Mary S. Young State Park - West Linn
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Mary S. Young State Park - West Linn

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Quick Info

  • NEW - online registration, details below

  • Date: Sat. Sept 28 (10 am to 3 pm)

  • Location: Mary S. Young park, West Linn / Lake Oswego area

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels; Classic point-to-point orienteering format

  • Intermediate skills workshop: from 10:00 to 10:45, details below

  • Meet Director: Ken and Debby Wenzel

ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED FOR THIS EVENT.

CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool

Notes:

  • Online registration closes Thursday, Sept 26, 2019 at 1:00pm

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out


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 at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

We use an electronic scoring and timing system known as “e-punch” Each entry or team needs to have an e-punch stick. If you don't have your own e-punch stick, you can rent one at registration for an additional $5. Using the e-punch is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about e-punch here.


ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED FOR THIS EVENT. A link to this will be added about 30 days before the 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


Courses

  • White:  Beginner (about 3 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3-4 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 km, off-trail and on-trail navigation)

  • Green:  Advanced (about 6 km, some trail, mostly off-trail navigation)


Intermediate Skills Workshop - Pace Counting and Compass Bearings

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.

Pace Counting and Compass Bearings

A key pair of skills for off-trail navigational are these: matching distance on the map to your pace count, and following a compass bearing to get to your destination. We’ll play a game to learn and practice these skills.

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

 

Times

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

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner clinics 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30

  • 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

Day-of-event registration is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Park Fee: Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass. The day pass fee may be paid at the entrance station before you enter the park.

Event Cost

  • $17 base price - individuals

  • $22 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club

    - Subtract $5 if you have your own e-stick

$12 - organized Scout or other youth group

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. Go 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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2nd Annual CROC Corn Maze @ Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch
Oct
5
7:30 AM07:30

2nd Annual CROC Corn Maze @ Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch

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Quick info

  • Date: Sat Oct 5 - Note the EARLY start time of 8:50!

  • Location: Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch - (thanks to them for hosting!)

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

  • Meet Director’s Notes - link coming soon

  • Meet director: Sue Grandjean


ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED FOR THIS EVENT.

CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool

Notes:

  • Online registration closes Thursday, Oct 3, at 1:00pm

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out


Event Overview

Come on out and try 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 registration and earlier-than-usual start as smooth as possible for everyone.


Meet Director’s notes

The meet director wrote 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.)

LINK COMING SOON


Corn maze orienteering tips

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

  • A compass can be helpful - easy to get turned around with no reference to North.

  • The map scale will be approximately 1:1200, 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 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.

Event Cost

  • $20 base price - individuals

  • $30 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club

 

Directions and Map to event site

45.6415, -122.7895

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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Catherine Creek
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Catherine Creek

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This meet is part of CROC's 2019 Classic Series. Click here for current standings and information about the series.


Quick Info

  • Date: Sat. Oct 12 (10 am to 3 pm)

  • Location: Catherine Creek, Columbia River Gorge, near Lyle WA

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels; Classic point-to-point orienteering format

  • Intermediate skills workshop: from 10:00 to 10:45, details below

  • Meet Director: Virginia Church



ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED FOR THIS EVENT.

CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool

Notes:

  • Online registration closes Thurs, Oct 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out



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 at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

We use an electronic scoring and timing system known as “e-punch” Each entry or team needs to have an e-punch stick. If you don't have your own e-punch stick, you can rent one at registration for an additional $5. Using the e-punch is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about e-punch here.

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Reading and Traveling in Open Terrain

Intermediate 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 a.m.; no additional fee for the workshop. We’ll finish by 11:00 so you can apply your new skills to your course of choice.

Reading and Traveling in Open Terrain - 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.

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


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

Event day payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Event Cost

  • $17 base price - individuals

  • $22 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club

    - Subtract $5 if you have your own e-punch

$12 - organized Scout or other youth group

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


DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND LOCATION

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.

  • 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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Member training - Bearing and Pace Training with Gaps in the Map
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Member training - Bearing and Pace Training with Gaps in the Map

Note - NEW DATE of Sun Oct 20

Bearing and Pace Training with Gaps in the Map

Sunday, Oct 20

Starts: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Noon)

Southeast Portland


CROC advanced trainings are held monthly for members only. There is no cost.


Bearing and Pace Training with Gaps in the Map

For our members, we will have two orienteering training courses that will zig zag across a park in SE Portland with various bearing and pace exercises. The first course will be suitable for advanced beginners who are ready to do some easy bearing and pace navigation off trail. The second course will be more challenging with at least part of the course using a window-O format where you have to carefully use the bearing and pace skills you developed on the first course. Because this is a bearing and pace training event, your maps will be missing trails and possibly roads so that you have to rely on your bearing and pacing rather than linear features. The course setter, Tony Pinkham, will be on hand to explain bearing and pace techniques (and how to recover from mistakes) that you can easily use to complete these courses. Club members of all orienteering skill levels are encouraged to do both of these courses. The courses close at noon, after which we can go to a nearby cafe (to be announced) to relax and swap stories.


Location: Southeast Portland. For the exact meeting location and to reserve a map, contact Tony Pinkham by November 7, 2019.

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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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Scout-O at Champoeg State Park
Apr
18
10:30 AM10:30

Scout-O at Champoeg State Park

Quick info:

  • Date: Sat. April 18 (always the Saturday after Easter)

  • Location: Champoeg State Park

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

  • Beginners welcome, free clinics to teach you the basics

  • 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

Scout-O has 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 about compasses? A compass is not needed on most courses, just decent map reading skills. CROC do not have time at the beginner clinics to teach compass use beyond the basics. If you want more compass instruction, see our wIlderness navigation tutorial videos on Youtube.

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 17. $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

45.2484, -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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CROC Board Meeting
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board Meeting

Note - date changed from Sept 9

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 - Big Circle O and Control Description Sheets
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Member training - Big Circle O and Control Description Sheets

Sat. Sept 14

Southwest Portland

10:00-11:30 a.m.


CROC advanced trainings are held for members each month for no cost. 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 teaches participants the control symbols: what each column means, and how to use them on the run.


After learning the columns of a control description sheet and several symbols, we’ll practice with a Big Circle O course. Within a large circle on the map, you should go to the one spot that is described in the control description sheet. This is good training for orienteers and course designers. Training starts at 10:00 a.m. for everyone.

Location A city park in SW Portland. For the exact location and to reserve a map, contact trainer Anndy Wiselogle by September 11.

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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

Information Update #3 posted September 3, 2019

Topics:

  • Updated directions to Wednesday 3-hour score-O at Crooked River National Grassland

  • Apology

  • Results

LInk: Deschutes Daze 2019 Update 3

Information Update #2 posted August 25, 2019

Downloads:

Topics:

  • Event Bulletin Available for Download

  • Visit the Welcome Center on your first day at Deschutes Daze

  • Skills Clinic on Saturday, August 31, 9 - 10 am

Link: Deschutes Daze 2019 Update #2

Information Update #1 posted July 30, 2019

Topics:

  • Communication plan

  • Courses: start times, distance from parking to start, etc.

  • Sunday evening barbecue picnic

  • T-shirts

  • Training and/or practice map

Link: Deschutes Daze 2019 Update #1

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 both the British Columbia Orienteering Championships (Sept 7-8) in Kimberly/Cranbrook and also the 2019 U.S Nationals in the Bay Area (Sept 6-8) so here is your opportunity to have a solid week of orienteering!

Here’s a photo sampler from Deschutes Daze 2017. (See a bunch more at this Facebook album.)


Registration Information

Registration for Deschutes Daze 2019 has closed. Click on this map to see registration information . . .

The registration menu includes

  • Event fees: per day or all-days

  • Optional Sunday evening barbeque dinner

  • Optional camping at the group site

  • Waiver form

  • T-shirt order

Registration is Limited

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

Prices

  • Single Event Day: $25

  • All Events: $110

  • Banquet Dinner: $22

  • Camping per night: $15 per tent per night, and allowance for one RV for $20 per night

  • Does your group include juniors? Please look for reduced prices and special instruction on the registration form.


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 2.5 3.25 km hike to start
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.) Regretfully, our group campsite has limited capacity and it has been filled as of 12 July 2019.

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 west 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

  • The Best Western Premier Peppertree Inn at Bend have generously offered a block of rooms to our group at discounted rate. Please follow the link to make a reservation using the discount code. Alternatively, you can reserve a room by calling Michael Elston, Sales Manager, at 509-280-8457. The offer is good through July 30 and the reservations have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please use the contact form below to let us know if the block of rooms has been filled up because we may be able to get more.

Social and Other Activities

Sunday September 1 - Barbecue Dinner

Sign up via the registration links above

Tuesday September 3 - No Host Happy Hour at the Food Carts

Join us at the food carts after 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 (event center, camp host), Ken Wenzel (camp host), Marty Lawrence (planner), Anndy Wiselogle (course designer), Virginia Church (lead mapper), Alexander Myachin (results), Tony Pinkham (skills clinic), Mike (Electro) Bruns (chairperson)


Contact

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

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Milo McIver State Park
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Milo McIver State Park

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This meet is part of CROC's Classic Series. Click here for current standings and information about the series.


Quick info

  • NEW - online registration, details below

  • Date: Sat. Aug 24 - start any time between 11am - 1pm

  • Location: Milo McIver State Park near Estacada OR

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels; Classic point-to-point orienteering format

  • Intermediate skills workshop: from 10:00 to 10:45, details below

  • Meet Director: Abra McNair and Sue Grandjean

ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED FOR THIS EVENT.

CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool

Notes:

  • Online registration closes Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at 1:00pm.

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out

EVENT OVERVIEW

Come out and enjoy orienteering on the varied terrain of this large riverside park. McIver State Park is a 1,600+-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. 

We use an electronic scoring and timing system known as “e-punch” Each entry or team needs to have an e-punch stick. If you don't have your own e-punch stick, you can rent one at registration for an additional $5. Using the e-punch is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about e-punch here.

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Compass Use: Orienting the Map and Following a Bearing

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.

10:00 - 11:00 am

Using a compass in these two ways is essential to intermediate and advanced orienteering. We’ll practice keeping the map oriented to the terrain, and do a couple exercises to learn to navigate to a feature through fields and forests.

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, 14-16 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.

 

Registration and other costs 

Day-of-event registration is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Park Fee: Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass. The day pass fee may be paid at the entrance station before you enter the park.

Event Cost

  • $17 base price - individuals

  • $22 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club

    - Subtract $5 if you have your own e-stick

$12 - organized Scout or other youth group

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: Abra McNair and Sue Grandjean

 

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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Member Training - Ladd’s Addition Score-O
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Member Training - Ladd’s Addition Score-O

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 us an urban Score-O, plus time to meet and chat over lunch.

  • Ladd’s Addition Score-O

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019

  • 10:00 - noon


We’ll have a 45-minute Score-O followed by time to hang out, tell orienteering stories, and eat some good food. The start/finish is at the Hawthorne Asylum Food Carts, https://pdx.eater.com/2019/4/16/18410705/hawthorne-asylum-where-to-eat-drink.


Please RSVP to Sue Grandjean via before August 7 to guarantee getting a map.

Instruction will be given at 10:00 a.m. with map handout at 10:15. Finish by 11:00 a.m.

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Member training - Mt. Tabor Sprint
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Member training - Mt. Tabor Sprint

  • Wednesday, July 24

  • Start 6:30-7:00 p.m., course closes at 8:30 pm

CROC advanced trainings are held for members each month for no cost. 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 making quick decisions while running to fairly easy locations.

We’ll take advantage of the car-free roads at Mt. Tabor on a Wednesday evening to practice a sprint course. A sprint is a short distance (2.6 km for this event) with lots of direction changes, with tricky things to observe in the map, and it can be completed in 12 minutes! For a bonus, you can also do the permanent course at Mt. Tabor.

Location - Mt. Tabor Park in SE Portland.

Contact training coordinator Anndy Wiselogle for the exact location and to reserve a map.

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Champoeg State Park
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Champoeg State Park

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Welcome to the Champoeg State Park orienteering meet! This meet is the fourth event of the 2019 CROC best-5-of-7-events Classic Series. Check the standings here!


Quick info

  • Date and time: Sun. July 14 - start any time between 11am - 1pm

  • Location: Champoeg State Park near Butteville Oregon

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels. Classic point-to-point orienteering format

  • NEW - online registration, details below

  • Intermediate skills workshop: from 10:00 to 10:45, details below

  • Meet Director: Mike Holliday

Advance online registration is encouraged for this event.

CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool

Notes:

  • Online registration closes Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:59pm

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out

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 at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

We use an electronic scoring and timing system known as “e-punch”. Each entry or team needs to have an e-punch stick. If you don't have your own e-punch stick, you can rent one at registration. Using e-punch is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about e-punch here.

 

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner Instruction clinics 10:30 and 11:00 am

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

  • Course starts anytime between 11 am and 1 pm

  • Courses close at 3:00 pm (controls 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

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.

Handrails, Attack Points, and Aiming Off 

These three techniques are key to successful orienteering in forests, open areas and large spaces. They help you locate features and give you confidence in your approach. 



Courses

  • White:  Beginner (about 3 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3-4 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 km, off-trail and on-trail navigation)

  • Green:  Advanced (about 6 km, some trail, mostly off-trail navigation)

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

Day-of-event registration is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Park Fee: Oregon State Parks charges $5 for day use, $30 for a 12 month pass and $50 for a 24 month pass. The day pass fee may be paid at the entrance station before you enter the park.

Event Cost

  • $17 base price - individuals

  • $22 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club

    - Subtract $5 if you have your own e-stick

$12 - organized Scout or other youth group

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 

For descriptions of volunteer jobs, see the Volunteer pages. Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event.

 

Results

Results, split times, and Winsplits link are posted to the Events & Results web page a day or two after the event.


Contact

Meet director: Mike Holliday

 

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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Member training - Compass Bearings and Pace Counting
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Member training - Compass Bearings and Pace Counting

  • Saturday, June 29

  • Start at 10:00 a.m. sharp; course closes at noon

  • Southeast Portland

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 accurate direction and distance for running a course.

Compass Bearings and Pace Counting 

This training focuses on accuracy in following a compass direction over distance in the terrain. Each participant will take a bearing, calculate step count, look for an object in the horizon in that direction, and fly to it (while being observant of collecting features and utilizing potential handrails). 

Location: Southeast Portland. For the exact meeting location and to reserve a map, contact Mike Kacmar by June 26, 2019.

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Willamette Mission State Park
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Willamette Mission State Park

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This meet is part of CROC's Summer Classic Series. Click here for current standings and information about the series.


Quick info

  • Date: Sat. June 8 (10 am to 3 pm)

  • Location: Willamette Mission State Park north of Salem

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels

  • Meet Director: Alison Crocker


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. 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.

We use an electronic scoring timing and scoring system known as “e-punch”. Each entry or team needs to have an e-punch finger-stick. If you don't have your own finger-stick, you can rent one at registration for an additional $5. Using the e-punch system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about e-punch here.


Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner Instruction open to all! 10:30 and 11:00 am

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

  • Course starts anytime between 11 am and 1 pm

  • Courses close at 3:00 pm (controls 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

Intermediate 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 a.m.; no additional fee for the workshop. We’ll finish by 11:00 so you can apply your new skills to your course of choice.

Route Choice, and Re-Locating Yourself

We’ll evaluate route choices that work best for your orienteering skills, and we’ll practice re-locating yourself on the map when you’re not sure where you are. Okay, when you’re lost, doggone it. We’ll be in a group, so you won’t be lost forever.

 

Courses

  • White:  Beginner (about 3 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate (about 3-4 km, on-trail and near-trail navigation)

  • Orange:  Intermediate (about 4 km, off-trail and on-trail navigation)

  • Green:  Advanced (about 6 km, some trail, mostly off-trail navigation)

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PAYMENT IS BY CASH OR CHECK ONLY; we are not set up to accept credit/debit cards on site at this time.

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 

For descriptions of volunteer jobs, see the Volunteer pages. Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. 

 

Results

Results, split times and Winsplits link are posted to the Events & Results web page a day or two after the event.

Contact

Meet Director: Alison Crocker



DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND MAP TO EVENT 

Latitude longitude coordinates of event:  45.0797, -123.0306

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:

  • From Portland city center, take I-5 south about 35 miles. Take exit 263, and head west.

  • Go west about 4 miles then take a right on Wheatland Road.

  • Go north on Wheatland Road about 4 miles, and turn left turn into the park.

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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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Hamilton Island
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Hamilton Island

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Welcome to the Hamilton Island orienteering meet!! This meet is the second event of the 2019 CROC best-5-of-7-events classic Series. May 18 is also World Orienteering Day!

Quick info

  • Date: Sat. May 18 (10 am to 3 pm)

  • Location: Hamilton Island on the Columbia River near Bonneville, WA

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels

  • Intermediate Skills Workshop: (see below)

  • Meet Directors: Rick and Jill McBee

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.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! We offer free beginner clinics to get you up to speed.

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


Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Beginner Instruction open to all! 10:30 and 11:00 am

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

  • Course starts anytime between 11 am and 1 pm

  • Courses close at 3:00 pm (controls 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

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.

We’ll practice these two key skills for navigating through open fields and forests. How many steps does it take to go an inch on the map? And how do I take a direction on the map to the correct direction in the field? We’ll do three short exercises.

Meet at 10:00 am by the registration area. Workshop will conclude before 11 am.

 

Courses

  • White:  Beginner: easy on-trail navigation. Length 3 km., 35 meters of climb, 11 controls.

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate: on-trail and near-trail controls, navigation on trails. Length 4 km., 49 meters of climb, 12 controls.

  • Orange:  Intermediate: technical: many off-trail controls, route choices, trail and cross country navigation. Length 5 km., 110 meters of climb, 14 controls.

  • Green:  Advanced: mostly off-trail controls, route choice, trail and cross country navigation. Length 7 km., 160 meters of climb, 17 controls.

Costs

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

Fees for this event are:

  • CROC members $7 - individual, $12 - group of 2 or more (plus e-punch rental if needed)

  • If not a CROC member: $12 - individual, $17 - group of 2 or more (plus e-punch rental if needed)

  • +$5 - e-punch rental (Note: e-punch is required. Organized scout or youth groups - $12 per team (includes e-punch rental)

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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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

  • Beginners welcome, free clinics to teach you the basics

  • 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 about compasses? A compass is not needed on most courses, just decent map reading skills. CROC do not have time at the beginner clinics to teach compass use beyond the basics. If you want more compass instruction, see our wIlderness navigation tutorial videos on Youtube.

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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Lacamas Lake Park
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Lacamas Lake Park

 
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Welcome to the Lacamas Lake Park orientering 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

  • 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. 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

Courses close at 3:00 pm (Controls 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: easy, on-trail navigation. Length 1.9 km, 35 meters of climb, 11 controls

  • Yellow:  Beginner / Intermediate: on-trail and near-trail navigation. Length 2.4 km, 49 meters of climb, 11 controls

  • Orange:  Intermediate: some off-trail, mostly on-trail navigation. Length 3.8 km, 110 meters of climb, 11 controls

  • Green:  Advanced: Off-trail and on-trail route options. Length 5.0 km, 160 meters of climb, 14 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 - 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; on the east side of Washington SR 500/SE Everett Rd. PLEASE PARK IN THE OVERFLOW PARKING LOT. This lot is reached by driving over the bridge between Round Lake and Lacamas Lake, turning right on 35th Ave, then left into the large gravel lot. Walk south across the pedestrian bridge to the event area near the restroom building. 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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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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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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