Ultimate Orienteer #7 – Score-O
Sunday, May 14 at Teanaway Forks in Cle Elum, WA
Meet Director: Robert Stratton
Download and print the Teanaway Weekend info doc.
The Ultimate Orienteer series is the sampler pack of orienteering: each event gives you the opportunity to try a different flavor!
The seventh event in the series is: SCORE-O!
At a score-o, you can find controls in any order and earn points for each control you find within the time limit. Controls are assigned points based on navigational difficulty and distance: easy controls might be worth 10 or 20 points, while difficult controls could be worth 100 points. The challenge is to decide which controls you can visit within the time limit that will earn the most points. You’ll lose points if you return late, so keep an eye on your watch!
While the terrain is rugged and navigationally challenging, the format of a score-o is beginner-friendly since you control (pun intended) the difficulty of every control simply by choosing which to find. And, if you have trouble finding a control, you can skip it and move on!
Pro Tips: it is handy to have a highlighter or other writing utensil at the start of the race, so that you can mark your intended route. Also, don’t forget to wear a watch so that you know when to return to the finish!
The Score-O is the second part in a double-header weekend in the Teanaway valley. Join us on Saturday for the Classic at Lick Creek, then stay for Sunday’s Score-O. There’s free camping nearby and a selection of hotels in Cle Elum.
A Discover Pass is required to park at the Teanaway Parking area (and anywhere in the Teanaway Forest), and there is no on-site pay station. You can purchase a Discover Pass online and print a temporary pass until your pass arrives in the mail. You can also purchase a pass in-person at various retail locations. One-day and annual passes are available.
Course designer(s): Eric Jones
|Course||Controls||Time Limit||Map Scale|
|Shorter||30||1 hr or 2 hr||1:10,000|
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!
Map Handout: 10:20am
Mass start: 10:30am
Course closure: 1:30pm
Newcomer instruction: 9:00-10:00am
This is a mass start event. We will hand out maps and have a quick briefing starting at 10:20. You will have a small amount of time to begin planning your course before the mass start, but expect to do some planning on course as well. All courses close at 1:30, 3 hours after the mass start. Everyone must visit the download tent before leaving.
$17 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members
– subtract $5 for using your own e-punch
$20 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members
– subtract $5 for using your own e-punch
What’s an e-punch?
An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that show which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”
Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!
Online pre-registration closes: 9:00 pm, Thursday, May 11
Day-of-event registration is available by cash or check, made payable to Cascade Orienteering Club.
Volunteers make these events happen! You can volunteer and participate on the same day, plus earn volunteer points to earn a free meet.
Looking for a carpool? Join the Yahoo listserv and share your request to find a ride.
Part of a chain of orienteering maps in the Teanaway Community Forest, Teanaway Forks (or “Teanaway Valley”) is rugged, challenging, and beautiful. There is a fair amount of contour details and lots of open pine forest and grassland. However, vegetation becomes quickly outdated here, so do not rely on vegetation alone; contours are your best friend!
New orienteers should consider choosing a shorter or easier course than usual.
Teanaway Forks is rugged and moderately hilly, with some especially steep areas that nice course designers try to avoid. Deadfall on the ground makes running or hiking more strenuous.Read more on the map page
SAFETY & ETIQUETTE
Return to the Finish
All participants MUST return to the finish and download their e-punch or turn in their punch card.
Even if you have not finished your course, you must still return to the the finish and confirm with event staff that you have returned safely.
Out of Bounds
Some areas may be marked out of bounds. It is imperative to respect these boundaries to maintain our relationships with land managers. Participants MUST NOT go out of bounds. Any participant caught going out of bounds will be disqualified.
All participants MUST return to the finish by course closure time. If a participant does not return by course closure, event volunteers will begin coordinating a search party.
If you need a long time on the course, start as early in the start window as possible, wear a watch, and be prepared to cut your course short to make it back by the course closure time.
All participants MUST carry a whistle on the course. Complimentary whistles are available at the start tent (please only take one).
If you are injured on the course and need assistance, blow three long blasts to call for help.
If you hear a call for help, abandon your course to find the person in distress.
Part of the fun and fairness of orienteering is navigating your own course, so please be polite when you find a checkpoint and don’t holler that you’ve found it.