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Eastern Washington Orienteering Club

Scheduled Events For 2017

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How public are Spokane's parks?

Read the story below regarding how the City of Spokane has made it unreasonably expensive for us to hold our events in their public parks.

(Date Change) February 25
Saturday

Register:
10:30
Mass start:
11:00

Snowshoe Orienteering At Mount Spokane

Trent Carey will design the club's first Snowshoe-O event at Mount Spokane's Nordic Ski Park. The event will be a score-o format on a brand new map. See how many controls you can find, in any order, within two hours.

You'll need two passes to park nearby:
a Sno-Park pass ($20/day or $80/year) and a Discover Pass ($11/day or $33/year). The one-day combo pass will save you $1, at $30 for both.

The passes are per carload, so you could save more money by sharing a ride. If you'd be interested in, for example, meeting up at the Yoke's on Highway 2 in Mead, and splitting some of the costs for the rest of the trip, 40whacks and I'll see if I can put like-minded people together.

The parking area/start is called the 131 trail head, and is just west of the snowmobile parking lot. For directions and an overview of the park you can go to the Spokane Nordic Ski Association's website.

March 19
Sunday

Register:
1pm
Mass Start:
1:30

Score-O at The Bowl and Pitcher

A score meet is a fun orienteering challenge because you can tailor what controls you look for to suit your own skills, physical abilities, and energy level. Rather than visiting controls in a certain order, everyone starts at the same time and chooses for themselves what controls they'll try to find within the time limit. Controls will have different point values depending on factors such as how far they are from the start and how hard they are to navigate to.

This event takes place within Riverside State Park so you'll need to display a Discover Pass on your car. They're $11/day or $33/year through the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Map info and directions to the start

April 1
Saturday

Register:
9:00-9:45
Mass Start:
10:15

Sandpoint Street Scramble

EWOC President, and Sandpoint resident, John Harbuck will design the third installment of the Sandpoint Street Scramble —April Fools Edition. Meet at Sandpoint West Athletic Club before 9:45 to register. You'll want some time to look your map over and plan your route before the 10:15 start. Once under way, you'll have three hours to look for the control locations. Rather than punching a card at each control, there will be a question to answer. An example might be, "What color is the front door of the house on the NW corner of the intersection?" This is our only event of the year with a bicycle option.

If you think you’re going to do this event, John Harbuck would appreciate an Luddite so he can get an idea how many maps to print.

(The name “Street Scramble” is a trademark of MerGeo Nav Races and they have graciously given us permission to use it.)
Map info and directions to the start


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Earth Day at Mirabeau Park

Whether you've done several orienteering events, or you've only been nervously considering doing one, these classes should give you more confidence and expand your understanding of this fascinating sport. We're offering two classes taught by Gonzaga Professor John Beck. Between classes we'll have our somewhat-monthly club event. The club event is included in the cost of either class. It serves as a practical conclusion to the Intro class, and/or a good warm-up to the Skills class. Pre-register for the classes through Spokane Valley Parks and Rec. If you just want to come orienteer, you can register on-site as usual.

April 22
Saturday

Class registration:
online
Event start/registration:
11-1

Introduction To Orienteering Class

John Beck will introduce students to the sport of orienteering and general map-reading. By the end of class you’ll understand how to use a compass in conjunction with your map to “stay found.” The orienteering event immediately afterward gives you an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned on a real course, and the cost of that is included in the class.

Mirabeau Park Club Event

This event will be run on one of our newest and most detailed maps. Mirabeau Park sits on what used to be a zoo for local wildlife species, but it has been significantly neatened up. People attending either of the classes today can participate in this event at no additional class as an opportunity to practice their skills. Anyone else who wants to run a course can do so at the regular start fees.

Orienteering Skills Class

This class picks up where the morning class leaves off, but if you already know how to transfer a compass bearing from a map to the real world you might choose to start here. John will additionally show students some of the skills that orienteers use to navigate courses more quickly and surely. Some of the topics covered include distance estimation on the run, rapid map orientation using the compass, and keys to making the good route choices. You'll likely be surprised at how much there is to know about doing the sport well. Be sure to show up for the orienteering event beforehand, which is included in the cost of the class.


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Pacific Northwest Orienteering Festival

EWOC is sponsoring three days of orienteering fun in the Spokane area. Warm up for the Gold Rush Champs with us! You can run four courses in 2-1/2 days. We're looking forward to a fun-packed few days on our newly updated maps. Riverside State Park requires that all vehicles display a Washington State Discover Pass

Camping will be available at Riverside State Park, with beautiful views and of the Spokane River. We've reserved a tents-only group campsite #1 at The Bowl and Pitcher Campground for Sunday through Wednesday nights. The group site will hold a maximum of 60 people and 20 vehicles. If you plan to use the group tent site, try to let us know which nights, how many people in your group, and how many vehicles. We'll collect $4 per person/per night at the event. RV sites can be reserved online through Washington State Parks, or by phone at (888) 226-7688. Make your reservations as soon as practical because spots in the peak season go very fast.

While you're there you might visit the nearby Downriver Disc Golf Park, or traditional golfing just up the road at Downriver Golf Course.

Preregistration:
So we can prepare the correct number of premarked maps, it would be very helpful if participants preregister indicating which events they will participate in and their selection of course for each. Remember to also include your camping plans, as outlined above. All fees will be collected on-site.

Send your pre-registration to GUproff or by snail mail to: EWOC, P O Box 944, Spokane, WA 99210.

We use the old-fashioned control cards and punches, so you won't need an SI stick.
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June 19
Monday

Registration:
1-3
Starts:
2-3

Sprint Course 1 — Riverside State Park at the Bowl and Pitcher

Our first sprint will be across the river from the campground, on fairly flat terrain. There will be a beginner course and an advanced one.

Beginner course:$7
Advanced course $9

Map information and directions to the start

June 19
Monday

Registration:
5:30-7
Starts:
6-7

Sprint Course 2 — Riverside State Park at the Bowl and Pitcher

The evening sprint course will start at the same place as the afternoon's, but will take you out in a different direction – with equally scenic, but different views of the area.

Beginner course: $7
Advanced course $9

Map information and directions to the start

June 20
Tuesday

Registration:
9-10
Starts:
10-noon

B-Meet — Riverside State Park at Camp 7-Mile

Camp 7-Mile will serve as the setting for Tuesday's B-meet, with classic categories and course-lengths. Camp 7-mile was originally the headquarters of the Civilian Conservation Corps while they were making improvements to the state park during the depression. The swinging bridge at the bowl and pitcher, and the rock retaining walls along the roads are a couple examples of their work.

White course: $7
Orange course: $9
Green course: $12
Red course: $12

Map information and directions to the start

June 21
Wednesday

Register/start:
9-10 am
Mass start:
10 am

Liberty Lake Regional Park, Liberty Lake, WA

Wednesday morning we'll have a score meet at Liberty Lake County Park, on the southeast end of Liberty Lake. Be ready to go at 10 a.m. Competitors will have a maximum of 90 minutes to collect as many points as they can. There will also be a novice course option.

The park charges $2/head at the gate. It would be a nice place for a picnic after the orienteering event, but it's quite a ways from stores, so you'll want to bring your food with you when you come to the orienteering event.. There is also a nice beach with lifeguards if you'd like to go for a swim.

There are tent sites, RV sites, and even cabins for rent ($22, $32, and $50, respectively). More information and a link to online reservations can be found on Spokane County's website. Incidentally, the camping fees include the park entrance fees for up to four people.

Beginner course: $7
Score-O: $12

Map information and directions to the start


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2017 Gold Rush U.S. Individual Champs

The City of Trees Orienteering Club is hosting this national-level meet, here in the Pacific Northwest. Champions will be named in sprint, middle, and long-distances (Friday, Sunday, and Saturday, respectively) — and special prizes will be awarded to the best overall in each competitor category. See the Gold Rush website for details about the venues, courses, lodging and more. Registration can be done online at OUSA.

June 23
Friday

Registration:
begins at 8:30 am

First Start:
10 am

Sprint Championships, Boise State University

The sprint championship will take place on the campus of Boise State University. Sergey Velichko has made major revisions and expansion of the City of Trees' campus map. The course will start and finish in an amphitheater for the benefit of spectators, and travel over a flat, fast, urban environment.

June 24
Saturday

Registration:
begins at 8:30 am
First Start:
10 am

Long Championships, Stanley, Idaho

The long courses will take place at Trap Creek, near Stanley, Idaho near the Sawtooth mountain range. The terrain is promised to be technical, wooded, and beautiful.

June 25
Sunday

Registration:
begins at 8:30 am
First Start:
9 am

Middle Championships, Stanley, Idaho

The technical middle courses are slated for Dutch Lake, near Stanley, Idaho on CTOC's newest map.


October 21
Saturday

Register:
6:00 pm
Mass start:
6:30 pm

10th Annual Vampire O at Mirabeau

Spokane's Vampire O is 10 years old! Come celebrate a decade of slightly spooky orienteering. This year we'll be back at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley. Bring a headlamp for everyone in your group because you’ll be looking for reflective control markers. Controls will be assigned a point value based on how far they are from the start and how hard they are to navigate to. Plan a route so you can find as many points as possible within the 60-minute time limit. One more thing: one among you will be a vampire. If he or she shines their red light on you, you’ll lose points and take over as the vampire. This is a fun event for families. Costumes are encouraged.

Map information and directions to the start


No More Events Within The City of Spokane

Our 2017 schedule does not make use of our maps of Manito Park, Lincoln Park, Gonzaga University, Camp Sekani, or Finch Arboretum. The City of Spokane's permit process and fee structure has gotten to a point that we cannot justify the time or expense. We do not want to raise our start fees to unreasonable levels, and as volunteer club officers, we only have so many hours to devote to filling out forms. Below is an abbreviated list of what the City of Spokane requires if the twenty or so of us want to get together in a city park:
Pay $25 to the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department
Rather than deal with Parks and Rec directly, we now have to pay a $50 "Special Event Fee" to city hall to begin the permit process for every single event.
Show proof of insurance covering up to $2,000,000 of liability. (We buy this through Orienteering USA for about $1.50 per event participant.)
New rule: Secure a "business license" — even though we're a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. The cost is $56 per year, plus $19 to the state initially.
EWOC has been following the rules, securing permits, and paying fees to The City for almost 30 years. We are sorry to lose the venues, but unless and until the City cuts back some of the expenses and bureaucracy, we have no choice but to move to more hospitable places. If you are disappointed that it is has become too complicated and expensive for our little map and compass club to meet in public parks, please express your concerns on the City's "Ask The Mayor" page — especially if you live within city limits. Thank you for your understanding as we struggle through the adjustments we need to make.