Accommodations

Due to the high elevation of the event site, we encourage you to arrive early in order to acclimate. Although the site itself will be under embargo (base camp opens May 15), there are numerous other possibilities. May we suggest the south rim of the Grand Canyon (2100 meters or 7000 feet), Flagstaff (2100 meters), or the San Francisco Peaks (3800 meters with snow above 3000 meters), or the Mogollon Rim (2400 meters).

Camping

Primitive camping will be available at base camp on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15-17.  There is no running water available.  Nearest motels are located in Payson, Arizona, about an hour’s drive away with good road conditions.

Food and Drink

As part of your registration fee, snacks will be available from noon on Saturday, and hot food from Saturday PM through the conclusion of the event.  Water, Gookinaid, and hot drinks will be available for consumption at base camp.  Water depots will be proved on the course, but please bring whatever fluids and snacks you plan to carry on the course.  Any water you find should certainly be purified due to probable elk activity upstream.

Directions

From Phoenix, take Highway 87 north to Payson, then Highway 260 east to the Mogollon Rim.  More specific directions on the drive in to base camp will appear on the website and in the Tucson Orienteering Club newsletter as they become available.  Be extremely cautious ascending the Mogollon Rim, especially at dusk or thereafter, as Highway 260 has been known to cut right through the center of elk herds.
The event site is about a 4 hour drive from the Phoenix, Arizona airport.

Embargo

All terrain and roads 20 miles north of route 260 between Forest Lakes and Overgaard. The sole exception will be the single allowable access road to the event center which will be exempt from this embargo on May 15 and May 16 for the sole purpose of reaching the event center. This access road will be specified when directions to the event are posted in April. Violations to the embargo are punishable by disqualification from the event. Our goal is to run the fairest Rogaine possible.

Weather expectations

In normally sunny Arizona, you can get any type of weather, including rain and snow.  In early May, even if the day has been gorgeous, it can get very cold at night, so come prepared for extremes! 
Daytime highs: 50 to 80 degrees F, 13 to 26 C
Nighttime lows: 35 to 45 F, +2 to +8 C
Precipitation: 14% chance, May is the driest month of the year (0.7", 2 cm. average rainfall for the whole month).
If it is cloudy the highs will be lower, and the lows will be higher.

Competitors will likely notice marked differences in temperature between micro habitats over the extent of the terrain. The drainages will seem colder at night as the cold air settles there. That would not be a good place to stop for a nap. Open areas will also be colder at night as the heat radiates into the night sky. Warmest areas at night will be found in forested areas that are neither in drainages nor on peaks. During the daytime the drainages will not seem markedly cooler and the open areas will be warmer than forested areas provided there is normal sunshine and not too much wind. There is a greater likelihood of wind at this site due to the numerous open areas which will of course affect the apparent temperature. The site can be characterized in general as having pleasant daytime temperatures but somewhat cold nighttime temperatures in early May. Always be prepared for extremes and you won't be caught unawares; in Arizona anything can happen.

Sun/Moon info

Clocks: the event will be run on local time, i.e. Mountain Standard Time (NOT daylight savings time!)

Saturday 16 May, 2009

SUN
Begin civil twilight 4:55 AM
Sunrise 5:22 AM
Sun transit 12:22PM
Sunset 7:21 PM
End civil twilight 7:49 PM
Moon Phase: waning gibbous with 55% of the moon's visible disk illuminated

Sunday 17 May, 2009

MOON
Moonrise 12:10 AM
Moon transit 5:04 AM
Moonset 10:00 AM

SUN
Begin civil twilight 4:54 AM
Sunrise 5:22 AM
Sun transit 12:22 PM
 

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.