Update (3/19/12):  Due to bad weather this event has been postponed to 3/25/12.  The US Forest Service has approved this change.

Come join us for classic courses on March 25 at Italian Trap, located at Redington Pass in the Coronado National Forest. Course setter John Little has set for your enjoyment White, Yellow, Orange, Green, and Red courses.  We will also offer a Tucson Motala. Margrit McIntosh will direct this event.

View at Italian Trap

Ocotillos at Italian Trap (Photo by John Little)

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

Motala: The Tucson 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 ~5-6k off trail loop (Red). We recommend that you start the first stage no later than 9:15 a.m. The latest time to start the last stage is 11:30 a.m. (Red loop), 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 additional team member for each event.  Nonmember fees are $15/individual + $10/each additional team member for each event.

Directions: Drive east on Tanque Verde Road to the end of the paved section where Tanque Verde Road becomes Redington Road. From the end of the pavement, it is about 7 miles to the staging area we usually use for Chimney Rock meets (on the left side of the road, just after milepost 10).  The meet site is 1.7 miles further along Redington Road, on the right side.  Allow one hour from midtown Tucson; the road is in relatively good shape, but it is slow going once the pavement ends.  Please park on only one side of the road (see below section on parking).

Parking:  The start/finish is located in an area that is popular with weekend campers.  Off-road parking is limited at best, and will be extremely limited if others are camped there.  We strongly encourage car pooling, either from Tucson or from the staging area.  Please park along the Redington Road, on the north side of the road starting west from the meet site. It is important not to park on both sides of the road.

Carpooling: Pantano/Wrightstown, details to be posted shortly.

Site description: The site offers interesting orienteering challenges. Much of the terrain is rolling hills and re-entrant systems (see the grassy areas in the middle distance of the photo). There are some shindaggers and catclaw, but not very much cactus. There are numerous cattle trails, not mapped, that afford easy passage, ideally in the direction you want to go.

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.

no beginner's clinic - sorry! ask for help, if someone is available they will give you a quick tutorial.
8:30 AM to 11 AM  Registration.
9:00 AM Courses open.
11:00 AM Last start time.
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.

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.