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Find your bearings at orienteering meet

Sierra Sun Staff

On Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20, participants in the two-day Orienteering Meet can run, hike or stroll through the woods and over the hills and boulders of the Sierra Nevada crest and hone their map-reading and compass skills at the same time.

Gold Country Orienteers, a Sacramento-based orienteering club, is sponsoring the meet at Boreal on Saturday and at Sugar Bowl on Sunday.

Orienteering is a sport which originated in Sweden, is rather popular in Europe and is growing in the United States.

It is a way to enjoy the outdoors while learning to read a map and use a compass.

Participants use maps and compasses to find marked controls and move around a course as fast as possible.

Orienteering is a sport for all ages and athletic abilities.

The Sierra meet is billed by organizers as “perfect” for beginners as well as advanced orienteers, and instruction for beginners will be offered.

Participants should bring comfortable shoes and clothes, some water and a compass. Compasses are available for rent, as well.

Registration both days will start at 9 a.m. Start times are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginner instruction will begin at 10 a.m. both days.

The cost is $5 for beginning individuals or groups and GCO members; $8 for everyone else.

For information, call Pete at (530) 758-9051 or Ron at (530) 265-8377.

A website giving more detailed information about orienteering in general is at http://www.baoc.org. The GCO website is at http://www.onramp113.org/gco.

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