Vampire Orienteering, Magness Tree Farm
Oct
28
10:30am10:30am

Vampire Orienteering, Magness Tree Farm

  • 31195 SW Ladd Hill Rd Sherwood OR (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Event overview

Yes, it's time for another Halloween Vampire-O event - the 20th annual!, Come on out and view the impressive fall foliage of Magness Tree Farm at this fun, family-friendly orienteering event with a Halloween twist. You are on a mission to collect as many points as possible (in Score-O style), while vampires are out to steal your points back from you! The catch is that you won't know who's a vampire until it's TOO LATE... 

Come dressed for the occasion in your Halloween costumes; there will be a special prize for the Best Dressed. 

Halloween refreshments will be available at 1 pm for all participants, with awards for the top 3 finishers at 1:30 pm.

There will also be a short, beginner-friendly sprint course (with special pumpkin maze feature)!

 

Courses

The main event will have a mass start at noon. You have 1 hour to find as many controls as you can in any order you want (aka score-O format). Points are deducted if you take more than an hour, and try to avoid vampires!

As a warm-up event, we'll also have a sprint course with start times from 10:30 to 11:15. 

 

Times

  • Registration 10:30 am - 11:45am
  • Start times for sprint course  10:30am - 11:15am
  • Mass start Vampire O at noon
  • Course closes 1:00 pm
  • Snacks and awards, 1:00-1:30 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.

 

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 still run your course of choice and help out
  • 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 help out with this event. For more details, see the Volunteer pages.

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

  • The event is open to the public.
  • Beginners are welcome at this and all CROC events.  Beginner orienteering clinics are taught as needed.
  • 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.
  • If you volunteer for this event, your event fee is FREE also.  Contact the meet director if you'd like to help (no prior experience necessary).
  • All participants must register and sign the liability waiver before entering the course.

Fees for this event are (new as of March 2017):

  • $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 members
  • subtract $5 for using your own epunch
  • Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

Results

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

 

Contact

Meet director:  Mike Bruns


Map and Directions

Directions to Magness Tree Farm (from Portland)

  1. Take I-5 south from Portland to exit #283 (Wilsonville)
  2. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right onto Wilsonville Road
  3. After 4.3 miles, take a right onto Edminston Road
  4. After 1.3 miles, take a right onto SW Ladd Hill Road
  5. After .4 miles, take the right at the fork in the road by the Magness Memorial Tree Farm sign
  6. The public parking lot is 100 yards ahead on the left
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CROC Member Training Laurelhurst Park
Nov
5
11:00am11:00am

CROC Member Training Laurelhurst 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.

VISUALIZATION AND MEMORY SKILLS

This training will focus on visualization as you run the course - both visualizing what's inside the control circle, and visualizing the terrain from what you see on the map. The training will have some memory skills exercises as well. Laurelhurst Park in southeast Portland is the venue. Contact Dan Grabski to register and to get the meet-up location, by November 2.

Time of this event is 11 am - 1 pm.

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

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
2
10:30am10:30am

"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.

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

 

COURSES

  • Short: 1.3 Km. Try this if you are new to orienteering or want some quick exercise.
  • Sprint course: 3.3 Km. "Sprint" is orienteering-speak for a course with lots of control points (15 on this one) with mostly on-trail navigation. The course rambles all over this very interesting park. Running is optional.

 

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 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 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.

The Columbia River Orienteering Club event fees are:

  • Fees for this event are (new as of March 2017):

  • $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 Board Meeting
Dec
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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CROC Member Training-Sprint Orienteering at Columbia Park
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

CROC Member Training-Sprint Orienteering at Columbia 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.

Come out to Columbia Park in North Portland and work on sprint orienteering skills on a new map made by CROC member, Virginia Church. 

Practice checking your clue sheet, maintaining focus during changes of direction, and concentrating while having other racers make route choices around you. Or just come out and enjoy a little park sprint on an autumn day.

The Mass Start will begin at 10:15. If you're late or prefer not to start with the masses, I'll have maps available until 10:30.

Send an email by October 19th to Abra McNair to RSVP for the event. 

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O Skills in the Big Woods
Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

O Skills in the Big Woods

CROC Member Training, Fall Series


Here's an opportunity to improve your orienteering skills and learn with other experienced colleagues in the great outdoors.  Each event will focus on particular orienteering skills. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events.

Location: Old Maid Flat, west of Mt. Hood

The purpose of this workshop is to pull together several orienteering skills used to navigate in a wooded area, without the use of paths or other urban features. Skills include: assessing the map, linking distance on the map to distance on the ground, linking direction on the map to direction on the ground, how to break a long leg to manageable pieces, how to use safety bearings, and how to re-locate when temporarily lost. We’ll work together in a group, or groups if there are many participants.
 
This training is free for CROC members who want to sharpen their navigation skills in undeveloped terrain. Register by September 21 with Anndy Wiselogle; she'll send you the meeting location.

NOTE: mapping workshop previously scheduled on this date will be rescheduled.

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CROC Board Meeting
Sep
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Deschutes Daze
Aug
30
to Sep 4

Deschutes Daze

REGISTRATION FOR DESCHUTES DAZE IS NOW CLOSED.

 EVENT DETAILS AND COURSE SETTERS' NOTES AVAILABLE HERE.

BONUS COURSE MAPS: Upper Dutchman flat: BROWN GREEN RED

The 6 days of events are bare-bones style. Daily meets focus on excellent maps and courses, but there are no posted results.
Courses are advanced, from brown to red in length. There will be no beginner to advanced beginner courses. We will be using e-punch so everyone can compare their splits. All events are mass starts, with a short starting window and a "start" e-punch unit. (Note: one event is mass start.)


SCHEDULE
    •    Wed. Aug 30 - Arnold Ice Cave, high desert, flattish, open sage/pine terrain punctuated with sunken lava tubes.  coordinates: 43.905868 -121.159145
    •    Thurs. Aug 31 - Central Oregon Community College, urban sprint in a complex mix of buildings on a rocky pine-covered slope. See event details for directions to start.
    •    Fri. Sept 1 - Lower Dutchman Flat, forested, hilly, intricate lava formations. Location/GPS Coordinates: Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, 13000 Century Drive, Bend; 44°00'18'' 121°40'44"
    •    Sat. Sept 2 - Lava Butte, flat, open pine forest, individual relay. See event details for directions to start. Coordinates: 43°55’23.64”N, 121°21’3.73”W
    •    Sun. Sept 3 - Middle Dutchman Flat, forest, hilly; beautiful terrain chock-full of features. Directions/GPS Coordinates: Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, 13000 Century Drive, Bend 44°00'18'' 121°40'44"
    •    Mon. Sept 4, Crooked River Grassland, 3-hour Score-O, high desert, hilly. Rogaine-style map will be used. Directions: Latitude longitude coordinates of event site: 44.4288,-121.0900. You will need to read the directions in the event details to drive to the start.

SEE TOP FOR BONUS MAPS AT THE TOP OF THE DUTCHMAN FLAT MAP.

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Cost: The entire week of events, August 30 - September 4, is $100 per person. Individual days are $20 per day. Registration closed August 22.

 

GROUP CAMPSITE at Tumalo State Park 44°07'44.2"N 121°19'52.3"W. The camping has been filled.
If you have previously signed up, camping check-in for the week is 4 PM Tuesday, August 29. Directions to campground in event details, top of page.

 

T-SHIRTS or HOODIE
Technical t-shirts (Sport-Tek ST350 in Atomic Blue) and Hoodies (Gilden Heavy Blend Hooded Sweatshirt in Sport Grey) may be available for $20 and $28 each. Pre-ordering is now closed.

 

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

 

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


QUESTIONS
Contact Event Director Scott Drumm

 

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CROC Member Training Precision Orienteering
Aug
5
9:00am 9:00am

CROC Member Training Precision Orienteering

CROC Member Training, Summer Series


Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at these training events. Each event will focus on developing particular orienteering skills. The training series is for club members only, who want to improve their orienteering skills, improve fitness and do some socializing. There is no cost for members for these informal events. Results will not be posted, but if you want to keep track of your time, bring a timing device and a scoring sheet will be available.

Focus on Precision

We’ll key in on reading map detail and control description to improve accuracy in foot orienteering.
Start time is 9:00 a.m. at Mt. Tabor Park in SE Portland.
Email Scott Drumm to reserve a map and to find the exact meeting location.

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CROC Member Training  "Stoplight" Orienteering
Jul
23
10:00am10:00am

CROC Member Training "Stoplight" Orienteering

CROC Member Training, Summer Series


Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at these training events. Each event will focus on developing particular orienteering skills. The training series is for club members only, who want to improve their orienteering skills, improve fitness and do some socializing. There is no cost for members for these informal events. Results will not be posted, but if you want to keep track of your time, bring a timing device and a scoring sheet will be available.

Stoplight Orienteering

Learn techniques for faster orienteering: when and how to go fast, use medium speed and then go slower when close to a difficult control.

Start time is 10 AM at Creston Park in SE Portland. Email Ali Crocker to reserve a map and to find the exact meeting location.

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Lacamas Lake
Jul
16
10:00am10:00am

Lacamas Lake

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.

 

TIMES

  • 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)

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

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

 

Intermediate Workshop: Contour Lines - 10:00-10:45


This workshop focuses on understanding and working with contour lines. Learn what’s up and what gets you down with those squiggly brown lines. Meet at the registration area at 10:00 a.m. After the workshop you can apply the skills in the intermediate orienteering course.
Intermediate Workshops are for people who have done an orienteering course and want to improve their techniques in navigating off trails. No cost for the workshop.

 

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.

 

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

Fees for this event are (new as of March 2017):

  • $17 - individual (non-member)
  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group ($22 max per team)
  • subtract $5 for CROC members (or any other O-club)
  • subtract $5 for using your own epunch
  • kids under 10 are free
  • youth groups / scout groups: $15 per team

There is no entry charge for using the park.

CONTACT

Meet director: Virginia Church and Michael Holliday

 

MEET 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.

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Central WA orienteering with COC
Jun
17
to Jun 18

Central WA orienteering with COC

Our Seattle friends at Cascade Orienteering Club (COC) are hosting a doubleheader weekend of orienteering on some very interesting terrain in central Washington on Sat June 17 and Sun June 18.

Saturday will be a middle distance event at Moses Lake Sand Dunes in Moses Lake WA.

Sunday will be a longer distance "goat" event at Fishtrap Lake in Sprague WA.

See complete details on the cascade orienteering club website: 

http://cascadeoc.org/event/ultimate-orienteer-8-middle/

and

http://cascadeoc.org/event/ultimate-orienteer-9-goat-2017/

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Mt. Bike O, Growlers Gulch
Jun
11
9:00am 9:00am

Mt. Bike O, Growlers Gulch

Event Host Sue Grandjean in action at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.

Event Host Sue Grandjean in action at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.

Event overview

We require RSVP’s for this event, as we’ll need to coordinate parking logistics and possibly start times. Please sign up on this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/84p81tIpC66lgRzV2.

Come out and try mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) at a brand new CROC location, Growlers Gulch. Growlers is located near Castle Rock, WA, about an hour’s drive north of Portland.

As this is a mountain bike event, we highly recommend using a mountain bike over another type of bike, and helmets are required.

The terrain we’ll be using for the event is an Advanced Beginner/Intermediate skill level, with all of the competition taking place on single track trails and logging roads.

 

TIMES

After you pre-register, you will be assigned a start time. Starts will begin at 10am.  

On-site registration will open at 9am where we will hand out e-sticks and you can sign a waiver.  

Time limit on the course is 3 hours; you must be back within 3 hours after your start.

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.

 

RESULTS

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

 

COURSES

MTBO events come in three different lengths: Sprint, Middle and Long, with a Sprint often lasting less than 20 minutes and a Long sometimes over 2 hours. This race will be a Middle Distance with 15-18 control checkpoints you will need to reach in consecutive order as quickly as you can.
Electronic timing/scoring (E-punch) will be used for this event. We’ll have e-sticks available to use.

 

REGISTRATION AND EVENT COSTS

There are no registration fees for this event - it’s free! If you feel compelled to make a donation, any money raised will help support the US MTBO Team travel and compete at the 2017 World Championships being held in Vilnius, Lithuania this August. Two team members will be at Growlers to answer questions and share information about getting more involved in the sport.

 

LOCATION & DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Please RSVP to participate by using this Google Form link. After we have a good sense of how many people are coming we’ll coordinate parking logistics and send out driving directions. This should be about a week out from the event.

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact meet director, Sue Grandjean.

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Willamette Mission State Park
Jun
10
10:30am10:30am

Willamette Mission State Park

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.

 

TIMES

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Beginner clinics 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed
  • Intermediate workshop: Route Choice 10:00 to 10:45 am
  • Course starts for individuals and teams anytime between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • All courses close 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.

 

 

ORIENTEERING MAP FROM PREVIOUS EVENT

See a map for this park here.

 

Intermediate Workshop:  Route Choice  10:00-10:45 a.m.

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.
Intermediate Workshops are for people who have done an orienteering course and want to improve their techniques in navigating off trails. No cost for the workshop. Meet at the orienteering registration site at 10:00 a.m.

 

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.

 

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

Fees for this event are (new as of March 2017):

  • $17 - individual (non-member)
  • +$5 - any additional persons in your group
  • subtract $5 for CROC members
  • subtract $5 for using your own epunch
  • kids under 10 are free
  • youth groups / scout groups: $15 per team

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.

 

CONTACT

Meet director: Ken and Debbie Wenzel
skiwenzel at hotmail.com
Home Phone 503-297-2958
Ken’s cell  503-729-6571
Debbie’s cell 503-422-1524 

 

MAP AND DIRECTIONS

Latitude longitude coordinates (copy/paste into Google maps to get a map and driving directions:  45.0810, -123.0460

From I-5 Freeway south of Portland, between Woodburn and Salem:

Take Exit 263 Brooklake Road (sign to Silverton, Gervais, and a large Pilot brand gasoline station and truck stop on the west side of the freeway). Go west on Brooklake Road 0.7 mile to the stop light at River Road.

Continue west on Brooklake Road for an additional 1.1 miles to the T junction with Wheatland Ferry Road.

Turn right (north) on Wheatland Road for 2.4 miles to the main gate entrance to Willamette Mission State Park.

Turn left (west) into the park, staying on the straight-ahead main road for 1.6 miles to the side road to the "Walnut Grove" labeled as Mission Lake A and B areas (if you miss the junction and go to the end of the road you are in the "Filbert Grove" parking area.)

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CROC Board meeting
Jun
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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CROC Member Training-Pier Park
Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

CROC Member Training-Pier Park

CROC Member Training, Spring Series

Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at these training events. Orienteering courses will often focus on a particular skill such as close map-reading, remembering what you've seen on the map, and keeping track of where you are.
The training series is for club members only, who want to improve their orienteering skills, improve fitness and do some socializing. There is no cost for members for these informal events. Results will not be posted, but if you want to keep track of your time, bring a timing device and a scoring sheet will be available.

 

Following contours-Pier Park, North Portland

 

This training focus is on Contours. Paths and trails will not be on the map. There are three acts: 1) Getting Unlost; 2) Following a Contour Line; and 3) Line-O. Some of the exercises will be in pairs or threes; mixed skill level is fine. Bring a partner or find one at the training.

Location: Pier Park, meet north of the swimming pool, at St. Johns Avenue and James Street.

Start: 10:00 a.m. Note: 10:05 mass start! Come on time.

Please reply to Anndy Wiselogle to reserve maps
 
 

 

 

More about the training series

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Hamilton Island
May
20
10:30am10:30am

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.

As it's meet director Jill’s birthday, and there will be CAKE. 

Due to US Corps of Engineers regulations, fees cannot be collected on Hamilton Island. Thus, no fees will be collected for this event and it's FREE.

 

TIMES

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Beginner Instruction Clinics 11:00 am - 1:00 pm as needed
  • Intermediate Workshop: Handrails and Attack Points - 10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m.
  • 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.

 

COURSES

  • Beginner  (about 3 Km, 9 controls, simple navigation, one easy climb,  on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Intermediate (about 4.4 Km, 11 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 7.2Km, 18 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. 

 

Intermediate Workshop: Handrails and Attack Points

Learn how to locate a control using land features and vegetation, and how to key in once you’re close. Intermediate workshops are for people who want to up their skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00.

 

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.

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

The event is free open to the public. Donations are accepted are appreciated to help offset event costs.

 

CONTACT

Meet director Jill and Rick McBee

 

Driving directions and map to event 

Please note the start is in a different location to events held here in the last two years.

Note: We will not post signs on Hwy 14 as they disappear!!! 

Start is on south side of Hamilton Island peninsula.

  1. From Portland, take I-84 East to Cascade Locks (Exit 44).
  2. Take Bridge of the Gods (toll $2) over the Columbia River to the Washington side.
  3. Turn left on Hwy 14.
  4. Go 3.1 miles downriver, past the dam on your left. 
  5. Turn left onto Dam Access Road. 
  6. Take an immediate right onto Fort Cascades Drive. 
  7. Follow road 1.2 miles to shoreline and registration in parking area on left.
  8. Restrooms are 500 meters east and west of start along shoreline.
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Central WA orienteering weekend with COC
May
13
to May 14

Central WA orienteering weekend with COC

Our Seattle orienteering friends at Cascade Orienteering Club (COC) are planning a two day event in central Washington near Cle Elum on May 13-14.

The first day will be a classic point-to-point style event, and the second day will be a score-O (Find as many points as you can in any order within a set time limit.)

Lick Creek "Classic" longer distance event Saturday: http://cascadeoc.org/event/ultimate-orienteer-6-classic-2017/

Teanaway Forks Score-O Sunday: http://cascadeoc.org/event/ultimate-orienteer-7-score-o-2017/

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CROC Member Training-Old Maid Flat
May
6
11:00am11:00am

CROC Member Training-Old Maid Flat

CROC Member Training, Spring Series

Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at these training events. Orienteering courses will often focus on a particular skill such as close map-reading, remembering what you've seen on the map, and keeping track of where you are. The training series is for club members only, who want to improve their orienteering skills, improve fitness and do some socializing. There is no cost for members for these informal events. Results will not be posted, but if you want to keep track of your time, bring a timing device and a scoring sheet will be available.

 

Old Maid Flat Advanced Forest Orienteering


 We do not have many opportunities to practice open forest orienteering relatively close to Portland. At Old Maid Flat, we will have one advanced course, a Green Middle course, using small flags. This will be technical and challenging. Compass bearings and pace counting will be important. 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. If you are not an advanced orienteer, you can do the course only if you stay with an advanced orienteer. This is a no-frills training event, and we are not set up for search and rescue. If advanced orienteers would be willing to have someone run with them for training, let me know. The course is about 5 km with 50 m climb. Map scale is 1:10,000 with 10 ft contours
 
Bring water (and food). Although the campgrounds are closed, the pit toilets are open. My understanding is that we do not need NW forest passes yet. We are close to wilderness areas, and you may want to hike in wilderness after the course. I understand wilderness passes are not yet needed.
 
It is important that you contact me so that 1) I can make enough maps, and 2) I know you can complete the course. I will provide directions to the meeting place once I am contacted. 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.

Starts 11 am to noon.
 
If you have any questions, let me know.
 
Mike Poulsen
 

More about the Training Series

Creating an event offers valuable training itself! If you'd like to host an event, or have other questions, please contact Virginia Church.

 

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Horning's Hideout
Apr
23
10:30am10:30am

Horning's Hideout

EVENT OVERVIEW

Orienteering fans - How about a NEW VENUE, close to Portland, with hills, water features, and runnable open forest? Welcome to CROC's newest map, Horning's Hideout, a privately owned enclave hosting disc golf, weddings, trout fishing, music festivals, adventure races and now orienteering, near North Plains off Highway 26. (Note - there's no cell phone service at the venue.) 

Enjoy open fields, some open runnable forest (a rarity in the Coast Range) beautiful creek and ponds and the occasional peacock, all on a brand new map.

CROC thanks the Horning family for their generosity in making their property available for orienteering.

 

TIMES

  • Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Intermediate Workshop: Matching Map to Terrain - 10:00-10:45 a.m
  • 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.

 

COURSES

  • Beginner / Intermediate (about 2 Km, 8-10 controls, easy, on-trail and near-trail navigation)
  • Intermediate / Advanced (about 5 Km, 15+ controls, 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. 

 

Intermediate Workshop:  Matching Map to Terrain

In this free 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. Meet at the registration area at 10:00.

 

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. 

 

RESULTS

Results are posted to the Events & Results web 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, ($20 individual, $25 family/group annual membership), your event fee is FREE! Ask about this at meet registration. Note that payment for CROC events is by cash or check only.

Horning's Hideout requires a $4 per person day use fee upon entering the property at a self-serve kiosk. (Credit cards are accepted.)

Fees for this event are (new as of March 2017):

  • $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 members
  • subtract $5 for using your own epunch

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch

 

CONTACT

Meet director John Godino

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND MAP TO EVENT 

from Portland city center:

  1. From Portland, take Hwy 26 west to North Plains, exit 57.
  2. Go right (north) about 1.7 miles on Glencoe and then Shadybrook Road. 
  3. Turn left onto Pumpkin Ridge Road. Proceed about 4.8 miles.
  4. Look for the "Horning's" sign, turn right and head about a mile on a gravel road to the property.
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McIver Park Scout-O
Apr
15
10:30am10:30am

McIver Park Scout-O

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.

If you are new to orienteering, see our "New to O" page for a quick kid-friendly video overview and some FAQ, and see our "Youth & Scouts" page.

Cub Scouts, Brownies, Boy and Girl Scouts, American Heritage, 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 a linear course around the park trails. Participants try to find all the controls and return to the finish in the shortest time. Free beginner clinics will be provided; no prior orienteering experience is needed.

This event will help Scouts interested in passing off requirements for the BSA Orienteering merit badge or GSA Orienteering interest project. Scouts will be grouped according to rank and will navigate courses matched to their skill level. Scouts will participate in pairs or in small groups.

Note that overnight camping is offered at this park.

 

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. Therefore, please read the following course descriptions carefully and be sure your Scouts are registered for the appropriate course(s).

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. Scouts will participate in small groups 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 course - Beginner/Intermediate (about 11 controls, about 3.5 km, mostly on trail, some route choices)
The yellow course is 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, mostly off trail)
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+ 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.

 

Orienteering map from previous event

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 5)

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.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE FORM BELOW:
SCOUT-O REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)

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.

 

RESULTS

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

 

CONTACT

Meet director: Patrick Gottsacker  360-518-7975

 

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.
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CROC Member Training-Urban-O
Apr
9
10:00am10:00am

CROC Member Training-Urban-O

CROC Member Training, Spring Series

Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at these training events. Orienteering courses will often focus on a particular skill such as close map-reading, remembering what you've seen on the map, and keeping track of where you are.
The training series is for club members only, who want to improve their orienteering skills, improve fitness and do some socializing. There is no cost for members for these informal events. Results will not be posted, but if you want to keep track of your time, bring a timing device and a scoring sheet will be available.

Urban Orienteering-South Downtown Portland

Practice urban orienteering, with tips from some CROC experts, in the "Halprin Open Space Sequence," a small, pedestrian-friendly area of south downtown Portland featuring parks and fountains linked by pathways.

Start times are any time between 10 am and 11 am. FOR A MASS START experience, plan to start at 10:30. Meet in front of the Keller Auditorium on SW 3rd between Clay and Market Streets. There are lots of transit options to get to this location, and downtown Portland offers lots of amenities for after the event!

Contact Virginia Church to reserve a map.

More About the Training Series

Creating an event offers valuable training itself! If you'd like to host an event, or have other questions, please contact Virginia Church.

 

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Mt. Tabor
Apr
1
10:30am10:30am

Mt. Tabor

EVENT OVERVIEW

Happy spring! It must be time for CROC’s annual FREE orienteering event at Mt. Tabor Park in southeast Portland. We have an event here every year, and it is one of our most popular venues, offering hills, water bodies, great urban views and the popular volcano site.

COURSES

This year's format is a 60 minute, 40 control "Score-O." Find as many controls, in any order you want, within one hour.  Each control is worth one point. Points are deducted if you come in over 1 hour. Start anytime between 10:45 AM and 1 PM. Electronic scoring (E-punch) will be used.

There will be a short course for beginners. Beginners are welcome at this and all CROC events.  Free orienteering clinics are taught as needed. This is a great event for first-time orienteers.

 

New:  Intermediate Clinics before classic Orienteering Meets

In addition to the Beginner Clinics offered throughout the morning, there will be one Intermediate Clinic from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. The April 1st topic at Mt Tabor is:

Distance and Direction                       
Learn techniques for Distance and Direction as you navigate along your course. We’ll practice Pace Counting and learn how to set and follow a Bearing. No cost for the workshop.

 

TIMES

  •  Registration 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
  •  Beginner Instruction Clinics 10:45 am - 12:00 noon as needed
  •  Special skills clinic 10 am - 10:45 am
  •  Course starts between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • All courses close 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.

Start Location

Note:  Even if you know the park, please see the map below for the event registration, start and finish location.  The easiest access to the event is to enter the park at the NE corner, off of SE 69th and Belmont.  The event start is at Picnic Area "B", in the NE corner of the park, near the east tennis courts and playground. (Scroll to bottom of page for an interactive Google map).

 

 

 

ORIENTEERING MAP FROM PREVIOUS EVENT

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

Note that CROC also has two permanent orienteering courses at Mt. Tabor, if you would like to try this terrain on your own at any time. (Of course, the permanent course control points are different). See the CROC website under "Training" for more details on these permanent courses.

 

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 below if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more, see the Volunteer page. 

 

RESULTS

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

 

REGISTRATION AND OTHER COSTS

  • The event is FREE and open to the public.
  • Donations are accepted and appreciated to help offset the substantial City of Portland permit fees for this event.

 

CONTACT

Meet director: Brian Hauck

 

Map to event site

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Ski-Orienteering, Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center
Mar
25
10:00am10:00am

Ski-Orienteering, Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center

Note - start time moved from 11:30 am to 11:00 am

Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center will be having their end-of-season party with music and food. The main event will be a one-hour score-o similar to the Easter egg hunt on skis we did last year. However, this year we will gather shamrocks left over from St. Patrick's Day.

Get to as many control points circled on the map as you can within 1 hour. You can go to the controls in any order.  Punch your card at each location. We'll have some devious system for finding shamrocks worth bonus points. Tie scores will be decided by fastest time. If you take more than 1 hour, you will lose a point for every minute you are overtime, so don’t be late.

 

Registration opens at 10 am. Mass start at 11:00 am. Finish by 12:00 noon. The event is free to individuals and teams, so come on up and enjoy the snow.

 

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

 

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CROC Members Training-Laurelhurst Park Map & Compass
Mar
11
10:00am10:00am

CROC Members Training-Laurelhurst Park Map & Compass

Training Series Info

Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at these training events. Orienteering courses will focus on a particular skill such as close map-reading, remembering what you've seen on the map, and keeping track of where you are. The training series events are only for CROC members. There is no charge.

 

Laurelhurst Park Map and Compass Skills

There will be three training exercises for this event.

Map Simplification
You start by getting the course map, but before you run the course, you have to draw your own map with only the details you need to complete the course. The exercise helps understand which features are critical to navigation.

Corridor Training
You get a map with everything erased except a corridor around the straight-line route between controls. This exercise will focus on compass skills and pace counting.

No-map Compass Training
You'll get a map of the course to complete...only without the map! You'll get the course map but without the base map, and a control description sheet. This exercise will test your compass and pace counting skills.

You can do any combination of training exercises you wish.

 

Where to Meet

Meet at the picnic tables near the building at the corner of Laurelhurst Place and Ankeny (North side of the park). See map below.

Start times begin at 10 AM.

 

Cost: No charge for CROC Members

 

RSVP

RSVP to Dan Grabski so we'll be sure to have enough maps for you.

 

More about the training series

Training events will be held monthly in seasonal groups. Watch the events page for the latest information.


The training series is for club members only, who want to improve their orienteering skills, improve fitness and do some socializing. There is no cost for members for these informal events. Results will not be posted, but if you want to keep track of your time, bring a timing device and a scoring sheet will be available.
Creating an event offers valuable training itself! If you'd like to host an event, or have other questions, please contact Virginia Church.

 

 

 

 

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Champoeg State Park Night-O
Mar
4
5:30pm 5:30pm

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 for get a bit muddy, and enjoy the extra challenge of wayfinding at night.

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.

 

Times

  • Registration 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Beginner clinics 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm as needed
  • Mass start 7:00 pm sharp
  • Course closes 8:00 pm for 60 minute runners, 8:30 for 90 minute runners. (Volunteers much appreciated for control flag pickup afterwards, hint hint! Volunteers pay no fee at this event, 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.

 

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. (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.) Electronic scoring will be used.

 

Orienteering 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
  • 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 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, ($15 individual, $20 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.

The Columbia River Orienteering Club fees for this event are:

  • $8 - individual (non-member)
  • $12 - group (non-member, going out using one map)
  • $6 - individual (club member)
  • $10 - group (club member, going out using one map)
  • $1 - extra copy of color map
  • $1 - compass rental
  • $1 - e-punch rental

 

Meet Director

Mike and Linda Hanson

 

Directions and Map to event

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

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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Winter Workshop - Meet Directing
Feb
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

Winter Workshop - Meet Directing

The Mysteries of Meet Direction

An orienteering meet looks complicated, but with organization and some good volunteer help, it can be a lot of fun! This participatory workshop is to learn or review all the skills a meet director needs to host on a successful local orienteering meet.

Whether you’re experienced or new to meet directing, we’ll be learning from the group and your input will be valuable. Includes a draft timeline, what equipment to bring, and the updated system for e-punch results. Bring your biggest worry (if you have one), and your favorite piece of advice for a meet director. We’ll be learning from each other. CROC has a lot of events planned for the coming year, and we would love to see some fresh faces stepping up to run some of the events.

For CROC members only. Please RSVP to Anndy Wiselogle by February 24 so she knows how many copies to make, and so you know the location.

Also, CROC has a handy document, Meet Director Guidelines, on the website. It's good to review this before you attend, hint hint.  =^)

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CROC Members Training-Reed Canyon-partners
Feb
18
10:00am10:00am

CROC Members Training-Reed Canyon-partners

Training Series Info

Build fitness and sharpen your navigating skills (or just have fun) at these training events. Orienteering courses will focus on a particular skill such as close map-reading, remembering what you've seen on the map, and keeping track of where you are. The training series events are only for CROC members. There is no charge.

 

Partners exercise

Pair up with a fellow orienteer of similar fitness and ability for this exercise in maintaining map contact. You and your partner will be running the same course together, with the exception of different controls missing from each of your maps. You'll practice paying attention to your surroundings, matching them to the map as you run or walk, and then being able to quickly pick up where your partner leaves off -- even if that control may not be on your map!  

 

Where to Meet

Meet at SE 33rd Ave and Steele, in the NE corner of Reed's grass field. Street parking is available along Steele (see map below). Start times begin at 10 AM.

 

Cost: No charge for CROC Members

 

RSVP

RSVP to Abra McNair so we'll be sure to have enough maps for you and your partner. See you there!

 

More about the training series

Training events will be held monthly in seasonal groups. Watch the events page for the latest information.


The training series is for club members only, who want to improve their orienteering skills, improve fitness and do some socializing. There is no cost for members for these informal events. Results will not be posted, but if you want to keep track of your time, bring a timing device and a scoring sheet will be available.
Creating an event offers valuable training itself! If you'd like to host an event, or have other questions, please contact Virginia Church.

 

 

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Multnomah Village Urban Night-O
Jan
28
5:30pm 5:30pm

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.  =^)

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!)

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.

 

Results

Results will be posted on the Events & 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, ($15 individual, $20 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.

The Columbia River Orienteering Club 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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