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:
- Matej Šebo on the 2014 U.S. JWOC Team (4/16/14)
- Matej Šebo is an Alternate on the 2014 U.S. WOC Team (3/26/14)
- Steve Beuerman on 2014 U.S. Trail-O Team (2/6/14)
- Back again for 2014: The BAOC COOL Junior Series—final event was at Tilden Park on February 16
- Back for 2014: TrailCross Series—a cross between a trail race and classic orienteering—first event was at Joe Grant on March 29; the next event is TBD
- Aug. 23 - 24 -
Tahoe Weekend - Lake Tahoe Area
B; Classic events for beginners through advanced—Saturday at Spooner Lake, Sunday at Burton Creek (pending park approval)
Other Significant Upcoming Events
- Sep. 27 - 28 -
O' in the Oaks 2014 - Calero County Park
A; OUSA sanctioned 2-day Classic A-meet with recreational courses for beginners and others who do not want to compete; this event will be the 2014 Western States Orienteering Championships
- Jul. 4 -
Bay 2 Bankers 2 - San Francisco
Rogaine; 5 km, 10 km map adventure courses—in teams of 1 to 5, find your way around SOMA, downtown, North Beach, and Chinatown with a specially-made map. Preregister for a discounted entry fee. (Not a BAOC event)
- May. 30 - Jun. 1 -
Boggs '14 A-meet - Boggs Mountain State Forest
A; OUSA sanctioned Sprint, Middle, and Long courses, and a national ranking Trail-O course