Description: Saturday will be a chance to practice technical and challenging orienteering in an area relatively close to Portland. We will have one advanced course, a Green Middle course, using the small sprint flags. Compass bearings and pace counting will be important. Terrain is essentially all white forest, with lichen-covered sand and rocks. This is a good opportunity for intermediate orienteers to try an advanced course. The course is about 4.5 km with 50 m climb. Map scale is 1:10,000 with 10 ft. contours.
Pre-registration: Pre-registration by Saturday, 6 p.m., May 9, is required so that we have a map for you.
Schedule: Starts will be open from 11 a.m. to noon. The course closes at: 1 p.m.
Directions and Where to Meet: Take Highway 26 east past Welches. Turn left onto E. Lolo Pass Road. After about 4 miles, turn right onto Muddy Fork Road / NF-1825. A little over 0.5 mile later, turn right across the Sandy River into Old Maid Flat. After about 0.5 mile, turn right on NF-382 at the sign to Riley Horse Camp. You will shortly cross a creek, and then bear left past the closed campground. There is some parking available at a wide spot before the road starts to climb. Carpooling is a good idea. Also, if anybody would like to go up a couple of hours early, Mike Poulsen would like to carpool, too.
Post Event Potluck: Bring your own water and food.
Other Information: 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.
Beginners: This course is not suitable for beginners. It is for advanced orienteers' training.
Cost: No charge
About the ZER-O Series: On all "ZER-O" dates (10th, 20th, 30th of the month) from May through September, CROC will offer practice courses -- some with added training exercises - in different Portland area parks. These are informal events, with no fees, no timing and no results posted.