Foot Orienteering information: (jump down to current schedule)

We hold events open to everyone in the Spring and Fall, and try to hold Ski-O or Snowshoe-O events in the Winter if the weather gods cooperate. Summer is too hot and humid and the woods are too thick. However, if club members want to organize an summer evening sprint or street O event or something similar, contact Janet Tryson for ideas.

Registration for Saturday EMPO events is from 10:00 am - noon and Sunday events is from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Entry fees for standard EMPO events are as follows:

  • EMPO members: $5 with a $13 maximum per family (for those with an EMPO family membership)
  • non-members: $10 with a $25 maximum per family
  • large groups: $5/$10 (member/non-member) for the first two groups' maps and $5 for each additional map
  • first-timer or white (orienteering novice) course: $5 (both member and non-member)
  • Fall Scout-O event: $4 per map (one map required per Scout)

  • SI stick rental for timing ("stick"=timing chip; most courses use electronic timing--also called e-punching--from SportIdent): $2
    [You can purchase your own stick, from one of several vendors listed here: Orienteering USA vendors page; or sometimes through from EMPO if any are still for sale.]
Maps (without a course) may be purchased for $5 per copy.

Wondering what all the symbols on the 'clue sheets' (control descriptions) mean? Check out this guide.

Join Empire Orienteering Club!
         Our membership form is found on the Club Information page (and by clicking the link above).

For directions to the park and information about the map, click on the park's name in the schedule below.

To find other orienteering events, check one of the following links (or check out the schedules of other clubs in the region, listed below the schedule):

Find mailing lists that connect communities of orienteers in the U.S. and beyond.

Note: See link at top of page for Winter/Ski-orienteering events

2016 Fall Events
Date /
Registration window for EMPO Events
 Place / Details
 Contact(s) / information
We'd love to hold more events, but need event directors!

Team up and split the work; try something new!

We're always looking for new folks to learn about event directing and course designing! Contact Phil or Frank if you would like to organize something  this fall.

Thank you for attending our Spring meets! Find results for all events here. Watch for Fall events starting up again after Labor Day. To train at any time, visit Grafton Lakes State Park and ask for a permanent course map at the Park Office.

Saturday, Sept 10
10 AM - 12 Noon
EMPO Event
Thacher Park, Voorheesville
Score-O (visit as many checkpoints as you can in the given time; start at any time during the registration window), starting from Hop Field parking area
Phil Hawkes-Teeter
Sept 17-18
U.S. Two-Day Classic Championships
National Meet - "Re-run the Ridge"
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation near Katonah, NY
**Pre-registration required for championship courses**
(late fees in effect after Sept 5)
Recreational Beginner-AdvBeginner-Intermediate courses available each day after 10 AM; register at parking area
Sept 23-25 North American Orienteering Championships
National Meet - Middle / Long / Sprint distance courses
Storrs Pond/Oak HIll, Burnt Mountain, and Dartmouth College campus, all in and around Hanover, New Hampshire
**Preregistration required for championships courses**
(late fees in effect after Sept 2)
Recreational Beginner course (only) available each day
Saturday, Oct 15
10 AM - 12 Noon
EMPO Event
Switzkill Farm (Cole Hill), Berne
In conjunction with Berne Harvest Festival (running concurrently from 10-4)
Driving directions at link above; watch for O signs.
Standard beginner, intermediate, and advanced/experienced courses
 Sue Hawkes-Teeter
Sunday, Oct 30
11 AM - 1 PM

EMPO Event
Peebles Island State Park, Waterford
 Gabor Bobok
Sunday, November 6
10 AM - 1 PM

EMPO Event
Tawasentha Park, Guilderland Scout Orienteering

 Gabor Bobok
Sunday, Nov 13
11 AM - 1 PM
EMPO Event

Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort
 Frank Boscoe

 December (17 or 18)
 Ski orienteering opener [tentative]
 Eric Hamilton

For additional events, try the following area clubs, or check the race schedule on