February 28, 2010

Come out and experience thrilling orienteering on one of three fun, but challenging, short classic courses:  Short Yellow (~2 km), Short Orange (~3 km), and Short Green (~4 km).  Emphasis will be on detailed navigation through fields of rock boulders and intricate small-gullied terrain.  A free skills clinic will be offered for intermediate-level orienteers.

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As usual, this self-help event will feature the quality and excitement of a full-service meet with control markers, timed races, published rankings, and a detailed color map, which will have an easy-to-read 1:5000 scale (1 cm = 50 m) with 5 m contour intervals.

This event will use the following self-help format:

  • All participants must pre-register (see below for details).  I will use this registration information to pre-build the combined waiver/sign-in/timing log and to reserve maps.
  • All registrations will be individual - no teams.  You may still choose to go on a course with another person, however each person’s time will be posted individually.
  • There won’t be any road signs, so carefully read the directions below on how to get to the meet site.
  • To sign-in, go to the self-help station, read the waiver, fill out the form, pay your fee, and pick up your punch card and clue sheet.  You will only have a twenty-minute window to sign in, so plan on arriving early.
  • During sign-in, I will give a mass briefing for all participants.
  • The start process will be intensely compressed.  Multiple participants (one person per course) will simultaneously start at 2-minute intervals.  Please help things flow smoothly by being at the start gate ready to take your place as soon as the first starts begin.  All starts will occur within a tiny twenty-minute window, so be pumped and ready to go!
  • You will pick up your pre-printed course maps at the last station of the start line.
  • Courses will close two-and-a-half hours after the first start.

Pre-registration:  All participants must pre-register.  You may either register on-line here or by email to the meet director at ludwighill at yahoo period com or 299-9041.  Please state your name and course, and if you want to be posted in the results as REC, state that also.  I will reserve a course map for each pre-registered person.  The pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, February 24, 2010.  If you find that for some unforeseen reason, you cannot make this meet after pre-registering, please let the meet director know before the meet, in order to avoid being posted as DNS in the published results.

Non-members/Guests:  If you are not a member of TOC or another USOF recognized orienteering club, then you may go out on a course only if you are accompanied by a member.

Directions:  The entrance to Catalina State Park is located on Oracle Road (AZ 77), six miles north of the intersection of Oracle Road and Ina Road.  If you come on I-10, take Exit 248 and drive east on Ina for five miles to its intersection with Oracle.  Visitors from Phoenix, take the Pinal Parkway to Oracle Junction - from there it is approximately 10 miles southbound on AZ 77 to the park entrance.  After you enter the park, stay on the main road until you reach the parking lot at the end of the road.  The State Park charges a day use fee, about $6 per car.  The trip time from Tucson to the event site is about 30 minutes.  Vicinity Map

Fees:  $4 per person.  Please bring exact change.

Equipment:  This will be a self-help event - bring your own compass, whistle, map case, and safety pins.  There will not be any water on the courses, so please bring your own.

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.  Sign-in
9:20 a.m.  Mass briefing.
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.  Starts.
12:00 p.m.  Courses close.  Begin control retrieval.  Intermediate skills clinic.

Intermediate Skills Clinic:   At 12:00 p.m. Peg Davis will lead an orienteering skills clinic while walking, tailored for orienteers who want to improve their skills on the Orange course.  "If you're feeling uncomfortable on green, this might well be helpful.  We'll be out about an hour.  Compass, pace count, route planning, whatever you want to discuss; I'm here for your questions!"

Safety:  Every person is required to carry some type of safety whistle.  Everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before leaving the meet site.