In orienteering, "the thinking sport", you use a map and compass to navigate a course through unfamiliar terrain. People of all ages enjoy orienteering as a leisurely walk in the woods or as a competitive cross-country race.
Newcomers are welcome at BAOC events, which are held throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We offer beginners' courses suitable for both individuals and families, as well as advanced courses that challenge the technical and physical capabilities of individuals and small teams. Learn more here.
News and Notes
A welcome page for runners has been added to the website. Also, a Google calendar has been added to the Schedule page—if you have a personal Google calendar, you can subscribe to this one to have the events displayed on your calendar.
Some new club uniforms are still available! The details are here.
Various "news" items are posted on this page. Recent items:
- BAOC Results at the 2017 U.S. Championships (6/28/17)
- New Model For Club Event Coordination (5/26/17)
- ISOM 2017 Has Been Published (4/13/17)
2017 Summer Series
- Oct. 28 (Sat.) -
Haunted Hills 5k, 10k; San Carlos, CA -
Adventure through the wickedly decorated neighborhoods of San Carlos in teams of 1 to 5, finding awesome displays, and answering multiple-choice questions. Costumes are encouraged! Preregister for a discounted entry fee. (Not a BAOC event.)
- Oct. 29 (Sun.) -
Sunol Regional Wilderness
B; Standard 7-course B-meet in a beautiful, but challenging park
- Nov. 12 (Sun.) -
2017 Nav-X Challenge @ Diablo Foothills - Shell Ridge Open Space
Rogaine; 2-hour and 4-hour Map Trek courses, with participants trying to score as many points as possible within the time allowed, by visiting checkpoints scattered across the landscape (Not a BAOC event) (pending park approval)
- Nov. 19 (Sun.) -
Granite Bay, Folsom Lake Recreation Area - Granite Bay, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
B; Courses for beginners and above (details TBD) (Not a BAOC event)
Other Significant Upcoming Events
- Dec. 8 - 10 -
Sprint San Francisco - San Francisco Bay Area
A; Three-day event (final day is a National Event); Preliminary plans: Night-O Relay on Friday, three-round tournament on Saturday, two interval-start races on Sunday; part of the 2017 U.S. Sprint Series (entry deadline: Dec. 4; no late or day-of reg.) (pending park approval)
- Mar. 17 - 25 -
California Orienteering Week (COW) - Northern California
A; Seven (sanctioned) National Events spread over 9 days, including 5 Middle events, 1 Long, and 1 Sprint — organized by BAOC and GCO (pending park approval)
Erin Schirm, OUSA Junior National Coach, organizes small, informal training sessions throughout the year. The list of upcoming (and past) sessions is here.
- Oct. 21 -
B; White, Yellow, Orange, Brown, and Red courses (Not a BAOC event)
- Oct. 8 -
Scout-Orienteering, Pre-registration Required - Briones Regional Park
B; 25th annual Championships and Scout-O for all scout levels
- Oct. 8 -
Briones Regional Park
B; Open Event for non-Scouts — Regular 7-course BAOC event in conjunction with the Scout-O Championships
- Sep. 30 - Oct. 1 -
2017 Nav-X Challenge @ Joe Grant - Joseph D. Grant County Park
3-, 5- & 16-hour "Regaine" (sic) style map-trek courses. Participants try to score as many points as possible within the time allowed. The 16-hour event includes several mandatory rest stops at base camp over a 24-hour period, and solos are allowed!
- Sep. 24 -
Calero County Park
B; Regular 7-course B-meet with courses for beginners through advanced
- Sep. 23 -
Orangevale Community Park
C; White, Yellow, and Orange courses for beginner through intermediate (Not a BAOC event)