Come join us Sunday, September 18th, for National Orienteering Day in the cool Catalina Mountains on the last weekend of summer!  The courses will be a 2-hour and 3-hour score-O with an easier loop included for beginners.  You will be navigating on a completely new map, built from scratch with 20-foot contours and lots of exciting novel terrain details never before seen on the old Bear Wallow map.

At any time while out on the courses, you may choose either two or three hours to punch as many control check points as possible.  However you must still return before courses close at 1:00 p.m.   Point values will be based on the control number.  Controls numbered 1 through 9 will be worth 50 points, those numbered 10 - 19 will be worth 100 points, and those numbered 20 - 29 will be worth 200 points.  The lone control number 30 will be worth 300 points.  The penalty for exceeding the time limit will be 100 points for each minute (rounded up) late.  The optimum straight-line route for finding all of the control check points is expected to be about 10 km long with 600 m of climb and might likely take the best orienteer the full three hours to complete.

Mount Bigelow Lookout & AntennasMap of Mount Bigelow Lookout & Antennas
Two Views of the Mount Bigelow Lookout and Antennas.  Photo by Raquel Baranow. Orienteering Map by Ludwig Hill.

The meet directors are Pat and Gregg Townsend. If you have questions about this event call Pat at (520) 622-4180 or email ptownsend (-at-) pima (-dot-) edu .  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!

Directions:  From Tucson, take the Catalina Highway approximately 21 miles to Mt. Bigelow Road, about a mile past Palisades Ranger Station.

Turn right on Mt. Bigelow Road and look for orienteering signs.

You will go approximately 1/4 mile to the first junction, near the observatory entrance.

Park along the road.

It takes about 75 minutes to get to the event site from downtown Tucson.

Fees:  All courses:  $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.

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

8:30 a.m. Beginners’ clinic starts.
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration.  Club members will be able to register through express check-in.
9:00 a.m.  Courses open.
10:00 a.m. Last start for 3-hour score-O.
11:00 a.m. Last start for 2-hour score-O.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Route choice reviews.
1:00 p.m.  Courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.  Begin control retrieval (great orienteering practice!).

  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.

  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.