Meet Director: Jeff Brucker

Course Setter: Jeff Berringer


Event type: Goat!


Join us on October 19 for your choice of Goat courses in the Chimney Rock area of Redington Pass.  Both courses will start from the north parking area, providing everybody a chance to see the stunning rock formations.  See the directions below if you’ve never started from the northern area down Bellota Ranch Road.  The Championship Goat will be 10-12 kilometers, and Short Goat will be 4-5 kilometers.


Jeff Brucker has graciously volunteered to handle the meet director responsibilities.  To enable everybody to run in the event, we’re making some provisions–a map reservation is required, no late starts are permitted, and no other courses are offered.  Read on for the details.


Goats are long-distance point-to-point orienteering courses with some twists.  The courses are set at the intermediate level, and emphasize longer individual legs.  The goat should be suitable for orienteers who consistently complete Orange courses, rogainers, and others with excellent cross-country navigation skills.  This is not a meet for beginners.  Only your feet, a compass, and the specially designed map are permitted–no vehicles, GPS, pedometers, altimeters, or other aids are allowed.  Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended for this course.  The vegetation can be hostile.


There are some unique aspects to the goat format: The goats will have a mass start at 9:30 a.m.  To give the director the opportunity to run the course, we are unable to accommodate any late starts.  Plan on arriving early to ensure time to complete registration.

• The courses are set at an intermediate level, with longer legs, more climbing, and more distance than classic orienteering courses.  The two courses will have some shared legs and control points.  Control descriptions will be provided in IOF symbols and English.

• There is a three-and-a-half hour time limit to qualify as a “finisher.”  The goal of course design is to have approximately 70 percent finish within the time limit.  The courses will formally close 30 minutes are that; please ensure that you have returned to the finish area and have signed off the course by that time, even if it means heading back without finishing the course.


•A forked control is included.  One control will have a choice of a right or left control.  The fork you pick will influence the leg leading into the control and out of the control.  Each individual’s fork choice will be reported in the results.


• Each competitor is allowed to skip one control.  Any control on the course can be chosen–including the forked control.  There are a variety of tactics and theories on how to select the optimal control to skip.  The control skipped by each runner will be reported in the results.


• Following is allowed.  You may follow other competitors on the course, but beware of losing contact with the map during your pursuit.  A wily competitor may wait until on anavigationally difficult part of the map before giving you the slip.


• Each entrant registers as an individual. Running as a small informal group is possible because of the following rule above, but each participant must still register as an individual. 


Competitive Embargo: Parts of this orienteering course are being used for an adventure race the day before.  Anybody who participates in the adventure race should register as a recreational entry because of the competitive advantage they would receive from prior knowledge of the course.


Map Reservation: You must reserve a map by October 12 in order to be guaranteed a pre-marked map.  No provisions to copy maps will be made on-site. To reserve your map, e-mail or phone Jeff Berringer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred) or (520) 404-3738.  Please provide the following information: (1) your name, (2) your course (Championship Goat or Short Goat).  To help keep ouregistering for this event, you subsequently determine that you will not be able to attend.

Fees: $5 for members of any recognized orienteering club. $10 for nonmembers. No team entries permitted. Compasses rent for $1. Safety whistles sell for $1. Every person, all courses, all meets is required to carry some type of safety whistle.

Directions to Chimney Rock North parking area: Follow Tanque Verde Road east out of Tucson.  The name changes to Redington Road, and then the pavement changes to graded dirt at approximately milepost 3.  Continue past the end of the pavement 7.4 miles to the Bellota Ranch Road, approximately milepost 10.5.  Watch for orienteering signs.  Take a left (north) and follow the Bellota Ranch Road approximately 3 miles down to parking and registration, which is at the junction with Chimney Rock Road.  There is a cattle gate about a mile before parking and also one right at parking.  Please close them behind you.  Passenger cars will have no problem.  Allow about 40 minutes from the end of the pavement if you drive normally, more if you drive slowly.


8:30am Registration opens.

9:15am Registration closes.

9:25am Course setter comments (if required).

9:30am Goat Mass Start.

1:00pm  Last time to "finish" a course. (Finish time will be adjusted to 3 hours and 30 minutes after Mass Start if start is delayed.)

1:30pm Courses close. Begin control retrieval-good orienteering practice, and lots of help always needed. Sign up at the Finish table to vlunteer. To improve your orienteering skills, we encourage you to go out with a more skilled orienteer while retrieving and ask lots of questions.


Check-In: To insure that all are safe everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formall at Start/Finish before leaving the meet site.