Winter Series / School League (WIOL) 2017-18 Calendar!

While summer has just begun, we’re already thinking about the upcoming Winter season! The 2017-18 dates and locations have been set:

– November 4 @ Magnuson Park, Seattle
– November 18 @ North SeaTac Park, Seattle
– December 2 @ St. Edward State Park, Kenmore
– December 16 @ Bridle Trails State Park, Kirkland
– January 6 @ Putney Woods, Whidbey Island
– January 20 @ Lincoln Tree Farm, Spanaway
– February 3 @ Green River College, Auburn
– February 17 @ Fire Mountain, Mt. Vernon
– February 18, extra relay @ TBD

Make Orienteering a Vacation!

Orienteering flag in Idaho

Three northwest orienteering clubs have joined together to put on 9 events in 9 days, for one memorable orienteering road trip for those who complete it all! The northwest tour begins in Central Washington with events by CascadeOC on June 17 and 18, travels through Sprague and eastward to Spokane for events by Eastern Washington Orienteering Club June 19-21, then finishes in Idaho with events on June 23-25 by City of Trees Orienteering Club, which include the US Orienteering Championships! Whew! Together, these events create the Pacific Northwest Orienteering Festival, and an amazing orienteering vacation.

Sat, June 17 – Middle @ Moses Lake Sand Dunes in Moses Lake, WA – CascadeOC

Sun, June 18 – Goat @ Fishtrap Lake in Sprague, WA – EWOC

EWOC events information
Mon, June 19 – Sprint #1 @ Riverside State Park in Spokane, WA – EWOC

Mon, June 19 – Sprint #1 @ Riverside State Park in Spokane, WA – EWOC

Tue, June 20 – Classic @ Riverside State Park in Spokane, WA – EWOC

Wed, June 21 – Score-O @ Liberty Lake Regional Park in Spokane, WA – EWOC

Thu, June 22 – a day off!

CTOC events information
Fri, June 23 – Sprint @ Boise State University in Boise, ID – CTOC

Sat, June 24 – Long @ Trap Creek in Stanley, ID – CTOC

Sun, June 25 – Middle @ Dutch Lake in Stanley, ID – CTOC


Featured image from CTOC

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