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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 plus a refundable $5 deposit.


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.
  • Online registration for the April 29 Sac State meet closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

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. You can register online for the April 29 Sac State meet here.

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.


2017

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) and terraloco.

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 full schedule.


Meets and Events

Sac State
Sacramento State

Sunday, April 23: Camp Tamarancho, Fairfax; Two- and Four-Hour Map Trek; Nav-X event.


Saturday, April 29: California State University, Sacramento (CSUS or Sac State); W, Y, O, Scramble; ED/CS: Marsha Jacobs, , 916-408-8052.

By Marsha Jacobs
Event Director and Course Setter

Important note: The University has stipulated we must observe the following restriction (for this venue only):
All teams must contain at least one person age 17 or above. This applies to a "team" of one as well (no person age 16 or lower may run a course alone). Please arrange your teams accordingly.

Today we offer four courses: White for beginners, Yellow for advanced beginners, Orange for intermediates, and a Scramble for everyone.

You can register online for this meet. 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.
  • Online registration for this meet closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

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. You can register online for this meet here. You can see who has registered here.

Volunteer to help us out and get one meet free! Sign up for a task here.

We will not be using electronic punching at this event and we will not be using the standard control flags normally used at our events. This time you will find orange-and-white plastic plate controls instead. The plastic plates will have the old-fashioned punches attached, and participants will carry a punchcard.

We will not be able to use the northern third of the campus due to a conflict with another event the same day, so the area we're using is rather small and there are many plates near one another. Be sure to check the numeric control code on the plate and the control description on your map to ensure you have found the correct one!

For a campus event, you are not permitted to enter any buildings while orienteering. The only exception is that you may use a pass-through area if one is available; these are open corridor areas where one does not have to go through a door to pass from one side of a building to get to the other side.

Course Stats:

  • White: 12 controls, 1.6km
  • Yellow: 14 controls, 2.2km
  • Orange: 20 controls, 3.3km
  • Scramble: 36 controls

The White course is fairly straightforward and great for people who have never orienteered. It's an excellent way to learn and short enough that you will probably want to try a second course when you're done. The Yellow course is longer than White with some trickier navigation. The Orange course is longer than the Yellow course and you'll be forced to detour around many more buildings and other obstacles. On the White, Yellow, and Orange courses, you must find the controls in numerical order as indicated by the connecting lines on the map. Once you have completed a course, you may wish to try a second course, which should be fun since not many of the control locations are shared between courses. For these courses, there is no time limit, except that everyone MUST return to the finish area by 2 p.m.

The Scramble is a course with all 36 controls from the first three courses together on one map. In the Scramble, you will have up to 60 minutes to find as many controls as you can, searching for them in any order you wish. You plan your own route for what you think is the most expedient result. You may try to find all the controls or only the ones you would like to visit.

Scramble scoring:

  • Controls 1-19 = 10 points each
  • Controls 20-29 = 20 points each
  • Controls 30-36 = 30 points each

Penalties:

  • Mispunched controls = minus 10 points each
  • Each minute or part of a minute late = minus 10 points

For all courses, your finish time is recorded when the LAST person on your team arrives at the finish area. Be brave and try one, two, three or all four courses!

Warning: There is a lot of construction going on at the campus. These areas are mostly cordoned off by some temporary fences which may not be indicated on the map. Many of these areas are mapped as out-of-bounds. Please do not attempt to cross any of these fences; the courses are designed to keep you away from such temptation.

Registration will be at the Guy West Bridge Plaza between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. Course starts will be available 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Courses close at 2 p.m. Beginner clinics at 9:30 to 11 a.m. Daily Parking Fee is $6 per vehicle.

Here are details about CSUS, directions to get there and links to the campus website and map (and where to park).


Sunday, Sept. 10: Lake Tahoe park; Four- and Eight-Hour Map Trek; Nav-X event.


Saturday, Sept. 23: Orangevale Community Park, Orangevale; W, Y, O; ED/CS: Jennifer Kerr, , 916-922-8671.

Here are details about Orangevale Community Park and directions to get there. A Google map link is here.


Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Joe Grant Regional Park, San Jose; Three-, Five- and 16-Hour Map Trek; Nav-X event.


Saturday, Oct. 21: Mississippi Bar, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Fair Oaks; B Meet: W, Y, O, Br, R; ED: TBA; CS: Mats Jansson.

NOTE: This is a schedule change! We have decided to move our three-day national meet at Sierra College and Deer Creek Hills to March 30-April 1, 2018. The spring is beautiful at Deer Creek Hills!

Instead, we will be offering a regular meet at Mississippi Bar on the Oct. 21-22 weekend. Stay tuned for details!


Sunday, Nov. 12, Shell Ridge Park, Walnut Creek; Three- and Six-Hour Map Trek; Nav-X event.


Sunday, Nov. 19, Granite Bay, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area; ED: Dan Rathbun, 530-919-3160; CS: Bill MacDonald.

Here are details about Granite Bay and directions to get there. A Google map link is here.


Saturday, Dec. 9, Old Town Folsom; ED/CS: Dwight Freund, , 916-481-2850.


2018

Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018, Three-day National Meet, Sierra College, Rocklin, and Deer Creek Hills, Rancho Murietta; ED: Mats Jansson, , 916-436-7660; CS: Dwight Freund, Bill and Heidi Cusworth.

Yes, GCO is planning its first three-day National Meet (official sanctioning is pending with Orienteering USA)! We have moved this to the end of March in 2018. Preliminary plans call for a Sprint on Friday afternoon at Sierra College and weekend courses on our newest map at beautiful Deer Creek Hills (Middle on Saturday, Long on Sunday).

Watch for more details!