have a different format than Local
Events and may require special skills and
Georgia Navigator Cup, Interscholastics Champs, Junior
Training Camp, and Radio-O/ARDF Champs are large national
events hosted by GAOC. All other events are simply variations on the Local Event
In Bike-O, competitors use a bicycle to navigate part or
all of an orienteering course. When GAOC has offered Bike-O,
competitors navigate a traditional orienteering course through
the woods on foot, then choose 1 of 3 bicycle courses routed
on either gravel or paved roads.
The Bubba Goat is the southern version of the famous Billygoat
event established by Peter Gagarin in Massachusetts.
A "Goat" event is typically one very long course,
sometimes with an optional shorter, although still long course.
The format is what sets it apart from other Long-O courses.
There is a mass start, and following is not only allowed,
it's encouraged! Packs of orienteers form, break up,
re-form, and competitors may skip any one (or sometimes two)
controls, in order to add another element of strategy. The Bubba
Goat started in Georgia and has since rotated to the following SE
Canoe orienteering is a great event to enjoy with the
family. Traditional orienteering controls may be
places around a lake and in the woods. The course is
usually designed as a Score course
with points assigned to each control based on difficulty and
distance. One or more competitors navigate the course in a canoe
and the winner is the canoe team that accumulates the most points within
the time limit. GAOC
traditionally hosts a Canoe-o at the last event of the
season. Pre-registration is not required and canoe
rental is available at the park.
Contour orienteering is the same and traditional orienteering however it makes use of a map with only earthen elevation features (contours). All man-made and detail features are removed from the map. This type of even can turn a park that has many trails from very easy orienteering to very challenging.
is patterned after a three-day military competition held in a member NATO
country each year. Typically, competitors orienteer from several
different types of maps, including aerial photographs, quads and
topographical maps. Past events have included rope bridge crossings,
canoe legs, culvert controls, memory legs and other interesting
tests. Extreme-O is usually offered on the third day of the Georgia
Navigator Cup event.
The Georgia Navigator Cup, GNC for short,
is an annual USOF-sanctioned Class "A" event, hosted by the Georgia Orienteering Club.
A GNC will usually include 2 days of traditional
Orienteering courses, plus an Extreme-O. Pre-registration is required.
For detailed information, follow the GA
Navigator Cup link in the navigation pane.
Orienteering Day (NOD)
Orienteering clubs across the nation celebrate National
Orienteering Day by scheduling orienteering events specifically designed
for newcomers to the sport. GAOC typically participates by hosting
a NOD event annually in September. We have more instructors on hand to
give more individualized attention to beginners. And we typically waive
the event fee. Such a deal!
Orienteering at night is challenging and fun.
Traditional orienteering bags may be substituted by reflective sticks
and competitors light their way with a flashlight or headlamp.
GAOC hosts at least one Night-O each year in conjunction with an
afternoon of traditional orienteering courses and an evening
picnic. Pre-registration is not required.
Radio orienteering, also called Amateur Radio Direction
Finding, is a really fun radio-active event, using a map,
compass, and radio direction finding equipment to locate
hidden transmitters in the forest. You do not need an
amateur radio license to be a radio orienteer. At every meet
there is a suitable challenges for both novice and expert.
Where traditional orienteering has specified courses,
Score-O is a free form type of event. A smattering of controls are
set in the field and assigned a point value based on distance and
navigation difficulty. The object of the event is to get the most
number of points in a designated time. Each Score-O is uniquely
designed by the course setter, but many course setters design the event
so that even beginners may win. Points are usually deducted for every minute over
the designated time, so endurance and strategy play an important
The object of
Trail-O is to identify the correct control from a cluster of three or
more controls. The orienteer uses all available information, such as
clue descriptions, map features, terrain observation and the control
arrangement, while viewing the control cluster from a fixed
position. Winners are determined by the number of correct
controls identified, with one or two timed tie-breaker controls.