Orienteering

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What is orienteering?

Orienteering is a fun sport where the competitors use their navigational skills with a map and compass, to locate a series of waypoints shown on a specialized topographic map. 

What is the purpose of orienteering?

The goal of orienteering is to find all the waypoints in the shortest amount of time while staying on designated trails. 

How to complete an orienteering course?

With map and compass in hand, participants determine compass bearing and direction of travel and discover number-ordered waypoints identified on the map.  Each waypoint or “control” is a distinct mapped feature such as a trail junction, a boulder, a hilltop, etc. The controls are marked with orange-and-white symbols (above).

 PARTICIPANTS MUST STAY ON TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THIS COURSE TO AVOID IMPACTS TO HABITAT AND WILDLIFE. 

For more information on Orienteering: Bay Area Orienteering Club