June 26-27, 2010

Updates:  (6/23) As of today the wildfires currently burning in the Flagstaff area do NOT affect this event.  If you have other travel plans near Lake Mary, see road closures at the Coconino NF current conditions website.  (6/21) FIRE RESTRICTIONS will be in effect starting June 23.  These restrictions will prohibit fires, campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves outside of developed campgrounds and limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.  (6/7) The directions for driving to the event site have been revised.

Escape the desert heat and enjoy a pleasant weekend in the cool pines near Flagstaff at this joint Phoenix/Tucson O event set by Glenn Haselfeld.

On Saturday afternoon we will have classic orienteering courses (Red, Green, Orange, Yellow and (upon request) White).  Saturday evening will feature beginner-friendly night orienteering, the most notable feature being a blazing full moon to help guide you through the forest and open parks.  The Yellow (night = advanced beginner and intermediate) and Orange (night = advanced) courses will be offered as choices for the Night-O.

Sunday morning will be  "reshuffled" courses, where the participants get to re-locate some of the previous days’ controls to create new courses.   New controls must be placed at a map feature that is within ~100 meters of the original position (hopefully this will reduce the chance of a misplaced control).  After returning to the start area, we’ll copy everybody’s new controls onto the maps, and start the fun.  This second-day event may be either a score-o or classic courses, depending on what the participants want to do.

Primitive camping is available near the start/finish area.  As always, we appreciate volunteer help for registration, timing, and control retrieval.  Contact the meet director, Ludwig Hill if you are interested in volunteering.

Directions:  From I-17 northbound, just before I-40 junction at Flagstaff, take Exit 339, Lake Mary Road. Turn right and go about 5.5 miles to Crimson Road (CC132). Take a right and follow the road (which will turn to dirt) for about 3.2 miles, and bear left at the intersection for FR132D.  Look for signs directing you to camping and registration off of 132D.  Vicinity Map

Fees:  All courses/per course:  $5/individual, $8/team for members of any recognized orienteering club.  $10/individual, $15/team for nonmembers.   Compasses rent for $1.  Safety whistles sell for $1.  Every person, all courses, all meets is required to carry some type of safety whistle.

Saturday June 26:
11:00  a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Registration.
11:00 am.  Classic Courses open.
3:00 p.m.  Classic Courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.
3:00 p.m.  Participants may begin reshuffling (relocating) their controls (except those to be used for the Night-O) for Sunday's event.

8:30 p.m. Night-O begins (moonrise at 8:11 p.m.; end of civil twilight at 8:15 p.m.).
10:30 p.m. Night-O courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.

Sunday June 27:
Sunrise -- Begin control retrieval of select controls. Great orienteering practice!
Sunrise – 8:00 a.m   Window for participants to finish reshuffling controls.
9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.     Score-O or classic courses.
12:00 p.m.  Begin control retrieval (all remaining controls).

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.  There will be no beginner's clinic, however if you show up early and contact  the meet director, he will hook you up with an experienced orienteer who be able to go over registration, the rules of the game, how to orient the map, other orienteering tips, and safety with you as well as answer all your questions.

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.