End of 2022 Ultimate Orienteer Series and National Ranking Event, part of PNW Orienteering Festival

Join us at Fishtrap Lake on June 11-12 for the end of the 2022 Ultimate Orienteer Series. Fishtrap Lake has a unique scabland terrain, where the vistas are expansive but details are plentiful. There are few trails in this area, so you’ll appreciate the plethora of contour and rock details as you traverse this beautiful desert area. June is a great time of year for wildflowers here, so you might want to take a moment to enjoy them.

The Saturday event is a Middle distance National Ranking Event with courses in the standard range of White through Blue. The Sunday event is a Goat style event with five courses of different distance and difficulty.

These two events are the culminating events of the Pacific Northwest Orienteering Festival – Nine events over nine days. The PNWOF starts in Missoula on June 4 with an NRE Classic and a sprint organized by Grizzly Orienteering. The mid-week events are organized by Eastern Washington Orienteering Club. See the PNWOF webpage for general information about  the festival and links to the individual events. Register through the PNWOF registration site for the entire festival or select the events you want to attend.

Wednesday Evening Series now open for registration and volunteering!

All events in the 2022 edition of the WES are available for registration and volunteering available. While we don’t quite have the full venue lineup nailed down just yet, we can promise it’ll be another great summer season, so check it out – the first event is this upcoming Wednesday the 15th at UW!

Reg closes tonight Wed – Motala Individual Relay at Fort Steilacoom on Sat April 23

Team up with yourself for Ultimate Orienteer Series #3, an Individual Relay at Ft. Steilacoom Park. Depending on your course, you’ll do 2 or 3 legs, picking up a different map each time through the exchange area. The format is Motala, an individual relay with the legs run in different order and the legs are without forking. More info on the event page (https://cascadeoc.org/event/2022-ultimate-orienteer-3-ft-steilacoom-motala/).  Registration closes on Wednesday night at 9:00 PM (https://register.cascadeoc.org/). We also need several more volunteers so please consider signing up and helping out.

COC Members Named to OUSA National Teams

Congratulations to COC Members Jessica Colleran and Eric Bone for being named to the 2022 OUSA National Team. Eric, a veteran of 20 WOC’s, joins the Elite squad, while Jessica in her first year out of junior status was named to the Performance squad. Both competed this past summer in Europe at WOC and JWOC respectively.

Congratulations to COC members Annika Mihata, Benjamin Brady, and Zariah Zosel for being named to this year’s Junior National Team. This marks the first time on the Jr National team for all three, although Ben ran for team USA at JWOC last summer while being on the Jr Development Team.

All 5 are alumni or active participants of COC’s WIOL program.

Red Cascade OC shirt and sweatshirt order – Order closing noon March 26

The ordering is now open for Cascade OC shirts and hoodie in red. These are all tech shirts except the hoodie. The ladies short sleeve shirt is a slightly different product, that sport tech shirt is not available currently in women’s red.
This order closes at noon on March 26th. You place the order directly with customink.com and the shirts/hoodie is shipped to your address. These shirts cannot be ordered and paid with  volunteer points. This is also a fundraiser for COC.
Note on the design placement:
On the website, they look like the printing is all over, but it will be centered appropriately on each product. It is because there are multiple products; the design is centered on the first product shown and the shown image is not adjustable for the other products. This order is open for 2 weeks and will ship approximately 12 days after the order closes taking 3-5 days to arrive. Unfortunately these will not be available in time for Jr Nationals.

Did you miss the Night-O?

The courses are now posted on UsynligO so you can try out the fun and challenging courses designed by Keely Kinsman and Anique Johnson. Did you miss the Night-O and want to run a course? Did you run at Night-O but got lost and want to try again? Or just try a harder course? Do you want to do a course but prefer to orienteer in daylight and actually see where you are going? Go to UsynligO.no (https://usynligo.no/) and scroll into Hamlin Park. Look for the event “2022 Ultimate Orienteer #1 Night O Hamlin Park 3/12/2022”.

Never heard of UsynligO? Check out the instructions at https://cascadeoc.org/how-to-use-usynligo/. There is also good info here (https://cascadeoc.org/2021-winter-virtual-series/).

Don’t miss the WL season finale: WL Champs on Whidbey Island this weekend (Feb 19-20)

PLEASE REGISTER ASAP to help COC volunteers put on the best meet possible.

WL Championships will be a two-day event this year.

  • Saturday (2/19) is a classic middle distance championship race at Fort Ebey State Park
    & Kettles Trail Area. It is also an opportunity to earn National Ranking points.
  • Sunday (2/20) is a Sprint/Middle championship race at Fort Casey State Park.
  • This year, championships awards are based on your TWO DAY score. That means if
    you want to qualify for Winter League Championship awards, you must do the same
    course both days and you must run either Short Advanced or Long Advanced.
  • New this year:  we’ll have awards for men and women on Short Advanced!

Read the FAQ’s here. So you know how to register!

Next Up is Bog Slog- Get Registered!

Bog Slog redo is this Sunday, February 13th. Head on out to Lord Hill Regional Park- South entrance for the last meet of the Choose Your Adventure Series. We are offering two mass-start, point-to-point courses (The Bog Slog & The Bog Jog) for the advanced navigators, as well as a Choose Your Adventure style race for beginners, intermediates, and trail runners!

Registration closes Friday 2/11 at 12pm- get signed up here.

As always, The Bog Slog advanced courses are longer and more challenging than our usual Winter League courses. Some participants drop down a level for ease, while others treat this as the ultimate challenge, often sharing the navigation fun and bragging rights for completion.

More information here.

Only 18 Spots left for Summit Trails -Registration Closes Feb 2nd at 9pm Don’t Miss Out

You don’t want to miss trying your orienteering skills out in the Rock Creek Natural Area. This will be only the 2nd time COC has raced at this venue.  Get registered, bring your compass (you will need it!), and head on down to Maple Valley for Winter League’s last regular season meet! Parking and the event arena are at Summit Trail Middle School. More information can be found here.