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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 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.)



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.



Meet director John Godino