About Us

Team Basoc

Team Basoc

Last Updated: Mon 26 Nov 2018

BASOC covers the Badenoch & Strathspey area, and is centred on Aviemore. We are a small friendly club that welcomes new members of any age or ability. We have access to some of the best orienteering areas in the UK and use them for weekly training sessions and events through the year.

Our vision

Through the provision of opportunities (training and competition) for people to orienteer locally, BASOC will build interest in the sport in the area. BASOC will support orienteering in Scotland by hosting high quality events attractive to all and by encouraging club members to experience orienteering throughout the country - and beyond.
Why not come and join us?

Our aims

Local Community

BASOC has also worked with the local community in various ways.

We have produced orienteering maps of every primary and secondary school in our area.

A recent project was working with the Laggan Forest Trust to establish a semi-permanent orienteering course based at Wolftrax, near Laggan.

History

BASOC was formed in June 2000 to promote the sport of orienteering in the Badenoch & Strathspey area. The club’s area was enlarged in 2003 when we merged with LOCHOC, the Lochaber club and we now have members in various far-flung parts of the northwest of Scotland.

Where does the Wolf come from?

Scottish history has its fair share of very unpleasant characters. One of the least pleasant of the lot was Alexander Stewart, the 1st Earl of Buchan, more commonly known as the Wolf of Badenoch. The times in which he lived were barbarous, but even by their standards he stood out, and was feared over a considerable distance.

In the 14th century, the Wolf of Badenoch terrorised the Highlands, destroying local towns, cathedrals and abbeys. He mounted his raids from his lair at Lochindorb Castle which is a short drive from Keppernach, the venue for Day 1 of Highland 2015. Today the castle is an atmospheric and dramatic spot in the middle of a small loch up in the hills.