May 16, 2010

Update (clarification):  The event site is at the off-road vehicle staging area directly after mile post 10.

Join us on May 16th as TOC “newbies” step up to the responsibilities of meet setter and director for the first time in the Chimney Rock area of Redington Pass.  We will have five classic orienteering courses and a three-stage adventure race Motala in the 4200 ft. elevation low mountain pass between the Santa Catalina and the Rincon Mountains in the Coronado National Forest.

The Redington Pass area is semi-desert grassland with many low, undulating hills.  Flora includes widely dispersed oaks, junipers and chaparral-type shrubs with a scattering of desert succulents amid the low grasses.  This provides good visibility, but watch for the low, sharp stuff hidden in the grass!  (Long pants/gaiters may be helpful for orienteers not used to this type of vegetation.)

Motala: The Tucson Motala is a three stage adventure race style course which will provide a diversified orienteering challenge to racers of all skill levels.  (This is a navigation race only, no biking or water stages.)  The stages may be run in any order desired and consist of a ~3-4k on/off-trail loop (Yellow course), a more navigationally challenging ~4-5k off-trail loop (Orange) and a more difficult ~5-6k 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 course), 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 addition team member.  Nonmember fees are $15/individual + $10/each additional team member.

Clinics: At 8:30, a 30 minute clinic is for beginners and hikers new to our sport. At 12:45, meet at the start for a walking clinic to discuss and demonstrate intermediate skills needed to get around the orange course: finer map reading, pace count, compass, relocating and the shortcomings of wishful thinking. We'll find a few controls together for about an hour.

Camping: Dispersed camping is allowed in the Coronado National Forest surrounding the meet area.  There are many individual sites scattered about, but no direct camping facilities (therefore, no fees).  If not interested in camping, the meet site is 30 minutes from the eastern side of Tucson.

Directions: Follow Tanque Verde Road east out of Tucson.  The name changes to Redington Road and the pavement changes to dirt.  Follow the dirt road until you see the rustic wooden corral, about 7 miles past the end of pavement.  Parking is 0.2 miles beyond this on the north side of the road.  The event site is at the off-road vehicle staging area directly after mile post 10.  Watch for orienteering signs.  Allow 30 minutes to travel this primitive dirt road.  Normal clearance passenger cars should have no problem, but drive slowly.


8:30 a.m. - Beginner's clinic

8:30-10:30 a.m. - Registration
9:00 a.m. - Courses open
12:00-1:00 p.m. - Route choice reviews

12:45 p.m. - Intermediate clinic
1:00 p.m. – Courses close. Everyone must be back and have checked out.  Begin control retrieval (great orienteering practice, see Volunteer section below).

Registration: Registration will be on-site with TOC members having the option of Express Check-in.  On arrival, please check in at the registration table to choose your courses and pay the appropriate fees.  Mike and Shelby King have kindly volunteered to handle the meet director responsibilities for this event.  If you have any meet questions please email me, p period took at comcast period net or Mike, at newwaymike at aol period com.

Newcomers: Go directly to the registration table.  Ask for instructions and introductory information.  Orienteers are always enthusiastic to help!

Volunteers:  At the Registration table, please offer to help out with registration, timing, or control retrieval.  For those of you who have never done this, it is great orienteering practice and a good way to get introduced into how a meet gets put together.  The fees collected at each meet only cover the costs for permits, insurance, transportation, map printing supplies, and equipment used at the event.  They don’t cover planning, organizing, or running the event.  It is only through the generous volunteer effort of us club members by which these events can happen! Contact meet director Mike King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up your work slot before the meet.

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, must carry some type of safety whistle.

Maps: The single loop White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Red, and Motala courses will be on the southern portion of our Chimney Rock map.  The pre-printed, colored maps for all courses will be 1:10,000 scale with a 5 meter contour interval.

Course Completion: To ensure that our meet participants are safe, everyone, whether finished with their course or not, must formally check out at the Start/Finish table before the courses close and before leaving the meet site.

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 finish the course, there will be advanced orienteers near the Start/Finish area who would enjoy going over your route with you.