Follow CascadeOC members at the 2018 North American Orienteering Championships in the Yukon!

The biennial North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) are always the most momentous orienteering event on the calendar, on the whole continent. This year, NAOC is being held in and around Whitehorse, Yukon from August 17-21, and is also being coupled with the subsequent Canadian Orienteering Championships (August 21-24) for a full week of excellent orienteering.

The event is drawing orienteers from all over Canada, the USA, and the world, including Australia, Austria, Belarus, Czechia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. There will also be about 20 CascadeOC members attending! You can follow the proceedings on Twitter, @CascadeOC and @naoc2018.

2018 Choose Your Adventure Series Begins On Saturday!

This year’s Choose Your Adventure Series kicks off this weekend with SummerFEST in Lakewood! Registration for the entire series is now open.

Many popular events are returning again this year: SummerFEST, Corn Maze, and Vampire-O! We’re also adding two campus events, our Back to School event in September and Founder’s Day in October (originally scheduled for Woodland Park, but moved due to conflict). The Founder’s Day event will have a Choose Your Adventure twist of a “dog bones” style course design!

And finally, we’re adding The Bog Slog to the Choose Your Adventure Series this year, since it was often overlooked from a planning standpoint. We’ll offer both styles of race: the point-to-point Bog Slog (long and short advanced), and a standard Choose Your Adventure format (for beginners and intermediates).

Defend the Pig!

This year’s Pig War Challenge (and Western Canadian O’ Champs) event is coming up July 7 and 8 in Vancouver BC. Cascade is the defending champion and WE NEED YOUR HELP to keep this lovely trophy (created by Sherri Brady) in the US. This year’s event will have 3 parts: sprint and middle courses on Saturday and a long course on Sunday. That’s 3 events in one weekend! The middle and long courses will be on a new map just north of Vancouver, in an area that has been called the “best west coast terrain that we have.” Is it? There’s only one way to find out! Get more details.

June 2018 newsletter

Check out the club’s June 2018 newsletter for news about upcoming events at North Seattle College, Jack and Indian Creek, Salmon-la-Sac, and Big Finn Hill; for information about the three COC orienteers named to the US team for the World Orienteering Championships in Latvia; and a route choice feature from last month’s event at Fishtrap Lake!

World Orienteering Day

Help us celebrate World Orienteering Day on Wednesday, May 23, at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley! This will be the first event in this year’s Wednesday Evening Series. Preregistration and volunteer spots are open now; see the event page for further information.

Volunteers needed for Fishtrap this weekend

First, many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help out at this weekend’s 2-day event at Fishtrap Lake. We still need volunteers in several key positions, though, so if you haven’t signed up, please consider  spending an hour or so to help make this event run smoothly.  You’ll also receive volunteer points (which you can use towards meet entry and some o’ gear). We particularly need help with:

  • Saturday: start and registration (all shifts)
  • Sunday: start (2nd shift), registration, and control pickup

If you can’t decide beforehand, you can always fill in on the day. Just ask the meet director what you can do.

May 2018 newsletter

Check out the club’s May 2018 newsletter for news about upcoming events at Fishtrap Lake and Lake Wilderness Park, results from Junior Nationals, information about COC’s plans for World Orienteering Day, and a route choice feature from a past event at Frenchman Coulee!

Fishtrap Classic course notes have been posted

The course notes for the Ultimate Orienteer Fishtrap Classic events are posted. Please read them as they contain lots of useful information.

If you have not yet registered but are thinking about it, please pre-register early if you can. Since this is a far-away event, we need to get the maps printed earlier than usual and your early pre-registration helps us a lot. While you are at the registration site, please consider signing up for a volunteer shift since we still need many more volunteers.

See you at Fishtrap Lake!

COC successes at Junior Nationals

COC sent a huge contingent of 33 athletes to Junior Nationals at Mount Tom in Holyoke, Massachusetts. COC’s Zariah Zosel won first place in the middle school girls category. We also had five second-place individual finishes: Tyra Christopherson for intercollegiate women, Siri Christopherson for high school varsity girls, Zoe Sibthorp for junior varsity girls, Jack Bruneel for junior varsity boys, and Peter Campbell for elementary boys. COC teams finished second and third in the junior varsity club category (pictured above), and the Overlake School finished third in the high school varsity category. Results of the competition are available here.

Wednesday Evening Series!

The time grows near for Cascade’s 2018 Wednesday Evening Series to begin! This year we have a record six (!) events on the schedule, all taking place in and around the Seattle area:

  • May 23 – Lake Wilderness Park;
  • June 6 – North Seattle College;
  • June 27 – Big Finn Hill Park;
  • July 18 – Forest Park;
  • Aug. 15 – Seattle Pacific University;
  • Sept. 5 – South Seattle College.

See the event calendar for more information.