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Eastern Washington Orienteering Club

September 17
Register for classes online

Event registration/starts 11:00-1:00

National Orienteering Day — Finch Arboretum, Spokane

(Location Change)
Every year EWOC celebrates National Orienteering Day by offering classes that teach people how to enjoy the sport and navigate using a map. You can register through Spokane Parks and Recreation for the morning class, the afternoon class, or both. The orienteering event sandwiched between the classes is open to anyone at regular start fees, but is free to class members.
Map info and directions to the start

Introduction To Orienteering Class

Professor John Beck will introduce students to the sport of orienteering and general map-reading. By the end of class you’ll understand how to use a compass in conjunction with your map to “stay found.” The orienteering event immediately afterward gives you an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned on a real course, and the cost of that is included in the class.
Register through Spokane Parks and Rec.

Orienteering Event in Finch Arboretum

The club event in between the two classes will be open to everyone. Finch Arboretum is a beautiful setting with diverse terrain – from park-like fields with streams, to thick woods and hillsides. People attending either of the classes today can participate in this event at no additional cost as an opportunity to practice their skills. Anyone else who wants to run a course can do so at the regular start fees.

Orienteering Skills Class

This class picks up where the morning class leaves off, but if you already know how to transfer a compass bearing from a map to the real world you might choose to start here. Professor Beck will additionally show students some of the skills that orienteers use to navigate courses more quickly and surely. Some of the topics covered include distance estimation on the run, rapid map orientation using the compass, and tricks to making the best route choices. Be sure to show up for the orienteering event beforehand, which is included in the cost of the class.
Register online through Spokane Parks and Rec.

October 15

Register/start 10-noon

Riverside State Park at the Bowl and Pitcher

For this event we’ll meet near the west end of the suspension bridge in the bowl and pitcher area of Riverside State Park. A huge pair of basalt outcroppings give this scenic area its name. You’ll have to have a Discoverpass for parking, which is the major way Washington State funds the upkeep on these great recreational areas. You can buy an annual or day pass online and print out a temporary pass at home.
Map info and directions to the start

October 22

Register at 6:00 pm
mass start at 6:30 pm

Vampire Orienteering at Manito Park

This will be the ninth year for the popular Vampire-O Halloween-themed night event. Bring a headlamp for everyone in your group because you’ll be looking for reflective control markers. Controls will be assigned a point value based on how far they are from the start and how hard they are to navigate to. Plan a route so you can find as many points as possible within the 60-minute time limit. One more thing: one among you will be a vampire. If he or she shines their red light on you, you’ll lose points and take over as the vampire. This is a fun event for families. Costumes are encouraged.
Map info and directions to the start

November 5

Meeting at 10:00
Register/start 11:00-noon

Saint Georges School Meeting and Final Event of the Year

The beautiful campus of Saint Georges School and the surrounding hills are the venue for our last event of the year. First, we’ll meet inside to discuss what we’d like to do in 2017. Any club member can attend the meeting and give input. We’re so anxious to hear from you, in fact, that if you come for the meeting we’ll waive your start fees for the event afterwards! This is a great chance to shape the coming orienteering year. The event itself will start right after the meeting at about 11:00.
Map info and directions to the start