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Mapping Fieldwork

Mapping Fieldwork

  • Blue Lake Regional Park near Wood Village
  • Entrance off Marine Drive, meet at first parking lot after entrance

The CROC member training series offers an opportunity to practice and improve orienteering skills and learn with others. Each event will focus on particular orienteering aspects. The training series is for club members only. There is no cost for members for these informal events. 

CROC has a collection of city park maps which are very useful for training. Help the club create another one!

Blue Lake Regional Park is a 100-acre space (about the size of club favorite Gabriel Park) with mostly flat terrain. The park has been on the club’s “let’s map this sometime” list for years. Woods, trails, open areas, boulders, lakes, and other features should make a fun map when completed. Unlike our last mapping workshop, there will be no rain, and there should be more time to spend actually mapping.

The workshop will include a brief overview of the digital sources used to produce a base map and a discussion about the basics of doing fieldwork. Then you’ll add orienteering symbols by walking around with a map-board and using your observation skills. If you are interested in how the fieldwork goes to the computer to make the map, bring a snack and stick around after returning from the field.

Participants should gain an understanding of how orienteering maps are designed and how decisions are made about what is or is not on the maps we use in meets. While we probably can’t map all this park in two hours, all progress is good!

We will work in pairs with supplied materials. Please sign up for this workshop a few days in advance as this will help with materials assembly. Bring a compass. RSVP to Virginia Church for exact meeting location. (There is a $5 park entry fee.)

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Earlier Event: August 4
Willamette Mission State Park
Later Event: September 8
Route Planning for a Navigation Race