Deschutes Daze

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

Events begin Wednesday on the Arnold Ice Cave map, open sage/pine terrain punctuated with sunken lava tubes. Two 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. (See a map sample here.) Bend's Central Oregon Community College offers a hilly, pine-covered spot 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. 

For those who don't get enough orienteering during the week, a model course will be set up to do any time at the top, most scenic, part of the Dutchman Flat map.

Courses: There will be one advanced course each day, red (5-10km), green (3.5-7 km) and brown (2.5-4.5 km) length courses. We plan to design the courses so Brown is an integral unit with Red and Green legs added. There will be no white, yellow, or orange (beginner to advanced beginner) courses. All events are mass starts. We will be using e-punch so everyone compare their splits.

Course Setter's Notes, with complete information on each event and group campsite information will be posted here soon.

A group camp has been reserved at Tumalo State Park in Bend.


Tentative schedule:

  • Aug 30 - Arnold Ice Caves, high desert sage/juniper, flattish
  • Aug 31 - Central Oregon Community College, urban sprint
  • Sept 1 - lower Dutchman Flat, forest, hilly
  • Sept 2 - Lava Butte, individual relay
  • Sept 3 - upper Dutchman Flat, forest, hilly
  • Sept 4, Crooked River Grasslands, 3-hour Score-O, high desert sage/juniper
  • Model course set up all week, upper Dutchman Flat

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. There are many (too many!) 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 backcountry 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. 



Registration will posted here soon.



Technical t-shirts (watch this space for a picture) will be available for $20 each. Unisex sizes from xs - xxxl.



There are numerous motel/condo/B & B options in Bend. We have secured a family friendly group campsite at Tumalo State Park that are available on a first-come, first-served basis (details to come). There are also several walk-in, low-cost, high-scenery Forest Service campgrounds along Century Drive east of Bend (near the Dutchman Flats events). These are first-come, first-served, not reservable. Elk Lake Resort on Century Drive has camping sites and camping cabins which you can reserve.



Contact Event Czar Scott Drumm

July 16
Lacamas Lake
September 11
CROC Board Meeting