Course designer(s): Ott Toomet
We’ll have 4 courses.
Advanced Beginner – 1.8 km, 65 m climb, 9 controls
Intermediate – 2.5 km, 120 m climb, 11 controls
Short Advanced – Ultimate Jr (20 and under) and Masters (50+) – 4.1 km, 205 m climb, 18 controls
Long Advanced – Ultimate Open – 6.1 km, 280 m climb, 25 controls
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.
The Indian/Jack Creek map covers lower hills in Eastern Cascades north of Cle Elum. Further north, the hills quickly turn into steep mountains, culminating with Mount Stuart roughly half the way between Cle Elum and Leavenworth.
The map terrain is similar to Teanaway but hillier, and all the courses have quite a bit of climb, most of it in the first 1/3 of the courses. After that, it is more downhill navigation with occasional upward legs. The hilliness makes the terrain physically demanding, and numerous valleys, spurs, and a few ancient landslides also offer quite a bit of navigational challenge. You have to traverse slopes broken with numerous valleys, slow down to fine-read pockets of complex terrain, and recognize features in green (dense) forests.
All the courses stay in forest, ranging from wide open pine forests, offering gorgeous views, till hard-to-penetrate undergrowth on watercourses and humid valleys. Parts of the area has been logged a decade or so ago, resulting in grassy open landscape. The former logging roads and tracks are partly overgrown. These are mostly mapped and offer quite a bit of help in moving across the terrain, but smaller, indistinct trails may be hard to recognize. There are also a large number of animal tracks, not mapped in most cases, but will help you quite a bit if you hit one that moves in the right direction. Root-stocks are mapped as green X (not brown).
There is usually a myriad of narrow passes in-between brush and undergrowth, so dry green areas are typically not hard to get through. (This may not be true for humid green areas!) There is a larger crossable marsh near the start, and several small marshy spots in the valleys.
Safety bearing: move west until you hit the paved road (North Fork Teanaway Road). Then head north to the campground.
None of the map terrain is open to motorized vehicles, so there is no traffic. But be careful with fallen sharp dry trees and check yourself for ticks afterwards!
There will be some water at one control on the advanced courses. There will not be cups at the water control so please bring your own container. Please bring your own additional water if the weather gets warm.
There are several controls that are close to each other so make sure to check the control codes.