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. Recent items:
- Gavin Wyatt-Mair on 2015 U.S. Trail-O Team (4/10/15)
- Julia Doubson and Matej Šebo Selected for 2015 JWOC Team (3/29/15)
- BAOC Results at the 2015 U.S. Championships (3/29/15)
- BAOC is a 501(c)(3) Organization (2/1/15)
- Dec. 13 (Sun.) -
Folsum City Scramble, Folsom, CA -
C; City Score-O course suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced participants (not a BAOC event) (pending park approval)
- Dec. 19 (Sat.) -
Willow Glen Holiday Lights - Willow Glen Neighborhood
C; 60- or 90-minute Light-O (Score-O) course and potluck social (pending park approval)
Other Significant Upcoming Events
- Mar. 18 - 20 -
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
A; This event will be the 2016 U.S. Individual Championships, with Sprint, Middle, and Long events (pending park approval)
- Nov. 22 -
Granite Bay, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
B; Beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses (not a BAOC event)
- Nov. 21 -
Bedwell Bayfront Park
5 km & 10 km "TrailCross" map adventure courses. Preregister for a discounted entry fee.
- Nov. 14 - 15 -
Pacheco State Park
B; Saturday afternoon courses and Night O; Sunday Classic courses; Saturday potluck option; group camping option
- Nov. 8 -
20th Annual Golden Goat & Golden Kid - Briones Regional Park
Extra long courses with mass starts. No Beginner or intermediate courses.
- Oct. 30 -
Haunted Glen 5k, 10k - Willow Glen Neighborhood
Adventure through San Jose's famed Willow Glen neighborhood in teams of 1 to 5 (families welcome), finding awesome displays. Costumes are encouraged! The start occurs just as darkness is settling in, so flashlights will be most helpful.
- Sep. 18 - 20 -
Sierra Classic 2015 - Lake Tahoe Area
A; Tahoe Area 3-day A-meet: Friday Sprint at Northstar, Classic courses Saturday and Sunday at Little Truckee Summit; three sanctioned OUSA A-meet days with 2015 U.S. Classic Championships (2-day event on Sat. & Sun.)