave anything valuable there.
- Park in public lot (two quick right turns just after passing the entrance kiosk)
- Walk to Assembly area next to the soccer fields (5 min)
- Walk to Start (5 min)
- Check in at the Start 4 minutes before your start time
You should plan to arrive at the parking lot at least 30 minutes before your scheduled start.
Please keep in mind that there is an embargo covering the Mills College campus. Thus, for example, you should not drive around in the campus on your way to the parking lot, and you should not wander around between the parking lot and the Assembly area.
SPORTident electronic punching (E-Punch) will be used for both National Meet and recreational courses. Thus, each "team" will need an E-Punch card/stick. Rental E-Punch cards/sticks can be preordered through National Meet registration, and also will be available at the event.
An explanation of E-Punch is available here. More information about the use of E-Punch is available in our User's Guide to Electronic Punching, and will be available in Beginner Clinics at the events.
There will be two sets of awards for the weekend's events:
- U.S. Championship awards (excludes Open classes)
- The three individual events in this meet are, respectively, the U.S. Middle Championships, the U.S. Long Championships, and the U.S. Sprint Championships for 2016. For each event, awards will be presented in each National Meet class (http://orienteeringusa.org/rules#A38) (except for Open classes) to the top three U.S.-Championships-eligible competitors with official finishes (i.e., no DNS, DNF, DSQ, MSP, OVT, or SPW).
- All-Around awards (includes Open classes)
- All three events will be used to determine one set of All-Around awards for each National Meet class (http://orienteeringusa.org/rules#A38) (age-based and Open) for the weekend. Points earned from the three events will be summed using the Scottish system as calculated in OE2010. Your score each day will be:
- 1000 × (your class winner's time) ÷ (your time)
- All-Around awards will be presented in each class to the top-three overall competitors who have at least two valid finishes in that class. Note that you do not have to be present for all three races to be eligible for an All-Around award.
The awards for the Middle and Long championships will be given out at the Saturday evening meet dinner (ceremony starting around 7:30). The awards for the Sprint and the All-Around awards will be given out at an awards ceremony Sunday at Mills College (aiming for 11:30 or as soon after that as possible).
The National Meet competition classes are assigned to the courses as follows (for the Sprint event, combine the two Brown courses, and combine the two Green courses):
Course Classes White F−10, M−10, F−12, M−12, M/F-White Yellow F−14, M−14, F-Yellow, M-Yellow Orange F−16, M−16, F-Orange, M-Orange Brown-Y F70+, F75+, F80+, F85+, M80+, M85+, F-Brown, M-Brown Brown-X F−18, F55+, F60+, F65+, M65+, M70+, M75+ Green-Y F−20, F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+, F-Green Green-X M−18, M50+, M55+, M60+, M-Green Red F−21+, M−20, M35+, M40+, M45+, M-Red Blue M−21+
Age class ranges are indicated by a "−" and/or a "+". A "−" before the age means "and younger"; a "+" after the age means "and older". Gender classes contain "M" for male and "F" for female. Classes containing the course color are open to any age (but are not eligible for U.S. Championship awards). The "M/F-White" class is open to any age or gender.
February 24th update from the :
- We've got volunteers to be early runners (go out a couple hours before the regular start time) on all the Friday courses, and on several Saturday courses, but there are still a few openings: Brown-Y, Green-Y, and Red.
- You don't have to be super-fast, but you should be competitive to the extent that you can finish your course in time to report back before the regular starts. Please let know if you are interested.
- We've got many of the other volunteer needs filled, but there are still lots of open spots across a range of tasks, including Starts, Finishes, Snacks, Parking, and Control pick-up.
- All of these are critical to having a successful event. The more volunteers we have, especially those who commit ahead of time, the more smoothly things will run and the better time everyone will have. This is probably our highest-profile event of the year, and we really want to provide a good experience to all participants.
- You can volunteer in several ways:
- Use the online spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ab3yecU8so0c0JmxirmSIUBZi0Kh_8dwIJLzAPpJFsQ/edit?usp=sharing).
- Contact the appropriate crew chief (see the spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ab3yecU8so0c0JmxirmSIUBZi0Kh_8dwIJLzAPpJFsQ/edit?usp=sharing)).
- Contact directly.
This event cannot occur without the help of many people. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. You can use this online spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ab3yecU8so0c0JmxirmSIUBZi0Kh_8dwIJLzAPpJFsQ/edit?usp=sharing) to sign up for tasks.
Thank you to all the members (and non-members!) who have already volunteered to help during the event.
If you are not able to access the online sign-up, please feel free to contact the , who would be more than happy to add your name for you.
Please note that all volunteers will be able to run their desired courses.
New BAOC Club Uniforms
BAOC members might want to be aware that there's a "committee" investigating a new generation of club uniform. A representative of noname, a possible supplier, will be at packet pickup at the Marriott headquarters in Pleasanton Thursday night, and at Morgan Territory Friday morning. He will have different clothing items in different sizes to try out, and will answer questions about the clothing materials and sizes.
Please note that the club has not made any decision regarding designs and type of clothing that will be available. This will be discussed later as we gather more information from surveys. You can participate in a survey about interests here (http://doodle.com/poll/t4sqigifxznrgkf8).
OUSA BOD Meeting
There will be an OUSA Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, March 19, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Marriott Courtyard Pleasanton (5059 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588; see the map below). All OUSA members are welcome to attend.
We have a 25-room block at the Marriott Courtyard Pleasanton (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakpl-courtyard-pleasanton/) (5059 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94588; see the map below), which will serve as the headquarters hotel for the event. The rate for King rooms is $94.00 plus tax per night, and for Queen-Queen (2 Queen beds) is $104.00 plus tax per night. Parking and wireless internet are complimentary.
Call 800.321.2211 and ask for the "United States Individual Orienteering March 2016" rate at the Courtyard Pleasanton. Or you can use this link (http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=United%20States%20Individual%20Orienteering%20Mar%202016%5Eoakpl%60USIUSIA%7CUSIUSIB%6094.00-104.00%60USD%60false%604%603/17/16%603/20/16%602/25/16&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes) to make your own reservations online.
Reservations must be made before Thursday, February 25th to receive the Courtyard Pleasanton group rate.
We also have a 20-room block at the Sheraton Pleasanton (http://www.sheratonpleasanton.com) (5990 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588; see the map below). The rate for a room with 2 Queen beds (up to four people) is $119.00 plus tax per night. Breakfast and wireless internet are complimentary.
Call 800.325.3535 and ask for the "Orienteering USA 2016" rate at the Sheraton Pleasanton. Or you can use this link (https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/OrienteeringUSA2016) to make your own reservations online.
Reservations must be made before Thursday, March 3th to receive the Sheraton Pleasanton group rate.
There are many, many hotel/motel possibilities in Livermore/Pleasanton. A quick search on a travel website for March 17–20, 2016, yielded dozens of hits, with prices ranging from under $100 to about $300 per night.
Probably the best camping location is at Del Valle Regional Park (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/del_valle) just south of Livermore (see the map below). RV parking is available at Del Valle Regional Park, the Alameda County Fairgrounds (http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/Fairpark.php) in Pleasanton, and other locations. (Unfortunately, RV parking is not allowed at the Livermore Walmart store that is a few miles from the event.)
Visit Tri-Valley (http://visittrivalley.com) is an official sponsor of the 2016 U.S. Individual Orienteering Championships.
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
9401 Morgan Territory Rd (Google Map (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Morgan+Territory+Road+Staging+Areafirstname.lastname@example.org,-122.0155067,11z))
Livermore, CA 94551
Note: We expect parking to be tight, so please carpool if possible.
From the West & South: From I-580 E, take the N Livermore Ave exit (#52B). Turn left onto N Livermore Ave. In 3.6 mi you'll make a forced left onto Manning Rd. Take the next right (0.5 mi) onto Morgan Territory Rd and continue 5.5 mi (up the narrow mountain road) to the parking lot on the right.
From the North: From I-680, in Concord, take the Willow Pass Rd exit (#51) toward Taylor Blvd. Turn left onto Willow Pass Rd. In 1.4 mi turn right onto Galindo St. Turn left at the second cross street onto Clayton Rd. Stay on Clayton Rd 7.0 mi, then continue onto Marsh Creek Rd. In 3.4 mi turn right onto Morgan Territory Rd and continue 9.2 mi (up the narrow mountain road) to the parking lot on the left.
From I-5 South (north of Tracy), exit to I-205 (exit 458B) and merge onto I-580 West after 13 mi. See continuation below.
From I-5 Nouth (south of Tracy), at exit 446, go straight onto I-580 West. See continuation below.
Continuation for coming from the east on I-580: After going over Altamont Pass (good luck avoiding the potholes!), take the N Livermore Ave exit (#52B), and turn right onto N Livermore Ave. In 3.6 mi you'll make a forced left onto Manning Rd. Take the next right (0.5 mi) onto Morgan Territory Rd and continue 5.5 mi (up the narrow mountain road) to the parking lot on the right.
In addition to the (small) lot at the park, we will be parking on an adjacent private property. Please follow the instructions from the parking crew when looking for a parking space, especially on the private property where some areas must not to be used due to poor drainage (i.e., you don't want to get stuck in mud!).
If you park on the private land, follow the flagged route to the Assembly area. Do not walk on Morgan Territory Road for safety reasons.
Arrange to be picked up at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station (https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=37.700936,-121.897538&spn=0.003476,0.005777&sll=37.700999,-121.896899&sspn=0.003519,0.005654&mrsp=0&sz=18&t=m&z=18) (17 miles from the event).
Carpooling is encouraged because of limited parking at the event. The Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station is a great place to pick up passengers for the ride up the mountain.
Another place to meet for a prearranged carpool is the Walmart parking lot (https://email@example.com,-121.768405,16z?hl=en) (10 miles from the event). Just off I-680, at the North Livermore Ave exit—head south on N. Livermore Ave and turn left onto Las Positas Rd at the first intersection. Carpooling from a location that close to the event might not seem useful, but there are two benefits: one or more cars would avoid the drive up the narrow, twisty road, and more parking space would be available at the event site. (Please do not park close to the store entrance.)
5000 MacArthur Boulevard (Google Map (https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B046%2756.9%22N+122%C2%B011%2713.9%22Wfirstname.lastname@example.org,-122.1877422,11z))
Oakland, CA 94613
From the west, get to I-580 East. Take the MacArthur Blvd exit (#25B). Continue on MacArthur Blvd to Richards Road (the campus entrance) on the left. See Parking below.
From the east, get to I-580 West. Take the MacArthur Blvd exit (#25). Turn left onto Buell St. Turn left onto MacArthur Blvd. Turn left onto Richards Road (the campus entrance). See Parking below.
From the south, take I-880 North to I-238 (exit 31A) toward Castro Valley. After about 2 miles, take exit 14 to I-580 West. After about 9 miles, take the MacArthur Blvd exit (#25). Turn left onto Buell St. Turn left onto MacArthur Blvd. Turn left onto Richards Road (the campus entrance). See Parking below.
After passing through the entrance station (they might ask you what you are coming for), turn right and then turn right immediately again to park in the visitor lot. Walk back to the main campus road, and then to the Assembly area next to the soccer field.
A small map showing the parking lot ("Renter Parking") and soccer field is available in this PDF file (280KB). (Before you ask, we don't know the significance of the dashed orange line.)
The AC Transit NL bus (http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php?quick_line=NL&Go=Go) stops at the entrance to Mills College. The bus can be boarded at the San Francisco Temporary Transbay Terminal (http://temporaryterminal.org/find-your-bus-line/) (bounded by Folsom, Beale, Howard, and Main Streets), at the Oakland 19th St BART Station/Transit Center (1900 Broadway), or elsewhere along the bus route.
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
Marriott Courtyard Pleasanton Hotel
Sheraton Pleasanton Hotel
Del Valle Regional Park (camping)
Oakland Airport (OAK)
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
San Jose Airport (SJC)