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Discussion: Missoula

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2017-02-14

Feb 15, 2017 9:09 PM # 
blairtrewin:
...featured on a list I was looking at today on a (short) list of places in the world which were significantly colder than normal in January 2017.

Number one on the list - in terms of standard deviations below normal - was Portland. The last time I recall seeing an American site at the top of this particular list was Toledo in early 2014, which may suggest that one potential solution to global warming is to clone Ali Crocker.
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Feb 16, 2017 12:22 AM # 
BigWillyStyle:
Sometime you should couple a trip to Missoula with some orienteering in Spokane (~3hr drive) - like, say, this June.
Feb 16, 2017 12:34 AM # 
BorisGr:
Planning on it! Any chance those events will be sanctioned?
Feb 16, 2017 12:44 AM # 
Pink Socks:
My sources say no, unfortunately.

We have series directors for our 4 annual series (I'm one, Will is another), and the pair in charge of the March-June season aren't really interested in sanctioning. One reason they cited is that they already found course designers for the entire series, and it was hard enough to get designers for Moses Lake and Fishtrap, and they felt that it would be unfair to burden them with having to design more courses under more scrutiny (which is fair, to be honest).
Feb 16, 2017 4:22 AM # 
GuyO:
Why would they have to design more courses? I can't imagine sanctioning increasing attendance to the extent that an additional brown or green would be needed.

As for the scrutiny... :-/
Feb 16, 2017 4:34 AM # 
BigWillyStyle:
Planning on it!

Really?? Awesome! If it ends up working out let me know your plans closer on and we'll show you some true Cascade hospitality.
Feb 16, 2017 8:11 AM # 
Cristina:
Why would they have to design more courses?

Just guessing that they're not planning a 7-course slate for those events... something that I think is often a good decision!
Feb 16, 2017 3:30 PM # 
Pink Socks:
We don't do colors.

Our public course offerings for Ultimate Series are usually:
Beginner
Intermediate
Short Advanced
Long Advanced

The sprint race usually has 3 and when I've designed at Salmon La Sac for this series, I usually add another advanced course (which all shortcut into each other so people can bump down while out there).

Moses Lake will have 4 courses, I suspect. The Fishtrap Goat has always been organized by EWOC, so this is our first year doing it. EWOC just had 3 courses, all advanced goats of different lengths: 5k-ish, 10k-ish, and 17k-ish. (I also don't know how goats would be sanctioned).

Boris asked me several weeks ago if we could sanction these races. I added it to the agenda for the January board meeting. We ran out of time, so I emailed the Ultimate Series directors about the details of what sanctioning would require and they declined.

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