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.
We encourage all runners to try orienteering. A runners' welcome page is here.
What About COVID-19?
BAOC events follow the COVID-19 rules laid down by the Federal Government, the State of California, the County in which the event is being held, and the competition area landowners—whichever is more stringent. Please follow event guidelines to help us protect participants from exposure to COVID-19.
News and Notes
Various "news" items are posted on this page. Recent items:
- Bob Cooley on U.S. WTOC Team (6/15/22)
- 2021 BAOC Service Award Recipient (4/20/22)
- Use AmazonSmile and support BAOC! (12/11/20)
Current and Upcoming Events
- Jul. 23 (Sat.) -
Diablo Valley College
C; This will be the fourth event of the 2022 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome!
2022 Summer Series
As in past years, there will be a Summer Series of events this year. A description of the series, which started in June, is here.
Other Significant Upcoming Events
- Jul. 17 - 30, 2023 -
California Orienteering Festival; San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area -
A; Many days of activities including multiple NRE events, the Western States Orienteering Championships, the North American Championships (NAOC), and the World Rogaining Championships (WRC) (entry deadlines: TBD) (pending park approval)
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 (i.e., when "All Clubs" is selected).
- 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
- Jul. 2 -
University of California
C; This will be the third event of the 2022 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome!
- Jun. 26 -
C; This is the second event of the 2022 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome!
- Jun. 5 -
Joaquin Miller Park
C; This will be the first event of the 2022 Summer Series. Beginners are welcome!
- Aug. 6 - 15, 2021 -
Tahoe 2021 - Sierra College & Lake Tahoe Area
A; Two weekends of events: 2021 U.S. Orienteering Championships (Sprint, Middle, & Long) and Club Relay Championships, and 2021 North American Rogaining Championships (24-hour competition & 4-hour recreational)
- Dec. 5 - 6, 2020 -
Bon Tempe Reservoir
C; Greg Ehrensing Memorial Volunteer Event; NO BEGINNER COURSES; LIMITED ATTENDANCE; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED