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

See our FAQ page regarding when to show up when there is a range of time such as “10-noon.”

Eastern Washington Orienteering Club

Scheduled Nearby 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.

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June 17
Saturday

Register:
9:00-11:45
Starts:
9:15-noon

Ultimate Orienteer #8 — Moses Lake Sand Dunes

This event at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes will serve as Cascade Orienteering Club's Ultimate Orienteer middle distance challenge. Ing Uhlin and Dave Tallent will design four courses for you to choose from: Beginner, Intermediate, Short Advanced, and Long Advanced. Get details and pre-registration details on Cascade OC's event page. The cost will be $12, plus $5 for e-punch rental.
Map information and directions to the start

June 18
Sunday

Register:
8:00-8:45
Mass Starts:
9:00 Goat
9:15 others

Ultimate Orienteer #9 — Fishtrap

Cascade Orienteering Club will host this goat (longer distance) event in our backyard as part of their Ultimate Orienteer series. There will be three courses offered: "The Goat" –15k, "The Kid" – 8k, and "The Zygoat" – 5k. See the Cascade OC event page for more details and for the registration link. The cost is $22 for EWOC members, assuming you pre-register and don't have your own e-punch.
Map information and directions to the start



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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.