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Free beginner clinics are offered at most BAOC events. They are short, repeating sessions that provide an introduction to orienteering and enough instruction to be able to complete a beginner (White) course. The availability and schedule for the sessions is given on the event webpage (note, however, that sessions could stop early if there is no more demand).
Training is more fun with company. You can meet up with other Bay Area orienteers to build fitness and skills. Some currently ongoing training groups are listed below. Join the BAOC Training Email List (baoct) to get involved.
- Junior and Adult Training Programs
holds training events from time to time. You can read about the latest plans here.
- Tuesday Night Technical Training in the East Bay
Meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM at locations in or close to Berkeley. The location is chosen appropriately for the week's exercise and publicized in advance via the baoct email list. During summer months we make use of the daylight by training in terrain. Each week's training exercises are designed at an appropriate technical difficulty level for the participants.
- (Note: Those training events have been suspended.)
- Tuesday Night Hill Runs
Meets at 7:30 PM, at the corner of Regnart and Monrovia in Cupertino (map (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Regnart+Rd+and+Monrovia+St,+Cupertino,+CA&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=60.246331,82.880859&ie=UTF8&z=17&iwloc=A)). The time occasionally changes. In summer we run up into Fremont Older, and in winter we use headlamps on Regnart. Join the baoct email list for more info.
- (Note: Those training events seem to have been suspended.)
- Informal Training Opportunities
Join other orienteers for casual trail runs, hikes, and other orienteering related activities. Time and place move frequently. To join the fun, subscribe to the baoct email list or contact or (BAOC Training Directors).
- BAOC Training Email List
As mentioned above, BAOC has an electronic mailing list (in addition to the regular BayOnet list) called baoct. It's used by club members to discuss training techniques and organize training events.
- Shell Ridge Map Quiz (PDF/6.2MB) (http://baoc.org/wiki/images/b/b0/ShellRidgeMapQuiz.pdf) Check out the new map of Shell Ridge, and practice matching terrain features on the map with photographs.
- Navigating Briones (PDF/1.7MB) (http://baoc.org/wiki/images/b/bc/Navigating_Briones.pdf) A guided tour of an advanced course at Briones regional park, with terrain photos and tips for navigation.
- Training Tips, by Dennis Wildfogel
The complete collection of Dennis' excellent training articles, which previously appeared in the BAOC Bulletin. [Unfortunately, the Web site on which the articles were stored has shut down. We are working on recovering the articles onto our site.]
- Pace Counting, by Evan Custer
Learn to pace count and you can judge distance more accurately.
- Taking Accurate Compass Bearings, by Steve Gregg
- Don't Loiter at the Controls, by Evan Custer
Techniques for improving your approach to controls.
- Build Up Those Quads, by Evan Custer
Prevent knee problems by building up your quad muscles.
- Forked Controls, by Dennis Wildfogel
Learn what forked controls are, and when they are used.
- Description of a Butterfly Loop, by Tapio Karras
Discover how this interesting course variant can make a chase-type event even more exciting.
- Training Tips from the BAOC Bulletin 2001-2005 (PDF/176KB) (http://baoc.org/wiki/images/8/89/TrainingTipsFromBulletin.pdf), compiled by Jeff Lanam
Articles by Steve Gregg, Syd Reader, and Tom Strat.
After your course, enter your route to compare with others and analyze your race.
- Attackpoint (http://www.attackpoint.org/)
Attackpoint is an online community for orienteers and adventure racers. It includes one of the best training log programs you'll ever find, in addition to a worldwide race calendar, tools for comparing results, and an active forum to communicate with other orienteers.
- O-Training.net (http://o-training.net/)
A comprehensive online resource covering all aspects of orienteering technical training.
- Catching Features (http://www.catchingfeatures.com/) is a realistic first-person orienteering simulator. Besides being a fun game, world champion orienteers use this program to train. A free demo is available for download, and the licensed version allows one to compete online, using virtual simulations of real orienteering maps. This program was created by a BAOC member!
- Oriantica (http://www.melin.nu/oriantica/) from Melin Software is similar to Catching Features. It builds on the earlier version called WinOL (http://www.melin.nu/winol/winole_direct.html). (Click on the British flag to get the English version.)
- Suunnistussimulaattor (http://www.suunnistussimulaattori.net/) is a nice simulation. (Click on the British flag to get the English version.)
- Route Choice (http://www.routechoice.co) provides nice route-choice challenges related to Sprint courses.
- Quiz on orienteering control-description (clue-sheet) symbols (http://www.fortnet.org/icd/index.html)
An online interactive quiz for learning or reviewing the IOF symbols used for describing controls.
- Quiz on orienteering map symbols (http://www.fortnet.org/icd/mst/index.html)
An online interactive quiz for learning or reviewing the IOF symbols used on maps.