AO2024 Update

The Applegate open has been approved as a Pre-PWC event!


We have been Approved as a pre-PWC event. We know that means a lot to some of you and if you were on the fence about attending, we hope this makes the decision to join us easier.
We’re working hard to make this a fun event for you.

Some reasons to join us:

  • The Open Race is now a pre-PWC event.
  • More consistent weather and less likely for launch to blow out 
  • Quick retrieves with cool drinks in the vans
  • Beer and Soft drinks at goal
  • Bar with snacks and music at the Wells Land HQ
  • Massages available
  • Low-cost camping, lodging and lots of other things to do if there is a no-fly day
    • Low-cost camping at Cantrall Buckly group camping site minutes from HQ
    • Limited free camping at Applegate Lake
    • Fireworks displays on 4th of July evening in Medford.
    • Many vineyards to visit in the valley
    • Whitewater rafting
    • Evening dinner events at selected restaurants  (tbd)

Some improvements we’ve made since the 2022 event.

  • We will be using trackers with no need for pilots to upload tracks for scoring
  • Better day prizes for task winners
  • Fewer No-land areas.  (hemp boom is now a bust)
  • No SuperClinic so more room for racers on launch.
  • More shade on launch
  • Re-usable cooling neck wraps included in the pilot’s welcome bags. Great to have if you land out and have to hike.
  • Mentoring for the Sprint Racers with two pilots flying the course and available before and after the tasks to answer questions.

We’re not on Air Tribune.  Here is the link with more information and to register. 

Registration is Open


Hi pilots!

We’ve been busy getting our website ready for registration and we are a bit ahead of schedule.  As a result, we are going to open registration early rather than wait till February 1st.  


Note that we’ve pushed back our start this year to allow pilots competing in the Chelan event two travel days to arrive at Woodrat Mt. relaxed and ready to fly.

Monday afternoon July 1, 2024: Pilot registration/sign in at Wells Land Vineyard HQ
Tuesday-Monday July 2-8:  Practice and comp days

Here’s the link for more information and to register:

Dan Wells
Applegate Open 2024

No Applegate Open in 2023

 Sorry folks,

The club voted to try a new, shorter, fun event this year instead of the Applegate Open.  The event will run June 11-15, 2023.   Registration for that event should be open soon.  Stay tuned for details on Air Tribune.


Dan Wells

AO 2022 update

Hi Pilots,

It’s a bit snowy on Woodrat Mt. Pilots have been keeping busy with other things while we plan for AO2022.  Just a few things to update you on.

The dates haven’t changed.  The event runs from June 17 to June 23 with sign-in on June 16th

We have confirmed that Garon Wells and Wells Land will be hosting the event.  Same as 2021

Sprint Race and SuperClinic will run on the same dates as the Open race.

We plan on lengthening Sprint tasks a bit to give pilots more time in the air.

The SuperClinic will have one new instructor in 2022.  Kari Castle can’t make it this year.  We’ll announce her replacement before registration opens.

Top 10 U.S. ranked pilots and local pilots will be offered discount coupons for registration

Registration opens February 1

Dan Wells
Applegate Open Admin.
503 804-1077

Dates for AO 2022

Hi pilots,

Thanks to all of you who answered our short survey.  There was a lot of support for earlier dates but unfortunately after I sent the survey out, we asked the same question to Tim Hunter who owns the bailout LZ and he responded that the earliest date we could do the event would be mid-June.   He has concerns about calving season and how an earlier date for the event could threaten his herd.

Terri submitted our sanctioning request for the Open Race on October 14.  To give pilots competing for the National Championship the opportunity to fly in our event as well as the Chelan U.S. Open event we have moved our event dates up and shortened the competition to six days.  This will give pilots flying in our event two days to travel to Chelan for the start of their US Open event. 

Here are the key dates for the Open Race in 2022

Thursday, June 16:  Sign-in and registration

Friday, June 17:  Sign in and registration plus practice day

Saturday, June 18- Thursday June 23:  Six competition flying days

Thursday June 23: Awards ceremony

 We will be asking Garon Wells and Wells Land Vineyard to host the event. You can expect no “mandatory” pilot meeting in 2022.  We expect to follow the same procedure as 2021 with materials posted online and optional zoom pilot meetings ahead of the event.  Pilots will have to certify they have reviewed the online materials ahead of flying in the competition.

We are looking at options for the Sprint Race and the SuperClinic.  Dates and options for those events do not necessarily have to completely coincide with the Open Race.   We’ll get that finalized and let you know about those events later this fall.

If you have any ideas to help us improve the Sprint Race and SuperClinic in 2022 we would love to hear from you.  Just put your ideas down on an email and send it to

Registration opens February 1, 2022.

Dan Wells
Applegate Open Admin
503 804-1077

It’s OVER!

2021 is over and in the record books.

Hope everyone had a great time and you come back next year.

The Applegate Team