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Our Schedule

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 9 Rossmoor Bar meet closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 6.

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 9 Rossmoor 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

Rossmoor Bar
Rossmoor Bar

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

By Bill MacDonald
Event Director

Please join GCO at Rossmoor Bar on Sunday, April 9, for what promises to be another great local meet on the American River. Thanks to the rainy winter, the area is ultra green and you can expect to encounter large numbers of beautiful black and blue Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies as you navigate between controls. It promises to be a wonderful way to spend a morning or early afternoon!

And we once again will be doing a trial run of electronic-punching or E-Punch. If you don't have an e-stick of your own, you can rent one for $3. It's quick and lots of fun, so come try it out!

Experienced course setter Dan Rathbun has created five interesting courses that will challenge both your running and navigation skills:

  • White—Beginner
  • Yellow—Advanced beginner
  • Orange—Intermediate
  • Brown—Advanced (Short)
  • Red—Advanced (Long)

Unfortunately, there are no mountain bike courses available at this particular venue.

Course statistics and course setter notes will be available next week. If you ran at Sacramento Bar just a few weeks ago, you can expect similar terrain and challenges due to the abundant vegetation growth. Plan on wearing protective pants and shoes as poison oak continues to flourish and is currently at its most potent.

Event REGISTRATION and the START will be located near the parking lot on El Manto Drive on the right just past the kiosk (where you must pay the $6 county parking fee).

Online registration is currently OPEN (see link below). You may register online or at the event. On-site registration opens at 9 a.m. Beginner clinics will be available on event day between 9 and 11 a.m. and are included in your event fee. Starts will commence at 9:30 a.m. and will close at 12 noon. All courses close at 2p.m. A this time, everyone must have checked in at the finish.

We also need several people to volunteer to help at the event. Help is always needed at setup, registration, starts, finish, teardown, and control pickup. You will receive instructions on how to help, and we'll need you for only an hour so you will still have plenty of time to orienteer as well. You will even be rewarded with a free pass to this or a future GCO event! An online link to select where and when you would like to volunteer can be found below.

I look forward to seeing you on April 9 and know that you will enjoy all that Rossmoor bar has to offer!

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 and-or an e-stick.
  • 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 9 Rossmoor Bar meet closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 6.

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 9 Rossmoor Bar meet here.

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

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.


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!