Course designer(s): Will Enger
|White /Beginner /Elementary
|Yellow X / Advanced Beginner /Middle School
|Yellow Y / Advanced Beginner/ JV Rookie
|Orange X /Intermediate/JV HS Male/JV IC Male
|Orange Y / Intermediate /JV HS Female
|Green X / HS Varsity Male & Female
|Green Y / Short Advanced
|Red / Long Advanced Female /Varsity IC Female
|Blue / Long Advanced Male/ Varsity IC Male
Which course should I sign up for?
This Ft Ebey Meet is a National Ranking Event (NRE) and also Day 1 of Winter League Championships.
- If you do not care about NRE points or NRE awards, sign up for the course of your choice.
- If you want to be eligible to win a WL Championship award, sign up for either short advanced or long advanced both Saturday (Ft. Ebey) and Sunday (Ft. Casey). You must run the same course on both days to be eligible.
- If you want NRE points and to be eligible for NRE awards/medals for Saturday’s race:
You must sign up for a course that has a qualifying age category for you. Your “orienteering age” is based on your year of birth, not your actual birthdate. For example, if you were born in the year 1987, your orienteering age is 35 for this entire year.
We will need everyone’s birthdate even if you don’t want ranking points. We’ll use the date you have in your registration account, so make sure it’s correct by the time registration closes. If you have the default value in your account (1-1-1980), we will put you in a recreational category. Of course, if that’s your actual birthdate, let us know!
While everyone in a qualifying age class will receive national ranking points, you will only receive a national ranking for the year if you are an OUSA member.
If you are interested in ranking points and/or NRE awards, take a look at the table below and select the course that applies to your age class.
|NRE Ranking Class
||Winter League Class
||• Middle School
• JV Rookie
• Adv Beginner
||• JV HS Female
• JV HS Male
• JV Intercoll
||F55+, F60+, F65+, F70+, F75+, F80+, F85+, F90+
M65+, M70+, M75+, M80+, M85+, M90+
||F-18, M-18, F-20, F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+
M50+, M55+, M60+
|• Varsity HS
• Short Advanced
M-20, M35+, M40+, M45+
|• Varsity Intercoll
• Long Advanced Female
||Long Advanced Male
Winter League Championships
This year, championships awards are based on your TWO DAY score. That means if you want to qualify for Winter League Championship awards, you must do the same course both days. Also new this year: we’ll have awards for men and women on Short Advanced!
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.
Fort Ebey State Park is a rugged, mostly forested venue with lots of contours and thick vegetation. The unique and most prominent feature of the park is the many large and small depressions, or “kettles,” which feature throughout. Some are small, just a contour or two, while others are quite deep. Expect to encounter some of these on your course, whether running through or past one on a trail, or bushwhacking into one to reach a control. We’ve endeavored to avoid the deepest, gnarliest kettles, but nearly all of them are a lot tougher and slower to move around in than walking or running on a trail. Vegetation in the park is generally some shades of green, which includes stretches of extremely thick salal, more open areas of the familiar sword ferns with fallen branches and trees, and endless combinations of other bushes and groundcover. Rule of thumb – if you can’t see through it, you probably don’t want to go through it! In general, because they see less light, the bottoms of the kettles are clearer of vegetation and easier to move through.
Luckily, the park also features an extensive web of trails throughout – these will be your friends! Successful navigation at Fort Ebey will require accurate map contact when traveling on trails, and careful route choice decisions about when and where to venture off-trail. In addition, the ability to read and understand basic contour shapes will also be fundamental to success, particularly as the courses advance in length and difficulty. Tip – make sure you know where you are on the map when leaving a trail, and have a plan to get where you want to go! The good news is that, while it’s easy to get bogged down or turned around in the forest, you’re rarely very far away from a trail or road. If you find yourself needing to relocate, returning to a trail will usually be your best bet, and can usually be accomplished without too much difficulty.
-Trails directly along the top of the steep bluff leading down to the beach have been marked Out-of-Bounds with pink hashing. This has been done for safety reasons, and courses have been set to avoid them.
-All campsites themselves are Out-of-Bounds as marked with black stripes, but the roads in the campgrounds are not- but WATCH OUT for cars parking.
– As with other recent maps such as Summit Trails, rootstocks are represented with a brown triangle. Prominent man-made features in the forest are represented with a black X.
– All courses will finish with a control or two or three in an open, grassy “shelf” area along the bluff – here again, please avoid the nearby bluff – and don’t get distracted by the views of Puget Sound, at least until you finish!
– Fort Ebey is one of the more challenging venues we have, but it’s also a beautiful and unique place and a lot of fun to orienteer in. We hope you enjoy your experience!