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University of California

Event #3 of 6 in the BAOC 2022 Summer Series

Date: (Sat.) Jul. 2, 2022
Location: Berkeley, CA
Event Director: - 510.681.6181
Course Setter: Matej Sebo
Type: C; This is the third event of the 2022 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome!

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

July 1st Update

  • The best parking prospect is probably to take BART or AC Transit (see below)!
  • The closest parking is almost right there, where you can pay for on-campus parking at a machine.
  • Then there’s street parking, which has 2-hour meters.
  • Then, if you can walk about 1/4 mile or search around a bit, there are streets east of College Ave or west of Fulton that have free residential street parking.
  • There are parking garages around Telegraph, too.
And we still need volunteers! Please let me know if you can help somehow tomorrow.
Rex (510.681.6181, )

This event will be the third of six events in the 2022 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 have attended, or plan to attend, other Summer Series events.

We encourage beginners to attend, no experience is necessary. The UC campus has many distinctive landmarks, such as the Campanile, so anyone should be able to navigate the Beginner course.

The conditions of our permit do not allow us to serve food at the event, so we will not be able to supply the usual snacks. Thus, this event will be BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks).

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

Location on Campus

Registration will be held at the Barrows Hall Courtyard (, which is located on the south side of the campus, near Sather Gate and Sproul Plaza.

This is the same location we have used for the last several events.


Note that the event is on Saturday, with this nonstandard event schedule:

  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Registration open
  11:00 AM – noon:     Beginners clinic instruction (free)
  11:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Starts are open for all courses
                  3:30 PM: Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins

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)).

Note that you can register and start on the courses anytime during the open times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be “punctual” at 10:30 (but you can if you want, but please don’t show up earlier and expect to be served).

Beginners clinics are 15–20 minute, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the Beginner (White) course.

Note that you must return to the Finish by 3:30 PM, and then go to the download tent, even if you have not finished your course. Please do not leave without checking in! If there are unaccounted people after 3:30, we must initiate a search for them.

Registration and Costs

Note: There is a special Summer Series Discount Package for BAOC members that is described here.

The following fees apply at this event:

  $3 for each junior on the Beginner course
  $8 for each adult on the Beginner course
  $5 for each junior on the Short or Long course  
$15 for each adult member on the Short or Long course
$20 for each adult non-member on the Short or Long 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)  
  • You can register at the event or online before the event (see below).
  • At the event, we can accept payment by cash or check (but no electronic payments).
  • Juniors are age 8 through 20 (under age 8 is free).
  • There is no charge for a second course (but you must end up paying for the more expensive course​—​e.g., advanced after beginner).
  • Members of other orienteering clubs can pay the “member” fee. (We hope your club would do the same for our members. 🙂)

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.)

Optional Online Registration

Online registration has closed, but you can still register at the event.

  • Online registration is not required​—​you can register at the event. Individuals might want to register in advance to simplify check-in at the event.
  • The Summer Series Discount Package is available only to club members.
  • Online registration is available only to individuals, not to groups (i.e., sharing a single E-stick). Groups must register at the event.
  • Compass rental cannot be arranged during online registration, but you can register online and rent a compass at the event.
  • E-punch fingerstick rental can be arranged during online registration.
  • You can see who is registered here ( (but keep in mind that others will register at the event and through the Summer Series Discount Package).

Venue Facilities

Water and restrooms should be available inside Barrows Hall. If it happens that Barrows Hall is closed that day, there will be open restrooms at Sproul Hall about 150 meters away.

As mentioned above, no snacks will be served at this event. There are many food opportunities just steps away on Bancroft Way.

What to Bring

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

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.)


Here are final course details (subject to slight variation):

    Course          Distance   Climb  Controls
    Beginner         1.8 km     40 m      17  
    Short Advanced   2.7 km     75 m      28  
    Long Advanced    5.6 km    125 m      30

Beginners should be aware that the course distances shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be significantly longer. For a rough estimate of how far you might actually go, mentally change “km” to “mi” (e.g., for the “1.8 km” course, you might travel up to 1.8 miles). The climb numbers represent the amount of ascending that would be done on the “optimum route” (in the Course Setter’s opinion), without regard for any descending.
Advanced orienteers should be aware that the course distances are "straight-line", not "best-route" (which is normally given for Sprint courses). The actual distance is significantly longer.

The Short Advanced and Long Advanced courses will be the ranking courses for the respective Summer Series.

Keep in mind that you can earn Series points from the first course you run at the event, and only if it’s one of the ranking courses. That is, you will not earn points if you run the Beginner course first, and then one of the ranking courses.

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

Important Note:

In addition to being against orienteering rules, violating those restrictions could jeopardize our ability to hold events on the campus in the future!

Course Comments

The Start is a 1-minute walk from registration; the Finish is right next to the registration area.

Beginner: Set to Yellow-course standards. This course should be suitable for first-time beginners.

Short Advanced: Set to M21E Sprint standards. Features fast-paced navigation with a lot of emphasis on quick route choice and fine map reading.

Long Advanced: A longer Sprint-style course that emphasizes route choice, pre-reading, and long-leg route planning.

There is almost no overlap between the Short Advanced and Long Advanced courses (two shared controls, plus the GO control), so running both is totally feasible.

Note: Per the Summer Series rules, if you run both courses, only the first course will be considered for the Summer Series standings.

The map is being updated to use the newest IOF Sprint specification​—​specifically the changes made to bridge/tunnel mapping. The Course Setter's Notes explain.

2022 Summer Series

This is the third event of the BAOC 2022 Summer Series. The Series consists of six events, each of which has two "ranking courses" for the overall "Short" and "Long" Summer Series results. At this event, points will be awarded to all the individuals (but not groups or teams) who complete the Short or Long 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.)


For all of you who enjoy orienteering, help us help others catch that joy.

Please contact me () if you can help for about an hour at Saturday’s U.C. Berkeley event. Here are the available offerings:

Thank you kindly, Rex


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Parking is always tight in Berkeley. On-street parking meters require payment 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday. Arrive early to secure space on Bancroft near Telegraph (closest to Barrows Hall). There are many pay spaces around the campus and in nearby garages, such as the Upper and Lower Bancroft Garages, and Telegraph & Channing Garage. Suggested streets and garages are shown in the map to the right (click on the map to see a larger image, and click on that image for an even larger one).

Notes on on-street parking meters: You can pay with coins (nickels, dimes, or quarters), credit or debit cards (Visa or Master Card), or the ParkMobile app ( on your smartphone. Time limits are strictly enforced and may not be extended by adding more money after the posted maximum time limit has expired.

Parking tip for Downtown Berkeley: Drive to the North Berkeley BART station (, park your car there for free (on weekends), and take AC Transit 52 (schedule ( to the stop at Bancroft & Telegraph (11-minute ride), then walk to Barrows Hall. Alternatively, you can take BART one stop south to the Downtown Berkeley station and walk from there.

Public Transit

Public Transit is highly encouraged! The Downtown Berkeley BART station ( is one block west of campus, and from there it's a pleasant 0.5-mile walk through campus to Barrows Hall (see the map above).

Local buses are also available at Telegraph & Bancroft/Durant. AC Transit routes 6, 36, 51B, 52, 79, and F stop here, and connect with Downtown Berkeley BART, North Berkeley BART, Rockridge BART, Telegraph Ave, University Ave, etc. Please refer to the map above, and check Google Maps (,+Berkeley,+CA/@37.870027,-122.2930081,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80857c25938066c3:0x73f82f3646d8e0bd!2m2!1d-122.2579888!2d37.8700322!3e3!5m1!1e2) and AC Transit ( for more information.