On Saturday, April 21, 2012 the Tucson Orienteering Club will host an orienteering event in conjunction with the Old Pueblo District Boy Scout Camporee at the Double V Scout Ranch, near Cat Mountain.

This event will have White, Yellow, and 3k Sprint (intermediate and advanced division) courses set by Ludwig Hill on a brand new 1:5000-scale sprint map developed by Ron Birks, David Follette, Leif Lundquist, and Ludwig Hill.

Double V Ranch Entrance

Turn Right at the Entrance Sign for the Double V Scout Ranch (Photo by Ludwig Hill)

Boy Scout Joe Tarleton, who is also a group member of TOC, initiated our involvement in this event and worked with Peg Davis who took the lead in securing volunteers, getting the permit, and coordinating with the Boy Scouts.  Peg will also be your meet director.  If you wish to help or want details about the beginners' clinic, please contact her at this link or at pegdavis (-at-) email (-dot-) arizona (-dot-) edu.

So what is a Sprint?  The US Orienteering Rules of Competition state that, "a Sprint course should combine high speed map reading and quick decision making with technically easy controls. The challenge should be in navigating through complex environments at high speed, to control sites which are technically easy for advanced level orienteers. Controls should be primarily on advanced beginner (Yellow) level, or Intermediate ( Orange) level sites with nearby relocation options. Courses should include changes of direction, route choice as the terrain allows, and promote spectator opportunities. Unlike other formats, organizers may allow spectators throughout the course."  The 3 km Sprint for this event will be divided into intermediate and advanced divisions, so if you are planning on doing the Sprint please be sure to state to the registrar which division you want to participate in.  For information about the White and yellow courses go to to our General Information page.


Drive Past the Windmill on Your Way to Parking (Photo by Ludwig Hill)

Arched Gateway

One of the Many  Beam-Post Timber Gateways on the Map (Photo by Ludwig Hill)

Site Description: The map is very runnable and contains a complex network of trails and roads.  There is ample opportunity to relocate on this map as there are many linear features to catch on.  As a spectator you may visit any of the controls, so please bring your camera if you are interested in getting action shots of your fellow orienteers attempting to punch.

Directions: From Tucson, take Ajo Way (AZ 86) west to Kinney Road (4 miles west of Mission Road).  Turn right at Kinney and go northwest 0.6 miles until you reach a large stone-wall sign on your right, which is at the entrance to the Double V Scout Ranch.  If you reach Sarasota Blvd. you have gone too far.  Turn right and drive the main gravel road for 0.4 miles until you reach a smaller road perpendicular on the right.  Turn right and proceed 100 m to parking at the swimming pool.  The trip time from downtown Tucson to the event site is about 15 minutes.

Parking:  Parking will be at the swimming pool.  Please use only designated parking and please back-in to the parking space.  You will be entering a privately controlled reservation  -- access is free, but please check in at Registration immediately after parking to receive your wrist-band pass.  To get there, please see the directions above, or download the pdf map of the Double V Scout Ranch from the BSA's Double V web page.

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.  For details and restrictions, click here.

The times on this schedule are subject to change, so please check back again within a few days of this event.  For details about the beginners' clinic, contact Peg Davis (Meet Director).

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Registration.  Obtain wrist-band pass.
9:00 a.m.  Courses open.  Best time to avoid congestion at the start table is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.  Last start time.
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Route choice reviews.
3:00 p.m.   Courses close.  Everyone must be back by then.  Begin control retrieval (orienteering practice).


These Rough-Looking Hombres Made The Map (Photo by Ludwig Hill)

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.  For details about the beginners' clinic, contact Peg Davis (Meet Director).

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.