Course designer(s): Ben Cooper, Chris Cooper
Since this is a Freestyle event, the only certain information here is the number of controls on each course. The distances and climbs are only approximations for one possible route option on each course.
- Beginner: 12 controls, 1.9 km, 10 m climb
- Intermediate: 20 controls, 3.5 km, 25 m climb
- Short Advanced: 26 controls, 5.5 km, 105 m climb
- Long Advanced: 28 Controls, 6.5 km, 130 m climb
Freestyle Course/Class Assignments for Ultimate points
If you want to earn Ultimate points, check the table below to see which category you should sign up for. Find your age class in the left column, then follow the row across to the right until you find the dark orange cell. That is your “assigned” category.
For example, if you’re a female 16 or under, your Ultimate age class is F-16 and, for this event, is assigned to the Intermediate course. If you are up for a more challenging course, you can also earn points in F-18 on the Short Advanced course, or F-20 or F-21+ on the Long Advanced course. Just keep in mind that other courses are more difficult, both navigationally and physically. Also keep in mind that you’ll be earning points only in the class you sign up for.
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.
Welcome back to another rousing romp through the woods of Summit Trails! We realize that after two years of Summit Trails courses you may have a “Been There, Done That” attitude. However, for this event you will be venturing to all new locations and tread through remote wilderness areas know only to the ghostly herds of elk. In addition, the creek is in play for this meet (Short & Long Advanced only) so bring your water wings and pool noodles!
Just a couple quick details before you arrive at the event. First, parking will be at the Summit Trails Middle School. However, for this race you will want to park in the school’s front (southwest) parking lot. Second, at this time of year there will be plenty of equestrians out ridings the trails. If you encounter horses while on the course, please step to the side and let the riders pass. If you are slightly off trail but close enough for a horse and rider to hear you, please announce your presence in a calm voice. Keep euphoric polka playing to a minimum (A good rule of thumb for all aspects of life).
In regards to the map, nothing much has changed from John Brady’s remarkedly detailed course notes from WIOL #7. Remember, deteriorated stumps are marked as knolls, deer and elk trails are marked as strips of open forest and the spring bloom is making the vegetation a bit tougher to see through. Oh, and don’t forget to wear pants! You have been warned! For a fun read, click on the following link to see all of John’s delightful details: 2021-22 Winter League #7 – Summit Trails/Rock Creek Natural Area – Cascade Orienteering Cascade Orienteering (cascadeoc.org) In particular, note that the stumps that are mapped are very large and mapped with a brown X. Rootstocks greater than 1m and visible from all directions are mapped with a brown triangle.
If you are running either the Short or Long Advanced courses, you will be crossing Rock Creek. Depending on your route of choice you might cross the creek numerous times. Runners who don’t mind getting a little wet can cross the creek wherever they so choose. However, for those that wish to stay somewhat dry, there are 6 log crossings depicted on the map. The two most secure crossings are crossings 4 & 5 (moving south to north). There is a marked crossing at the south end of the venue (crossing #1) but it can be slippery when wet. Best to just bring your swim fins and have fun!
The course is a Freestyle event but don’t confuse the map with a Score-O. (On a Freestyle course, you must go to all controls on your course but you choose the order.) A delightfully challenging and purposefully designed course was developed for your navigation pleasure. All manner of terrain and map features were used to create a singularly optimum route. Once the design was complete, the course’s leg lines were removed leaving what appears to be a purely random set of controls. However, deviating from the elusive route will result in additional distance, unnecessary elevation gain, debilitating sore muscles and an excessively grouchy disposition. We look forward to seeing you all at Summit Trails!
Ben and Chris