1st Annual CROC Corn Maze @ Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch
Oct
27
8:00 AM08:00

1st Annual CROC Corn Maze @ Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch

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Quick info

  • Date: Sat Oct 27 - Note the EARLY start time of 8:45!

  • Location: Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch

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

  • See who’s registered (link coming soon)

  • Meet director: Sue Grandjean


Event Overview

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

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

(Note that 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.)



Times

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

  • Instructions - 8:40am

  • Map Handout - 8:45am

  • Mass Start - 8:50am

  • Course Closes - 10:00am




Costs - prices include entrance into the Pumpkin Patch maze

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

  • $15 for CROC members

  • $20 for non members

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


ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED (BUT NOT REQUIRED) FOR THIS EVENT.

Advance registration is used because it:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

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


INFO ON HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

Directions and Map

45.641594, -122.789524

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

16511 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231

From Portland City center:

  1. Drive west on Highway 30 about 9.7 miles.

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

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

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

Mary S. Young State Park - West Linn

MSYSP sign.jpg

Event overview

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

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

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


Contact:  Meet Director, Mike Holliday


ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED (BUT NOT REQUIRED) FOR THIS EVENT.

Advance registration is used because it:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

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

INFO ON HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE

Courses

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

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

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

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


Intermediate Skills Workshop

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

Route Choices to Fit Your Strengths

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

 

Times

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

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

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

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • All courses close at 3:00 pm

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

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

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

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

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

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

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

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

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

 

RESULTS

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

 

Map and Driving Directions

45.3804, -122.6278

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

From Portland City Center:

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

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

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

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

 

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

CROC Annual Member Appreciation party

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

Event overview

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

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

 

Highlights  

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

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

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

 

Times

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

 

Sprint details

  • Map handout from 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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

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

  • You might want to bring a change of clothes and shoes for the party which immediately follows the sprint

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

 

Contact

John Godino 


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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

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 FROM PREVIOUS EVENT

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

 

VOLUNTEERS

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

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

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

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

 

RESULTS

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

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

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

Without a clothing donation, fees for this event are:

  • $17 - individual (non-member)

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • youth groups / scout groups: $10 per team

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

  • subtract $5 for using your own epunch

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

MAP AND DIRECTIONS

45.3024, -122.7598

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

From Portland City Center:

  • I-5 south to Wilsonville

  • Left under the freeway onto Wilsonville Road.

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

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

Multnomah Village Urban Night-O

Event Times

  • Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Early registration between 5:30 and 6:00 is appreciated!

  • Beginner clinics: 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. (on an as-needed basis)

  • 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 mailboxes, house numbers, and signs.  At each of about 35 "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 does not 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.)

Registration begins at 5:30 pm, and then we have a mass start at 6:30 pm.  Participants 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.

Beginners at orienteering are welcome! At this event. we'll have experienced folks to offer you a quick clinic to get you started on the right foot. No compass work is needed, just decent map reading skills.

Safety

Please wear reflective clothing if you have it, bring a good flashlight or headlamp, and be very careful crossing busy streets!

 

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/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.

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

Fees for this event are:

  • $10 - individual (non-member)

  • $15 - group (non-member, going out using one map)

  • $5 - individual (club member)

  • $10 - group (club member, going out using one map)

  • $2 - extra copy of color map

Each participant or team receives a course map, a control question description sheet, and an answer sheet.

 

What to bring

  1. A quality flash light or headlamp with fresh batteries

  2. A watch

  3. Clothing appropriate for the weather. Reflective clothing is recommended

(What NOT to bring - any GPS enabled device, such as a smart phone, 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.

 

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.

 

Contact

Meet director John Godino

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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

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.

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.)

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

We are starting aq bit before it gets completely dark, so you have a chance to find a few controls and get familiar with the map before full darkness. (For those of you who love night orienteering, you will still have more than an hour on the 90 minute course in full darkness.)

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 

 

Meet Director

TBD

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.

 

Courses

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

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

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual (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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Battle Ground Lake State Park
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Battle Ground Lake State Park

battleground lake orienteering.jpg

Event overview

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

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

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

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

Advance registration is used because it:

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

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

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

Info on how to register with our online system

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop

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

Reading Contour Lines, and Adjusting Pace Count

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

 

Times

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

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

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

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • ALL COURSES CLOSE AT 3:00 PM

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

 

Courses

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

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

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

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

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

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

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

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

Fees for this event are:

  • $7 - individual

  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group

  • +$5 - not an orienteering club member

  • +$5 - epunch rental

  • Scout or youth groups - $10 per team

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

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

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

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

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

 

RESULTS

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

 

Contact:

Meet Director Abra Mcnair

 

Map and Driving Directions

45.8029, -122.4865

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

From Portland City Center:

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

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

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

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

 

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Catherine Creek
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Catherine Creek

CROC banner at Catherine Creek meet.jpg

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



EVENT OVERVIEW

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

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

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

This event is FREE!

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

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Reading and Traveling in Open Terrain

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

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

COURSES

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

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

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

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


TIMES

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

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

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

  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • COURSES CLOSE AT 3:00 PM

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


Registration and other costs

There is no cost for this event.

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

Info on how to register with the online system

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

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

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

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

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

 

RESULTS

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


CONTACT:

Meet director: Virginia Church

45.7105, -121.3620

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

Directions and map

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

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

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CROC Board meeting
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board meeting

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

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

The meeting location may vary.

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

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

Bend Ice Caves Navigation Race (3 & 6 hour)

Quick info

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

 

Event summary

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

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

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

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

 

Who's registered?

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

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

 

First time at a navigation race?

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

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

 

Pre-event workshop: Route Planning for a Navigation Race

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

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

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

 

How it works

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

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

 

Location and directions

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

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

43.9381, -121.1994

Driving directions (from Portland)

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

 

Schedule - Sunday Sept 16

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

 

Cost (per person) and Registration

3 hour event, ADULTS (18 and older):

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

6 hour event, ADULTS (18 and older):

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

3 hour event, (JUNIORS 17 and younger):

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

6 hour event, (JUNIORS 17 and younger):

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

 

Rules and Safety

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

 

What to Bring

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

 

Volunteers

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

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

Route Planning for a Navigation Race

Route Planning for a Navigation Race

Date: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

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

Location: TBA

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Mapping Fieldwork
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

Mapping Fieldwork

Mapping Fieldwork

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

Willamette Mission State Park

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

Event Overview

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

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

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

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

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop

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

Topic: Handrails, Attack Points, and Pace Counting

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

 

Times

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

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

 

Courses

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

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

 

Volunteers

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

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

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

 

Results

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

 

Registration and other costs

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

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

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

Fees for this event are:

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

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Contact

Meet director: Brian Hauck

 

Location

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

LATITUDE LONGITUDE COORDINATES OF EVENT: 45.0797, -123.0307

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

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

Starts for Sprints/Races

Starts for Sprints/Races

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Mt Bike Orienteering, Lacamas Lake Park

 The beautiful creek at Lacamas Lake Park, Camas WA

The beautiful creek at Lacamas Lake Park, Camas WA

Event Overview

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

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

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

 

Times

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

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

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

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

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

Fees for this event are:

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

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Results

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

 

Location

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

LATITUDE LONGITUDE COORDINATES OF EVENT: 45.6055, -122.4058

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

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Lacamas Lake Park
Jul
7
11:00 AM11:00

Lacamas Lake Park

Lacamas.jpg

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

Event Overview

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

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

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

 

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Matching Map to Terrain   

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

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

 

Times

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

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

 

Courses

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

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

 

Volunteers

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

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

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

 

Results

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

 

Registration and other costs

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

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

Fees for this event are:

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

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

There is no entry charge for using the park.

 

Contact

Meet director: Sue Grandjean

 

Location

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

Latitude longitude coordinates of event: 45.6055, -122.4058

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

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

Milo McIver State Park

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

EVENT OVERVIEW

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

COURSES

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

 

TIMES

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

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

 

Registration and other costs

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

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

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

Fees for this event are:

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

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

VOLUNTEERS

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

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

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

 

RESULTS

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

 

CONTACT:

Meet director: Alison Crocker

 

Map and Directions to Event

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

Latitude longitude coordinates of event:  45.2994, -122.3837

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

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

Mt Bike Orienteering, Growlers Gulch

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

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

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

Mountain bikes are recommended and helmets are required.

 


Times

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Orienteering in Your Own Backyard

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

Orienteering in Your Own Backyard

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

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

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

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

This training will have two parts:

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

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

3508 SW Moody Avenue, Portland 97239

 

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

 

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

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Hamilton Island
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Hamilton Island

Event overview

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

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

 

Times

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

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

 

Intermediate skills workshop - Map and Control symbols

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

 

Courses

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

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

 

Fees for this event are:

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

Payment is by cash or check only.

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Maps

See a map of a previous event here.

 

Volunteers

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

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

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

 

Results

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

 

Contact

Meet director Jill and Rick McBee

 

Driving directions and map to event 

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

Latitude longitude coordinates of event:  45.6338, -121.9790

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

Driving directions from Portland:

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

Old Maid Flat Advanced Training

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

Compass Bearing and Pace Count Practice in Advanced Terrain


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



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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Scout-O at Champoeg State Park

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

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm.  See more on registration below.  Note: Pe-registration is highly encouraged and a discount is offered.
  • Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed
  • Course starts 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Courses close 3:00 pm

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

 

Event overview

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

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

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

Note that overnight camping is offered at this park.

 

Preparation

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

 

Courses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Map

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

 

Costs

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

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

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

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

 

Registration

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

Register here for Scout-O
 

 

Results

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

 

Contact

Meet director: John Godino


Map and Directions

  1. From Interstate 5, take the Donald exit (Exit 278).
  2. Follow the signs to Champoeg Park:  Drive west on Ehlen Road.  Go about 3.6 miles.
  3. Turn right on Case Road. Go about 1.4 miles.
  4. Turn left on Champoeg Road. Go about 0.9 miles.
  5. Turn right into the park at the entrance. Follow the orienteering signs to the event start area.

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

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CROC Member Training - Mapping Fieldwork
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

CROC Member Training - Mapping Fieldwork

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.

Mapping Fieldwork - Woodlawn Park

Orienteering maps usually begin with the discovery of an area. "This would be a fun orienteering place!" you think. The next step is computer-drawing a scaled base map using digital sources. Buildings, trails, and other major features can be put in the right places on this outline map. The final, critical, step is fieldwork, an observing adventure in the real world, which brings the map alive by adding all the special orienteering details.

In this workshop, we’ll do the fieldwork to complete an O-map of Woodlawn Park, a small but detail-rich location in NE Portland. The object will be to add details and corrections from direct observation to produce a nearly finished product. Whether this goal is met or not, the process should add to your understanding of the features on a map and why they are there (or not there). What symbols are used to describe things on an orienteering map and why? Is this tree a tree? Why or why not? Where is it, exactly?

Note that this workshop will NOT be very aerobic, but does require a sort of Zen-like focus.

We will work in small groups with supplied materials. Please sign up for this workshop a few days in advance as this will help with materials assembly. Bring a compass. Note that rain might require re-scheduling. RSVP to Virginia Church for meeting location.

 

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CROC Member Training - Concentration
Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

CROC Member Training - Concentration

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.

Mental Training:  Concentration-While-Distracted  

Forest Park in NW Portland

This brain training will be a group hike with practice looking at a map, determining route choice, enjoying good company/nature, and then drawing your route choices after not looking at the map for a short span.  What features do you remember?  Do you turn left or right?  Do you climb, descend, or traverse?  Do you cross any water?

Let's meet at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot on Germantown Road at the Wildwood Trailhead, and be ready to hike at 10:15.  Please bring a pen and maybe even a clipboard if you prefer drawing on a firmer surface.  This will be a group event where we will hike a bit and then stop as a group to draw our route choices (you do not need to be an artist for this exercise!).

Register with Sue Grandjean by March 29.

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Ski-Orienteering, Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Ski-Orienteering, Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center

This year, we'll have a single course of about 5 Km rather then our usual score-O event. Registration opens at 10 am. Starts begin at 11:00 am. Course closes around 1:00. 

 

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

 

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

 

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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Council Crest Urban Orienteering
Mar
18
8:30 AM08:30

Council Crest Urban Orienteering

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Note - The Shamrock Run, a very popular running event, will close some streets in downtown Portland on the same day as our event. Naito Parkway will be partially closed. Please keep this in mind when going to our event. 

Event Times

  • Registration: 8:30 am to 9:15 am
  • Beginner clinics: 8:30 – 9:15  (on an as-needed basis)
  • Mass start: 9:30 am
  • Course closes: 11:30 pm 

 

Event overview

Start and finish is at Ainsworth elementary school, 2400 SW Vista, Portland. See map below.

Come explore a unique Portland neighborhood with winding streets, the best architecture in town, Portland's highest point and the best city views.

This navigation adventure will to take you to the more unusual nooks, crannies, staircases, side trails, birdhouses, benches, garden art, parks, and high points of this classic SW Portland neighborhood. 

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

Unlike traditional orienteering courses where you find orange and white flags set the day of the event, this course uses permanent objects such as mailboxes, house numbers, and signs.  At each of about 50 "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 does not have street names, so that adds to the challenge.  =^)

New for 2018 are 50 completely new questions, so even if you have done this permanent course before, this will be a new adventure.

  • Registration begins at 8:30, and then we have a mass start at 9:30.
  • Find as many control points as possible in whatever order you like, and make it back to the start area in under 2 hours.
  • Points are deducted for each wrong answer (no guessing) and for each minute over the time limit (don't be late!)
  • Some controls with be worth extra points, so plan your course to find some of these.
  • Fast walkers should be able to complete the course, or come pretty darn close, within the time limit.

Beginners at orienteering are welcome! At this event, we'll have experienced folks to offer you a quick clinic to get you started on the right foot. No compass work is needed, just decent map reading skills.

 

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 as a new member at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.

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

Fees for this event are:

  • $10 - individual (non-member)
  • $15 - group (non-member, going out using one map)
  • $5 - individual (club member)
  • $10 - group (club member, going out using one map)
  • $2 - extra copy of color map

Each participant or team receives a course map, a control question description sheet, and an answer sheet.

 

What to bring

  1. A watch
  2. Clothing appropriate for the weather

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

 

Practice/Training

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

 

Contact

Meet director John Godino

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CROC member training - Intervals - Mt Tabor
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

CROC member training - Intervals - Mt Tabor

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.

Interval Training

  • Mt. Tabor Park in SE Portland
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • 10:00 a.m.

Interval training is to help with your speed on a course. Participants will navigate as fast as they can for four legs, then walk a short recovery distance, and then navigate at speed on the the next map of four legs . There are four maps, you can choose to do as many as you want. Closing time is noon.

Register with Anndy Wiselogle by February 22 to reserve a map and to find the meet up location.

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Teacup Lake Ski-O
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Teacup Lake Ski-O

This event is dependent on permit approval and favorable weather. Check back here for confirmation before you head up to the mountain. 

 

Times

  • Registration 10:00 am - 11:30am
  • Beginner Instruction Clinics - as needed
  • Course starts 10:30 am - 11:45am
  • Courses close 1:30 pm

 

Event overview

We are set for ski-orienteering again this year at Teacup Lake. Why not try a little orienteering in the snow? Teacup is always a great place to ski. And even if you ski there regularly ski orienteering gives you a different way of experiencing Teacup Lake. Beginners at orienteering are welcome, as always. 

The cabin at Teacup Lake will be our event headquarters.  If you are not a Teacup Lake Nordic Club member, you we will encourage you to make the daily donation of $10 per adult skier ($5 for kids 6-12) to help cover the cost of the grooming of the ski area.  Sno-Park permits are required to park at the trailhead.

 

Course setter's notes

All controls are on groomed ski trails.  The long and medium courses (see descriptions below) have options to ski off trail in ski tracks that will be skied in before the event.

All skiers must follow the one-way restrictions on the map and follow any DO NOT ENTER signs posted by Teacup Lake Nordic Club.

There are 3 maps, but 5 courses due to the design of the courses.

Short - Short is suitable for white- and yellow-level orienteers and novice cross-country skiers and is about 3.5 km long.

Medium - There are two courses on the medium map.  The entire 7.7 km course is designed as a brown course, though it is longer than the orange course.  The shorter orange course, 4.7 km, is intended to offer some navigation challenge for intermediate skiers, whereas brown provides both navigation and ski challenges for more advanced skiers.

Long - The long map also has two courses: green and red.  The red course is 12.1 km and is the full course on the map.  The green course is 9.5 km and avoids some of the climb that is found on red as well.

 

Ski rentals

If you don't own skis, no worries. There are several local stores that offer Nordic ski rentals: REI (only available at their downtown Portland store, 1405 NW Johnson St.); Mountain Shop (1510 NE 37th Ave., Portland); Next Adventure (corner of SE Stark and Grand). There are also places in Sandy along the main drag (Otto's Cross Country Ski Shop, 38716 Pioneer Blvd.),  It's always best to get your skis early in case there's a race.

All participants 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

The event is open to the public. Note: If you join CROC at this event, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE!  Ask about this at meet registration. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.
In addition to event fees below, you'll also need a sno park pass for parking as well as to pay a trail fee (if you're not a Teacup Nordic Club member) - a suggested $10 donation to Teacup Lake (annual membership in Teacup Nordic covers this fee). Sno park permits are not for sale at the event.

Fees for this event (cash or check only):

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

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

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

 

Contact: Meet director Scott Drumm

 

45.32024, -121.6244 - Latitude longitude coordinates (in decimal degrees format) to the event site. Copy/paste these into Google maps for a phone mapping app to get a map and driving directions.

Driving Directions

  • From Portland, take US Hwy 26 east towards Mt Hood, and pass through Government Camp
  • Roughly 2 miles after Government Camp, exit onto OR-35 N/State Route 35 N toward Hood River
  • The Teacup Lake Sno-Park and Mt Hood Meadows Nordic Center are about 8 miles ahead of this junction. Teacup is on the right (south), Meadows Nordic on the left (north).

NOTE: You must purchase and bring a sno-park permit with you - they are NOT available at Teacup. Check weather conditions in advance, and bring chains/traction tires is always a  good idea.

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Multnomah Village Urban Night-O
Jan
20
5:30 PM17:30

Multnomah Village Urban Night-O

Event Times

  • Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. Early registration between 5:30 and 6:00 is appreciated!

  • Beginner clinics: 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. (on an as-needed basis)

  • 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 mailboxes, house numbers, and signs.  At each of about 35 "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 does not 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.)

Registration begins at 5:30 pm, and then we have a mass start at 6:30 pm.  Participants 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.

Beginners at orienteering are welcome! At this event. we'll have experienced folks to offer you a quick clinic to get you started on the right foot. No compass work is needed, just decent map reading skills.

Please wear reflective clothing if you have it, and be very careful crossing busy streets!

 

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/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.

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

Fees for this event are:

  • $10 - individual (non-member)

  • $15 - group (non-member, going out using one map)

  • $5 - individual (club member)

  • $10 - group (club member, going out using one map)

  • $2 - extra copy of color map

Each participant or team receives a course map, a control question description sheet, and an answer sheet.

 

What to bring

  1. A quality flash light or headlamp with fresh batteries

  2. A watch

  3. Clothing appropriate for the weather. Reflective clothing is recommended

(What NOT to bring - any GPS enabled device, such as a smart phone, 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.

 

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.

 

Contact

Meet director John Godino

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CROC Member Training-"Flow"-Sellwood Park
Jan
7
10:00 AM10:00

CROC Member Training-"Flow"-Sellwood Park

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.

January Training:   Flow

We’ll practice continuous movement using longer legs to prepare for the short legs. During the long leg, participants should study the short legs ahead so that they don't have to stop at each of those controls and see where they are headed next.

Sellwood Park in SE Portland is the venue, 10:00 a.m. is the start time, and Ali Crocker is the trainer. Contact her for the exact meeting location and to reserve a map.

 

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San Diego Orienteering - Anza-Borrego
Jan
6
to Jan 7

San Diego Orienteering - Anza-Borrego

Head south and find some sun!

Our friends at San Diego Orienteering presents a weekend of unique navigation competitions at the beautiful Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs, CA.

Four separate events are held over 2 days.

Located about 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.

Registration capped at 125 participants. Always a sell out. No race-day registration.

Details at www.desert-orienteering.com.

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CROC Board Meeting
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

CROC Board Meeting

Note - date changed to Dec 11 from Dec 4

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
2
10:30 AM10:30

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

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.

 

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 FROM PREVIOUS EVENT

See a map of this location 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

  • Your entry fee is FREE if you help out with a meet!

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

  • kids under 10 are free

  • 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

 

CONTACT:

Meet director: Teri Smith

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CROC Annual Member Appreciation party
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

CROC Annual Member Appreciation party

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

Event overview

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

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

 

Highlights  

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

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

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

 

Times

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

 

Sprint details

  • Map handout from 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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

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

  • You might want to bring a change of clothes and shoes for the party which immediately follows the sprint

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

 

Contact

John Godino 


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