Course designer(s): Pat Kelly, Chris Whitmyre
Experience the unique scabland terrain of Fishtrap Lake, where the vistas are expansive but details are plentiful. There are few trails in this area, so you’ll appreciate the plethora of contour and rock details as you traverse this beautiful desert area. June is a great time of year for wildflowers here, so you might want to take a moment to enjoy them.
Out of Bounds areas
Most of the area we’re using belongs to the Bureau of Land Management. They have identified several sensitive areas, which are out of bounds for our competition. These areas are clearly marked on the map with vertical purple lines. The courses have been designed to avoid them, so make sure your route choice does not include travel through ANY out of bounds areas!
Mountain biking is only allowed for control pickup, so if you want to ride your bike, please volunteer to pick up controls after the event is over.
Per our permit agreement with the BLM, your dog is not allowed to accompany you on the course. Please respect this restriction.
Camping areas near Fishtrap:
Below are just a few lodging possibilities in the general vicinity of Fishtrap Lake. There could be others. This list is provided as information only and does not imply that we recommend any particular location.
Which course should I sign up for?
Day 1 at Fishtrap Lake is a National Ranking Event (NRE) and also Event 6 (of 7) of the Ultimate Series.
- 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 earn Ultimate points, sign up for your Ultimate class.
- 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.
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.
Course lengths are estimates. Final details will be provided as soon as they are available.
|NRE Ranking Class
||F55+, F60+, F65+, F70+, F75+, F80+, F85+, F90+
M65+, M70+, M75+, M80+, M85+, M90+
|F70+, M70+, F50+
||F-18, F-20, F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+
M-18, M50+, M55+, M60+
M-20, M35+, M40+, M45+
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.
Time limit: the time limit for all NRE classes is 2 hours.
Welcome to the PNWOF Middle Distance NRE at Fishtrap Lake. You can look forward to a technically challenging romp through the scablands of Fishtrap Lake.
Under our land use agreement with the Bureau of Land Management we are beholden to use pre-arranged control locations. As such, to get the technical challenge needed for an NRE and keep course distances within the OUSA guidelines for winning times, we have a remote Start for the Brown, Green, Red, and Blue courses (very remote).
Please prepare for a 2.2 km walk to the Start. Please allow 30-40 minutes for your walk. The Start is out on the ‘South Loop Trail’ which also serves as your allowable warm-up area (on trail only).
The finish is remote as well, but not as far away as the start. You will pass it on your way to the start.
The map scale for all courses is 1:10,000.
Some trails have faded, while others have been added.
Some areas of ‘white’ (open runnable forest) have fallen victim to fires in the area. It will still be possible to discern that these areas were once indeed ‘white.’
What this means is that the savvy competitor will primarily use contours and rock formations, as well as pace counting, for navigation.
The symbol for prominent bush is a small green circle. It may appear as a solid green dot on the map.
Furthermore, some areas shown as lighter green have become overgrown.
As of mid-May, water levels in the ponds/lakes on the map are on the lower side. This gives you some additional access but be advised that if the grasses are green in low areas then the area will be very muddy/sticky.
There will not be water provided on-course (there will be water available at the start and finish). Please consider bringing a hydration pack if you feel you may need water.
There are high cliffs, particularly along the lakeshore. Be very cautious near these cliffs. Runners should also be aware of animal holes in the ground.
The White, Yellow, and Orange courses require some fence crossing. These fences are not barbed wire. There are places marked on the map for recommended crossing.
There is a vault toilet in the parking area.
We hope you will enjoy this penultimate meet of the Pacific Northwest Orienteering Festival.
Chris Whitmyre and Patrick Kelly – course designers