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Catalina State Park is a favorite of visitors to Tucson, with stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and technical orienteering in varied desert terrain (elevation 2800′). White on this map may not look anything like your white forest at home–it indicates the default vegetation in our mid-elevation Upland Sonoran desert scrub area. Desert scrub consists of many desert trees, such as palo verde and mesquite, that tend to be short and bushy. There are also many types of cactus, agave, and grasses. Large saguaro cactuses with significant arms are mapped as green dots. Washes, which are usually dry, are mapped with the blue dots normally reserved for linear marshes. Leg coverings are recommended for this terrain!

 

Note that there is a 1km (flat) walk to the remote start for all courses, so plan your arrival time accordingly. We’ll have warmup maps that you can use along the route to the start so you can be acquainted with the mapping and vegetation style.

Course     Length(km)    Climb (m)    Controls    Map

White        2                      30                   10             1:7500 

Yellow       2.3                   35                    9              1:7500     

Orange     3.2                   80                   11             1:10000 

Brown       3.9                   90                    9               1:10000 

Green       5                      100                  14             1:10000 

Red           6.4                   180                  13             1:10000

Blue          8.2                   200                  16             1:10000 

Schedule
Registration Opens
: 9am
Beginner Clinic: 9:30am

Starts: 10am-noon

Courses Close: 3pm

People

Course Setter: Anna Campbell (ArizOna)

Vetter: Tori Campbell

Event Directors: Betsy Lubis and Cristina Luis (ArizOna)

Directions to Catalina State Park 
Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. 

Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

E-Punch: yes!

Water: Water fountains and faucets available

Restrooms: Permanent toilet blocks with running water

→ What to do after:

Hike to Romero Pools (Catalina State Park)
Music in the Mountains Concert at Catalina State Park, 3pm 
Visit Tohono Chul Gardens and Galleries

Another chance to tackle the challenging terrain at Catalina State Park, this time in the dark! All three courses will be on the same map, you can decide how much of a challenge you're up for once you're out there!

Schedule
Check-in Opens
: 6:00 pm
Briefing: 6:45 pm
Mass Start: 7:00 pm  

Courses Close: 9:00 pm

People

Course Setter: Anna Campbell

Vetters: Tori Campbell & Marcy Beard

Event Directors: Cristina & Betsy

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E-Punch: Yes

Water: water fountains and faucets available

Restrooms: modern restrooms available

Directions to Catalina State Park
Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. 

Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

Course                    Length(km)    Climb (m)    Controls   

Intermediate              3.9                    130               6              

Short Advanced         4.4                    90                7               

Long Advanced         7.3                    180              11             

The Javelina Hustle is a long Goat style event with some twists.  It will be an intermediate level orienteering event.  There will also be White and Yellow courses available.

Course       Length(km)      Climb (m)      Controls       Map

White                1.5                     5                      8             1:5,000    Yellow                2.2                    10                   10             1:5,000   

Hustle Short     5.3                     95                   11             1:10,000 

Hustle Long     11.7                  310                   22             1:10,000

Schedule

Registration Opens: 9:00 am

Beginner Clinic: 9:30 am

Hustle Course Brief: 9:55 am

Hustle Mass Start: 10:00 am

White / Yellow Starts:
10:05 am - noon

Courses Close: 1:00 pm

People

Course Setters: Jeff Coker and Nancy Coker

Event Director: Peg Davis

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E-Punch: yes!

Water: faucets and water fountains available

Restrooms: modern facilities 

Directions to Catalina State Park (Day 2)

Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

Day 3 Monday March 4, 2024
Cholla Chaser @Ironwood Picnic Area in Tucson Mtn. Park

This will be a 10AM mass start to an area of the map called the "Box".  You can visit the "Box" controls in any order you wish (like a score-o). The total number you are required to visit will vary depending on your age and sex. After completing the box, you transition to the "Chase", which is a regular point-to-point course to the finish. The total distance, including both the box and the chase, will range between 3.0km (W70+) and 6.0km (M21+), with 1% climb. Course closes at 1PM. There will also be a 2.5km yellow course at 10AM. 

 
Ironwood Park is located near Old Tucson, where many western movies have been filmed. It is mostly open desert with many dry streambeds and shallow rentrants, with amazing views of the mountains on the skyline. You can recognize the skyline in several older movies. There is a small set of low hills on one edge of the Box, but only the M21+ runners will be going there.

Schedule
Registration Opens
: 9:00am

Course Briefing: 9:30am

Group Walk to Start: 9:40am

Mass Start: 10am 

Yellow Start: 10:10am 

Courses Close: 12pm 

People

Course Setter: Jeff Brucker

Vetters: Gregg Townsend and John Beard

Event Director: Peg Davis

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Course     Length (km)    Climb        Controls      Map

Yellow          2.4                   1%              10             1/7500 

Chaser         3 - 6                 1%             10-20        1/10000

Directions to Ironwood (Day 3)
Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

E-Punch: yes

Water: No water on the course, only at parking and finish.

Restrooms: Portable toilet at parking area only. If you only need to pee, be a sport and use a tree.

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Photos are stills from video by Carol Smythe. To watch the complete  video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdNafKdxyc8

→ What to do after:

Join us in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains for a 3-hour Score-O!
 

The course features sweeping vistas of the Santa Rita, Santa Catalina, Rincon and Whetstone mountain ranges. There are controls set for all ability levels, from beginner to experienced.

Course (km)      Climb (m)      Controls      Map Scale

      13                    660                    31                1:10000   

Schedule
Check In Opens: 8:30am
Start Window: 9-11am 
Course Closes: 2pm
Late Penalty: 20 points/minute

 

People

Course Setter: Brad Poe

Meet Director: Yvonne Poe

Vetters: Jim Holmes and Gerry Bach
Volunteers: Always Welcome!

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E-Punch: yes 

Water: no water on course. Please bring own water and/or snacks 

Restrooms: tent setup

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Directions to Oak Tree Canyon (Day 4)
 

Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

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→ What to do after:

Day 5 Wednesday March 6, 2024
Sprints @University of Arizona

Welcome to the University of Arizona! This is a fun, fast map with flat terrain and great runnability. There will be 2 Sprint Courses that will test route choice and keeping map contact while running at fast speeds. There will also be a shorter, beginner-friendly course available.

Map: 1:4000 

E-Punch: yes!

Water: water fountains in buildings on campus

Restrooms: available in buildings on campus

Schedule
Starts: 10am - noon

Courses Close: 2pm

People

Course Setter: Isaac Pimienta

Event Director: Cristina Luis

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Directions to University of Arizona (Day 5)
Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. 

Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

→ What to do after:

For the first time in almost a decade we're venturing out into Reddington Pass, on the northeast side of Tucson. You'll be treated to a large area of transitional terrain at about 4000', sitting between the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Rincon Mountains. The landscape here is closer to our Rt 83 areas (rolling grassland) than the desert valley, but with more rocks and intricate details. 

Course                   Length (km)     Climb (m)      Controls        Map

Yellow                          2.4                     85                     10              1:7500   

Short Advanced         5.3                      200                   11              1:10000   

Long Advanced          9.3                     275                   19              1:10000  

Schedule
Registration Opens: 9:30 am

Starts: 10 - 11:30 am

Courses Close: 2 pm

People

Course Setter: Alan Craig

Vetter: John Beard

Event Director: Billie Lubis

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E-Punch: yes!

Water: No water, bring water!

Restrooms: Tent setup

Directions to Chimney Rock
(Day 6)

Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

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→ What to do after:

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Tour time: 10-11:30am
Cost: FREE!
Come along for a broad spectrum introduction to the Tucson Basin’s prehistory (and maybe a skosh of history as well) at the Los Morteros Archaeological Preserve in Marana, an area inhabited for tens of thousands of years and a focal point of humanity and survival within the Basin for much of that time. This walk-and-talk is approximately one mile long on manicured dirt paths, so there will be plenty of time to gab about all things prehistoric (and maybe historic too)!

Sign up:

Please fill your name in here (if you didn't sign up in EventReg) so we know how many copies of the print outs to make. You can also show up spontaneously - no one will be turned away.

Directions to Marana (Day 7)

Please use directions in the event guide for driving directions and exact locations. Also in the guide are course notes and other juicy information!

→ What to do after:

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Please see the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club SWSW homepage or the event guide for info regarding Phoenix events. 

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