Careful course planning, keeping your eye on the clock, and staying located are all key to success in the Teanaway Forks Score O. Even experts will have trouble visiting every control in the given time limit. Pick a route that best uses your time: maybe that means maximizing points in a short distance, or maybe you want to explore a new area and visit some controls along the way, it’s up to you!
Most controls are shared across the two courses, but you may find controls not marked on your map. There will be some water out on the course, but please carry what you need.
Vegetation coloring on the map can be used as general guidelines but has changed enough that your navigation should rely on contours, major trails, and rocky features. With the wet winter, most marshy areas are more like lakes, and many water courses are much more swollen than the map may lead you to believe. Trails in flat and/or low areas also sometimes have large patches of water, expect to get your feet wet a couple times, but you’ll dry quickly in the Central Washington sun. Be careful of footing in areas with scattered trees: old fallen logs may be soft or firm and can hide holes. You may also encounter an area with recent thinning (freshly cut smaller trees) that can be navigated through without too much trouble.
Brush piles (brown circle with dot) are mostly to be ignored although some do still exist and some can be more accurately identified as knolls. Smaller trails may be hard to spy unless you’re standing right on them, especially the trails marked as indistinct (two dashes with a larger gap). When venturing cross-country, you may find a few un-mapped trails. Do your best to keep track of distance, or take a bearing to verify if the trail you’ve found points the direction you expect.
Course Close: Please return to the download tent at start/finish by 1:30pm. You’ll lose points for every minute late. Wear a watch and come back on time!
Safety Bearing: if you are unable to relocate, head south to a gravel road or the river, then east, or downstream, to get back to the start/finish area.
I hope you enjoy exploring the Teanaway!