Course designer(s): Will Enger
This meet is Day 2 of the Winter League Championships. This year, Winter League championships awards are based on your TWO DAY score. That means if you want to qualify for Winter League Championship awards, you must run the same course both Saturday (Ft Ebey) and Sunday (Ft. Casey) and you must run either Short Advanced or Long Advanced. New this year: we’ll have awards for men and women on Short Advanced!
Don’t care about awards? Sign up for the course of your choice!
|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 Y/Short Advanced
|Red/Long Advanced Female/ Varsity IC Female
|Blue/Long Advanced Male/ Varsity IC Male
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 Casey State Park has a very different flavor than Fort Ebey. Casey is far smaller and less rugged, and while it does feature some forest, much of it is too thick, flat, and/or featureless to be interesting for orienteering. Instead, Casey has more of an eclectic, “sprinty” feel – the courses here will primarily be open and fast-paced, and will traverse a mixture of grassy fields, roads and buildings, and century-old military installations. Primarily for the more advanced courses, a smattering of off-trail controls and legs through the forest will also be included.
Fort Casey is not one of our “harder” venues; as such, successful orienteering will rely on quick thinking and decision-making and smart “A or B” route choices, and less on more technical skills like contour reading and taking compass bearings. It will be important to recognize opportunities to push yourself physically, and when to slow down and check your map! It will also be important to check your control descriptions to see what feature you’re looking for, and which side of the feature the control will be on – in some cases this will be determinative to how you approach the control.
– Remember that it is not allowed to cross a feature represented by a thick black line on the map! This is true even if you think it’s possible to cross “IRL” (in real life) – this universal rule of orienteering exists for safety. At Fort Casey, these lines usually – but not always – represent high concrete walls. Do not attempt to jump off or climb these walls!
– Similarly, the steep bluff leading down to the ocean beach is once again off-limits, both for safety and erosion reasons. The Blue (Long Advanced) course is the only course that will go down to the beach – Blue runners, please use the stairway and trail, respectively, to get down to the beach and back up again (the course has been set to strongly encourage, if not coerce, these choices).
– For safety reasons, courses have been set to avoid most of the main gun battery installations within the park. To reiterate – it will not be necessary or advisable to do things like climb rusty ladders, jump down high walls, etc. If you find yourself in this situation, re-check your map and take a different, safer route!
– There is one high concrete bridge which many of the courses will cross. This bridge is wide and flat and generally safe; however, there are no railings on the sides, so please do pay attention to where you’re going and be careful to stay away from the sides when crossing.
– There will be a lot of controls out there, many of which you may see but will not be on your course. Remember to check your control numbers!