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Saratoga Library

13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070-5099

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Wednesday10am - 6pm
Thursday10am - 6pm
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Don’t Just Go on a Hike, Go Orienteering!

Orientieering has been around since the 1890s in Sweden and grew from military training in land navigation into a competitive sport for military officers, then for civilians. After World War II it came over to the US and has been growing in popularity ever since.

Think of it as cross country running with a map and a compass. Or if you are not that competitive, as a nice hike with a kind of scavenger hunt, one the whole family can participate in.

If you want to give it a try, check out one of the many events the Bay Are Orienteering Club has scheduled at

And before you go, check out some books from the library to learn more about this:



Outward Bound Map & Compass Handbook (2012)

Randall, Glen




Backpacker Trailside Navigation (2010)

Absolon, Molly


The Natural Navigator (2012)

Gooley, Tristan



Finding your way (2011)

Champion, Neil



For children:


Orienteering (2003)

Boy Scouts of America



~ written by Birgit