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Registration for most GCO events opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 12 noon. Starting Times are assigned from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginner Instruction is offered as requested. Hint: Come anytime between 9 and 11 to have time for instruction and a course.

Our fees: $10 for each adult and $5 for each child or youth (ages 7-18) for non-members and $8 for adults and $4 for children or youths for members of GCO or other Orienteering clubs.

A second course is $2 per person. You can also rent a compass for $1.

We offer online registration for most meets! This will save you time, plus give us a better count for printing maps. Here's how it works:

  • You can register and pay for your first course of the event.
  • You can buy a GCO membership, for discounted event fees.
  • You can rent a compass.
  • If you register online, you also have to pay online, using a credit card.
  • To further help speed things along on the day of the event, our liability waiver is available during checkout.

If you sign up online, and make sure to complete all the information in the signup process, you will be able to simply walk up to the check-in table. No additional paper forms, no waivers; it's all done online.

NOTE: There will be NO online registration for the May 5 meet at Sailor Bar.

You can save time, particularly for groups, by filling out a Registration Form (left). Use ONE FORM for each individual or team going out together!!

PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION FOR GROUPS such as JROTC or Scouts with multiple teams. Contact the Event Director for each meet on the possibility of emailing your list of teams and courses a few days before the meet to save time.


Abbreviations: W = White, Y = Yellow, O = Orange, Br = Brown, Gr = Green, R = Red, B = Blue, ED = Event Director. CS = Course Setter.
White and Yellow are beginner courses. Orange is intermediate. Brown, Green, Red and Blue are all advanced courses with varying lengths and physical difficulty.

All meets are tentative, subject to park approval!! Dates might be changed for various reasons, so always check here! Look for more details on the meets closer to the date.

Looking for other nearby orienteering meets? Check out Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC), terraloco. and Nav-X Challenge Map Treks.

We are including in our schedule below some of the closer six-event Nav-X Challenge Map Treks. Last year, GCO was one of the sponsors of this series, along with BAOC and terraloco. This year, Nav-X is becoming a nonprofit club, part of Orienteering USA. Check out the

Meets and Events


Saturday, May 5, Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks. W, Y, O; ED: Bill MacDonald, , 310-488-5264; CS: Dwight Freund.

Preliminary Course Setter's Notes

We will hold our first and final regular Spring meet at Sailor Bar park. Our map is not fully developed for this park, so we will not offer advanced courses. However, the Orange course will be sufficiently long and challenging that it will be a good substitute for, say, Green.

This park is essentially flat, with quite a bit of cobble piles, but these are not as massive and steep as at some of our other venues. Some of the off-trail areas have quite a bit of brush.

Starts will be at the west end of the park. This is the first time we have started from here, so the terrain will be new to most folks who have attended previous meets at Sailor Bar.

Preliminary Stats:

  • White: 8 controls, 2.1 km
  • Yellow: 12 controls, 3.6 km
  • Orange: 15 controls, 4.9 km

There will NOT be online registration for this meet. We will, as usual, need volunteers for this meet to run smoothly. You can sign up (and get a run-a-meet-free voucher) here.

Directions: From Sunrise Boulevard north of Highway 50, take Winding Way for approximately one mile east of Fair Oaks village. Turn south at the stop sign on Park Avenue. Bear right until it dead-ends into Natoma Avenue. Turn left onto Natoma for two blocks until it makes a sharp left turn and becomes Olive Drive. Continue down the hill to the parking lot on Olive Drive inside the park. The county parking fee is $5.

Here are details about Sailor Bar and directions to get there. A Google map link is here. Note: look at the west end of the park for our meeting place.

A Sacramento County Parks link to Sailor Bar (with a map) is here.

Saturday, Sept. 29, Orangevale Community Park, Orangevale. W, Y, O; ED: Mats Jansson, , 916-220-0224; CS: Kyle Peter.

Sunday, Nov. 11, Mississippi Bar, Fair Oaks. Five-course B Meet; ED: Marsha Jacobs, , 916-408-8052; CS: Jonas Libell.

Saturday, Dec. 8, Old Town Folsom Holiday Scramble. ED: Dan Rathbun, 530-919-3785; CS: Dwight Freund.