Update (3/30):  On-site registration has been extended to 3:00 p.m. and courses will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Come join us at one of the club's favorite sites within the Coronado National Forest.  Why such a favorite?  The beauty.  Cochise's stomping grounds were and are one of the most picturesque settings in southeast AZ with massive boulders being a prominent feature on your map which goes by the name Slavin Gulch.

This is one of our favorite camp-out sites so come for the whole weekend.  We'll have not only a O-course event each day, but also a do-it-yourself BBQ Saturday evening followed by a night-O under the almost full moon.  It's a wonderful place to kick back and relax between events in the shade of the oaks.  Or if you're into more adventurous exercise, you could climb Sheep's Head either on foot or using a rock climber's route.   Out-of-towners should realize that this location is approximately a 2-hour drive east of Tucson, accessible by normal clearance vehicles.  Don't forget the camera.

Saturday will have 5 courses plus motala designed by Bill Dennis and vetted by Mark Parsons.  Saturday evening will be a BBQ (do-it-yourself style) as we watch the sunset turn the rocks aglow, followed by a night-O under the full moon (one day after to be precise).  Sunday we'll have a scavenger-O in honor of the Easter holiday (we are still waiting for a volunteer to place eggs among the rocks) organized by Wolfsong.  Mark Parsons will be meet directing, volunteers appreciated, call 520-432-2817.

The night-O will feature a mass start at 7:30 with 60 and 90 minute options.  Don't forget your headlamp and watch.  Sunday's scavenger-O will last 3 hours with a score-O for the first 2 hours followed by control scavenging for the final hour.  It will of course require a mass start.  All watches will need synchronization prior to the mass start for this event.  Points will be awarded for punching during the first 2 hours as well as punching and retrieving during the last hour.  You will need to have a bag of some sort for the retrieval part of the event.

Friend-For-Free: Members may invite one guest for free to this event for one course.  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 1:15 p.m. The latest time to start the last stage is 3:30 p.m. (Red loop), 3:45 p.m. (Orange), or 4:00 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: I-10 E from Tucson to Hwy 80 at Benson, SE to Middle March Road (just past Hwy 82 and border patrol, turn E immediately past MP 315), 10 miles of well-graded dirt and gravel to Forest Service boundary, then N on FS road along the front range of the Dragoon Mtns for a distance of ~2 miles.  Follow O signs.  Regular clearance cars okay.


Fees per course:  $5/individual, $8/team for members of any recognized orienteering club (or $10/$16 for the entire weekend).  $10/individual, $15/team for nonmembers (or $20/$30 for the entire weekend).  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.

Saturday Schedule:
8:30 AM to 3 PM  Registration.
9:00 AM  Courses open.
3:00 PM  Last start time.
5:00 PM.  Courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.

7:30 PM  Night-O.
9:00 PM  Course closes.  Everyone must be back by then.

Sunday Schedule:
9:00 AM  Mass start.
12:00 AM  Course closes.  Everyone must be back by then.

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.

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.