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Chickenmunga Friday, May 11th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: May 6th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Albany Outdoor - My old stomping grounds back in '99-2000. I think Lee still puts the most time into safety and making new players welcome. Once you outgrow Albany, Hosking is a good step up - they give you a bit more personal responsibility and leeway.

Weekend Warriors NW - Hosking is much nicer. I spent a lot of time waiting for games to get started, refs were close to nonexistent, and when a group of noobie highschoolers showed up, they were shown a video and given free reign - one girl kept firing her gun by accident in the safe zones, and I was the one to have to instruct her, "don't shoot in safe zones, don't shoot when masks are off, keep your barrel plug in..." At any other field, she would have been asked to leave.
Directions
to the Field:
Yahoo Maps can get you there, but there's better routes. Here's the best I know:

From I-5, take the Lebanon-Corvallis (HWY 34) exit
Head EAST on HWY 34
Turn SOUTH on Steckley Rd
Steckley Rd becomes Sand Ridge Rd
Turn EAST on Rock Hill Dr
Turn SOUTH on Brownsville Rd
Turn EAST on Middle Ridge Dr

There will be a driveway on the left, I think it's the second one. You have to go back quite a ways before you see the field. Usually they have a small orange "PAINTBALL" sign by a wood fence.
If Middle Ridge Dr becomes gravel, you've gone to far; if you try heading back and get to the base of the hill, you've gone too far back!
Review: When I went, it was only my buddy and I, but the lady at the booth opened the course for us anyway. Since we were over 21, had our own gear, and talked like we knew what we were up to, she gave us pretty much free reign and the ability to govern ourselves.

SAFETY: Can't tell in a regular game environment, but they did keep an eye on us during chrono and for the first few games. Seems to me they are pretty interested in it. The parking area is seperated from the field by very tall netting.

FIELDS: The place is designed so that all the fields can be used together at once (such as when they have 100-man games). I walked to the far end of the first field, then started a fast march north. By the time I counted to 300, I still hadn't reached the end of the entire place (try walking out your front door and see how far you get to get an idea).
There is forested area, very cool wooden bunkers, towers, base-to-base combat areas, forested area, bunkers and forts in the forested area, and even two boats (good luck to anyone who can get in and use them for cover, though - lol). They are currently building a village (all I saw was a multi-story frame for either a house or tower), and *maybe* fixing up a speedball course (lots of deflated doritos).

HOURS: You get on the field, and can play until about 6pm. If things are going really good, you have a good crowd, the owner has been known to turn on some flood lights and the games continue - looks like it would light up the first field (a twin tower capture the flag field), but still plenty of darkness for the crazy guys who have nightvision.
Unless there is an event, everything's walk-on. They stay open for the hours they post.

PRICES: If it was any cheaper, it would be free. Cheapest in Oregon I know of. Just WOW. Since I own my gear, I had two options: Buy their paint and waive the field fee, or BYOP and pay $10 for the field fee. In either case, all day air is $10.
Field paint is Nel-Splat, costs $35/case. I had my own paint, which was the cheapest I could find at $30 from Extreme Velocity in Salem.
I don't know what the rental prices were, but I remember them being ungodly cheap. Package was a Tippman 98, 500 rounds, all day CO2, tank, mask.

RULES: If it doesn't injure people, it's fair game. I was talking to them about the events they host, and they allow mines, grenades, kamikaze people (no gun, they just run up and lob a paint balloon at your or something), tanks (a 4-wheeler with a protective shell)... crazy stuff. A lot of events use 'classes' similar to the video game Team Fortress Classic - medics, engineers....
Of course, there's always capture the flag, elimination, predator, etc.

SERVICES: Chrono area, sink for washing gear, CO2/Compressed fills, and a few items for sale. Sometimes they BBQ, and for extended day events, they have an area where you can camp - grills welcome.

STAFF: Only met the one lady, but she was very nice, and had a decent eye for safety. Seemed knowledgeable. Likes to talk.

REFS: Given our unique situation, we didn't have one. During big games, they invite the next door neighbor over to ref (he's the local sheriff). Should anything get out of hand, that guy can bring down the hammer.

PRO SHOP: They used to run a shop in downtown Lebanon, but had to close. Not much to sell on site, but they can order stuff for you or help find what you need.



CONCLUSION: HUGE, Good people, feels safe, CHEAP! It's my new home field!
 

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