Excellent O’ in Eastern WA June 15/16

Don’t miss the final two events in this year’s Ultimate Orienteer Series! Spend the weekend navigating in some of the finest orienteering terrain in the state. Spokane may seem like a long way to go, but it’s well worth the trip. Get together with friends and carpool!

Saturday, June 15 – Riverside State Park, Spokane. The open pine forests of Riverside are a pleasant change from the thick forests on the west side of the state. This event is organized by our friends in the Eastern Washington O’ Club.

Sunday, June 16 – Fishtrap Lake, Fishtrap. Experience the unique scablands of the Fishtrap Lake area. With relatively few trails, and intricate terrain and rock features, this area is a navigator’s dream.

Tent camping is available Saturday night in the group site at Riverside’s Bowl and Pitcher for just $10 per tent/vehicle. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in this option, contact John Beck (beck@gonzaga.edu).

Teanaway Weekend

Spend the weekend orienteering in the open pine forests of the lovely Teanaway Valley near Cle Elum. Experience the full weekend or pick one day: it’s your choice.

  • Saturday, May 11 – Ultimate Series #6, Long Distance event, Lick Creek: we’ll have 5 courses available, from Beginner to Long Advanced.
  • Sunday, May 12 – Ultimate Series #7, Goat event, Teanaway Forks: we’ll have a Beginner course as well as 3 mass-start courses (Zygoat, Kid, and Goat). A goat race is a unique form of orienteering in which you may skip 1 or 2 controls and NOT be disqualified. You’re also allowed (even encouraged) to follow your fellow orienteers.

There’s free camping nearby (or hotels in Cle Elum), and a Saturday night get-together in Cle Elum.

 

COC Represents at 2019 Junior Nationals

We are back from a fun and exciting weekend of races in Virginia where over 40 Cascade members competed at the 2019 Junior Nationals and the JWOC Team Trials.

Congratulations to Tahoma HS, Kamiak HS and Bethel HS JV Teams and individuals Kyle Hopkins, Peter Campbell, Zoe Sibthorp, Audrey Javadoff, Ben Brady, Siri Christopherson and Kai Mihata for coming home with medals/trophies. Adult COC members with medals included Tori Campbell and Rick Bresemen.

Cascade is also thrilled to have Siri Christopherson and Caroline Sandbo named to the 2019 JWOC team and Kai Mihata and Jessica Colleran both named as first alternates to the team.  All around a wonderful weekend at Quantico.

Where Have All the Orienteers Gone?!

Junior Nationals, of course! Having honed their skills at the Winter League Championships at Camp River Ranch (site of this photo), some 45 Cascaders, most of them juniors, will make their way toward the nation’s capital this weekend to compete in the most important event of the year geared toward the younger age groups.

Junior Nationals will be hosted by the Washington D.C.-based Quantico Orienteering Club and will be held on Marine Corps Base Quantico in Northern Virginia. The event will also double as the team trials for American juniors vying for the privilege of representing the USA at the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) this summer. Best of luck to everyone!

You can read more about the event here, or check out the orienteering map that will be used on Route Gadget here.

Oh, by the way – next year, Junior Nationals will be hosted by Cascade OC!

Next up: Bridle Trails Score-O

Next up in the Ultimate Orienteer Series is a score-o at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland. It’s you against the clock as you collect as many points as possible within your chosen time limit. You choose the controls you visit based on their point value.

Speed through the park in 60 minutes or set a more leisurely pace and take 90 minutes. This is a head-to-head competition: everyone starts at the same time!

Online pre-registration is open until 9pm on Thursday, April 4. We’ll also have registration on the day (cash or check only) but would appreciate pre-registration in order to get an accurate map count. Get more details on the event page.

Ultimate Frenchman Spring weekend

Come join us March 23 and 24 for a two-day event on Peteris Ledins’s brand-new map of Frenchman Spring near Vantage in eastern Washington. Saturday includes the Pig War Challenge, a low-key competition between the USA and our Canadian friends. Citizenship in either country is not a requirement. So come out and run this Middle distance event with courses designed by Ott Toomett. The Sunday event features Long distance courses designed by Peteris.

Saturday Night in Quincy
On Saturday night, please join us at Tijuana Mexican Restaurant in Quincy, where you can order your own food and compare routes with your fellow orienteers. We’ll also be awarding the Pig War trophies. Details are on the event page.

Both days include five courses of different lengths and difficulty levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Short Advanced, Medium Advanced, and Long Advanced). The Ultimate Orienteer classes for competing in the Ultimate Orienteer Series are assigned to the three Advanced courses. You are welcome to sign up for any course but please consider the course closing times and give yourself enough time. All Advanced courses have pre-assigned start times. Please pre-register for these events since that helps us order enough maps and helps to assign the start times. We rely on your help to organize the events so please consider volunteering. For more information on the events, registration, volunteering, travel information, weather, lodging, etc, see the event pages for Saturday and Sunday.

Night-O this Saturday!

The Ultimate Orienteer Series is quickly approaching and the first event of the season is already this Saturday. As freezing rain and snow is falling again, it is hard to believe that the forecast actually is promising for this weekend. Join us for the first Ultimate event on Saturday evening at Lynndale Park, with exciting courses set by Will Enger. More info and to register, go here.

Don’t Miss Junior Nationals in Quantico, VA April 13-14

QOC invites everyone to come out and experience the excitement of orienteering at a National Championship event held in some the finest orienteering terrain in the Mid-Atlantic region. Come see US junior orienteers compete for both interscholastic and intercollegiate team and individual titles and for the right to represent the United States in the 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships, while testing yourself in the same terrain.  COC would like to encourage everyone who can make the trip to participate in this exciting event.  It’s a great learning experience for any orienteer.  Juniors- remember any student can participate, regardless of how you finished in WIOL!  COC had 40 kids in MA last year. Let’s represent well again!!  To learn more click here.

Relay, Relay, Relay! Join the Fun February 24!

Register Now! Don’t miss the fun! The 3rd annual 3-person relay, an exciting ending to the winter season, is being held Feb. 24th at Seattle Pacific University. There are two classes: Open and Junior. The only restriction to forming a team is that all members of a Junior team have to be 20 years or younger. This year, all three legs will be about equal in distance and difficulty, all about 2 km in distance (point to point), have about 20 controls on each leg, and all legs have forking. And to make it even better, it’s only $2 when you pre-register!  Learn more and register here.