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.
A new order of club uniform short-sleeve shirts is being organized this week! The details are here. (May 7, 2019)
Various "news" items are posted on this page. Recent items:
- BAOC Results at 2019 Junior Nationals (4/15/19)
- 2018 BAOC Service Award Recipient Announced (12/16/18)
- BAOC Results at 2018 U.S. Nationals (10/23/18)
- Jul. 7 (Sun.) -
Presidio of San Francisco
C; This event will be part of the 2019 Summer Series — one course for Beginners, who are very welcome, and one "advanced" course — the courses will be "easier" than usual because of the nature of the park
- Jul. 21 (Sun.) -
C; This event will be part of the 2019 Summer Series -- details TBD. Beginners are welcome -- the courses will be "easier" than usual because of the nature of the campus. (pending park approval)
Other Significant Upcoming Events
- Sep. 6 - 8 -
2019 U.S. Nationals - 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; sanctioning for U.S. Nationals has been approved (entry deadlines: July 28, Aug 25)
- Jul. 21 - Aug. 2, 2020 -
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, 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
- Jun. 16 -
Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline
C; This event will be part of the 2019 Summer Series with a Beginner and an Advanced course; Beginners are welcome—the courses will be "easier" than usual because of the nature of the park
- Jun. 11 -
BAOC Board Meeting - Peerspace
Quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors at NEW LOCATION — 7:00-10:00 PM; free pizza will be available at 6:30; all club members and other interested people are welcome
- Jun. 2 -
University of California
C; This will be the first event of the 2019 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome -- the courses will be "easier" than usual because of the nature of the campus.
- May. 18 -
Deer Creek Hills Preserve
A; Full suite of seven Middle-distance courses (a little longer than the Middle courses in 2018) in the early afternoon — sanctioned OUSA NRE (Not a BAOC event)