March 20-21, 2010

Ahh, the Vernal Equinox.  We must be heading to the Dragoon Mountains or what the Coronado Expedition named the Sierritas Penascosas.  Enjoy two days of orienteering and the barbecue/campout (the wilderness AGM) at the Isle of Ewe in the Coronado National Forest. For climbers there are 40 to 50 nicely bolted “sport routes” nearby and we will get to enjoy the smooth Jeep trails and single-track on our mountain bikes through the oak belt at 4500’ elevation.

Saturday, March 20 will feature a “mini rogaine,” actually the first ever “mini mountain bike rogaine,”  a single orienteering event in score-O format for four hours (noon to 4 p.m.) set primarily for the mountain bike enthusiast.  We will have a foot-O and individual option.  Helmets are required for bicyclists, and minors must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver, etc. usual rules apply.

Saturday night after the feed, stalwarts will get to night-O.  Almost always a fun event, bring your own flashlights and a helmet can be handy.  There will be a single 7- to 10-control course on a 1:5000 map with 3-minute start intervals.  Last year we had a snow squall while barbequing and 75- to 80-degree days and you never know who will show up.  The Isle of Ewe is a great, unimproved campsite.  Bring your own water and shovel.  Slavin Creek is flowing beautifully so the pools will be available.

Sunday, March 21 will feature white through red “classic style” O courses.  I have field checked a new area so expect something new.  There will be a string-O and childcare available.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with starts from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Please preregister with Mark at orienteeringmark (at) yahoo (period) com .  Keith McCleod is my meet director and we will need volunteers.  Thanks.

Directions: I-10 eastbound from Tucson to exit 303, a brown sign marked Benson/Tombstone.   Take Highway 80 southeast towards Tombstone, with the Dragoon Mountains on your left.  Go approximately 20 miles, turn left (east) at Middlemarch Road, at milepost 315.  You are just short of Tombstone.  Go 10 miles (6 cattle guards), and Middlemarch becomes forest road 345.  Turn left when you see the 345 sign.  Cross another cattle guard and you are now on road 687 heading north.  Go 1.8 miles and turn right just after a cattle guard.  Go east to a primo shady dell named the “Isle of Ewe.”  Allow two hours from Tucson.  There is a big Safeway on your way in Benson.  Tombstone offers a number of family-owned motels plus a new Holiday Inn Express conveniently located just south of Middlemarch Road, on Highway 80.  Vicinity Map

Fees:  Standard fee per each event applies.

Contacts: For more information, to preregister, volunteer, etc., call Mark at 520-432-2817 or write him at orienteeringmark (at) yahoo (period) com .  You can also call Keith at 520-529-1808.