Join CROC for Deschutes Daze, a multi-day orienteering festival in the Bend, Oregon area, over Labor Day weekend, 2015. This barebones event is styled after Laramie Daze, with daily meets and a focus on great orienteering, but no posted results.
Course setter's notes (as of Aug 30 2015) , with group campsite information, may be seen here.
Courses: There will be one advanced course each day, roughly of red length (5-10km), with cut-offs for green- (3.5-7 km) and brown-length (2.5-4.5 km) courses. There will be no white, yellow, or orange (beginner to advanced beginner) courses. All Bend area events are mass starts. We will be using e-punch so everyone can look at and compare their splits.
Hood River Area (free orienteering for all levels, no USFS limits)
Saturday, August 29
Sunday, August 30 (part of CROC's free ZERO series)
Catherine Creek, Washington (15 minutes from Hood River), Forest orienteering
Monday-Tuesday, August 31 - September 1
Travel days to Bend, explore the area
Bend area (participation limited by the USFS to 50 per day)
Wednesday, September 2 - Dutchman Flats, east of Bend, Stratovolcano View, Forest orienteering (check in time at the Dutchman Flats sno-park for carpooling is at 8:30 a.m. Carpooling is required by the Forest Service due to the condition of the roads and the potential for fire hazards.)
Thursday, September 3 - Central Oregon Community College, Urban Sprint
Friday, September 4 - Dutchman Flats, east of Bend, Todd-Tumalo, Forest orienteering
Saturday, September 5 - Lava Butte, south of Bend, "Four Maps, Two Feet," Forest orienteering
Sunday, September 6 - Dutchman Flats, The Witch of Many Boulders, Forest orienteering
Monday, September 7 - Arnold Ice Caves, Forest Orienteering
Locations/Terrain: Several events are near the Mt. Bachelor ski area on the Dutchman Flats map, which CROC (humbly) considers the best mapped orienteering terrain in the state. If you can spend even more time in the area, we’ll have two warm-up events in beautiful Hood River Oregon the previous weekend.
The terrain will cover everything from high desert sagelands to open alpine conifer forest, possible sunken lava tube caves, and magnificent views of the Three Sisters wilderness area, including an urban sprint at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
Between events, you can enjoy the outdoor playground of the Pacific Northwest. Entertain yourself with world-class mountain biking, or hiking trails in the Three Sisters wilderness or high desert. 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, hip restaurants, and of course, tasty Oregon beer. Hood River offers access to the Columbia River Scenic area, wind-surfing, and many other attractions.
Registration. Registration is now closed.
T-shirts. Technical t-shirts (final design will look similar to this) will be available for $20 each. Unisex sizes from xs - xxxl.
Lodging: There are numerous motel/condo/B & B options in Bend. We have also secured two family friendly group campsites at Tumalo State Park that are available for $10/person/night on a first-come, first-served basis from September 1-7. There are also several walk-in, low-cost, high-scenery Forest Service campgrounds along Century Drive east of Bend (near the Dutchman Flats events). Elk Lake Resort on Century Drive has camping sites and camping cabins which you can reserve.
Questions? Contact Event Czar Scott Drumm