December 20, 2009

West of the city, tucked away in the Tucson Mountains, lies a beautiful basin filled with Sonoran Desert goodness - cacti, dry washes, boulders, trails, and plenty of room to run around! Join us in December to take advantage of the cooler "winter" weather to orienteer down at desert level. Cristina Luis and Melissa Trout are setting a range of classic courses on the Cat Mountain map.   

Course length/number of controls:
White: 1.8km/6c
Yellow: 2.9km/10c
Orange: 4.3km/10c
Brown: 4.1km/8c
Red: 6.3km/13c

The climb on all courses is fairly low. I expect some fast times from some of our runners, especially on Red!
Please note: I'm not planning on putting any water out on the course. I'll try to drag some jugs up to the start/finish area, but if you think you will need water while running your course then please consider taking a bottle or hydration system with you. The start/finish area is at the saddle about 1/2 mi walk from the parking area.  

Please note that we will be using e-punching, so if you do not have an SI card you will need to rent one for $1.

It is possible to run in this area with shorts, but if you don't like scratches then be sure to wear pants. The map will be printed in color at a 1:10,000 scale with non-standard 20 ft contours.

Motala:  The Tucson Motala is a three-stage course that will test and develop both your navigation and endurance skills.  The stages may be run in any order desired and consist of a ~3-4k on/off trail loop (or “Yellow” loop), a more navigationally challenging ~4-5k off trail loop (Orange) and a more difficult ~6-7k off trail loop (Red).  We recommend that you start the first stage by 9:15 a.m.  The latest time to start the last stage is 11:30 a.m. (Red loop), 11:45 a.m. (Orange), or 12:00 p.m. (Yellow).  Motala fees for members of the Tucson or other recognized orienteering club are $10/person + $5/each additional team member for each event.  Nonmember fees are $15/individual + $10/each additional team member for each event.

Directions:  From Tucson, take Ajo Way (AZ 86)  west to Kinney Road (4 miles west of Mission Road).  Turn right at Kinney and go northwest 0.9 miles to Sarasota Blvd.  Turn right at Sarasota and go northeast 0.4 miles to a dirt road branching to the right.  Turn right on the dirt road and continue east 0.5 miles to unmarked parking area.  There will be a not insignificant walk to the start - through the metal gate in the wire fence and up the foot/bike trail east 0.5 miles up to the pass.  Vicinity Map

Fees:  Classic courses:  $5/individual, $8/team for members of any recognized orienteering club.  $10/individual, $15/team for nonmembers.  For motala fees, see the special section above.  Compasses rent for $1.  Safety whistles sell for $1.  Every person, all courses, all meets is required to carry some type of safety whistle.

8:30 a.m. Beginners’ clinic starts.
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration.
9:00 a.m.  Courses open.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Route choice reviews.
1:00 p.m.  Courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.  Begin control retrieval (orienteering practice).

Check-In:  To insure that all are safe, everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before courses close and before leaving the meet site.

Newcomers:  Go directly to Registration.  Ask for instructions and introductory information.  To attend the free beginners’ clinic, arrive between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Route Choice Reviews:  Orienteers love to talk about alternate routes and their advantages and disadvantages.  If you would like to discuss your choices after you do the course, there will be advanced orienteers near the Start/Finish area who would enjoy going over your route with you.