What can you do with a permanent orienteering course? Since it's always there, you can go anytime - no need to wait for an organized meet or for someone to set up a training session. You can draw your own course on the map, as easy or as hard as you like, and you'll know if you've made it to the right place. If you're a beginner you can use a permanent course to learn basic skills and get a feel for the sport. As an advanced orienteer you can use the course to practice advanced techniques or get in some terrain intervals.
The Tucson Orienteering Club maintains a permanent orienteering course at Greasewood Park (see location). The permanent course consists of a set of numbered concrete posts, marked on the map with a circle and a dot, and numbered. A section of the map is shown below. The complete 1:5000-scale map can be downloaded here for printing.
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A section of the map is shown below. The permanent course consists of a set of natural urban features, marked on the map with a circle and numeral. They can be navigated to with the help of this list of clues and questions (pdf) which can only be answered by finding the correct location. The complete 1:5000-scale map can be downloaded here for printing. After you are finished with the course you may check how well you did with this answer sheet (pdf).
For something different, try orienteering from an aerial orthophoto map. The answers to each of the numbered questions at the bottom of the map can be found when you visit the center of each control circle. You can download the complete aerial photo map for printing.
Questions? Contact an orienteer. We'd also love to hear from you if you do go out on one of the courses!