Deschutes Daze

REGISTRATION is now open for Deschutes Daze, a multi-day orienteering festival in the Bend Oregon area, over Labor Day weekend, 2017. This bare-bones event is styled after Laramie Daze, with daily meets and a focus on great orienteering, but no posted results.

View, download, and print registration form here.

There will be one advanced course each day. Most courses will be designed around a brown-length course (about 4.5 km), with added loops for green and red. 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: not all events will have a start window.)

PREVIEW: Events begin Wednesday August 30 at Arnold Ice Cave, open sage/pine terrain punctuated with sunken lava tubes. Two events are next to Mt. Bachelor, on the Dutchman Flat map, a hilly mix of pine forest and lava formations. Bend's Central Oregon Community College offers a pine-covered slope for an urban sprint. The flat but complex Lava Butte area will be the site of a multi-map individual relay. The week will finish with a 3-hour Score-O at Crooked River National Grassland near Madras.
A very scenic model course will be set up to do any time in the Moon Mountain area at the top of the Dutchman Flat map.

Until July 7, we will only accept registrations for the entire week of events, August 30 - September 4, at $100 per person (due to a participation limit of 60 set by the USFS). From July 8 to August 21, you may register for individual days at $20 per day. Registration closes August 22.

A group camp has been reserved at Tumalo State Park in Bend. The cost is $10 per day per person. There is a limit of 25 people and 10 vehicles at Tumalo.

    •    Aug 30 - Arnold Ice Cave, high desert sage/juniper, flattish
    •    Aug 31 - Central Oregon Community College, urban sprint
    •    Sept 1 - Lower Dutchman Flat, forest, hilly, lava formations
    •    Sept 2 - Lava Butte, flat, open pine forest, individual relay
    •    Sept 3 - Middle Dutchman Flat, forest, hilly
    •    Sept 4, Crooked River Grassland, 3-hour Score, high desert, hilly
    •    Model course set up all week, upper Dutchman Flat


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.

Technical t-shirts (watch this space for a picture) will be available for $20 each. Unisex sizes s, m, l, xl, xxl. Cotton/polyester blend hoodies, in same sizes, will be available for $28.

We recommend securing lodging soon, as Bend has become a very popular destination! 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.

Contact Event Director Scott Drumm