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 shirts (and more) is available for pick up! The details are here.
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)
- May. 5 (Sun.) -
Spring Lake Regional Park
C; According to the Event Director, the event will have a "Cinco de Mayo" flavor to it
- May. 18 (Sat.) -
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 ("higher than normal" GCO fees; prereg. deadlines TBD; prereg. is requested, not required) (Not a BAOC event)
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, and a Sprint on Sunday morning at Cabrillo College in Aptos; sanctioning for U.S. Nationals and NRE have been approved
- 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
- Apr. 20 -
Vasona Lake County Park
C; Courses for beginners through advanced (with a special treat of a Memory-O for those up for a mental challenge) on a new ISSOM map; the BAOC 2019 AGM will be at this event
- Apr. 20 -
BAOC Annual General Meeting - Vasona Lake County Park
Annual membership meeting and election of officers
- Mar. 31 -
Golden Goat and Golden Kid - Shell Ridge Open Space
23rd annual event with an extra-long "Goat" course, and a long "Kid" course, with a shared mass start; and regular beginner courses with separated starts
- Dec. 7 - 9, 2018 -
Sprint San Francisco - San Francisco Bay Area
A; Friday: Sprint Relay; Saturday: 3-round tournament; Sunday: NRE Qualifier and NRE Final