Some of the events on this page are hosted by us and some of them are hosted by other clubs in the region.

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Eastern Washington Orienteering Club

Here are the upcoming events in our region:

February 28

Register: 1-3pm

Manito Park

John Beck will design the first course of the year at Manito Park on Spokane’s south hill. This will be “normal” point-to-point orienteering with three courses available so you can choose your level of difficulty. Come explore this diverse park, designed with the help of the Olmstead brothers, who designed New York’s Central Park.
Map info and directions to the start

March 13

Register at 1:00pm
mass start at 1:30pm

Motala at Gonzaga University

Scott Coble is slated to design this course on Gonzaga’s beautiful campus. A Motala is a style of orienteering event that makes the best use of a smallish mapped area. Everyone will run three loops around the campus, The A, B, and C loops. To minimize following each other, each person will be randomly assigned an order for doing their loops. So if your order was B-A-C, you’d start with the B map, run one loop, switch to the A map, run again, and finally finish the C loop using the C map. (Don’t worry, all will be explained well before the start.)
Map info and directions to the start

April 2

Register 9-9:45 am
mass start at 10:15 am

Sandpoint Bike/Run Street Scramble

EWOC President and Sandpoint resident John Harbuck will design the second-ever Sandpoint Street Scramble with the help of Ed Robinson. Participants will try to visit as many of the map’s control points as they can, and make it back to the starting point in less than three hours. Instead of the usual orange and white orienteering flags and punches at the control points, there will be a question to answer to validate your having visited the point. In order to have a sufficient number of maps available, pre-register by sending an e-mail to John Harbuck. This is our only event of the year with a bicycle option. Meet at the Sandpoint West Athletic Club. 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

May 14-15

Register online

Teanaway Forks and Lick Creek, Cle Elum

Cascade Orienteering will host Classic courses on Saturday, with starts from 9:00am to 11:30am at Tearaway Forks. On Sunday there will be a Score O event at Lick Creek with two- and three-hour options both starting at 10:30am.
See their events page for more information and links to register online.

May 21


Lincoln Park

Spring is great in Lincoln Park, with all the beautiful wildflowers. If you’ve never done orienteering in this park, you might not realize that it’s over 50 acres in size. It’s also diverse — with grassy play areas, large and small cliffs, forest, and a pond. Tracy Schoenleber will design novice, intermediate, and more advanced courses to choose from.
Map info and directions to the start

June 4

Register online

Teanaway Navigation Race

Friend of EWOC, Eric Bone, is the Principal owner of MerGeo Nav Races, a company that puts on high-quality navigation events. They will be hosting a romaine event in Teanaway, Washington (near Cle Elum). Choose from 2, 4, or 8-hour options. There will be free navigation instruction at 8:00am. Maps get handed out at 9:00am, and all events start at 10:00am. See MerGeo Nav’s website for all the information you need.

June 12

Register online

Salmon La Sac

Cascade Orienteering Club will be hosting an “ultra long” orienteering event near Roslyn, Washington as part of their Ultimate Orienteer Series. Read more about it on their events page, where you’ll also find a link to register for it.

June 25

Register starting at 11:00am

RSVP by Liberte

“Goat and Kid” at Fishtrap Lake, Washington

Once again, John Harbuck will camp out by Fishtrap setting out dozens of controls for another set of goats. In orienteering terms, a “goat” is a long-distance event that usually has special rules, such as permission to skip one control of the competitor’s choosing.
You can register onsite, but please send us an Liberte in advance, letting us know what courses you think you’re going to do so we can try to print out an appropriate number of pre-marked maps. If you’d prefer, for some reason you can use snail mail to EWOC, P O Box 944, Spokane, WA 99210.
Fish trap Lake is about half an hour west of Spokane. Take Exit 254 off I-90 and travel on Old State Highway for about 3.5 miles. Follow the orienteering signs to the Farmer's Landing parking area.
Map info and directions to the start

The Goat

The full-fledged goat will be about 17km long and have a 5-hour time limit. The mass start is at noon and you can register starting at 11:00am. Note that there will be a 0.7km walk from the parking area to the start.
Start fee: $15

The “Kid”

Not quite a goat, the “kid” event will be about 9km in distance with a 3-hour time limit. The mass start for the kid will be at 12:15pm. Register onsite starting at 11:00am. Note that there will be a 0.7km walk from the parking area to the start.
Start fee: $15

The “Zy-goat”

The zy-goat will be one more step down from the goat, at an estimated 5km. There will be be a 3-hour time limit after the mass start at 12:15pm. Registration will start onsite at 11:00am. Note that there will be a 0.7km walk from the parking area to the start.
Start fee: $15

June 26
Courses close at 2:30pm

RSVP by Liberte

B Meet at Riverside State Park, Camp Seven Mile

John Beck will design the four courses for this B meet. Camp Seven Mile, northwest of Spokane, was where the Civilian Conservation Corps set up camp while they built the swinging bridge, rock walls and buildings we see in Riverside State Park still today.
We would appreciate it if you could let us know before Wednesday, June 22 what course you think you’ll do so we can print off the right number of pre-marked maps. Send your RSVP to John Beck by Liberte or send snail mail to EWOC, P O Box 944, Spokane, WA 99210.
We will be using old-fashioned punch cards, not electronic punching, so you won’t need a Sportident stick.
Parking in Riverside State Park requires that you display a Discover Pass. You can buy an annual or day pass online and help Washington State pay for the maintenance of the recreational property we enjoy using.
To get to Camp Seven Mile, get to Nine Mile Road heading northwest out of Spokane. Turn left on Seven Mile Road. Take the first left after you cross the river. Follow our sandwich board signs to the parking area.
Map info and directions to the start

White Course

This course will be less than 3km and well-suited to beginners.
Start fee: $7.00

Orange Course

The orange course will be of intermediate difficulty and 3-5km in length.
Start fee: $9.00

Green Course

The green course will suit more experienced orienteers and and be 5-6km long.
Start fee: $12.00

Red Course

The red course is also for experienced orienteers and will be about 6-7km in length.
Start fee: $12.00

July 23-August 1

Register online

Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival, Alberta

This nine day event will begin near Jasper, move through Jasper National Park, and end up in Banff National Park. You can’t get any more scenic than that! The Canadian and Western Canadian Championships will be a part of this, too. You can learn more at the official website.

date pending

Register for classes online

Event registration/starts 11:00-1:00

National Orienteering Day — Mirabeau Park, Spokane Valley

Every year EWOC celebrates National Orienteering Day by offering classes that teach people how to enjoy the sport and navigate using a map. You can register through Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation for the morning class, the afternoon class, or both. The orienteering event sandwiched between the classes is open to anyone at regular start fees, but is free to class members.
Map info and directions to the start

Introduction To Orienteering Class

Professor 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.

Orienteering Event in Mirabeau Park

This event is 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. Professor Beck 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 tricks to making the best route choices. Be sure to show up for the orienteering event beforehand, which is included in the cost of the class.

October 8

Register/start 10-noon

Riverside State Park at the Bowl and Pitcher

For this event we’ll meet near the west end of the suspension bridge in the bowl and pitcher area of Riverside State Park. A huge pair of basalt outcroppings give this scenic area its name. You’ll have to have a Discoverpass for parking, which is the major way Washington State funds the upkeep on these great recreational areas. You can buy an annual or day pass online and print out a temporary pass at home.
Map info and directions to the start

October 22

Register at 6:00 pm
mass start at 6:30 pm

Vampire Orienteering at Manito Park

This will be the ninth year for the popular Vampire-O Halloween-themed night event. 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 info and directions to the start

November 5

Meeting at 10:00
Register/start 11:00-noon

Saint Georges School Meeting and Final Event of the Year

The beautiful campus of Saint Georges School and the surrounding hills are the venue for our last event of the year. First, we’ll meet inside to discuss what we’d like to do in 2017. Any club member can attend the meeting and give input. We’re so anxious to hear from you, in fact, that if you come for the meeting we’ll waive your start fees for the event afterwards! This is a great chance to shape the coming orienteering year. The event itself will start right after the meeting at about 11:00.
Map info and directions to the start