What happens the day before St Patrick’s Day?  The Murphy Score-O!  Come join us in the cool foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains for a fun day of orienteering on March 16, 2014.  You can choose to go out on the course for 2 hours, or if you are feeling full of the luck of the Irish - head out for the full 4 hours.  We haven’t used this map in a long time, so come rediscover the beauty of the area.  Permit is currently pending.

Twenty-seven controls are scattered around the course, with point values ranging from ten to forty.  There will be one “Murphy Control” which will give you a 5 minute time credit if you visit it on your route.  Remember to punch it to receive the time credit!  Controls can be visited in any order during the 2 or 4 hours to maximize your score.  There is a 10 point penalty for every minute, or fraction thereof, if you finish late.

The northern portion of the course has open terrain with hills to climb and enjoy the panoramas.  The southern portion is more wooded and a little more scenic, though the hills are ever present.  Some streams are flowing and the grasses have plenty of seeds, so gaiters with long pants are highly recommended.

Large Groups:  If you are planning to bring a large group of more than five people, please let the course setter/meet director (or brad.poe [-at-] att [-dot-] net) know so that we can reserve enough color maps for you.

Youth groups: All participants under 18 must provide a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.  If your group plans to bring a minor without their parent/guardian, then please download a copy of the Waiver and Permission to Participate form from our Documents, Guides, and Forms page (look for it under the "For Orienteers" section) and have it completed and signed by a parent/guardian before you bring it with you to the event.


  • Members of any recognized orienteering club - $5/individual, $8/team.
  • Nonmembers - $10/individual, $15/team.
  • 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.


  • 0830  Registration Opens
  • 0915  Beginner’s Clinic
  • 0940  Course Briefing
  • 0945  Maps Distributed
  • 1000  Mass Start (both 2 and 4 hour participants)
  • 1200  Noon- end of the 2 hour event
  • 1400  End of the 4 hour event
  • 1405  Courses Close- All participants are asked to check out with the timer prior to leaving the event site
  • 1430  Search and Rescue initiated

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.  To attend the free beginners’ clinic, arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 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.

Directions:  From Tucson, take I-10 to Exit 281 (State Route 83). Drive south approximately 18 miles on SR 83 to the signed junction with Gardner Canyon Road (FS92). Turn west (right) here. Follow FS 92 and the O signs to the meet site.  Note: The Cave Creek crossing may cause problems for cars with low clearance, however the road was recently graded.