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Catherine Creek


This meet is part of CROC's 2019 Classic Series. Click here for current standings and information about the series.

Quick Info

  • Date: Sat. Oct 12 (10 am to 3 pm)

  • Location: Catherine Creek, Columbia River Gorge, near Lyle WA

  • Courses: Four different courses for all skill levels; Classic point-to-point orienteering format

  • Intermediate skills workshop: from 10:00 to 10:45, details below

  • Meet Director: Virginia Church


CROC is transitioning to a online registration system, and we'd love for you to use it! This has several benefits:

  • Makes things fast and easy for YOU on event day (no paperwork or payment)

  • Helps meet directors know how many maps to print

  • See who’s attending, maybe plan a carpool


  • Online registration closes Thurs, Oct 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm

  • Day-of-event registration is also available, payment by cash or check only

  • Refund policy: full refund if requested more than 48 hours before the start time of the event. Email us to request a refund and we’ll work it out


Catherine Creek offers up incomparable Columbia Gorge scenery. The terrain is open and the features are varied and intricate, adding up to some fun orienteering at all levels. Most of the advanced courses are off-trail.

If this is your first time orienteering, welcome! Free beginner clinics are offered at this event to teach you everything you need to know.

We use an electronic scoring and timing system known as “e-punch” Each entry or team needs to have an e-punch stick. If you don't have your own e-punch stick, you can rent one at registration for an additional $5. Using the e-punch is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about e-punch here.

Intermediate Skills Workshop - Reading and Traveling in Open Terrain

Intermediate workshops are for people who have done a course and want to improve their navigation skills beyond the Experienced Beginner level. Meet at the registration area at 10:00 a.m.; no additional fee for the workshop. We’ll finish by 11:00 so you can apply your new skills to your course of choice.

Reading and Traveling in Open Terrain - We’ll take advantage of this open terrain to focus on elevation and the big picture map. After a review of map symbols we’ll do a map-following exercise in pairs or small groups. Learn and practice how to read contour lines, vegetation symbols and rock features.

Meet at 10:00 a.m. by the registration area.


  • White: Beginner (1.1 km) on-trail navigation. Shorter than usual to compensate for steepness. Great views!

  • Yellow: Beginner/ Intermediate (2.4 km) on trails and other linear features.

  • Orange: Intermediate (4.5 km) mostly off-trail navigation. 200 meters of climb, 12 controls.

  • Green: Advanced (5.7 km) off-trail navigation. 275 meters of climb, 13 controls.


Event day payment is by cash or check only; credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Event Cost

  • $17 base price - individuals

  • $22 base price - groups of 2 or more

    - Subtract $5 for membership in CROC or other O-club

    - Subtract $5 if you have your own e-punch

$12 - organized Scout or other youth group

Become a CROC member   -   Buy your own epunch



All CROC orienteering events are put on by volunteers, and the meet director can almost always used some extra hands. Please keep in mind:

  • No prior experience is needed for many of the tasks

  • You can help out AND still run your course of choice

Typical ways to assist are: helping with starts and finishes, checking in folks at registration, and picking up control flags after the course closes.
Please contact the meet director at the email on the bottom of this page if you'd like to volunteer at this event. For more details, see the Get Involved pages.



The team time will be posted to the Events & Results page a few days after the event.


Meet director: Virginia Church


45.7105, -121.3620

Latitude longitude coordinates of the event location. Copy paste these into Google maps or a smartphone mapping app to get a map and directions to the event.

  • From Portland, go east on I-84 to Hood River. Cross the bridge to the Washington side, and turn right on WA 14.

  • Go about 5.8 miles, and then turn left on old Highway 8. Drive about 1.5 more miles and look for the orienteering signs by the parking area. NOTE: there are no services near the event. Bingen is the nearest town.