Come out and spend a great Saturday (not Sunday) morning orienteering with us in the beautiful foothills of the Santa Rita Mountain Range. The rolling grass covered hills have plenty of live oak trees to keep you cool as you attack this challenging Score-O course.

This is a unique event for the TOC. We will have quite a few junior orienteers, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts, and JROTC participating – Future TOC Members. They will have their own registration, start, and finish on the course.

Start Area Meadow
The Big Meadow at the Start/Finish Area (Photo by Monty McDaniel) 

The meet directors are Pat and Gregg Townsend.  Contact them at ptownsend (-at-) pima (-dot-) edu if you have questions about this meet.  Please offer to help out with registration, timing, or control retrieval.  The fees collected at each event only cover the costs for permits, insurance, transportation, map printing, supplies, and equipment used at the event.  They don’t cover planning, organizing, or running the event.  It is only through the generous volunteer effort of our club members by which these events can happen!

Course: The course will be a challenging score-o with 23 controls that will be difficult for the most advanced orienteer to complete in the 2 hour time limit.  However, even a first-time orienteer will enjoy the course and find many controls close to the start along handrails.  There will be 1 “bonus” control that will reduce the orienteer's total elapsed time (including penalty minutes, if any) by 5 minutes if successfully located.  Each control will have a point value from 1 – 6 points depending on length and difficulty. A 2-point penalty will be assessed for each minute the orienteer returns over the two-hour time limit.

Camping: You are welcome to come out and camp with us on Friday, 11 Oct. There is a very large, flat camping area that can accommodate a lot of orienteers.

Logistics: We will have 2 porta-pots on site.  We will also have a first aid tent set up with enough supplies to attend to any minor issues.

**This time of year could be quite warm or it could be very cool.  There is NO water at Kentucky Camp. Please bring a little more than you think you will consume.  There will be 2 controls that have water points.

Fees: $5 for any individual who is a member of a recognized Orienteering Club or $8 per team. $10 per nonmembers or $15 per team. Please consider becoming a member of the Tucson Orienteering Club.  JROTC / CAP / Boy Scout teams pay $10 to cover the cost of awards.  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.

8:00-8:30 am - Beginner's clinic.
8:30–11:00 am - Registration.
9:00 am - Course opens.
11:00 am - Last start time.
1:00 pm - Everyone must be off the course.
1:00–3:00 pm - Control retrieval (great way to get extra orienteer practice).

Directions: From Tucson, take I-10 to Exit 281 (State Route 83).  Drive south approximately 20 miles on SR 83 to the signed junction with Gardner Canyon Road (FS92), which is about a half mile past Milepost 38.  Turn west (right) here.  Drive west approximately 0.8 miles to the junction with the road to Kentucky Camp (FS 163).  Turn northwest (right) here. Follow FS 163 and the O signs to the meet site.


Newcomers:  Go directly to Registration.  Ask for instructions and introductory information.  To attend the free beginners’ clinic, arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

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.