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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 March 19 Sacramento Bar meet closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 16.

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 to receive your punch card. No additional paper forms, no waivers; it's all done online. You can register online for the March 19 Sacramento Bar 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

Sacramento Bar
Sacramento Bar

Sunday, March 19: Sacramento Bar, Fair Oaks; B Meet: W, Y, O, Br, R; ED: Mike Christensen, , 916-601-0728; CS: Jonas Libell.

NOTE: This is the meet previously scheduled for last November, but canceled because of bad weather. The details listed below might change somewhat before the meet, particulary if river levels stay high, so stay tuned here!

For this meet, all courses stay north of the American River. The area is dominated by dredge tailings (small or large, but always steep cobble piles, and deep long depressions), many semi-open grass areas with scattered trees (oak) and shrubs, many dense areas with blackberries and quite a few trails.

We are also doing a trial run using electronic punching for this meet. We believe you will find e-punching to be fast and lots of fun. If you have your own e-punch, bring it! Otherwise, you will be able to rent one at this event for $3.

Here are the courses:

  • Distance, No. of Controls, Level, Type of Control Points
  • WHITE, 1.9 km, 9, Beginner, Controls on or close to trails
  • YELLOW, 2.1 km, 9, Advanced beginner, Controls on distinct terrain features close to trails
  • ORANGE, 3.4 km, 9, Intermediate, Controls close to distinct features
  • BROWN, 3.4 km, 11, Advanced, Small terrain features are used, some scrambling
  • RED, 5.1 km, 16, Advanced, Small terrain features are used, some scrambling

You may register online or at the event.

Registering online 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 Sacramento Bar closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 16..

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 to receive your punch card. No additional paper forms, no waivers; it's all done online. You can register online here. You can see who has registered here.

You also can sign up for a specific volunteer job and time. Remember, if you volunteer, you will get a free pass either for this meet or a future one. You can sign up here.

If you are not doing online registration: To save time, you can fill out and print our registration form (see box above left) ahead of time and bring it. Large groups: PLEASE contact the event directors before the meet so we make sure we have enough maps!

Course Setter's Notes
By Jonas Libell

Punching: Electronic punching (trial run!).

Map Scale: 1:7,500. (1 cm = 75 m, or 1” = 625 ft = 208 yards,)

Map age: The map was partially updated for this event.

Water: There are water controls on the Red, Brown and Orange courses.

Bike traffic: All courses cross a bike trail between the last control and the finish. Be careful! Some bikers go very fast and don't expect runners coming out of the forest.

Marshes: There are three large seasonal ponds/marshes on the map. After the 4 inches of rain in October, they are now filled with water and NOT runnable.

Open w. trees: The light yellow shade used on much of the map indicates open land with some trees. Only distinct and separate (and typically large) trees have been marked as single (or dead) trees. Bushes are marked as green dots or dense areas if they affect runnability.

Vegetation: There is Poison Oak in some shady locations. Right now they have no leaves; all that can be seen are the brown shoots and twigs. You can get the rash from these shoots and twigs so take precautions! The Star Thistles have dried out and been softened by the rains, but they are still thorny. Long pants and gaiters are recommended.

Narrow rides: (Long, thin trail lines). These are mainly former training wall or mining roads that are graded and often > 10’ wide. Lack of recent traffic may mean there is no real trail left. But at least the ground is still level and the outline can be followed.

Small trails: Some small trails can be hard to see due to fresh new grass from the October rains.

Steep slopes: Most knolls, hills and depressions were created by digging in the gold mining era. Consequently they often have steep sides with loose rocks. Take it easy!

Cobble fields: Be careful if you are not used to running or walking on cobbles:

  • Run with a short stride and a light step.
  • Don’t carry a heavy back pack.
  • Trail-running shoes with rubber cleats give best grip.

NOTE: The westernmost part of Sacramento Bar marked as Out of Bounds is closed to any kind of events. This is a result of SARA (Save the American River Association) suing Sacramento County for providing too much access to the Parkway. SARA seeks to limit sporting events to prehistoric (1960s) levels.

Hints for racing:

  1. Dark green is typically blackberry brambles and is impassable. Avoid!
  2. Grey means cobble fields. The visibility is great but it's hard to run fast here.
  3. There are many trails; make sure you are on the right one!
  4. Read the map instead of just relying on a compass bearing. There are often many hard-to-pass terrain features making bearings slow and hard to execute.
  5. Red, Brown and Orange: Consider your route choice options! There are many legs with multiple possible routes worth evaluating. A longer route may be a good choice if it’s simpler.

Have Fun!

Here are details about Sacramento Bar and directions to get there. A Sacramento County Parks link to Sacramento Bar (with a map) is here.


Sunday, April 9: Rossmoor Bar, Rancho Cordova; B Meet: W, Y, O, Br, R; ED: Bill MacDonald, , 310-488-5264; CS: Dan Rathbun.

Here are details about Rossmoor Bar and directions to get there.

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


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); ED/CS: Marsha Jacobs, , 916-408-8052.

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


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.


Early October, Date TBD: Joe Grant Regional Park, San Jose; Three-, Five- and 16-Hour Map Trek; Nav-X event.


Oct. 20 to 22, 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)! 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 soon!


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.