Member Training - Accuracy in Control Descriptions
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Member Training - Accuracy in Control Descriptions

Saturday, March 30

Starts 10:00-10:30am, course closes at noon


CROC advanced trainings are held monthly with no cost for members. These workshops are either to improve individual orienteer skills on a course, or to improve the club’s ability to provide quality courses. This training gives you practice in accurately reading control descriptions.

Accuracy in Control Descriptions gives you several opportunities to pinpoint which object in the field matches the control description symbol, while running each leg. Here are the details:

The map has control descriptions at the side of the map; and you can carry loose control description sheets. In each control circle, there will be two controls `flags'. The `flags' will be blue masking tape (so you really have to get *to* the feature, not just see the control from miles away).When you arrive in the control circle, you have to pick *the correct* control flag - turn the piece of tape over to find out (there will be a check mark or an 'x' for correct and incorrect, respectively).

Advanced training: identify the feature and all descriptors for the incorrect control flag. You can either write these down as you go, or if you'd prefer to keep better flow, try to remember all at the end. You can then compare against my 'solutions' which will be at the finish.

Location: Reed College campus in southeast Portland. For the exact meeting location and to reserve a map, contact Ali Crocker by March 27, 2019.

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Lacamas Lake Park
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Lacamas Lake Park

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WELCOME TO THE LACAMAS LAKE ORIENTEERING MEET! This is the first classic orienteering event for 2019 AND the first event in our CROC 2019 classic Series.

Quick info:

Date: Sat. April 6 (10 am to 3 pm)

Location: Lacamas Lake Park near Camas, WA

Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels

Pre-registration available

Meet Director: Virginia Church

Event Overview

Lacamas Park is a large wooded area near Camas, WA. The park is hilly, with a complex network of canyons and spurs. Cliffs and rock outcrops are abundant. There is an extensive trail network. Open rocky areas showcase wildflowers; however most of the vegetation is lush, and trail running skills will come in handy. Four courses will be offered—see description below. Note that there is poison oak in the park. Long pants and/or gaiters are recommended for the advanced courses.

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

Times

Intermediate skills workshop 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

Beginner clinics 10:30 am and 11 am

Course starts anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

All courses close at 3:00 pm (Courses will be picked up)

ALL TEAMS MUST CHECK OUT through the course finish before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Match the Map to the Terrain: Three Tricks   

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who have done a course and want to improve their navigation skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. We’ll finish by 11 so you can apply your new skills to a course at Lacamas Lake.

Match the Map to the Terrain: Three Tricks:

After reviewing what map symbol corresponds to what land feature, we’ll walk a route to “collect features” for navigation. Everyone will get a chance to practice three map techniques that orienteers use in the field.

Meet at 10:00 a.m. by the registration area.

Courses

White:  Beginner (about 2 Km, 10 controls, easy, on-trail navigation)

Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3 Km, 12 controls, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 Km, 10 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)

Green:  Advanced (about 6 Km, 12 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

• $7 - individual (base rate)

• +$5 - any additional persons in your group

• +$5 - not an orienteering club member

• +$5 - e-punch rental

• Scout or youth groups - $12 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own e-punch

There is no entry charge for using the park.

VOLUNTEERS

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

• No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

• You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, and checking folks in at registration.
 Please contact the meet director at the email address on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer page.

 

Contact

Meet director: Virginia Church

 

Location and driving directions

The park area is north of Camas, WA; east of Washington SR 500/SE Everett Rd. PLEASE APRK IN THE OVERFLOW PARKING LOT. Drive over the bridge between Round Lake and Lacamas Lake and turn right on 35th Ave, then left into the gravel parking lot. Event area is at one of the picnic tables in Lacamas Park (walk south across the pedestrian bridge). See map below.

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event: 45.6055, -122.4058

Copy/paste these latitude longitude coordinates into Google maps or your smartphone mapping app to get a map and driving directions to the event.

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Scout-O at McIver State Park
Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Scout-O at McIver State Park

Quick info:

  • Date: Sat. April 27 (always the Saturday after Easter)

  • Location: McIver State Park, near Estacada OR

  • Courses: Four different point to point courses for all skill levels

  • RSVP: Let us know you’re coming, and get a discount

  • Meet Director: John Godino

Times

  • Day of event check in and registration: 10:30 am - 12:45 pm.

  • Instruction clinics: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed

  • Course starts: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Courses close: 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Event overview

  • Scout orienteering is always held on the Saturday following Easter.

  • It alternates every year between Champoeg and McIver State Parks.

  • This event is open to everyone: scout / youth groups AND the general public / adults.

Cub Scouts, Boy and Girl Scouts (and other kid-oriented groups) of all ages and skills are invited to participate! Come and enjoy a day of fun and friendly orienteering practice and competition. This event gives scouts a chance to improve their outdoor skills and navigate the beautiful trails of this park.

The orienteering courses consist of a series of flags ("controls") set up in around the park. Scouts will participate in pairs or in small groups, scouts navigate to each control in order and return to the finish area. Instruction clinics will be provided to help Scouts interested in passing off requirements for the Orienteering merit badge or interest project. Scouts attending the Scout-O will be grouped according to rank and will navigate courses matched to their skill level.

Note that overnight camping is offered at this park.

 

Preparation

Have your scouts read our "New to O" webpage, and watch the short kid-made Youtube video on the basics of orienteering, also on this page. Doing so will give kids and leaders an idea what to expect the day of the event and make your day go more smoothly.

 

Courses

The Scout-O will offer four levels of orienteering courses, with the intention that Scouts will compete with other Scouts of the same rank. Please read the following course descriptions carefully and be sure your Scouts are registered for appropriate courses.

Note:  The beginner course is noncompetitive and for learning the basics only. 

 - Beginner (about 8 controls, about 2 km, all on trails/roads)
The Beginner course is a non-competitive course designed to introduce Cub Scouts, Webelos, Brownies, Juniors, and Explorers to orienteering. Scouts will participate in small teams of two to four. Each group must be accompanied by an adult, who should follow his/her group, not lead it.

 - Beginner/Intermediate (about 11 controls, about 3.5 km, mostly on trail, some route choices)
The Beginner/Intermediate course is intended for pairs of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Boy Scouts; Girl Scout advanced Juniors and Cadettes; and American Heritage Girl Explorers and Pioneers. It is recommended that an adult trail the pair, but NOT communicate with the Scouts except in the case of an emergency.

 - Intermediate (about 12 controls, about 4 km, mostly off trail)
The Intermediate course is intended for pairs of Star, Life and Eagle Boy Scouts; Girl Scout advanced Cadettes, Ambassadors and Seniors; and American Heritage Girl Patriots. No adults are allowed to accompany teams on this course.

 - Advanced (about 20 controls, about 6 km, mostly off trail)
The Advanced course is for individual entrants only - no pairs. It is limited to Scouts (including Explorers and Adult Scouters) with a fair amount of previous orienteering experience.

How long will it take?
That really depends on the kids. Some race through their courses in less than 1 hour, others take their time and stay out 2 to 2-1/2 hours. This is true of all the courses.

What merit badge requirements can be completed through this event?
Scouts should be able to pass off requirement 1a for 2nd Class (explain map and compass - the course is not long enough to pass off 1b, but you could probably make it so if you go back and forth along the course enough times), and requirement 2 for 1st Class (including the height measurement, although it is not really part of a standard orienteering course).

Scouts can also pass off requirements 2, 3a, 4, 6 and 7a for the merit badge. If the scouts intend to pass off these requirements, it will work best if they come ready to show/explain/identify; there are so many groups coming through there isn't enough time to properly explain everything and then test each scout. It will also help give them a better experience if they have already reviewed the merit badge workbook before coming.  The workbook is online here.

 

Example map from previous event

 

Costs

Cost = $10 per team if you RSVP before 1:00 pm on Friday April 26. $20 per team after that.

If you RSVP, every scout will get their own map. (Orienteering is a lot more fun if everyone has a map in their hand.)

A team is between 2 and usually no more than 4 kids. (If you have more than four people on the team, typically one person is doing most of the leading and decision making and the others are along for the ride, which does not really teach navigation skills.)

Note that payment, registration, and waiver forms must be filled out the day of the event.

These fees do not include any extra daily use fee charged by the park. You must pay these separately. Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use. 12 and 24 month passes are available.

Results

Results will be posted on the Events & Results page a few days after the event.


Map and Directions

45.3095, -122.3779

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event site. Copy and paste these into a mapping app on your phone or Google maps to get a map and driving directions to this location.

  1. From Portland City Center, go to Clackamas on I-205.

  2. Take Hwy 224 east to Estacada.

  3. At the east end of town, take a right onto Hwy 221, Woodburn-Estacada Hwy.  (This will be a bridge over the Clackamas River.)

  4. In 1 mile, turn right onto S Hayden Road.

  5. In 1.2 miles, turn right onto S Springwater Road.

  6. In 0.7 miles turn right onto S Entrance Road to the park.NOTE: There is a self-registration station at the park entrance where you can pay the per-vehicle daily use fee. ($5)

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Hamilton Island
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Hamilton Island

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Event overview

Hamilton Island (approx 35 miles east of Portland ) lies along the Washington shoreline of the Columbia River, upstream of Beacon Rock, and downstream of Bonneville Dam near Cascade Locks. Hamilton Island used to be an island; however, it is now a peninsula. In the 1970s the upper part of "Hamilton Slough", bordering the northeast side of Hamilton Island, was filled in with debris from the construction of Bonneville's North Powerhouse. The lower part of Hamilton Slough became part of Hamilton Creek, which borders the west and northwest side of Hamilton Island. On the southeast and south is the Columbia River.

The terrain is mostly wide open with scattered copses, and you can run. There is one large low hill to go around or climb multiple times!!! There are marshy areas, some thickets, and shorelines. You can enjoy beautiful river gorge views.

 

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed

  • Intermediate Workshop: 10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m.  (details below)

  • Course starts between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • All courses close: 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Intermediate skills workshop - Description tba

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to do your course of choice.

 

Courses

  • White (beginner): about 2.5 Km, 11 controls, simple navigation, one easy climb,  on-trail and near-trail navigation

  • Yellow (advanced beginner: about 3.7 Km, 13 controls, some hill climbing,  on-trail and near-trail navigation

  • Orange (intermediate): about 4.9 Km, 14 controls, route choices, moderate climbs, many off- trail controls

  • Green (advanced): about 7.0 Km, 17 controls, some long legs, complicated route choices, opportunities to run, elevation gain and mostly off-trail navigation)

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses. Each participant or team receives a course map and a control description sheet. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course. Learn more about e-punch here.

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual (base rate)

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $12 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

There is no entry charge for using the park.

 

Maps

See a map of a previous event here.

 

Volunteers

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email address on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.

 

Results

Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.

 

Contact

Meet director Jill and Rick McBee

 

Driving directions and map to event 

Note the event site this year is in North Bonneville, not at the 2017 location. Note also there will NOT be a CROC sign on Hwy 14, as the locals like to (ahem) remove them. 

Latitude longitude coordinates of event:  45.6338, -121.9790

Click for a Google map, or copy/paste these latitude longitude coordinates into Google maps or your smartphone mapping app to get a map and driving directions to the event.

Driving directions from Portland:

  • Exit I 84 at Cascade Locks

  • Cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington (Toll $2)

  • Turn left (west) onto Hwy 14 and go approx. 4 miles

  • Turn left onto Bonneville Road – signposted North Bonneville, turn at the Chevron gas station.

  • Immediately turn right onto W Cascade Drive and go approx 1/2 mile through North Bonneville village. Follow the signs to "ball field"

  • Turn left onto Portage Drive and go about 1/4 mile farther. Park in the baseball field parking lot.

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CROC Board Meeting
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board Meeting

CROC holds quarterly board meetings at which may be attended by all members.

Meeting dates are generally scheduled for: first Monday of December, March and June, and the second Monday of September, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The meeting location may vary.

Please go to About > Contact and email us to find out where the next meeting will be, and to confirm the actual date.

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Willamette Mission State Park
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Willamette Mission State Park

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Event Overview

Willamette Mission Park is a 1,680-acre state park with many miles of trails winding along the Willamette River, backwater sloughs, and agricultural fields. The park is very accessible, yet large enough to give participants a feeling of "getting out there." There is a nice mix of paved paths, open farm fields, and wooded "thickets" to explore. The terrain is flat and looks open, but most of the orienteering route choices will include trails due to blackberry thickets or other dense vegetation or cultivated land which may or may not be planted. The advanced course will be designed with the challenge of multiple route choices for most legs, and will be a little longer than typical due to the flat terrain.

Due to enthusiastic stinging nettles in parts of the course, wearing long pants or running tights is highly recommended.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop (Topic TBA)

Intermediate workshops are for people who want to improve their navigation skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. We’ll finish by 11:00 so you can apply your new skills to a course of your choice.

TIMES

  • Intermediate skills workshop 10:00 am - 10:45 am

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner clinics 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed

  • Intermediate workshop: Contours - 10:00 to 10:45 am

  • Course starts anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • All courses close at 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

COURSES

  • White:  Beginner (about 2 Km, 10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3 Km, 12 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 Km, 12 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)

  • Green:  Advanced (about 5 to 6 Km, 14 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)


 VOLUNTEERS

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice 

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.

 

RESULTS

Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

(CROC event fees do not include any extra day use fees charged by the park. You must pay these separately. Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass.)

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual (base rate)

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $12 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

There is a day use charge for using the park.

CONTACT

Meet Director: TBA

Location and driving directions

The park area is about 10 miles north of Salem Oregon on the Willamette River.

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event: 45.0797, -123.0307

Click the coordinates for a Google map, or copy and paste these coordinates into Google maps or your smartphone mapping app to get a map and driving directions to the event.

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Champoeg State Park
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Champoeg State Park

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Event Overview

Champoeg State Park is large and mostly flat. An interesting variety of terrain should make for some fun orienteering!

Due to enthusiastic stinging nettles in parts of the course, wearing long pants or running tights is highly recommended.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop (Topic TBA)

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to do your course of choice.

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner clinics 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed

  • Intermediate workshop: 10:00 am to 10:45ish

  • Course starts for individuals and teams anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • All courses close at 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Courses

  • White:  Beginner (about 2 Km, 8-10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3 Km, 10-12 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 Km, 12-14 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)

  • Green:  Advanced (about 5 to 6 Km, 15-20 controls, mostly off trail navigation)

Each participant or team receives a course map and a control description sheet.

 

Volunteers

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are:  helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.

 

Results

Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.

 

Registration and other costs

(CROC event fees do not include any extra day use fees charged by the park. You must pay these separately. Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass.)

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual (base rate)

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $12 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Contact

Meet director: TBA

 

Driving directions and location

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event: 45.2482, -122.8940

Click these coordinates for a Google map link, or copy/paste these coordinates into Google maps or your smartphone mapping app to get a map and driving directions to the event.

  1. From Interstate 5, take the Donald exit (Exit 278).

  2. Follow the signs to Champoeg Park: Drive west on Ehlen Road. Go about 3.6 miles.

  3. Turn right on Case Road. Go about 1.4 miles.

  4. Turn left on Champoeg Road. Go about 0.9 miles.

  5. Turn right into the park at the entrance. Follow the orienteering signs to the event start area.

Click the coordinates for a Google map, or copy and paste these latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) into Google maps or your smart phone to get a map and driving directions to the event.

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Deschutes Daze 2019
Aug
31
to Sep 4

Deschutes Daze 2019

CROC returns to Central Oregon for a 5 day pyr-O-clastic adventure over Labor Day

At a Glance

  • 6 events in 5 days

  • Barebones:

    Advanced Courses only - this is for experienced Orienteers and Adventure Racers

    Flexible start windows without assigned start times

    Focus is on excellent maps and courses

    2-3 different course lengths offered on most days

  • SPORTident epunch chip timing

  • Results and splits posted same day ← New this year!

  • All in the beautiful Bend, Oregon area

This is the weekend before the British Columbia Orienteering Championships (Sept 7-8) in Kimberly/Cranbrook so come visit the Pacific NW and have a solid week of orienteering!


Registration Information

Registration Opens in March

Registration links will be added -> HERE! <- when registration opens. Registration the old fashioned way is also available by contacting the Registrar (see below).

The registration menu will include

  • Event fees: per day or all-days

  • Optional Sunday evening banquet dinner

  • Optional camping at the group site

  • Arrangement for carpools in high clearance vehicles for the Dutchman Flat - Upper event on Monday September 2

  • Waiver form

Registration is Limited

Our Forest Service permit limits participation Saturday through Monday. Please register early to ensure your spot at Deschutes Daze 2019

Prices

Pricing is being finalized and will be posted soon

  • Single Event Day:

  • All Events:

  • Banquet Dinner:

  • Camping per night:

Does your group include juniors (under age 18)? Please contact the registrar using the contact form below for special pricing.


Events


All event information in this table is subject to change. Please refer to your event packet for detailed information such as start window and driving directions.

All events except Tuesday require advanced orienteering or map and compass navigation skills. Please be aware of the safety bearing as most venues border on vast undeveloped forest land.

Juniors (under age 18) may run solo with the approval of the event director.

Date Venue Event Notes
Saturday August 31 Dutchman Flat - Lower Classic
Sunday September 1 Lava Butte Dogbone
Monday September 2 Dutchman Flat - Upper Classic Carpool in high clearance vehicle required
Tuesday September 3 AM Central Oregon Community College Short Updated Map
Tuesday September 3 PM Shevlin Park Short New Venue
Wednesday September 4 Crooked River National Grassland Score-O New Map

Accommodations

Group Camping

We have reserved a group campsite at Tumalo State Park, lat long coordinates: 44.1284, -121.3315. (Copy/paste these into Google maps or mapping app to get driving directions.) Camping is limited at this group campground and may be reserved via the registration links above.

Lodging

There are numerous motel/condo/B & B options in Bend. Up in the mountains, there are several walk-in, low-cost, high-scenery, Forest Service campgrounds located on Century Drive east of Bend (near the Dutchman Flat events). These are first-come, first-served, not reservable. Elk Lake Resort on Century Drive has economical camping sites and camping cabins which you can reserve. Camping is allowed in the national forests.

Social and Other Activities

Sunday September 1 - Banquet Dinner

Sign up via the registration links above

Tuesday September 3 - No Host Lunch

Join us at the food carts between the two short events on this day. Details coming . . .

Bend!

Between events, you can enjoy the outdoor playground of central Oregon. Must-see near Bend is the High Desert Museum and Lava Butte's trails though the flows. Explore great mountain biking and hiking trails in or near the Three Sisters wilderness or high desert. Rock climb at world-class Smith Rock, 30 minutes north of Bend. Cool off at some nearby back-country lakes, raft the Deschutes River, or head 2.5 hours south to Crater Lake National Park.

The City of Bend offers a wide range of accommodations, great restaurants, and 22 craft breweries!


The Deschutes Daze 2019 Team

Mike (Tox) Poulsen (course designer), Robert Barton (planner), Pat Gottsacker (registrar), Theo Dreher (course designer), Alison Crocker (course designer), Abra McNair (planner), Brian Hauck (course designer), Jill McBee (course designer), Rick McBee (course designer), Vanessa Blake (event packet), Debby Wenzel (camp host), Ken Wenzel (camp host), Marty Lawrence (planner), Andy Wiselogle (course designer), Virginia Church (lead mapper), Alexander Myachin (results) Mike (Electro) Bruns (chairperson)


Contact

Please use this contact form to reach any member of the Deschutes Daze 2019 team

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CROC Board Meeting
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board Meeting

CROC holds quarterly board meetings at which may be attended by all members.

Meeting dates are generally scheduled for: first Monday of December, March and June, and the second Monday of September, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The meeting location may vary.

Please go to About > Contact and email us to find out where the next meeting will be, and to confirm the actual date.

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Catherine Creek
Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

Catherine Creek

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This meet counts in CROC's 2019 Classic Series. Watch for current standings and information about the series.


EVENT OVERVIEW

Catherine Creek offers up incomparable Columbia Gorge scenery. The terrain is open and the features are varied and intricate, adding up to some fun orienteering at all levels. Most of the advanced courses are off-trail.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know..

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

Intermediate Skills Workshop - TBA

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to do your course of choice

COURSES

  • White: Beginner (1.1 km) on-trail navigation. Shorter than usual to compensate for steepness. Great views!

  • Yellow: Beginner/ Intermediate (2.4 km) on trails and other linear features.

  • Orange: Intermediate (4.5 km) mostly off-trail navigation. 200 meters of climb, 12 controls.

  • Green: Advanced (5.7 km) off-trail navigation. 275 meters of climb, 13 controls.


REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual (base rate)

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $12 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Get Involved pages.

 

RESULTS

The team time will be posted to the Events & Results page a few days after the event.


CONTACT:

Meet director: Virginia Church

45.7105, -121.3620

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event location. Copy paste these into Google maps or a smartphone mapping app to get a map and directions to the event.

Directions and map

From Portland, go east on I-84 to Hood River. Cross the bridge to the Washington side, and turn right on WA 14.

Go about 5.8 miles, and then turn left on old Highway 8. Drive about 1.5 more miles and look for the orienteering signs by the parking area. NOTE: there are no services near the event. Bingen is the nearest town.

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CROC Board Meeting
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board Meeting

CROC holds quarterly board meetings at which may be attended by all members.

Meeting dates are generally scheduled for: first Monday of December, March and June, and the second Monday of September, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The meeting location may vary.

Please go to About > Contact and email us to find out where the next meeting will be, and to confirm the actual date.

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Member Training - Flow and Memory Practice
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Member Training - Flow and Memory Practice

CROC advanced trainings are held monthly with no cost for members. These workshops are either to improve individual orienteer skills on a course, or to improve the club’s ability to provide quality courses. This training will help participants in foot orienteering.

  • Flow and Memory Practice

  • March 16, 2019

  • 10am to noon

  • Woodlawn Park in NE Portland

This training will use short courses to help reduce the time spent making decisions at each control, and to get better at moving smoothly from control to control. The courses can also be used as memory practice, to reduce the amount of time spent looking at the map.

You can start between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., with the practice closing at noon.

Please RSVP before March 13 to Dan Grabski to get the exact location and to reserve a map.


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Champoeg State Park Night-O
Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

Champoeg State Park Night-O

  • 8239 Champoeg Road Northeast, St Paul Or 97137 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

QUICK INFO

  • Night orienteering at Champoeg State Park

  • Registration opens at 5:00. Mass start 6:30 pm sharp. You have 60 or 90 minutes to find as many checkpoints as you can in any order

  • Beginner friendly course, with more controls near the start area than in previous years

  • Event Directors - Julie Pohl and David Rogers

  • New for 2019 - RSVP in advance to guarantee a map for everyone on your team for no extra cost, click the button below (opens a Google form in a new browser tab)

RSVP, WHAT’S THIS?

New for 2019, we’re asking participants to fill out an OPTIONAL short RSVP form to let us know you’re coming. Doing this helps the event director know how many maps to print and streamlines event day registration. If you fill out this short form, everyone on your team will get a map, which makes things a lot more fun! Deadline for form submission is 12 noon the day prior to the event.

If you did not fill out this form, or decide at the last minute to come, no problem! You are welcome to attend the event; just don’t expect a map for everyone on your team.


Event Overview

CROC returns to Champoeg State Park for another night orienteering event. Plan on both fine map reading with a dense area of trails, and some longer runs through the wide-open spaces of this large park. Expect to get a bit muddy, and enjoy the extra challenge of wayfinding at night. Long pants or running tights are highly recommended.

You will receive a map when you register, so you have some advance time to plan your route.

Please bring: 1) a quality flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries, 2) a watch, 3) clothing appropriate for the weather (and maybe a change of clothes for the drive home).

Beginners are welcome at this and all CROC events. We'll have free beginner clinics as needed prior to the start.

The event start and finish is at the RV group camp area, on the east side of the park. Look for signs directing you to the start area when you enter 

Times

  • Registration 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

  • Beginner clinics 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm as needed

  • Mass start 6:30 pm sharp

  • Course closes 7:30 pm for 60 minute runners, 8:00 for 90 minute runners. (Volunteers appreciated for control flag pickup afterwards, hint hint, see more below.)

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

If you register for the 60 minute event and arrive at the finish after 60 minutes, you will automatically be moved to the 90 minute category.

 

Course:

This event will be in score-O format. Teams have 60 or 90 minutes to find as many controls as possible, in any order.  Points are deducted for arriving at the finish after 90 minutes, so don't be late!  Electronic scoring will be used. More on electronic scoring

 

Example map from a previous event

See a map of a previous event here. (Opens Google Drive in a new browser tab)

 

Volunteers

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands.

Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can still run your course of choice and help out

Typical ways to assist are:  helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.

Please contact the meet director via the email link at the top of this page if you'd like to help out with this event.

For more details, see the volunteer pages.

 

Results

Results are posted to our Events and Results page a few days after the event.

 

Registration and other costs

The event is open to the public.

There is a $5 day use fee for all Oregon state parks. Please pay this at the pay station when you enter the park. This is in addition to the CROC event fee. (You can get a one-year Oregon State Park pass for $30, or a two year pass for $50, both valid at this event.)

Note: If you join CROC at this event as a new member ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. (Note that this offer is for NEW members only, not existing members reinstating their membership.)

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual (base rate)

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - non-orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • youth groups / scout groups: $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Directions and Map to event

45.2484, -122.8942

Latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) of the event. Copy/paste these into a smart phone mapping app or Google maps to get a map and driving directions.

From Portland:

  1. From Interstate 5, take the Donald exit (Exit 278).

  2. Follow the signs to Champoeg Park: Drive west on Ehlen Road. Go about 3.6 miles.

  3. Turn right on Case Road. Go about 1.4 miles.

  4. Turn left on Champoeg Road. Go about 0.9 miles.

  5. Turn right into the park at the entrance. Follow the orienteering signs to the event start area.

NOTE: There is a self-registration station at the park entrance where you can pay the per-vehicle daily use fee. ($5

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Member Training - The Computer Side of Map Making, Part 2
Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Member Training - The Computer Side of Map Making, Part 2

CROC advanced trainings are held monthly with no cost for members. These workshops are either to improve individual orienteer skills on a course, or to improve the club’s ability to provide quality courses. The February workshop will train participants in map-making skills.

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This indoor workshop will be done using computers and some prepared materials. We’ll start with a review of geo-referencing and bringing in background images to draw over (this will be new if you didn’t come to the December workshop).

The main focus of the workshop will be becoming familiar with OCAD menu options, tools, and symbols. Considerable detail can be added to maps using freely available resources. Using these resources for background images, we’ll look at choosing the correct symbols and best drawing tools to get the most accurate representation of what users will see in the terrain.

Bring a Windows laptop if you have one. We will use some prepared materials you can download to your computer for use during the workshop. If you would like to just observe, that’s OK too, and/or we can share computers.

We’ll meet at Taborspace in Southeast Portland, which offers good table space and wi-fi connection. (Not much internet activity will be needed, however.) More directions to the location will be given when you indicate you plan to come. Workshop time is 10 AM until noon.

PLEASE RSVP ahead of time if you plan to come so you can get the materials needed for the class ahead of time. OCAD software is available if you need it.

Questions and RSVP: Virginia Church

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Ski-Orienteering, Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Ski-Orienteering, Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center

This event will be cancelled if driving conditions are determined to be unsafe by the event organizer. A decision on this will be made in the evening the day before the event. Please check this page Sunday morning to be sure that it is still on.


If the snowpack cooperates, we will have a regular ski-orienteering event at Mt. Hood Meadows in February, prior to the end-of-season event at the end of March. The course will be about 5 km, including new terrain and trails. For this year only, come and take advantage of the new clearcut area that will be a parking lot next year.

New for 2019 - RSVP in advance to guarantee a map for everyone on your team for no extra cost, click the button below (opens a Google form in a new browser tab)

RSVP, What’s this?

New for 2019, we’re asking participants to fill out a short RSVP form to let us know you’re coming. Doing this helps the event director know how many maps to print and streamlines event day registration. If you fill out this short form, everyone on your team will get a map, which makes things a lot more fun! Deadline for form submission is 12 noon the day prior to the event.


Registration opens at 10 am. Starts are from 11 am to noon. 

 We plan to include electronic timing so participants can compare split times between controls. 

In addition to the orienteering event cost, there is a $21 trail fee, and a sno-park permit is required. Rental equipment is available at the Nordic Center.

 A sno-park permit is required. Rental equipment is available at the Nordic Center. Mt. Hood Meadows is located across from the Teacup Lake sno-park, on Hwy 35, eight miles east of the Hwy 26 split. This is the lower, eastern, Hood River Meadows lot. Park on the far right end.

http://www.skihood.com/The-Mountain/Nordic-Center

 

Contact

Meet director:  Mike Poulsen - mike.poulsen at comcast.net - 503-639-3532\



Location

45.3253, -121.6345 - latitude longitude coordinates in (decimal degree format) of event site. Copy paste into Google for a mapping app to get a map and driving directions.

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Member training - Scatter-O
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Member training - Scatter-O

  • Saturday, Jan 26, 2019

  • 10:00-noon, mass start 10:05 sharp

  • Pier Park in North Portland

Description

The CROC member training series offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others.  Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events. 

Scatter-O gives you several times to practice making quick decisions about what direction to go. In addition, half the navigation is easy-peasy, so you can practice running in the woods. Course distances are roughly 3.5 to 6.2 k. This can be done individually or in pairs.

There’s a mass start at 10:05, so arrive on time and ready to go.

Register by January 23 to find the exact meeting location and to reserve a map set by emailing training coordinator Anndy.

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Multnomah Village Urban Night-O
Jan
19
5:30 PM17:30

Multnomah Village Urban Night-O

Quick info

  • Night urban orienteering in Multnomah Village, SW Portland

  • Start and finish at Lucky Lab pub

  • Registration starts 5:30. Mass start 6:30 pm sharp, 60 or 90 minutes to find as many checkpoints as you can

  • Beginners, families and dogs welcome! (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)

  • New for 2019 - RSVP in advance to guarantee a map for everyone on your team for no extra cost, click the button below (opens a Google form in a new browser tab)

 
 

RSVP, what’s this?

New for 2019, we’re asking participants to fill out a short RSVP form to let us know you’re coming. Doing this helps the event director know how many maps to print and streamlines event day registration. If you fill out this short form, everyone on your team will get a map, which makes things a lot more fun! Deadline for form submission is 12 noon the day prior to the event.

Event Times

  • Day of event registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Early registration between 5:30 and 6:00 is appreciated! Come early to register get your map, plan your route, maybe have a beverage.

  • Mass start: 6:30 p.m.

  • Courses close: 7:30 pm (60 minute event) or 8 pm (90 minute event)

 

Event overview

Come out to the Lucky Labrador Public House in Multnomah Village for CROC's annual Urban Night-O! Run or stroll the back streets, alleys, and trails of this SW Portland neighborhood on a night-time urban scavenger hunt. Both individuals and teams are welcome at this event. We have the upstairs of the pub reserved. (Note: children are permitted in the pub until 10 pm)

Unlike traditional orienteering courses where you find orange and white flags set the day of the event, this course uses permanent objects such as fire hydrants, house numbers, and signs.  At each of about 30 "check points" marked on your map, you'll have a related multiple choice question, such as:  "What's the animal painted on the side of the garage?  a) elephant b) walrus c) panda".  Answer the question, and move on to the next control.  (Oh, we should mention that the map doesn’t have street names, so that adds to the challenge.  =^)

If you have done this event before, note that we change the controls every year so the course will be new for you.

Day of event registration begins at 5:30 pm, and then we have a mass start at 6:30 pm. You choose between a 60 or 90 minute time period.  Find as many marked control points as possible in whatever order you like, and make it back to the Lucky Lab within the set time limit. Points are deducted for each wrong answer (no guessing) and for each minute over the time limit (don't be late!)

Scoring note: If your team finishes after 60 minutes, you will be moved to the 90 minute category.

This is a good event to do as a team as well as individually, so feel free to bring a friend.

Note - Due to an anticipated large turnout for this event, please try to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 pm to allow time for registration, getting your map, planning your route, pre race hydration, etc.

Beginners at orienteering are welcome! No compass work is needed, just decent map reading skills.

You are welcome to leave any extra clothing, backpacks, or other personal items upstairs in the pub while you are on the course.

Safety

Please wear bright, reflective clothing if you have it, bring a good flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries, and be very careful crossing busy streets! We recommend keeping your flashlight on the entire time during the event to increase your visibility.

 

Results

Results will be posted on the Events & Results page a few days after the event.

 

Registration and other costs

Note: If you join CROC at this event as a new member, ($20 individual, $25 family annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. (Note that this offer is for NEW members only, not existing members reinstating their membership.)

All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted. Exact payment is appreciated.

Fees for this event are:

  • $10 - individual (non-member)

  • $15 - group (non-member)

  • $5 - individual (orienteering club member)

  • $10 - group (orienteering club member)

  • $2 - extra copy(s) of map for teams who do not preregister

 

What to bring

  1. A quality flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries

  2. A watch/phone

  3. Clothing appropriate for the weather. Reflective / high visibility clothing is recommended

(What NOT to bring - any GPS enabled device, such as a smartphone, is not allowed for navigation assistance at this or any other CROC event.)

 

Post-event gathering

After your race, stay at the pub to enjoy pizza, maybe a beer, and share your adventure with some new friends.


Event Director - John Godino

 

Practice/Training

CROC has a permanent training course established in this area.  If you try it before the night-O, you may have an unfair advantage, hint hint!  See complete details here.

Here’s an example of the permanent course map. The map we use for competitive night O looks a lot like this one.

Multnomah Village permanent orienteering course map example

Multnomah Village permanent orienteering course map example

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Desert Orienteering Festival - San Diego Orienteering Club
Jan
19
to Jan 20

Desert Orienteering Festival - San Diego Orienteering Club

Our friends from the San Diego Orienteering Club are hosting a weekend of 5 events over 2 days in sunny Anza Borrego State Park, Jan 19-20.

Details are pasted below, and here: https://www.desert-orienteering.com/


This January 19-20th, San Diego Orienteering presents the 2019 Desert Orienteering Festival, a weekend of unique navigation competitions in the beautiful Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs, CA. Come join us for a thrilling event, packed with 5 different races in 2 exciting days.

Located 90 miles east of San Diego, this rugged, open desert terrain is like nothing else in the world. Sunny, warm winter days attract competitors from around California and beyond looking to kick start their spring season and enjoy the region’s many attractions.

We are honored that this year’s event will act as a destination training competition for the US junior and senior orienteering teams!

Attendance is limited due to permit. Early registration fees through Nov 15th.

Registration and latest details are available at www.desert-orienteering.com.

PROGRAM:

Saturday 10am: A mass-start race with a few twists. Long "Goat" (10k) and Short "Lamb" (5k). Race briefing at 9:45, Mass Start at 10:00, individual starts until 11:00, course closes at 3:00

Saturday, 1pm: Trail Orienteering. Slow down and test your precision map reading skills. Starts 1:00 to 2:30. Course closes at 4pm. Classes: Open, Paralympic

Saturday, 5:30pm: Night-O Motala Sprint. Experience the desert under the full moon! Bring a headlamp. Three short loops. Starts 5:30 to 6:30, course closes at 7:30. If you get lost, head toward the bonfire.

Sunday, 9am: Traditional point-to-point orienteering courses, starts at 9am to 11am, course closes at 1:00. Classes: Beginner (Yellow), Intermediate (Orange), Advanced - Brown, Green, Red, Blue.

Sunday 2pm: One hour to choose your own route (aka Score-O) through the famous slot canyons in the desert "maze". Starts from 1:00 to 2:00, course closes at 3:00

WHERE TO STAY

Camping is available at the site for free. Bring water. The quaint hidden gem of Borrego Springs, CA is nearby and the tourist mecca of Julian, CA is just up the hill. Reserve soon as rooms fill up this time of year.

TRAVEL:

Borrego Springs is a gorgeous 2-3 hour drive from San Diego, Ontario, and Palm Springs airports. Broader itineraries could make use of Orange County, Los Angeles, or Burbank airports. We regularly have competitors drive from Phoenix, Tucson, and San Francisco.

DIRECTIONS

Event HQ is at 33.173267, -116.206089.

From the West: Take Highway 78 through Julian and go 10.5 miles past the junction with S-3 (Yaqui Pass Road) and 1.5 miles past the junction of Highway 78 with Borrego Springs Road. Look for the brown Buttes Pass and Orienteering signs on the left. Turn off Highway 78 onto the dirt Buttes Pass Road and go 1.6 km (one mile) to the junction and go right 0.7 km (0.4 mi.) to the camping area and Competition Center on the broad saddle.

From the East: Take Highway 78 about 7 miles past Ocotillo Wells and look for the Buttes Pass and Orienteering signs on the right and follow Buttes Pass Road as described above.

The route will be signed from Route 78. Expect sand and no cell service.

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The Computer Side of Map Making
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

The Computer Side of Map Making

This workshop is part of the CROC training series, which offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others. Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events.

NOTE: This class is now full.

The Computer Side of Map Making: CROC events depend on accurate detailed maps. However, after our nice maps have been created, an erosion process begins. Parks blithely alter our carefully mapped vegetation, tear down fences, and add buildings. Trees fall over. And whether you like it or not, magnetic north is always on the move. The result is that maps which are a few years old need to be updated. (And of course, maps of new areas are always desirable!)

This workshop will cover ways to use available free resources as a basis for updating the club’s orienteering maps (or to produce new ones) using OCAD software. Included will be working with background maps and bringing in GPS information. If you have not worked with OCAD before, this will introduce some of the program’s tools and menus. If you have OCAD mapping experience, please come and share it.

Bring a Windows laptop if you have one. We will use some prepared materials you can download to your computer for use during the workshop. If you would like to just observe, that’s OK too, and/or we can share computers.

Location is in SE Portland. Please RSVP to Virginia Church.


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CROC Board Meeting
Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board Meeting

CROC holds quarterly board meetings at which all members may attend.

Meeting dates are: first Monday of December, March and June, and the second Monday of September, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The meeting location may vary.

Please go to About > Contact and email us to find out where the next meeting will be.

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"Ho-Ho-O" Warm Clothing Drive, Memorial Park Wilsonville
Dec
1
10:30 AM10:30

"Ho-Ho-O" Warm Clothing Drive, Memorial Park Wilsonville

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EVENT OVERVIEW

Join CROC's annual warm clothing drive and keep warm yourself with a brisk winter orienteering meet at Memorial Park in Wilsonville. Your entry is free with a clothing donation of a jacket, sweater, blanket or similar item. Clothing will be donated to a local charity after the event.

Electronic punch (E-punch) scoring will be used. E-punch sticks will be provided free to all participants who make a clothing donation.

Beginners are welcome at this and all CROC events.  Free beginner clinics will be offered as needed to get you started with confidence.

CONTACT:

Meet director: Teri Smith

 

COURSES

  • Beginner: about 2 Km. For those new to orienteering, easy to find controls near major features.

  • Intermediate: 3-4 Km, visit the whole park.

  • Advanced: 4-5 Km, visit the whole park, includes more devious/creative control locations.

 

TIMES

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Courses close 2:30 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

ORIENTEERING MAP OF THIS LOCATION FROM A PREVIOUS EVENT

See a map here.  Opens Google Drive in a new browser tab

 

VOLUNTEERS

All CROC events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always use some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are:  helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email address on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Get Involved pages.

 

RESULTS

The team time will be posted to the Events & Results page a few days after the event.

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

The event is open to the public. Bring a warm clothing donation for free entry. Note: If you join CROC at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is also free. Participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course. Each participant or team receives a course map and a control description sheet.

Without a clothing donation, fees for this event are:

  • $17 - individual (non-member)

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • youth groups / scout groups: $10 per team

  • subtract $5 for CROC (or other O-club) members

  • subtract $5 for using your own epunch

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

MAP AND DIRECTIONS

45.3024, -122.7598

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event site. Copy and paste these into a mapping app on your phone or Google maps to get a map and driving directions to this location.

From Portland City Center:

  • I-5 south to Wilsonville

  • Left under the freeway onto Wilsonville Road.

  • Go about 1/2 mile, turn left on Memorial Drive, then an immediate left to enter the park. We’ll be at the picnic shelter.

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CROC Annual Member Appreciation party
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

CROC Annual Member Appreciation party

  • 7675 SW Capitol Hwy Portland 97219 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Event overview

At the Lucky Lab Multnomah Village, CROC recognizes all of our great members and volunteers for making another fantastic O-year!  Join us for a free sprint-O event, pizza, salad, and (no host) beer.  

As part of the Annual End of Year CROC festivities, we're having a sprint-O in a nearby Gabriel Park just before the start of the party.  Stop off at the park, try your hand at the short sprint course, then head right over to the nearby Lucky Lab pub in Multnomah Village for free salad and pizza, yummy beverages, and sharing tales with your fellow CROCers.

 

Highlights  

  1. Look at maps from major events from around the country

  2. A presentation from the US national women's mountain bike team members Abra McNair and Sue Grandjean from the world mountain bike championships

  3. Join in the coming year's event planning; new meet directors and course setters are welcome!

 

Times

Sprint at Gabriel Park: start anytime from from 3:00pm to 3:30 pm
Party: 4:00 to 6:30pm at the Lucky Lab

 

Sprint details

  • Map handout from 3:00pm to 3:30pm

  • The start location is the parking lot next to the Gabriel Park playground, basketball courts and baseball fields in the NE corner of the park. Turn off of SW Vermont St. onto SW 42nd for parking.

  • No need to RSVP, plenty of maps will be printed

  • Depending on weather, you might want to bring a change of clothes and shoes for the party which immediately follows the sprint

Then, join us at the Lucky Lab for food and celebration!


Contact

John Godino 


Gabriel Park, SW Portland, sprint-O start


Lucky Lab pub, Multnomah Village, SW Portland

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Mary S. Young State Park - West Linn
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Mary S. Young State Park - West Linn

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CAUTION - Event times = Pacific Standard Time.

Event overview

If you don't live nearby, Mary S. Young Park is probably the most scenic park you never heard of. The western part of the park features a network of trails winding through a cool shady forest. Near the parking areas, a couple of large open fields offer contour detail, trees, bushes, and other features. The eastern part of the park plunges to the Willamette River on trails that negotiate a dramatically eroded landscape. The river's edge has rock formations, sandy beaches, and islands. All courses will use the trail system; so bring your running shoes. Well, for the longer courses, bring older running shoes. 

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know..

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.


Contact:  Meet Director, Mike Holliday


ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED FOR THIS EVENT.

Advance registration is used because it:

  • Makes things fast and easy for YOU on event day (no paperwork!)

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s coming to the event - maybe plan a carpool

INFO ON HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

Courses

  • White (Beginner) 1.9 Km, 12 controls, 15m elevation gain. On-trail navigation, on-trail controls. Course designer Debby Wenzel.

  • Yellow (Beginner / Intermediate) 2.5 Km, 11 controls, 20m elevation gain. On-trail navigation, on- or near-trail controls. Course designer Debby Wenzel.

  • Orange (Intermediate) 3.6 Km, 14 controls, 55m elevation gain. Mostly on-trail navigation, mostly off-trail controls. Course designer Mike Poulsen.

  • Green (Advanced) 5.1 Km, 17 controls, 60m elevation gain. Mostly on-trail navigation, mostly off-trail controls. Course designer Mike Poulsen.


Intermediate Skills Workshop

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to advance their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Each session focuses on a particular skill. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to register and do your course of choice.

Route Choices to Fit Your Strengths

There may be a better faster route than going directly over the hill, or through the stream, or 800 meters through a non-descript forest. Learn how to evaluate and make smart choices for your best legs. After the workshop you can apply the skills in the orienteering course.

 

Times

  • Intermediate skills workshop 10:00 am - 10:45 am

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner clinics every 15 minutes between 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • All courses close at 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

Note: If you join CROC as a new member (not a renewal) at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. 

Payment on event day is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are:  helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email address on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Get Involved pages.

 

RESULTS

The team time will be posted to the Events & Results page a few days after the event.

 

Map and Driving Directions

45.3804, -122.6278

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event site. Copy and paste these into a mapping app on your phone or Google maps to get a map and driving directions to this location.

From Portland City Center:

  1. Get on Macadam South, which runs along the Willamette River on the west bank. (This road is OR 43)

  2. Proceed South on OR 43 to Lake Oswego, about 6 miles.

  3. From Lake Oswego, continue south on OR 43 about 2.8 miles to the park.

  4. Follow the orienteering signs to the main loop parking lot at the east end of the park.

 

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1st Annual CROC Corn Maze @ Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch
Oct
27
7:30 AM07:30

1st Annual CROC Corn Maze @ Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch

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Quick info

  • Date: Sat Oct 27 - Note the EARLY start time of 8:50!

  • Location: Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch

  • Courses: Mass start, score-O format (find controls in any order you want within a time limit)

  • Meet Director’s Notes - see detailed even info here

  • Meet director: Sue Grandjean


Event Overview

Come on out and tried the first ever CROC corn maze orienteering at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island! It’s probably the smallest scale map we’ve ever used, but DANG there’s a lot of route options! It's all the fun of a corn maze but with an extra competitive edge. Family and beginner friendly as always.

Number 1 rule: Stay only on existing paths in the maze and do NOT cut through standing corn.

Note - This event starts much earlier than our usual meets, so we can be finished with the course by the time the corn maze opens for business.)

Note - We expect a large turnout for this event. Please register online if possible, and arrive early to make the morning as smooth as possible for everyone.


Meet Director’s notes

The meet director has written a detailed overview of how this event will work. Please read this prior to the event, click the button below. (Link will open a Google Drive document in a new window.)

Corn maze orienteering tips

  • You may want to bring a highlighter pen to mark your route on the map.

  • The map scale will be approximately 1:1500, a much larger scale (more “zoomed in”) than a normal orienteering map. Controls will accordingly be very close together, some just a few seconds apart, so don’t overrun your objective.

  • The orienteering skills of thumbing the map where you move your thumb along to indicate the “you are here” position), and orienting the map (by rotating it to match the terrain in front of you) will be very useful. Read about these two important skills in more detail on our “Beginner’s Guide” page.

  • Please bring: a watch and a change of clothes/shoes. Corn mazes can get muddy!

Times

  • Registration/Sign In - 7:30-8:30  (Yes, it's early!  Save time and register online, see link below)

  • Instructions - 8:40am

  • Map Handout - 8:45am

  • Mass Start - 8:50am

  • Course Closes - 10:00am




Costs - prices include entrance into the Pumpkin Patch maze

Note - Payment on event day is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

  • $15 for CROC members

  • $20 for non members

  • Groups of 2 or more, add $10 to the rate above 



ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED FOR THIS EVENT.

Advance registration is used because it:

  • Makes things fast and easy for YOU on event day (no paperwork!)

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s coming to the event - maybe plan a carpool



INFO ON HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

Directions and Map

45.641594, -122.789524

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event site. Copy and paste these into a mapping app on your phone or Google maps to get a map and driving directions to this location.

16511 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231

From Portland City center:

  1. Drive west on Highway 30 about 9.7 miles.

  2. Take a right turn and cross the bridge across Sauvie Island.

  3. Take an immediate left, circle under the bridge, and go about 2.3 miles on NW Gillihan Rd to the Pumpkin Patch.

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Battle Ground Lake State Park
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Battle Ground Lake State Park

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Event overview

Battle Ground Lake State Park Is a little geological mystery, a sort of "mini crater lake" with a sunken caldera and no inlet and no outlet. It has a large network of pathways, open to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Some steeper terrain and dense forest is mixed with some areas of more open meadows.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know..

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

Advance registration is encouraged (but not required) for this event.

Advance registration is used because it:

  • Makes things fast and easy for YOU on event day (no paperwork!)

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s coming to the event - maybe plan a carpool

Info on how to register with our online system

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to advance their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Each session focuses on a particular skill. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to register and do your course of choice.

Reading Contour Lines, and Adjusting Pace Count

We’ll practice reading contour lines to learn what’s up from down, how to visualize steepness, and what is a re-entrant. We’ll also measure our pace count for uphill and downhill, to be able to adjust our count on course legs.

 

Times

  • Intermediate skills workshop 10:00 am - 10:45 am

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • ALL COURSES CLOSE AT 3:00 PM

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Courses

  • White: Beginner (about 2 Km, 8-10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Yellow: Beginner / Intermediate (about 3 Km, 10-12 controls, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Orange: Intermediate (about 3.5 Km, elevation gain, 10-12 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)

  • Green: Advanced (about 5 Km, 15+ controls, elevation gain, mostly on trail with some off-trail navigation)

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

Note: If you join CROC as a new member (not a renewal) at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. 

A Washington State Discover Pass or a $10 day use fee is required at this park. (This is in addition to CROC event fees.)

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are:  helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email address on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Get Involved pages.

 

RESULTS

Times will be posted to the Events & Results page a few days after the event.

 

Contact:

Meet Director Abra Mcnair

 

Map and Driving Directions

45.8029, -122.4865

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event site. Copy and paste these into a mapping app on your phone or Google maps to get a map and driving directions to this location.

From Portland City Center:

  1. North on I-5 for to Exit 11, Hwy 502, Battleground.

  2. Drive east about 10 miles through the town of Battleground.

  3. Continue through town on E. Main St. At the far end of town, this turns into NE 219th.

  4. Head east about 2 miles to a four-way stop sign at NE 182nd Ave. Take a left here, proceed about 1.5 miles and you will be at the park entrance.

 

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Catherine Creek
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Catherine Creek

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This meet is the first of three in CROC's Fall Classic Series. Watch for current standings and information about the series.



EVENT OVERVIEW

Catherine Creek offers up incomparable Columbia Gorge scenery. The terrain is open and covered with intricate terrain features, adding up to some fun orienteering at all levels.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know..

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

This event is FREE!

This event has online registration. (Event day registration is also available.)

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Reading and Traveling in Open Terrain

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to do your course of choice.

We’ll take advantage of this open terrain to focus on elevation and the big picture map. After a review of map symbols we’ll do a map-following exercise in pairs or small groups. Learn and practice how to read contour lines, vegetation symbols and rock features.

COURSES

  • White: Beginner (1.1 km) on-trail navigation. Shorter than usual to compensate for steepness. Great views!

  • Yellow: Beginner/ Intermediate (2.4 km) on trails and other linear features.

  • Orange: Intermediate (4.5 km) mostly off-trail navigation. 200 meters of climb, 12 controls.

  • Green: Advanced (5.7 km) off-trail navigation. 275 meters of climb, 13 controls.


TIMES

  • Intermediate skills workshop 10:00 am - 10:45 am

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 12:45 pm as needed

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • COURSES CLOSE AT 3:00 PM

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.


Registration and other costs

There is no cost for this event.

We do offer a pre-registration for this event, which helps the meet director plan the number of maps. Event day registration is also available.

Info on how to register with the online system

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Get Involved pages.

 

RESULTS

The team time will be posted to the Events & Results page a few days after the event.


CONTACT:

Meet director: Virginia Church

45.7105, -121.3620

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event location. Copy paste these into Google maps or a smartphone mapping app to get a map and directions to the event.

Directions and map

From Portland, go east on I-84 to Hood River. Cross the bridge to the Washington side, and turn right on WA 14.

Go about 5.8 miles, and then turn left on old Highway 8. Drive about 1.5 more miles and look for the orienteering signs by the parking area. NOTE: there are no services near the event. Bingen is the nearest town.

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CROC Board meeting
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board meeting

CROC holds quarterly board meetings at which all members may attend.

Meeting dates are usually: first Monday of December, March and June, and the second Monday of September, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The meeting location may vary.

Please go to About > Contact and email us to find out where the next meeting will be.

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Bend Ice Caves Navigation Race (3 & 6 hour)
Sep
16
8:30 AM08:30

Bend Ice Caves Navigation Race (3 & 6 hour)

Quick info

  • Date: Sunday Sept 16 2018
  • Location: Boyd and Arnold Ice Caves area, SE of Bend Oregon
  • Courses: 3 and 6 hour 
  • Compete as a team or individual 
  • See who's registered (plan carpools, hint hint)
  • Event director: Pat Gottsacker

 

Event summary

Join us as CROC returns to the Bend ice caves area, about 20 minutes from beautiful Bend Oregon.

The terrain is central Oregon high desert - fairly flat, with generally open sage and ponderosa pine forest. There are lots of interesting volcanic features, including sunken lava tube caves, small basalt rock outcrops, and overall fairly good runnability in almost every direction. There is a dense network of dirt roads and mountain bike trails, which we will do our very best to map correctly. :-) Elevation is about 4,500 feet. Mid September weather should be moderate (sunny with daytime temperatures in the 70's). Free primitive camping is allowed near the event area on the many US Forest Service side roads. 

The map will be an enhanced USGS topographic map, scale 1:24,000, with 10 foot contours.

Here's an example of a map used in a similar navigation race nearby.

 

Who's registered?

See a list of all participants here. Use this link to plan carpools with other folks in your area, especially our many Seattle friends coming from Cascade Orienteering Club (COC).

(Among many racers: Eric Bone and Alison Crocker, both USA national team members.)

 

First time at a navigation race?

Welcome! If you are fairly fit, and know how to read a map and the basics of using a compass, you can do this.

  • Have a look at this excellent first timers guide from our friends at Mergeo orienteering in Seattle
  • Check these Top Ten Navigation Race Beginner Tips 
  • Attend our beginner clinic the morning of the event, from 830 till about 9 AM. We'll quickly cover the basics of map reading and the core compass skills helpful for the event
  • Measuring a bearing from a map is the main compass skill that will be helpful. Learn it here, from a short video on from our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXYckBuKn1Q&t=2s
  • and attend our Sept 8 route planning workshop, see below

 

Pre-event workshop: Route Planning for a Navigation Race

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Location: in SE Portland, location told when you register

Here’s an opportunity to learn, exchange information, and practice designing your team route for a 3- or 6-hour navigation race. We’ll look at team goals and capability, and at considerations for planning your route. We’ll look at successful routes from other navigators, and we’ll practice in pairs making the best plan route using maps from a prior navigation race. No cost for CROC members.

Register prior to September 5 to find the meeting location and to reserve a map by emailing Anndy.

 

How it works

About 30 control points are placed over approximately 16 square miles at various natural features. These locations are circled on a map, described on the map (eg “hilltop”, “spur” etc.) and marked on the ground by orange and white orienteering marker flags.  Each control has a point value, which is equal to the checkpoint number rounded down to the tens place. For example, a checkpoint numbered 35 is worth 30 points, while a checkpoint numbered 72 is worth 70 points. (Generally, points farther away from the start area have a higher point value.) Unless you are an expert orienteer and an extremely fit runner, you will not find all the control points within the time period. So, plan your course to get the most points, not necessarily to find the most total controls. 

  • For both fun and safety, this is intended as a team event (2-5 people). However, you may compete as an individual if you have prior orienteering experience.
  • Participants under 18 years old must be on a team or 2 or more.
  • Maps and geocaching coordinates are issued about 1 hour before the start, so teams have time to plan their route. 
  • You may visit the controls in any order. 
  • There are no age or gender divisions.
  • There are large point penalties for returning late, be sure you return under the time limit. 
  • Electronic punching (epunch) will be used. Epunch equipment rental is included with your event fee. Read more on epunch here. 
  • There will be portable toilets, but no running water at the event start, so please bring all water you may need.
  • There is limited cell phone coverage at the event area.
  • There will be water on the course at certain controls for you to refill, along with snacks and drinks at the finish area.

 

Location and directions

Here’s a Google map of the approximate start area:

Here are longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) of the approximate event start area. Copy paste these into Google or a mapping app to get a map and directions.

43.9381, -121.1994

Driving directions (from Portland)

  1. Drive south through Bend on Hwy 97.
  2. A few miles south of town, take exit 143.
  3. At the T intersection at the Country Store, set your odometer.
  4. Take a left onto Knott and drive 1.4 miles to China Hat Road, a four way intersection.
  5. Take a right onto China Hat Road, and zero your odometer again.
  6. Go 8.3 miles to the turn off to Boyd Ice Caves. Take a left and go about 1/4 mile. Look for "orienteering event" signs. (If the paved road turns to gravel, you’ve gone about 100 meters too far.)

 

Schedule - Sunday Sept 16

  • 7:30 am to 9:00 am - check in and day-of-event registration
  • Beginner clinic - 8:30 to 9:00
  • 9:00 am - map (and geocaching coordinates) handouts
  • 9:45 am - event briefing 
  • 10:00 am - mass start for both courses
  • 1:00 pm - 3 hour course closes
  • 4:00 pm - 6 hour close closes

 

Cost (per person) and Registration

3 hour event, ADULTS (18 and older):

  • early registration: July 20 - Sept 1: $35
  • late registration: Sept 2 - Sept 13: $40
  • event day registration on site: $45 (cash or check only)

6 hour event, ADULTS (18 and older):

  • early registration: July 20 - Sept 1: $50
  • late registration: Sept 2 - Sept 13: $55
  • event day registration on site: $60 (cash or check only)

3 hour event, (JUNIORS 17 and younger):

  • early registration: July 20 - Sept 1: $20
  • late registration: Sept 2 - Sept 13: $25
  • event day registration on site: $30 (cash or check only)

6 hour event, (JUNIORS 17 and younger):

  • early registration: July 20 - Sept 1: $35
  • late registration: Sept 2 - Sept 13: $40
  • event day registration on site: $45 (cash or check only)

 

Rules and Safety

  • Team members must stay together (within verbal contact) the whole time they are on the course.
  • All team members must go to each checkpoint visited by the team, meaning all must simultaneously approach within 20 meters.
  • A whistle is required for all teams.
  • Carrying a mobile phone is strongly encouraged for safety. Cell coverage is decent if you can find high ground. (If you are late, we will try calling your phone.)
  • The map handout (about 9:00am) does not designate the start of the event (10:00am). Even if you quickly finish planning your route, you may not leave the start area until after the pre-race briefing and the race director shouts GO at the designated start time.
  • All participants are required to assist a competitor who is injured and needs assistance.
  • 100 points per minute will be deducted from the scores of late returning teams, ouch! Teams finishing more than 20 minutes late will receive a score of zero.
  • If you are in the 3 hour category and you finish in more than 3 hours, you are automatically moved to the 6 hour category. Conversely, if you are signed up for the 6 hour category and you decide you have had enough fun after a couple of hours, you can come in early and you will be moved to the 3 hour category.  If you do this, please tell the registration desk your change in plans.
  • All participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. 
  • For the map and compass division, GPS devices and altimeters (such as GPS tracking watches) may be carried on the course (to allow tracking analysis afterward) but not used for navigation.
  • All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.
  • All teams must check out through the course finish area before leaving the venue, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.
  • Teams will fill out an "intention sheet" before the event, showing their approximate intended course. If you are not back by 4:30, we will use this intention sheet to start a search party. We will call your mobile phone first, so if you are late, turn it on.
  • Some parts of the course involve scrambling over low but potentially unstable rock formations. While this rock may appear to be solid, it often is not! USE CAUTION if scrambling on any rock formations! 

 

What to Bring

  • sturdy shoes, trail runners or light hikers recommended
  • socks (ideally a brand new pair to help ensure Happy Feet)
  • long pants, tights or shorts with gaitors for lower leg protection
  • watch
  • whistle
  • hat with a visor or brim
  • sunscreen and lipbalm
  • compass, and maybe second as a backup
  • hydration pack or fanny pack
  • water bottle(s), or water bladder, already filled
  • electronic punching stick, aka estick, if you have one (if not, we provide these free as part of your entry fee)
  • pen, pencil and highlighter marker(s) to plan your route
  • extra water 
  • quick bite snacks, energy bars, gel, etc.
  • post race snacks

 

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer for this event, we can certainly use a few extra hands for course vetting, course setting and course pickup. Please contact meet director Pat Gottsacker at the email at the top of this page if you would like to help.

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Route Planning for a Navigation Race
Sep
8
9:30 AM09:30

Route Planning for a Navigation Race

Route Planning for a Navigation Race

Date: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

TIme: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Location: TBA

 

The CROC member training series offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others. Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events.

 

Description: The navigation race at Bend Ice Caves is coming soon, so here’s an opportunity to learn, exchange information, and practice designing your team route for a 3- or 6-hour navigation race. We’ll look at team goals and capability, and at considerations for planning your route. We’ll look at successful routes from other navigators, and we’ll practice in pairs making the best plan route using maps from a prior navigation race. 

 

Locationsoutheast Portland; contact trainer Anndy Wiselogle when you register for the exact location

 

Register: prior to September 5 to find the meeting location and to reserve a map by emailing Anndy.

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Mapping Fieldwork
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Mapping Fieldwork

Mapping Fieldwork

  • Saturday, August 11, 1 PM (NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL POSTING)
  • Blue Lake Regional Park near Wood Village
  • Entrance off Marine Drive, meet at first parking lot after entrance

The CROC member training series offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others. Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events. 

CROC has a collection of city park maps which are very useful for training. Help the club create another one!


Blue Lake Regional Park is a 100-acre space (about the size of club favorite Gabriel Park) with mostly flat terrain. The park has been on the club’s “let’s map this sometime” list for years. Woods, trails, open areas, boulders, lakes, and other features should make a fun map when completed. Unlike our last mapping workshop, there will be no rain, and there should be more time to spend actually mapping.


The workshop will include a brief overview of the digital sources used to produce a base map and a discussion about the basics of doing fieldwork. Then you’ll add orienteering symbols by walking around with a map-board and using your observation skills. If you are interested in how the fieldwork goes to the computer to make the map, bring a snack and stick around after returning from the field.


Participants should gain an understanding of how orienteering maps are designed and how decisions are made about what is or is not on the maps we use in meets. While we probably can’t map all this park in two hours, all progress is good!


We will work in pairs with supplied materials. Please sign up for this workshop a few days in advance as this will help with materials assembly. Bring a compass. RSVP to Virginia Church for exact meeting location. (There is a $5 park entry fee.)

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Willamette Mission State Park
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Willamette Mission State Park

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This meet is the final of four in CROC's Summer Classic Series.  See current and final standings here.

Event Overview

Willamette Mission Park is a 1,680-acre state park with many miles of running trails winding along the Willamette River, backwater sloughs, and agricultural fields. The park is very accessible, yet large enough to give participants a feeling of "getting out there." There is a nice mix of paved paths, open farm fields, and wooded "thickets" to explore. The terrain is flat and looks open, but most of the orienteering route choices will include trails due to blackberry thickets or other dense vegetation or cultivated land which may or may not be planted. The advanced course will be designed with the challenge of multiple route choices for most legs, and will be a little longer than typical due to the flat terrain.

Due to enthusiastic stinging nettles in parts of the course, wearing long pants or running tights is highly recommended.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop

Intermediate workshops are for people who want to improve their navigation skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. We’ll finish by 11:00 so you can apply your new skills to a course of your choice.

Topic: Handrails, Attack Points, and Pace Counting

Learn how to find and follow terrain handrails to locate controls, while counting paces so you always know where you are. There will be several group exercises, and an exercise in pairs.

 

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Beginner clinics 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed
  • Intermediate workshop: 10:00 am to 10:45ish
  • Course starts for individuals and teams anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • ALL COURSES CLOSE AT 3:00 PM

All teams must check out through the course finish before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Courses

  • White:  Beginner (about 2 Km, 8-10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3 Km, 10-12 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 Km, 12-14 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)
  • Green:  Advanced (about 5 to 6 Km, 15-20 controls, mostly off trail navigation)

Each participant or team receives a course map and a control description sheet.

 

Volunteers

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks
  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are:  helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.

 

Results

Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.

 

Registration and other costs

Note: If you join CROC as a new member (not a renewal) at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. 

These fees do not include any extra daily use fee charged by the park. You must pay these separately. Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass. 

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual
  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group
  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member
  • +$5 - epunch rental
  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Contact

Meet director: Brian Hauck

 

Location

The park area is about 10 miles north of Salem OR.

LATITUDE LONGITUDE COORDINATES OF EVENT: 45.0797, -123.0307

Click the coordinates for a Google map, or copy and paste these latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) into Google maps or your smart phone to get a map and driving directions to the event.

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Starts for Sprints/Races
Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Starts for Sprints/Races

Starts for Sprints/Races

  • Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Woodlawn Park in NE Portland
  • Starts: 10:00-11:00 am, course closes 11:30 am

The CROC member training series offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others. Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events. 

 

In this training Starts for Sprints/Races, you will get several maps, each with a start triangle and just a couple controls. Your goal will be to turn over the map, locate the start triangle, orient yourself, and start towards the first control as fast as possible. There will be several different maps to try, and each map will be short, so you'll get lots of practice with starts!

 

This training can be done at any running speed - the faster you want to run, the faster you'll have to figure out where you are on the map and which way to go.

 

The location will be at Woodlawn Park in NE Portland. Contact Dan Grabski by July 12 for the exact location and to reserve a map for the training.    

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Mt Bike Orienteering, Lacamas Lake Park
Jul
8
10:30 AM10:30

Mt Bike Orienteering, Lacamas Lake Park

The beautiful creek at Lacamas Lake Park, Camas WA

The beautiful creek at Lacamas Lake Park, Camas WA

Event Overview

Enjoy mountain bike orienteering (aka MTBO) at Lacamas Lake Park, a large wooded area near Camas, WA. The area features a complex network of canyons and spurs, with a beautiful series of waterfalls, cascades and potholes; some open rocky places, and an extensive mt bike friendly trail network. All trails are shared with hikers. A helmet is mandatory. There will be one course design for the intermediate/advanced mountain biker. Distance with optimal route choice will be between eight and 10 km, with the winning time of about 50 minutes. If you are an experienced mountain biker but new to orienteering, we will have free clinics as needed to show you the basics of the sport

The trails at Lacamas Park are sensitive to rain and we will cancel the race if it rains on Saturday or Sunday morning.  Though pre-registration is not required, it is highly recommended.

In case we need to notify you of cancellation due to rain, please contact the Meet Director, Sue Grandjean, to sign up - hikeabike@gmail.com

 

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Clinics to learn MTBO, 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed
  • Course starts anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • COURSE CLOSES at 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

Note: If you join CROC as a new member (not a renewal) at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at event registration. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course. 

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual
  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member
  • +$5 - epunch rental

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Results

Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.

 

Location

The park area is north of Camas, WA; east of Washington SR 500/SE Everett Rd. Drive over the bridge between Round Lake and Lacamas Lake and turn right on 35th Ave, then left into the gravel parking lot. See map below.

LATITUDE LONGITUDE COORDINATES OF EVENT: 45.6055, -122.4058

Copy and paste these latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) into Google maps or your smart phone to get a map and driving directions to the event.

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Lacamas Lake Park
Jul
7
11:00 AM11:00

Lacamas Lake Park

Lacamas.jpg

This meet is the third (of four) in CROC's Summer Classic Series. Click here for current standings and information about the series.

Event Overview

Lacamas Park is a large wooded area near Camas, WA. The area features a complex network of canyons and spurs, with a beautiful series of waterfalls, cascades and potholes; some open rocky places, and an extensive trail network. The sound of rushing water can be heard throughout the park, and you may encounter a deer or two.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know..

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Matching Map to Terrain   

In this workshop participants will practice matching contour lines, linear features and symbols on the map to the hills, vegetation boundaries and buildings on the ground. There will be three exercises done in groups, pairs or singly.

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to do your course of choice.

 

Times

  • Intermediate skills workshop 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Beginner clinics 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed
  • Intermediate workshop: Contours - 10:00 to 10:45 am
  • Course starts anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • ALL COURSES CLOSE at 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Courses

  • White:  Beginner (about 2 Km, 8-10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3 Km, 10-12 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 Km, 12-14 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)
  • Green:  Advanced (about 5 to 6 Km, 15-20 controls, mostly off trail navigation)

For the advanced courses, wearing long pants or running tights is highly recommended.

 

Volunteers

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks
  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice 

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.

 

Results

Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.

 

Registration and other costs

Note: If you join CROC as a new member (not a renewal) at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at event registration. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course. 

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual
  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group
  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member
  • +$5 - epunch rental
  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

There is no entry charge for using the park.

 

Contact

Meet director: Sue Grandjean

 

Location

The park area is north of Camas, WA; east of Washington SR 500/SE Everett Rd. Drive over the bridge between Round Lake and Lacamas Lake and turn right on 35th Ave, then left into the gravel parking lot. See map below.

Latitude longitude coordinates of event: 45.6055, -122.4058

Copy and paste these latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) into Google maps or your smart phone to get a map and driving directions to the event.

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Milo McIver State Park
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Milo McIver State Park

McIver sign.jpg

This meet is the second (of four) in CROC's Summer Classic Series. Click here for current standings and information about the series.

EVENT OVERVIEW

Come out and enjoy orienteering on the varied terrain of this large riverside park. McIver State Park is a 1,680-acre park with many miles of trails winding along the Clackamas River, near Estacada, OR. The park is very accessible, yet large enough to give participants a feeling of "getting out there." There is a nice mix of paved paths, open fields, and wooded areas. The terrain is both flat and hilly. 

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered as needed at this event to teach you everything you need to know..

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses.  Learn more about e-punch here.

 

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Distance and Direction: Counting Paces and Setting Bearings

Intermediate skills workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. After the workshop you will have time to do your course of choice.

Link up the map to the terrain by learning how to figure what distance on the map means how far on the ground. Then we’ll learn to set and follow bearings to go off the path to get directly to our goal.

 

COURSES

  • White: Beginner (about 2 Km, 8-10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Yellow: Beginner/ Intermediate ((about 3 Km, 10-12 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Orange: Intermediate (about 4 Km, 12-14 controls, some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation)
  • Green: Advanced (about 6-7 Km, 20+ controls, mostly off-trail navigation)

 

TIMES

  • Intermediate skills workshop 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  •  Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed
  •  Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  •  Courses close 2:30 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes. Courses: One course of your own design.

 

Registration and other costs

Note: If you join CROC as a new member (not renewals) at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. 

These fees do not include any extra daily use fee charged by the park. You must pay these separately. Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass. 

Payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual
  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group
  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member
  • +$5 - epunch rental
  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  •  No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks
  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice 

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Get Involved pages.

 

RESULTS

The team time will be posted to the Events & Results page a few days after the event.

 

CONTACT:

Meet director: Alison Crocker

 

Map and Directions to Event

  1. From Portland City Center, go to Clackamas on I-205.
  2. Take Hwy 224 east to Estacada.
  3. At the east end of town, take a right onto Hwy 221, Woodburn-Estacada Hwy.  (This will be a bridge over the Clackamas River.)
  4. In 1 mile, turn right onto S Hayden Road.
  5. In 1.2 miles, turn right onto S Springwater Road.
  6. In 0.7 miles turn right onto S Entrance Road to the park.

Latitude longitude coordinates of event:  45.2994, -122.3837

Copy and paste these latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) into Google maps or your smart phone to get a map and driving directions to the event.

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Mt Bike Orienteering, Growlers Gulch
Jun
10
9:15 AM09:15

Mt Bike Orienteering, Growlers Gulch

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Note - Attendance at this event is by pre-registration only.

June 10 is the 2nd annual CROC Mountain Bike Orienteering event at Growlers Gulch. At this year's event, participants have 90 minutes to find as many control points as possible in any order you like (aka Score-O). Be sure you get back within the time limit, or otherwise you lose points!

Come out and have a good time with friends and challenge your brain a little.  It's all about the adventure!

Mountain bikes are recommended and helmets are required.

 


Times

  • Check-in - 9:15 am.  Sign a waiver, collect your e-stick, and install a map board on your bike.  
  • Instructions - 10:15 am.  Please be present so you know what you're doing.  
  • Map Handout - 10:30 am.  Maps will be distributed.  Start planning your route so you can get as many controls possible in 90 minutes.
  • Mass Start - 10:45 am.  Let the fun begin!  Don't forget to look up, trails are two-way - please yield to uphill traffic.  
  • Finish Time Deadline - 12:15 pm.  Make sure you cross the finish line by this time.  Every minute you are late, you lose a point.  Did you get all the controls before 12:15 pm?  Great!  Make sure you book it back to the finish line and record your time, time is a tie breaker!
  • Hang Out - Bring some snacks and beverages, hang out, tell stories, and compare routes.

 

Pre-registration required so we know how many maps to print.  This event is free of charge.  Directions will be emailed to you when you register. 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???, REGISTER NOW!!! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rqH9dijlfSPVi7W69Mb71y4gxmFZ7TZJWraP-GcgN4A

 

And for further questions, please email Sue - hikeabike@gmail.com

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Orienteering in Your Own Backyard
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Orienteering in Your Own Backyard

This event is part of a training series for CROC members.

Orienteering in Your Own Backyard

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • 9:00 a.m. Instructions
  • Course closes at 11:00

Improving your orienteering skills often means getting in a lot more practice. Sometimes this isn't possible with busy schedules and other things that get in the way. When there isn't a CROC event scheduled or you can't attend, wouldn't it be great to still have an opportunity to train on a map closer to home?

OpenOrienteeringMap is a free, easy online tool for creating street orienteering maps without needing to download anything fancy. With this tool you have the ability to create maps of your neighborhood, around your workplace, or anywhere you can imagine. While not a replacement for the skill and hard work that goes into capturing the detail of an actual orienteering map, this does allow you the opportunity to practice looking at a map and follow a course, all on your own time.

Give it a try yourself! http://oomap.co.uk/

This training will have two parts:

  1. We will be running a short urban sprint training event using a map created by the OpenOrienteeringMap program so you can see the capabilities and limitations firsthand,
  2. You will receive a brief "tip sheet" explaining how to create your own maps for future use, and ideas on how to try it yourself. 

Location: We will meet on the South Waterfront at Elizabeth Caruthers Park.

3508 SW Moody Avenue, Portland 97239

 

Time:  Earlier than usual to avoid Saturday car traffic:    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

 

Please RSVP to Abra McNair (abrastarmcnair at gmail.com) to ensure you have a map and the meeting spot.

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Hamilton Island
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Hamilton Island

Event overview

Hamilton Island (approx 35 miles east of Portland ) lies along the Washington shoreline of the Columbia River, upstream of Beacon Rock, and downstream of Bonneville Dam near Cascade Locks. Hamilton Island used to be an island; however, it is now a peninsula. In the 1970s the upper part of "Hamilton Slough", bordering the northeast side of Hamilton Island, was filled in with debris from the construction of Bonneville's North Powerhouse. The lower part of Hamilton Slough became part of Hamilton Creek, which borders the west and northwest side of Hamilton Island. On the southeast and south is the Columbia River.

The terrain is mostly wide open with scattered copses, and you can run. There is one large low hill to go around or climb multiple times!!! There are marshy areas, some thickets, and shorelines. You can enjoy beautiful river gorge views.

 

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Beginner Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed
  • Intermediate Workshop: 10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m.  (details below)
  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Courses close 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Intermediate skills workshop - Map and Control symbols

We’ll learn those funny symbols on the control description sheet and how they help you locate the control. We’ll also link them to the symbols on the map. Intermediate workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00; no additional fee for the workshop. It will last about 45 minutes.

 

Courses

  • Beginner  (about 2.5 Km, 11 controls, simple navigation, one easy climb,  on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Intermediate (about 3.7 Km, 13 controls, some hill climbing,  on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Technical (about 4.9 Km, 14 controls, route choices, moderate climbs, many off- trail controls)
  • Advanced  (about 7.0 Km, 17 controls, some long legs, complicated route choices, opportunities to run, elevation gain and mostly off-trail navigation)

Electronic scoring (e-punch) will be used on all courses. Each participant or team receives a course map and a control description sheet. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course. Learn more about e-punch here.

 

Fees for this event are:

  • $17 - individual (non-member)
  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group
  • kids ages 9 and under are free
  • youth groups / scout groups: $10 per team
  • subtract $5 for CROC members
  • subtract $5 for using your own epunch

Payment is by cash or check only.

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Maps

See a map of a previous event here.

 

Volunteers

All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks
  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice
  • Your entry fee is FREE if you help out with a meet!  

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email address on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.

 

Results

Results are posted to the Events & Results web page a few days after the event.

 

Contact

Meet director Jill and Rick McBee

 

Driving directions and map to event 

Note the event site this year is in North Bonneville, not at the 2017 location. Note also there will NOT be a CROC sign on Hwy 14, as the locals like to (ahem) remove them. 

Latitude longitude coordinates of event:  45.6338, -121.9790

Copy and paste these latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degree format) into Google maps or your smart phone to get a map and driving directions to the event.

Driving directions from Portland:

  • Exit I 84 at Cascade Locks
  • Cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington (Toll $2)
  • Turn left (west) onto Hwy 14 and go approx. 4 miles
  • Turn left onto Bonneville Road – signposted North Bonneville, turn at the Chevron gas station.
  • Immediately turn right onto W Cascade Drive and go approx 1/2 mile through North Bonneville village. Follow the signs to "ball field"
  • Turn left onto Portage Drive and go about 1/4 mile farther. Park in the baseball field parking lot.
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Old Maid Flat Advanced Training
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Old Maid Flat Advanced Training

The CROC member training series offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others.  Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events. 

Compass Bearing and Pace Count Practice in Advanced Terrain


Old Maid Flat Advanced Training
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Course Starts 11 a.m. to noon
Intermediate-to-Advanced Workshop at 10:30 a.m.



Old Maid Flat (near Zigzag, off Hwy 26 on the way to Mt. Hood) offers the opportunity to practice open forest orienteering relatively close to Portland. This year we will venture into new terrain on a new map. This area is technical and challenging. The focus of the training is to practice compass bearings and pace counting. 


There will be one advanced course, a Green Middle course, using small flags. For those who need to learn the skills of pace counting, bearings and navigating through undeveloped woods, there is a group workshop starting at 10:30 a.m. Workshop participants will practice the skills and then work together to do the course.


Terrain is essentially all white forest, with lichen and moss-covered sand and rocks. Given the technical terrain, this training event is limited to advanced club members for the course, and to members who have completed Intermediate courses for the Workshop. This is a no-frills training event, and we are not set up for search and rescue. The course is about 5 km with 50 m climb. Map scale is 1:10,000 with 10 ft contours. The map is new (meaning: imperfect).


Bring water (and food). There are pit toilets in the closed campground. Northwest Forest passes and permits are not required at this time of year.


It is important that you contact me by May 10 so that 1) I can make enough maps, 2) I know whether you plan to take the workshop or complete the course solo, and 3) you can find out where we are meeting. We are not using the usual meeting place. Carpooling is a very good idea. Also, if anybody would like to go up a couple of hours early, I would like to carpool, too.


If you have any questions, let me know.
Mike Poulsen
mike.poulsen@comcast.net
503 639-3532 (home)
503 277-0380 (cell, available only on Saturday)
 

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Scout-O at Champoeg State Park
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Scout-O at Champoeg State Park

  • 8239 Champoeg Road Northeast, St Paul Or 97137 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm. See more on registration below. Note: Pe-registration is highly encouraged and a discount is offered.

  • Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Courses close 3:00 pm

All teams must check out through the course finish gate before leaving the park, even if the team does not finish the course or returns after the course closes.

 

Event overview

Note: This event is open to everyone: scout / youth groups AND the general public / adults.

Cub Scouts, Boy and Girl Scouts (and other kid-oriented groups) of all ages and skills are invited to participate! Come and enjoy a day of fun and friendly orienteering practice and competition. This event gives scouts a chance to improve their outdoor skills and navigate the beautiful trails of this park.

The orienteering courses consist of a series of flags ("controls") set up in around the park. Scouts will participate in pairs or in small groups, scouts navigate to each control in orde,r and return to the finish area. Instruction clinics will be provided to help Scouts interested in passing off requirements for the BSA Orienteering merit badge or GSA Orienteering interest project. Scouts attending the Scout-O will be grouped according to rank and will navigate courses matched to their skill level.

Note that overnight camping is offered at this park.

 

Preparation

Have your scouts read our "New to O" webpage, and watch the short kid-made Youtube video on the basics of orienteering, also on this page. Doing so will give kids and leaders an idea what to expect the day of the event and make your day go more smoothly.

 

Courses

The Scout-O will offer four levels of orienteering courses, with the intention that Scouts will compete with other Scouts of the same rank. Please read the following course descriptions carefully and be sure your Scouts are registered for appropriate courses.

Note:  The White beginner course is noncompetitive and for learning the basics only. Mixed rank category teams are allowed, but will compete on the course of the higher-ranking Scout.

 - White Course - Beginner (about 8 controls, about 2 km, all on trails/roads)
The white course is a non-competitive course designed to introduce Cub Scouts, Webelos, Brownies, Juniors, Tenderhearts and Explorers to orienteering. These Scouts will participate in small teams of two to four Scouts. Each group of no more than four Scouts must be accompanied by an adult, who should follow his/her group, not lead it.

 - Yellow courses a and b - Beginner/Intermediate (about 11 controls, about 3.5 km, mostly on trail, some route choices)
The yellow a and b courses are for pairs of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Boy Scouts; Girl Scout advanced Juniors and Cadettes; and American Heritage Girl Explorers and Pioneers. It is recommended that an adult trail the pair, but NOT communicate with the Scouts except in the case of an emergency.

 - Orange - Intermediate (about 12 controls, about 4 km, mostly off trail)
The orange course is for pairs of Star, Life and Eagle Boy Scouts; Girl Scout advanced Cadettes, Ambassadors and Seniors; and American Heritage Girl Patriots. No adults are allowed to accompany teams on this course.

 - Green - Intermediate/Advanced (about 20 controls, about 6 km)
The green course is for individual entrants only - no pairs. It is limited to Scouts (including Explorers and Adult Scouters) with a fair amount of previous orienteering experience.

How long will it take?
That really depends on the kids. Some race through their courses in less than 1 hour, others take their time and stay out 2 to 2-1/2 hours. This is true of all the courses.

What merit badge requirements can be completed through this event?
Scouts should be able to pass off requirement 1a for 2nd Class (explain map and compass - the course is not long enough to pass off 1b, but you could probably make it so if you go back and forth along the course enough times), and requirement 2 for 1st Class (including the height measurement, although it is not really part of a standard orienteering course).

Scouts can also pass off requirements 2, 3a, 4, 6 and 7a for the merit badge. If the scouts intend to pass off these requirements, it will work best if they come ready to show/explain/identify; there are so many groups coming through there isn't enough time to properly explain everything and then test each scout. It will also help give them a better experience if they have already reviewed the merit badge workbook before coming.  The workbook is online here.

 

Map

See a map of this location here.  Opens Google Drive in a new browser tab

 

Costs

Cost = $10 per team ($20 per team after April 14)

All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course (waiver can also be emailed after registration).

Each participant or team receives a course map and a control description sheet.

These fees do not include any extra daily use fee charged by the park. You must pay these separately. Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass.

 

Registration

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! Doing so will save you money and make your event day sign-in easier and faster. Click the link below (PDF file on Google Drive)

Register here for Scout-O
 

 

Results

Results will be posted on the Events & Results page a few days after the event.

 

Contact

Meet director: John Godino


Map and Directions

  1. From Interstate 5, take the Donald exit (Exit 278).

  2. Follow the signs to Champoeg Park: Drive west on Ehlen Road. Go about 3.6 miles.

  3. Turn right on Case Road. Go about 1.4 miles.

  4. Turn left on Champoeg Road. Go about 0.9 miles.

  5. Turn right into the park at the entrance. Follow the orienteering signs to the event start area.

NOTE: There is a self-registration station at the park entrance where you can pay the per-vehicle daily use fee. ($5)

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