Registration closing TONIGHT Thursday for Choose Your Adventure #2 – Corn Maze!

The registration is open here and the event page is posted for the next event in the Choose Your Adventure series – Corn Maze! The Choose Your Adventure series is designed to be extra fun, social, and friendly for beginners, yet interesting for seasoned veterans. At Choose Your Adventure events, everyone gets the same map with checkpoints marked all over it. There will be a mass start and a map exchange. Each map will have 12 controls. You find as many checkpoints as you want, in whichever order you want. Just be sure to mind the time, since there’s also a time limit. Return to the finish on-time, or lose precious points for every minute you’re late. Choose Your Adventure is especially good for beginners, since if you can’t find a checkpoint, you can just skip it and keep going. Veterans are challenged by trying to identify the most efficient route to find all the checkpoints, and the mass start means head-to-head racing for some. Bring a compass, pen, and watch and come join the fun!

 

COC’s Jessica Colleran Competing at World University Orienteering Championships

2022 FISU World University Championships Orienteering is in full swing in Switzerland this week. COC’s Jessica Colleran is competing for Team USA along with 9 other collegiate male and female athletes from around the USA in this biennial event.  Jessica is one of two female athletes competing in 4 of the 5 events in and around the Biel-Bienne area. She has run the individual sprint and the long already. She finishes up the week with the middle and the women’s relay.  Congratulations Jessica! Way to represent Cascade OC, the University of Washington, and the US National Team on the world stage.

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/).