The weekend of October 17-18, 2015 saw an inaugural event take place within the Petrified Forest National Park borders. The Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club (GPHXO), with support from the Tucson Orienteering Club (TOC), hosted an “Arizona Event”- two days of orienteering featuring a 4 hour mini-rogaine each day.

A family trip to the Petrified Forest N.P. inspired Ron Birks to pursue staging an event in the park, as it offered room to run, challenging features and unique natural beauty, along with being dog-friendly. The park service expressed interest in hosting an event to draw visitors to the area and had a desire for further mapping of the backcountry. The project was initiated, with Ron taking on the bulk of mapping the proposed rogaine course countryside. Fortunately, this area has plenty of room for orienteers, so we were welcomed warmly by the national park staff each day.

As we transition into the new year it is time to reflect on this past year of making fun-filled orienteering events happen.   These events couldn't have happened without the time and sweat donated by a certain dedicated and generous group of TOC club members.  These awesome folks put on 8 orienteering meets last year, one of which was a regional event.

Fun hikes!  Field checking!  New areas of the park!  Please join the team!

This spring I started a project to extend our map of Catalina State Park. Ludwig Hill showed me how to use the Pima county data base to get elevation contours and with that and USGS aerial photographs I extended the existing map in the northwest corner of the park. Ludwig and Jeff Brodsky helped with field checking and we made some inroads to a final map.

The Tucson Orienteering Club is looking for enthusiastic new people to run our club, make events happen, and follow new visions!  Here are some of the activities that are available:

  • Board Member at Large 
  • Event Scheduler
  • Outreach/Publicity
  • President
  • New Member Contacts
  • Vice President
  • Volunteer Program

For volunteer job descriptions, go to our Volunteering page.  If you are interested in or have questions about these volunteer opportunities please contact one of our Officers.

It was Junior Nakai Lake’s first Night-O - and he won!  Nakai was recently named to the Junior National Team, which will give him access to national coach Erin Schirm, training camps, the USA team uniform, and support from his teammates.  To find out more about the Junior National Team, see the OUSA website.  Nakai was featured in the Prescott Daily Journal this week, and a radio interview on Tuesday morning. Nakai is coached by Glenn Haselfeld, who set our night-O courses.  Both Nakai and Glenn are members of the Greater Phoenix O Club and are frequent participants in Tucson O Club events.

As we transition into the new year it is time to reflect on another successful year of putting on fun-filled orienteering events.  It coudn't have happened without the time and sweat donated by a certain dedicated and generous group of TOC club members.  These awesome folks put on nine orienteering meets last year, one of which was a regional event.