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Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) map and compass practice.

10/19/2008 1:00 am

Sunday, October 19, 2008, Calero County Park, San Jose, CA.
Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) map and compass practice.


Join John Langbein, Karen Davis, Bobbie Morrison, Dave Marancik and other STS members at Calero County Park as they participate in this BAOC event, which will have seven alternative courses, ranging from beginner through expert. The easier courses are on trails, the more advanced ones are cross-country. You can walk them at your leisure, or run them competitively. This is a terrific way to learn and/or refresh your skills.

See for details on how these events work, driving directions, information on maps, fees, Frequently Asked Questions, etc. Bring your own orienteering compass (with a dial that turns) or rent one. Your entrance fee includes a map. Consider reading the explanations on use of map and compass.

From their website: "Registration will be open from 9:00 AM until noon. Starts will be available from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Short Beginners Clinics will be offered as needed between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM. These repeating sessions provide an introduction to orienteering, and enough information to complete a beginner course." Courses close at 2:00 p.m.

John, Karen, Bobbie and Dave will plan on being there for the 9:30 a.m. clinic.

While those choosing the White (easiest) course may decide to do the course together, people usually do the other courses alone, starting a few minutes apart, since you will learn far more that way than watching someone else.

Map and compass skills will be the subject of the November STS evening meeting. While this may sound paradoxical, you will probably get a lot more out of the evening classroom meeting if you participate in a BAOC field event (such as 10/19) beforehand.

You can call John or Karen with questions, (650) 365-9462, before 9 pm. E-mail john_langbein at by Thursday evening 10/16 if you are planning to attend, so that we can give a headcount to the BAOC leader.