Update (12/10):  We are sorry to announce that the orienteering event at Arthur Pack Regional Park, scheduled for December 19, 2010 has been cancelled.  The main reasons for canceling are: (1) the land owner would not allow us off-trail access and (2) our meet director just recently advised us that he would not be available to direct this event.

Orienteers of all skill levels will enjoy four courses (and an adventure race motala) on our fairly new, and recently field-checked Arthur Pack map on the northwest side of town on December 19, 2010. 

Each of the four orienteering courses set for us by Mike Wilke of TOC will trek through terrain notable for its subtle terrain features, mapped saguaro cacti, and numerous sandy reentrants.  The White course, which follows mostly trails, is ideal for youngsters and anyone who isn’t comfortable with reading a road map yet.  The Yellow course, which takes you off of the trails but follows helpful linear features, is a good course for the beginning adult.  The Orange course, which takes you out “into the forest”, is for the orienteer who is very comfortable with off-trail travel on topographic maps and has intermediate orienteering skills.  The Green course (this will likely be a long green or short red depending on your viewpoint), which can take you into difficult, complex, and ambiguous terrain, are only for orienteers with advanced skills.  Tucson Motala (explained below) is for the advanced orienteer who wants to go the ultra distance.

This event has been cancelled.  Please see details above.

There are obvious cacti, including the saguaro, cholla and prickly pear, as well as other benign-looking shrubs still capable of rending flesh:  wearing leg protection is recommended.  The color map for all courses will be 1:6,000 scale with a 4 ft contour interval.

The meet director is Jeff Brucker.  Call Jeff at (520) 886-2528 or email him at jeffbrucker (-at-) q (-dot-) com if you have questions about this meet.  Please offer to help out with registration, timing, or control retrieval.  The fees collected at each event 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!

Flowering Cactus at Arthur Pack

Friendly Vegetation at Arthur Pack Regional Park (Photo Credit: Ludwig Hill) 

Modified Motala:  The Tucson Modified 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 ~4-5k off trail loop (Green).  We recommend that you start the first stage by 9:15 a.m.  The latest time to start the last stage is 11:40 a.m. (Green loop), 11:50 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.

This event has been cancelled.  Please see the details above.

Directions:  At I-10 exit 250,  go east on Orange Grove Road and, after crossing under the railroad tracks, turn left on Thornydale Road.  Drive North on Thornydale for 3 miles, then turn left at the Overton Rd. traffic light.  Turn right at the first road approach into the parking area and park at the north end.  Trip time from I-10 and Orange Grove is about 10 minutes. Park entrance/parking is free.  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.

Friend-For-Free:  Members may invite one guest for free to this event.  For details and restrictions, click here.

This event has been cancelled.  Please see the details above.

8:30 a.m. Beginners' clinic starts.
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration.  Express check-in for members.
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.

This event has been cancelled.  Please see the details above.