Sailor Bar finishers
Proud finishers at the Sailor Bar meet!
Photo by Victoria Harris

Welcome to Orienteering

Gold Country Orienteers (GCO) is an orienteering club based in the Sacramento area of Northern California.

What is Orienteering? It is a world-wide sport. It consists of finding your way to specific points on a course in a park or similar place, walking or running and using a special detailed map and a compass.

It's the perfect sport—exercising both the mind and the body. It's great for all ages!

It can be:

  • A lovely stroll, with children and pets, 
  • A fitness hike,
  • A way to learn how to read a map and use a compass
  • Or a competitive race.

We schedule meets at local parks and always feature instruction for beginners. To find out more about orienteering and our club, browse around this site, starting with About Us.


Check out this cool new video from the International Orienteering Federation. Fast foot-O as well as even faster ski-O!

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