Here’s the 2017 Cascade Event Calendar!

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Events will appear over time on our home page throughout the year, but here in one place is our entire year’s listing of Cascade events. Print it, share it, and get your friends involved in these four great event series:

  1. Ultimate Series: The best Washington terrain for navigation events, sometimes with a road trip.
  2. Wednesday Evening Series: Laid back navigation events at local parks, finishing with a barbecue.
  3. Choose Your Adventure Series: Mass start, any order–our most social navigation events.
  4. Winter Orienteering Series: Our biggest events, including the school orienteering league.

Plus the Seattle Adventure Running Tournament in September and the notoriously difficult Bog Slog in December.

See the attached flyer for dates!

Open Position: Cascade Orienteering Part-Time Event Director

Who we are:

If you like being outside and exploring nature, then orienteering is the sport for you. Using just a map, a compass, and keen observation, participants navigate through a course of pre-set checkpoints in a park. Along the way, participants develop better navigational skills, greater leadership confidence, and a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. Orienteering is a family-friendly activity, fun for all ages and for everyone from hikers to competitive runners.

Cascade Orienteering Club is one of the largest orienteering organizations in the country, with 30 events/year and a strong volunteer staff both for planning events and helping to run them once they start. As Cascade Orienteering Club Event Director, you will make three important contributions to successful and enjoyable orienteering events:

  1. Get club equipment (canopies, signs, tables and chairs) reliably to and from each venue.
  2. Help the volunteers get started in their various operational roles, offering role guidance as needed.
  3. Be the central point of contact for any logistical or safety issues that may arise.

Commitment & Payment:

Cascade events run throughout the year and are organized into four series of events, mostly on Saturdays. Each event series has a volunteer series director who plans them, but still needs an event director to perform the above three roles. Stipends are offered by series, at levels reflecting the amount of time and effort required:

  • Wednesday Evening Series (May-Aug): 4 small events, $500
  • Choose Your Adventure Series (Jul-Oct): 6 medium events, $1,000
  • Winter O’ Series + Student League (Nov-Feb): 8-9 Large events, $2,000
  • Ultimate O’ Series: (Mar-Jun): 5 medium events, $1,000

You can choose to direct just one series or combine them for a total of $4,500 for occasional weekend work. We only ask that you let us know in advance and be dedicated to the role for those series where you have committed to event direct. Being an event director requires some preparation the day before, a half or full day (depending upon the event size/location) during the event, and one or two small tasks the next day.

Skills needed:

  • Good driving record, with insurance
  • Attention to detail about what equipment is needed and its condition and proper usage
  • Ability to work with people and provide positive guidance
  • Ability to anticipate and make logistical decisions
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs
  • Access to a computer, a printer, and e-mail

Support offered:

  • Access to a rental van for your repeat use
  • Introductory training about the event director role, including a step-by-step checklist of the actions needed and an event director book covering all the volunteer roles.
  • Access to a series director for coordination, publicity, planning, guidance, and backup as needed
  • Automatic, electronic sign-up of volunteers in most or all of the logistical roles, including event set-up and tear-down.


For upcoming event dates, see our event calendar (with events listed as COC in the far right column). To apply for this part-time position, please contact Cascade Orienteering Club president Bob Forgrave.

2017 Club Jersey Orders!

We’re ordering custom jerseys and jackets now through April 8, 2017, with delivery by June!

We’re keeping our popular and distinctive red and black designs, and this year, we’re using a new supplier, Champion System, which you can explore at They are not an orienteering-specific supplier, but they have a lot of options, including men’s and women’s styles, jackets, singlets, long-sleeves, and budget options (as low as $30 for a club jersey!). We’ve heard good things about them.

To order, please use this ordering form.

If you have any questions or comments, please send to patricknuss at hotmail. Thanks!


Sizing Charts
(Note: most have separate files for men’s and women’s but some have both charts in the same file)

Short Sleeve
Basic Short Sleeve Jerseys, lightweight or standard-weight: Men’s and Women’s
Short Sleeve Jersey, lightest-weight with mesh panels: Men’s and Women’s
Short Sleeve Jersey, with quarter-zip front and zipper back pocket: Men’s and Women’s

Long Sleeve
Basic Long Sleeve Jerseys, lightweight or standard-weight: Men’s and Women’s
Long Sleeve Jersey with mesh back: Men’s & Women’s
(Note: this garment was originally designed for mountain biking, so it fits looser)

Long Sleeve Fleece with quarter-zip: Men’s
(Note: this garment was originally designed for XC skiing, so it fits tighter)

Other Stuff
Singlet: Men’s and Women’s
Running Jacket: Men’s & Women’s



Ultimate Orienteer – Preliminary Schedule 2017

This is the preliminary schedule for Ultimate Orienteer 2017 for those who would like to pencil it into their calendars. There may be changes. Read more here.

Feb 25 – Frenchman Coulee (by Vantage/Quincy), Middle
Feb 26 – Frenchman Coulee, Long
Mar 11 – Luther Burbank, Night-O
Apr 8 – N. Seattle College, Sprint/Relay
May 13 – Lick Creek, Classic
May 14 – Teanaway Forks, Score-O
Jun 17 – Moses Lake, Middle
Jun 18 – Fishtrap, Goat

Print Your Own Cascade Calendar

Here’s an easy way you can help get the word out about Cascade Orienteering events: print and post this letter-size calendar! You can post it at your office, gym, running store, or wherever else event posters are permitted. Click the image below to open a full-resolution image.




Thank you for promoting orienteering!

Choosing a Course at Winter Series


Have you been wanting to try orienteering, but are unsure of where to start? Join us for Winter Series, beginning on November 5th!



Winter Series is great for beginners because the early season visits easier park venues, while the late season ventures into more challenging forests after you’ve had a chance to build up your skills. Plus, there are several course difficulties to choose from: beginner, intermediate, short advanced, and long advanced. Here’s what you should know when choosing a course:

  • A beginner course stays on-trail, and is a good option for a family walking with young children.
  • An intermediate course will mostly stay on trail, with short excursions off-trail, allowing you to practice reading contours and vegetation boundaries. This course is appropriate for a family with older children, teens, and adults. If you are comfortable reading a hiking trail map; start with this course.
  • Both Short and Long Advanced courses are the same difficulty and require the ability to read more subtle map details, such as shallow (less prominent) contour features. Some routes may be completely off-trail, with no on-trail option. If you’ve completed an intermediate course and found it to be easy, then you’re ready to move up to an advanced course (*see “Going Advanced” below).



Are you wondering how long of an adventure you should be ready for? Think of it this way: you can move quickly on pavement, slower on trail, and even slower when off-trail. Then, add even more time for navigating. You can only move as fast as you can navigate! As a new orienteer, you’ll likely need to periodically stop and evaluate the map before continuing on. Or you might make an accidental yet scenic detour, and have some backtracking to do. So consider your trail pace, either hiking or running, then add 50-100% more time to complete an orienteering course.

Also, orienteering courses are measured as the crow flies, which is shorter than the distance that you’ll actually travel. A general rule of thumb is to round the kilometers of a course up to miles, so a 5-km course may actually take you 5 miles to complete.

Very generally, Winter Series courses last between 20 minutes as the fastest time on the beginner course and the maximum time of 150 minutes (2.5 hours) for long courses. Want a narrower estimate? Okay, a new adult may take about an hour to run or 2 hours to walk an intermediate course.



Before signing up for an advanced course, check out the event map description. The challenge of advanced courses is heavily affected by the event venue, which is why we’ve come up with a rating system. For instance, an advanced course at Magnuson Park, which is rated a navigational challenge of 3/10, will be easier than an advanced course at the trickier Fort Steilacoom (navigational challenge rated 5/10) or the more rugged Lord Hill Park (navigational challenge rated 8/10). There is also a physical challenge rating, which primarily relates to the steepness, footing, and vegetation.



Are you still feeling unsure about which course to choose, or want to bump up to a more challenging course? Bring a friend! Groups are welcome, and together you can tackle more challenging navigation.



Still not sure? That’s okay! Contact Rebecca, and she’ll help you pick a course.


See you at Lincoln Park on November 5th!



Annual Meeting!

Join us on Saturday, October 1st at 1:15pm, at the Phinney Community Center, for our annual club meeting!

It’s time to review our past year, celebrate some successes, discuss what would make the next year a blast, and then organize to make it happen. As a Cascade Orienteering Club member, you get a say in what we’re going to do.

If you have not attended the annual meeting before, consider it the annual club celebration. As in other years, it’s a good time to connect with others over free food, learn what’s going on in the club, and find a meaningful part in it moving forward.

This year in particular, we’re focused on connections and ideas, and we’ll be splitting into smaller groups to collect and discuss thoughts about how to top a very good year in many respects. This is our 39th year; what do we want to do before we’re 40?

All members should have received a survey from, to vote for COC Elected Representatives. The e-mail survey saves money on postcard mailing and allows us to splurge on pizza and salad for you instead!

Is located at 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 – Google Map


Welcome to the new website!

This project began by interviewing users of this site from a variety of backgrounds, from newcomer orienteers to long-time veterans. The focus of these interviews was to drill down to what each person’s goals and frustrations were when visiting the current site at the time.

What became clear through these interviews is that it would be a challenge to both answer the many questions newcomers had, while simultaneously serving efficient information to veterans. However, hopefully this site does just that!



Are you visiting the site to register?
There’s a link in the upper right corner that will take you there.

Are you looking for the most recent results, including WinSplits or RouteGadget?
A direct link is posted on the homepage, just beneath the Events section.

Are you on the way to a meet and need to look up directions on your phone?
Tap the directions link in the Events table (either on the home page or Events page) and it’ll open directions in Google Maps for you.



You’ll notice that event pages are longer. Each event page now comes with information to explain some of the details about orienteering that veterans take for granted, such as: why there’s a start window, how courses are measured, and what the heck an e-punch is.

While new explanatory content was added, the content that mosts interests veterans (course notes, course lengths, and schedule) are near the top of the page for quick access.



There’s a lot more to discover on this site, including prominent Newcomers and Skills sections, an introduction to Permanent Courses, an interactive map of the club’s maps, and even a new 1 to 10 rating system for each venue. While there is still some content to fill in here and there, you’ll find that there’s already a lot to explore.

Surveys about your experience on the new site will be sent out in the future, but if you’d like to provide feedback early, or you spot a broken link, feel free to get in touch with me, Rebecca Jensen.



Don’t worry, the old pages are still accessible!

The 2009-2015 site is at:

The 2000-2009 site is at:



Thank you to all that helped in the process. A Very Special thanks to Bob Forgrave for helping make this vision a reality, and for his contributions to the map pages. Thank you to Eric Jones for troubleshooting with me and building some cool code to make the results posting process more streamlined. Thank you to Patrick Nuss for hammering out his Choose  Your Adventure event pages. Thank you to Patrick Nuss, Kate Byers, Julie Cassata, and Kate Byers for participating in photo shoots. Thank you to Peter Golde for fielding my questions and making the site live. Thank you to Gina Nuss for her feedback on results pages. And thanks to all those that I interviewed to get to this point.


Happy exploring!