Meet Director: Margrit McIntosh & Pat Penn

Course Setter: John Pascal

Vetter: Jeff Brucker



Orienteering at Catalina State Park,
Sunday, November 16, 2008

—Peg Davis

This month we return to one of our most popular sites. The park is easy to reach, right on the edge of town and requires no driving on dirt roads. The weather should be beautiful, though in the past, we’ve had freezing rain or 100 degree temperatures. We are hoping for many beginners and newcomers at this event.

The map
: The map is new, courtesy of Ludwig, and is different in appearance from the old one. It has more detail in regard to topography and some physical features. Vegetation mapping has not totally been completed. Here are the details:

"For the first time at this venue, we will be using a map with a 5-m contour interval, instead of the 20-ft and 40-ft intervals shown on the old map.  Because this new map is under re-development, you will see a mixture of terrain features - some that have been field-checked and many that haven’t.  You will also see some slight differences in map symbols used.  The course setter has done his best to make sure there won't be any courses that are significantly affected by the unverified parts of the map and the map legend will include the new symbols.  Map comments should be directed to Ludwig Hill after the meet."

Course setting
: The November semi-tradition is for John Pascal of Farmington, New Mexico to set courses at Catalina. He’s coming to visit again. Jeff Brucker is vetting the courses. A veteran of many Arizona Rogaines, this will be John’s third set of courses for our club. If you like them, seek him out and thank him. If you have complaints, email them to Peg the next day.

The courses will be traditional white, yellow, orange, green, and red. Catalina tends to be challenging due to vegetation, topography and rocky ground. Vegetation is often full of stickers and lots of seeds which stick in your socks. If you have gaiters, this is the month to use them. Otherwise, bring your “throwaway” socks. Courses will be a little shorter this year, hoping to make it easier on runners and give them shorter times. We hope for comfortable weather and good fun.

Adventure Racers
: The “Tucson Motala” is a three-stage navigation race which will provide a diversified orienteering challenge to racers to test their trekking and orienteering skills.

The first stage (~4k on/off trail) will require some off trail navigation and will whet your appetite for what is to come.

The second stage will be a navigationally challenging ~4k off trail stage.

The third stage is longest at ~6-7k and will test your physical fortitude and mental wits.

These are our Yellow, Orange, and Red courses. Your team must begin the last leg by 11 a.m. to continue. All teams must return to the finish area by 1 p.m., course completed or not. There will be no biking or water stages.

This different style of race will allow you to improve your navigational skills as a team or individual while competing with the peers you normally see only at the big races, at a modest cost. For those of you who are new to adventure racing, the ascending navigational challenges on the successive stages will allow you to gain valuable training and experience in a competitive environment, without having to commit to the travel and expense of a high-profile race.

The Motala start window will be 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. only.

Motala fees for members of the Phoenix and Tucson Orienteering Clubs are $10/person + $5/each additional team member for each event. Nonmember motala fees are $15/individual + $10/each additional team member for each event.

Speed Registration
: Are you already a club member? Are you running your course alone? Go to the special table for speed registration. Fill out one line on the mass form, put your exact change in the repository, grab your map, control card and clue sheet and go straight to timing. You save time for yourself and a club volunteer. Sorry, no teams on speed registration.

: If you are bringing a group, please contact the meet directors ( contact at ) before the meet to guarantee enough maps for all participants.

Intermediate skills clinic
: Find your way to a few controls with Peg for one hour. We’ll talk about compass use, pace counting, route choice and how much we love orienteering. Your questions will be answered! No running, only brisk walking. Sign up for the clinic at the registration table.

Course time limits
: Staying out on a course more than three hours is considered overtime. Results over 180 minutes will be reported as “OVT” in the meet writeup. If you might be on your course for 3 hours, be sure to start before 10 AM. Anyone who does not return to the start by 1 PM, no matter what start time, will be disqualified. Search parties are required for any late finishers. Please do not cause this stressful and unpleasant event by staying out past closing on a course.

: The entrance to Catalina State Park is located on Oracle Road (Arizona 77), six miles north of the intersection of Oracle Road with Ina Road. If you come on I-10, take Exit 248 and drive east on Ina for five miles to its intersection with Oracle, then  turn north for five miles. Visitors from Phoenix, take the Pinal Parkway to Oracle Junction, then travel approximately 10 miles southbound on Arizona 77 to the park entrance. Follow the orange and white O signs to the end of the paved road to reach the event start and parking. There is a $6 per-car fee for entrance to the park, so car-pool if possible.

: $10/individual, $15/team for nonmembers. $5/individual, $8/team for members of any recognized orienteering club. Compasses rent for $1. Safety whistles sell for $1. Every person, all courses, all meets is required to carry some type of safety


8:30 a.m. Registration opens. Beginners’ clinic starts. Do not show up late for clinic.
9:00 a.m. Courses open.
11:00 a.m. Last time to start a course.
1:00 p.m. Courses close. Everyone must return to the start area.
1:05 p.m. Control retrieval begins. Please volunteer at registration.
1:05 p.m. Intermediate skills clinic begins

Meet directors Margrit McIntosh and Pat Penn welcome volunteers. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dial 326-2339 for a pleasant hour of table work before or after your course. This is an excellent method to get to know those people you only run past on the course.