Sat, Jun 04 | Missoula County

Lubrecht National Ranking Event

This is a two-day orienteering event at Lubrecht Experimental Forest. A different set of courses will be offered on each of the two days. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both days! As usual, all course levels, from beginner to advanced, will be offered.
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Lubrecht National Ranking Event

Time & Location

Jun 04, 10:00 AM – Jun 05, 3:00 PM
Missoula County, Lubrecht State Experimental Forest, Montana 59823, USA

About the Event

Date and Time

There will be two days of orienteering on offer: Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th. Starts will be between 10am-1pm both days. Start times will be assigned ahead of time. Please arrive with plenty of time so you can make it to your start time!


Both days will run from the cabin camp at Lubrecht Experimental Forest.  Each day will have a separate start location, but finish will be at the cabin camp both days.


Because these events are part of the 2022 Pacific Northwest Orientering Festival, registration will be handled centrally for this event, even if you are attending just one or two of the festival days. A link to registration will be available here once registration is open.

Covid-19 Precautions  We recommend wearing masks the entire time you are in the registration, start, and finish areas. Hand sanitizer will be available at check-in. For the purposes of beginner instruction, you will be assigned to one  of our experienced volunteers. Please respect their space and maintain  proper social distancing.

Equipment  We will provide specially created maps with pre-printed courses for each participant. We will also provide loaner compasses. Please return these when you are done. The compasses will be sanitized after each use. Wear clothing that is comfortable for activities in the woods and  off-trail and appropriate for the expected temperatures. Please bring your own snacks and hydration. A limited supply  of single-serving snacks will be provided, but due to Covid-19  precautions, selection and supply will be limited. 

Courses  A full range of courses will be offered, according to Orienteering USA's course setting guidelines. The course lengths indicate the shortest, straight-line  distance for visiting all the controls and returning to the finish. You  will certainly cover more distance than that. Besides differing in length, courses differ in difficulty levels -  the beginner course stays exclusively on trails; advanced beginner  offers opportunities to take some shortcuts and shorter off-trail  excursions; the intermediate course requires some traversing of the  terrain off-trail; and the advanced courses often do not have trail  options for some of the route choices.We recommend that you pick a relatively easy course if this is your  first event. If it goes quickly and you enjoy it, you can try another,  more difficult course, right away. We recommend going out individually  or in groups of no more than 2-3 so that everyone is able to get the  hang of map reading and navigation.

Beginner Instruction Beginner instruction will be provided by several experienced orienteers. If this is your first event, take a look at the "Newcomers" section of our website to get an idea of what to expect: .

Start and Finish You will need to check in with one of our volunteers at registration  before proceeding to the start. Our volunteers will provide you with the  appropriate map, a loaner compass if needed, and a loaner electronic  timing chip and will keep track of  who is out and doing which course. When you have found all the controls  on your course, return to the finish and check in with a volunteer  there. Even if you decide to quit your course before finding all the  controls, please check in at the finish so we do not go out searching for you.

Electronic "punching"

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 shows 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!


For those wishing to spend the night in the area, Grizzly Orienteering has reserved the Lubrecht Experimental Forest cabin camp, with cabin accommodations right next door to the event arena for the weekend. You can reserve cabins directly through the Lubrecht website. Besides the cabin camp, plentiful accommodations are available in Missoula, MT, a 40-minute drive from Lubrecht Experimental Forest.


  • 3 hours

    Day 1 starts

  • 3 hours

    Day 2 starts

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