This year we will have two days of orienteering amid the major boulder formations and oak thickets of the Dragoon Mountains foothills at 4400 feet elevation.  The orienteering is fast, with fewer cactus, less climb, and better footing than other areas around Tucson.    

 

Saturday’s courses will be staged on the south part of the map, an area we have not used for a decade.  This year’s field checking has been to correct that area.  I will offer a brown course of about 3800 m with very expert controls.  This course is for the older skilled orienteer, 65+ years for men, 55+ years for women.  We will also offer white, yellow, orange, green, and red courses both days. 

There will be a Saturday afternoon mountain bike-score-O.  There is very good traditional and sport climbing within walking distance of our camp.  We will have a slack line put up.

            Saturday at sunset we will have a big barbeque and campfire, featuring all you can consume steaks, chicken, salmon, salads, tortillas, and beans for $15/head, $5 if you are a child under 4 feet tall, and $10 for kids 12 & younger.  All are welcome to join us at the campfire.  There will not be tables, so bring chairs.

This meet is 30 minutes NE of Tombstone where motel rooms should be in abundance that weekend (no other big events).  We’ll be an hour from the nearest grocery store in Benson, Sierra Vista, or Bisbee.  Remember to bring all the water you’ll need for the weekend. 

 

Registration:  Please preregister to me directly by noon on Wednesday, March 11th via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating courses, days, camping, and eating.  Indicate salmon or meat or vegan, please.  Please register soon as we may need to get a Port-a-John.  Feel free to call me at 520-432-2817 or write me at P.O. Box 297 Bisbee, AZ 85603.  Notifying me ahead of time speeds the on-site registration process and helps in printing the right number of maps. 

On arrival, please check in at the registration desk and pay the appropriate fees. 

 

Fees:  $10 per day for members and other O club members; $15 per day for nonmembers

Compass rental $1; Safety whistles to keep $1; Every person, regardless of course, will be required to carry some type of safety whistle.

 

Volunteers: I need help for Saturday control retrieval and Sunday timing, registration, and control retrieval.  Call me or email.

 

Groups:  Please email me with numbers.  A beginners’ clinic will be available each day, 15 minutes before courses open.

 

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 three hours, be sure to start before 10 a.m.  Anyone who does not return to the start by 1:30 p.m. Saturday or 1 p.m. Sunday, 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.

 

Directions:  Take I-10 east from Tucson to exit 303 “Benson, Bisbee, Tombstone” and Route 80.  Go south to MP 315, Middle March Road.  This is one mile from Tombstone.  Turn left, or NE, towards the Dragoon Mountains.  Go 10 miles (6 or 7 cattle guards) to the National Forest Boundary.  Turn left, or north, on the obvious major road, Road 687 (the sign is gone).  This road is quite rough, but doable in a road car if you are careful.  For Saturday’s event, take the 1st right in approximately ½ a mile, past the windmill and tanks to the end of the road.  For Sunday’s event and to the camping area, continue north 1 ½  miles on Road 687, cross the cattle guard and immediately turn right and continue to the big circle in the oak trees at the end of the road.  Allow 2 hours from central Tucson.

 

Parking: Park on or near the roads.  Be aware of dry grasses.

 Schedule, Saturday:

8:45 a.m. beginners’ clinic

9 a.m. registration begins

9:30 a.m. courses open

11:30 a.m. last time to start a course

1:30 p.m. all courses close; control retrieval begins; all participants must be returning to start/finish

Afternoon: mountain bike score-O event; climbing, etc.

5:30 p.m. dinner

 Sunday: (notice changes from Saturday)

8:30 a.m. beginners’ clinic; registration begins

9 a.m. courses open

11 a.m. last time to start a course

1 p.m. courses close; control retrieval begins; all participants must be returning to start/finish

 

Check-In: To insure that all are safe, every runner, whether finished with the course or not, must check in at the Finish before leaving the meet site.

 

Other questions: Please contact the course setter:
Mark Parsons at (520) 432-2817 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.