Run in the Coulee – two days of great orienteering in eastern Washington

We’re heading east for the 2019 Ultimate Orienteer Series with a collaboration between Forest Runs and Cascade for a 2-day event in eastern Washington.

We’ll be using a new map of Frenchman Spring (across the highway from Frenchman Coulee) near Vantage, WA for Middle (Saturday) and Long (Sunday) events.

Weather

Temperatures are expected to be above freezing during the day and below freezing at night, with little to no snow. There’s a WSDOT traffic camera near Vantage that you can check for snow cover.

Camping/Lodging

See Visit Vantage for information about camping and lodging near Vantage (approximately 11 miles southwest). Vantage is very small and has few facilities.

Many people stay in Quincy (approximately 19 miles north), which is farther away but has more services, including several motels, gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Visit Tour Grant County (scroll down to Quincy) for details.

Saturday Dinner Gathering

We plan to organize a dinner gathering on Saturday night. Stay tuned for details.

Other Things to Do

The map terrain and surrounding areas are unique and beautiful. Below are some other things to explore nearby.

  1. Wanapum Dam
  2. Crab Creek map area (25 miles south)
  3. Gingko Petrified Forest (interpretive center open by appointment only through March)
  4. Quincy Ancient Lakes – this area north of Frenchman Spring/Coulee has primitive camping areas and hiking with great views, as well as 2 orienteering maps
  5. Wineries – while there are several in the area, most are closed at this time of year; an exception is Cave B Winery and Resort
  6. The Gorge Amphitheatre (not much happening in March)
  7. Wild Horse Monument (a quick stop off eastbound I-90)

Questions

Please check our Newcomers page for general information. If you still have questions, please contact the event director.

COURSES

Course distances will be provided here once the courses are finalized. Ultimate Orienteer class assignments are included below.

Beginner –
Intermediate –
Short Advanced (Ultimate Masters; Ultimate Junior Women) –
Medium Advanced (Ultimate Junior Men; Ultimate Open Women) –
Long Advanced (Ultimate Open Men) –

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.

COURSE NOTES

Check back later for special notes from the Course Designer(s).

SCHEDULE

9:00-11:15 am – Registration
9:00-10:00 am – Newcomer instruction
9:15-11:30 am – Start
2:30 pm – Courses close*

*If you think you might take a long time on the course, start early in the start window. Also, wear a watch to ensure that you return to the finish by course closure time, even if you have to abandon your course to do soThose returning after course closure will be disqualified and will make the volunteer staff very grumpy.

Why is there a start window?

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.

PRICES

Note: To cover additional permitting costs associated with this event, fees are slightly higher (+ $5) than our Seattle-area events.

PRE-REGISTERED

Non club member Club member
Using COC epunch  $22  $17
Using your epunch  $17  $12

DAY-OF REGISTRATION

Non club member Club member
Using COC epunch  $25  $20
Using your epunch  $20  $15

 

Become a member for $5-20

Buy your own e-punch for $38

What’s an e-punch?

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!

SIGN UP

Online pre-registration closes Thursday, March 21 at 9:00 pm

Day-of-event registration is available by cash or check, made payable to Cascade Orienteering Club

Learn more about volunteering

Volunteers make these events happen! You can volunteer and participate on the same day, plus earn volunteer points to earn a free meet.

LOCATION

PARKING

Frenchman Spring is part of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area and a Discover Pass is required to park. You can purchase a (annual or one-day) Discover Pass online or in person at many hunting/fishing license vendors or at several retail locations. Check the Discover Pass website for details.

Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

CARPOOL

Looking for a carpool? Join the Yahoo listserv and share your request to find a ride.

THE MAP

The Frenchman Spring map is owned and maintained by Forest Runs. They have generously allowed us to use it for some of our events.

More map information will be posted soon.

 

Read more on the map page

Navigational Challenge: 7/10

Physical Challenge: 7/10

SAFETY & ETIQUETTE

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.

Course Closure
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.

Whistle
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.

Voices
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.