Orienteering at Rossmoor Bar

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Need some navigation skills for summer outings? Check out an Orienteering meet along the American River Parkway on Saturday, May 12. The meet, sponsored by Gold Country Orienteers (GCO), takes place at Rossmoor Bar in Rancho Cordova. Orienteering is a fun and challenging sport for individuals and families. Using a detailed map, compass and a set of clues, you navigate from point to point to find a series of designated checkpoints. The sport can be done as a competitive race or a leisurely hike and is great for youth groups, hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts, adventure racers and anyone seeking a physical and a mental challenge. Beginning, intermediate and advanced courses will be offered. Beginner instruction will be available. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The courses can be started between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for GCO members and $7 for nonmembers for individuals, plus $2 for each additional member in a group. To get to the park, take Highway 50 to Sunrise and go north. Turn left on Coloma and go to El Manto Drive. Turn right and follow it to the park entrance. From the north, take Sunrise south of the river and turn right on Coloma, taking it to El Manto. The park entry fee is $5. Look for orange-and-white orienteering signs. For more information, visit or contact Norbert at or 916-847-6324.