NARC logoWelcome on May 16/17, 2009 to the Mogollon Plateau and the pine forests of the Apache-Sitgreaves National forest!

May 10 – here are directions to get you to the event and the latest developments.

Driving directions:

Start Location and Directions: From Phoenix, take route 87 to Payson (pretty drive), then highway 260 east (very pretty drive) about 30 miles to the top of the Mogollon Rim, then 8 miles further to Forest Road 99 (near milepost 290). Follow FR 99 north 4 miles to FR 170. Follow FR 170 north 7 miles to camp. Passenger cars will make it along all of these dirt roads. Watch for elk. Look for orange and white signs.

From Tucson, we do not recommend using highway 77 because of construction delays and possible closures both north and south of Oracle Junction. The fastest route is probably I-10 north to I-60 west, then highway 87 north to Payson (pretty drive), then highway 260 east (very pretty drive) about 30 miles to the top of the Mogollon Rim, then 8 miles further to Forest Road 99 (near milepost 290). Follow FR 99 north 4 miles to FR 170. Follow FR 170 north 7 miles to camp. Passenger cars will make it along all of these dirt roads. Watch for elk. Look for orange and white signs.

From points east, you may be driving from Holbrook on I-40, then southwest on highway 377, then highway 277. From Showlow, drive east on highway 260. Both routes drive to Heber on Highway 260 and continue weston 260 toForest Road 99 (near milepost 290). Follow FR 99 north 4 miles to FR 170. Follow FR 170 north 7 miles to camp. Passenger cars will make it along all of these dirt roads. Watch for elk. Look for orange and white signs.

This area is closed to exploration by rogainers until 11 AM Saturday. Stay on the road to the hash house.

Map scale is 1:30,000.

The penalty for returning after your course closes is 10 points per minute or portion thereof.

In the event of a team challenge, the jury will consist of Pat Penn, Barb Campbell and Linda Moore. (IRF rule C5)

No food or water will be provided before 11 AM Saturday.

Each person must carry a whistle for safety.

Water will be provided at several controls during the event. You can also filter water running through the map in major canyons.

Because parts of the competition area of been used previously, the 1998 rogaine and Potato Patch orienteering maps will be available for study at the hash house starting Friday afternoon.

All 8 and 12 hour rogainersmust carry a light.

The best preparation for this event is to be well fed, well hydrated and well rested at 9 AM Saturday.

Weather will probably be clear with a nightly low of 45 and daily high of 80 degrees F.

Your cell phone is unlikely to work at or near the hash house.

Camping is available at the site Sunday night if you’d like to get a good rest before returning home.

We recommend carrying a first aid kit during the competition.

Onsite registration is a possibility. Cash payment only. Improve your odds of registering by calling 520-628-8985 before 10 AM Friday the 15th.  

Control retrieval volunteers are solicited for Sunday afternoon and Monday. Sign up at the hash house.

GPS loggers are available for rent. Details in the 5/4 news section of this site.

Afterward, we’d love to read how your rogaine went. Send interesting reports to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check this website to read 'em.

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The Mogollon (pronounced mug-ee-own) Plateau is in the central portion of Arizona at a latitude roughly halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. It forms a barrier to travel with no roads crossing it between Highways 87 and 260. To the north, the terrain slopes gently, draining into the Colorado River system. At the Mogollon Rim to the south, it drops off precipitously, affording numerous vistas and draining into the Salt River system. Our event site is about 15 miles north of the Rim in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Chevelon Ranger District.

This year’s event will explore heights at 7000-8000 feet elevation northeast of Payson in the Rim Lakes District. In terms of vegetation, this means pine/fir forests will dominate. Prior experience navigating through cacti, catclaw, and shin-dagger will offer no competitive advantage, as we’ll be above the desert, not in it. Our mid-May date for this event will give us the jump on the hordes of summer-time users who flock to this getaway for camping, fishing, and boating.

Special offer for helpers

The 4-hour category of the Rogaine can be run for NO registration charge by people willing to work at the food table for at least eight hours during the event. We reserve the right to limit this category to the first six applicants. This might be a good category for those who would prefer to stay out for even less than four hours. Reserve your slot by contacting email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safety

Teammates must remain together at all times. Teams must log in on the intention sheets at each control, indicating time and next anticipated control. All teams must report to the event officials before leaving the event site to preclude unnecessary searches. Each participant must carry a safety whistle. We strongly advise you to carry plenty of water, a basic first aid kit, compass, food, sun protection, and cold/wet weather gear.

Rules

All participants are responsible for knowing and following the rules of Rogaining. The rules can be found at

http://www.rogaining.com/resources.html

http://www.rogaining.com/resources.html>IRFrules They will also be posted at the event site.

Here are a few highlights:
Teams must not separate and must remain in unaided voice contact.
ALL team members must come within 20 meters of each control.
Do not ask other teams for assistance unless you are withdrawing from
the event.
Do not follow. It's lots of fun to ditch following teams.
Your team number must be visible from the front and back of your team group.
No GPS. No altimeters. Not even on your watch. If it's not map and
compass, it's not allowed. We reserve the right to inspect for illegal devices.

Officials will be on the course gleefully looking for cheaters.
Respect their requests. We also rely on competitors to report actions
they think may be cheating (within 5 minutes of the finish). Give us
a team number if you can. If not, give us any other information.

Turn in your control card during visits to the hash house to the
person wearing the funny hat and reclaim it on your way back onto the course.

You have 30 minutes after score posting to protest your score.