Come out on Sunday, October 18th, to try out an entirely new map!  Sweetwater Preserve was field checked in 2007 and 2008 and is now being used for the first time ever to hold an orienteering event.  This training event, hosted by Jim Stamm will challenge your ability to stay in contact with the map.

Ludwig Hill was well underway in mapping a new venue for us when I learned that this 700 acre Pima County park was being created as a “Stay On The Trail” park. With a little modification, we should still be able to enjoy this great site.

On Sunday, October 18th, participants will all traverse the exact same route, on a combination of trails within the preserve.  For this event, we have agreed to strictly stay on the trails.  You will receive a 1:5,000 scale orienteering map, but the map will not have any of the trails indicated on it.  You will start out on a trail, and will be directed to the proper turn by a control at every trail junction.  Your use of the map will be to mark the spot where other controls will be found along the course.  If you choose to be competitive, then your map will be checked for the number of correctly placed “X”s that you write on your map, and ties will be broken by comparing the elapsed time that it takes you to complete the course.  The course length is  a little more than 4 km, and a little less than 60 meters climb.

The second facet of this training event will be veteran led group walks around the course with explanations of why “X marks the spot,” as well as pointers for “Staying on the map.”  You may also pick up your map and try the course on your own, then later join a training walk, or simply join one of the training walks later.

If you pre-register by October 16th, you will have a color map reserved for you.  Click here to use the online registration form.

Or for questions and alternative registration:   JimStamm at Comcast dot net or (520) 575-0830.

Other than a nice parking area, there are no facilities in this park.  The trails were all created for bicycle use, so we will have to share the event with bicyclists.  You may even use a bike, if you prefer.

Directions:  From I-10 Exit #252  (Ruthrauff Rd. / El Camino del Cerro);  Take El Camino del Cerro west 1.9 miles to Tortolita Rd., then Tortolita Rd. south for 1 mile to the Sweetwater Preserve gate.  Vicinity Map

Fees: $5 per person (members only). Please bring exact change.

Equipment: Compasses will be available to rent for $1.00;  Safety whistles for sale at $1.00.  Bring your water for the course.  GookinAide, a sports drink, will be available at the registration area.

8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.  Course is open for starting
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Instructional walks.  11:00 a.m. walk will pick up controls.

Safety: Every person is required to carry some type of safety whistle. Everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before leaving the meet site.