Bulletin #2 (PDF/4.2MB) (https://cal-o-fest.com/src/doc/Bulletin_2_Final.pdf)
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.
Various "news" items are posted on this page. Latest items:
- Julia Doubson Selected U.S. Junior Orienteer of the Year (2/6/20)
- 2019 BAOC Service Award Recipient Announced (12/27/19)
- 2020 Cal-O-Fest Bulletin #2 Is Available (11/14/19)
- Mar. 1 (Sun.) -
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced at one of our popular parks (pending park approval)
- Mar. 15 (Sun.) -
Joseph D. Grant County Park
B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)
- Mar. 22 (Sun.) -
St. Mary's College
A; National Ranking Event (NRE) consisting of qualification and final Sprints.
Other Significant Upcoming Events
- Jul. 21 - Aug. 2 -
California Orienteering Festival; San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area -
Ten days of activities including the North American Championships (NAOC) and the World Rogaining Championships (WRC) — see separate Schedule entries for each event (pending park approval)
Erin Schirm, former OUSA Junior National Coach, organizes small, informal training sessions throughout the year. The list of upcoming (and past) sessions is here. (Training events are generally not listed in the main schedule.)
Other Northern California Orienteering Opportunities
The organizations listed below put on events in Northern California and nearby. Their events are listed on the Schedule page.
- Gold Country Orienteers (GCO) (http://www.goldcountryorienteers.org) – Organizes orienteering events in the Sacramento area
- Nav-X (http://www.navxchallenge.com) – Organizes map-trekking events in Northern California
- terraloco (http://go-terraloco.blogspot.com) – Organizes urban and wilderness map adventures
- Truckee Orienteering Club (http://www.truckeeorienteering.org) – Organizes orienteering events in the Lake Tahoe area
- Feb. 9 -
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced
- Jan. 26 -
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
C; Our annual visit to this fun, fast park. White, Yellow, and Orange courses for beginner through intermediate. In addition, we will offer a “One-Man Relay” for advanced orienteers.
- Jan. 18 - 19 -
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park; Borrego Springs, CA -
Saturday: AM mass-start Goat/Lamb, PM Sprint; Sunday: AM six point-to-point NRE courses, PM Score-O through the famous "maze" canyons in the desert "maze". Training competition for the U.S. junior and senior teams! (entry deadlines: Nov. 15, Jan. 12)
- Sep. 6 - 8, 2019 -
2019 U.S. Nationals; Trail-O - Boulder Creek & Aptos, CA
A; Friday afternoon Middle and Saturday morning Long, both at Big Basin; Sprint, Relay, & Trail-O on Sunday at Cabrillo College in Aptos