Orienteering in the dark! The 1st event in the 2019 Ultimate Series is Night-O at Lynndale Park in Lynnwood. Get out your headlamps and join us for this fun event! We are planning on having three courses: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The Ultimate Orienteer classes will be on the Advanced course.
Course designer(s): Will Enger
Course distances will be provided here once the courses are finalized.
Meanwhile, here are the estimated distances:
Beginner – 1.2 km
Intermediate – 2.2 km
Advanced (all Ultimate classes) – 3 km
How are courses measured?
Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel up to 5 miles.
Check back later for special notes from the Course Designer(s).
This event uses an interval start, which means that participants are started in waves instead of all at once. When you arrive at the start tent, find the chute for your course and follow the start volunteer’s instructions.
An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that show which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”
Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!
Online pre-registration closes Thursday, March 7 at 9:00 pm
Day-of-event registration is available by cash or check, made payable to Cascade Orienteering Club
Lynndale Park is a 1:4,000-scale map with a lot happening in it. You’ll find rolling hills, runnable forest, and a complex trail network bounded by open areas with buildings. This is where the school league training is held each fall.
Return to the Finish
All participants MUST return to the finish and download their e-punch or turn in their punch card.
Even if you have not finished your course, you must still return to the the finish and confirm with event staff that you have returned safely.
Out of Bounds
Some areas may be marked out of bounds. It is imperative to respect these boundaries to maintain our relationships with land managers. Participants MUST NOT go out of bounds. Any participant caught going out of bounds will be disqualified.
All participants MUST return to the finish by course closure time. If a participant does not return by course closure, event volunteers will begin coordinating a search party.
If you need a long time on the course, start as early in the start window as possible, wear a watch, and be prepared to cut your course short to make it back by the course closure time.
All participants MUST carry a whistle on the course. Complimentary whistles are available at the start tent (please only take one).
If you are injured on the course and need assistance, blow three long blasts to call for help.
If you hear a call for help, abandon your course to find the person in distress.
Part of the fun and fairness of orienteering is navigating your own course, so please be polite when you find a checkpoint and don’t holler that you’ve found it.
Don't have a compass? That's okay, you can borrow a baseplate compass for free at Cascade events, or even participate without one. If you're ready to invest in your own, then be sure to get a thumb compass from our local vendor, Wildwood Adventure Outfitters.