Robbins Butte
Beginner's Training and Sprints

Saturday, January 13, 2018
09:00 AM - Free Beginner's Clinic/Practice Course
10:00 AM - Sprint Courses

[image:O flag] Robbins Butte Directions
[image:O flag] Pre-Register (Deadline: Wednesday, January 10 at 11:59 PM)
[image:O flag] Description of the Beginner's Training
[image:O flag] Description of the Sprint Events


Please join us for a morning of orienteering fun at our Robbins Butte event site west of Phoenix. Starting at 9:00, we'll conduct a beginner's training to introduce basic land navigation concepts used in orienteering. We'll continue the morning with two sprint courses at the same site. You're welcome to participate in one or all of the morning's events. The beginner's training is free. We charge a small fee for the sprints (see below). We hope you'll take this excellent opportunity to practice your orienteering skills.

Our Robbins Butte event site offers a variety of low hills, canyons, and a complex flood plain. The site is located in the lower Sonoran Desert with less vegetation than many of our other sites. The terrain is open and runnable with limited opportunities for contact with your favorite species of cactus. The vegetation is somewhat thicker in some areas, especially in the washes.

Parental Consent:

Parental Consent Now Required (Click here for more information)
All participants under age 18 are now required to have a signed parental consent form on file with the club. You can complete the form before the event and either scan it and send it to us by e-mail or bring it with you to the event.


In order to promote pre-registration for our events, the Club has implemented a new pricing structure. Participants who pre-register for the event will benefit from our priority pricing. While on-site registration is still available, pricing for on-site registration is more expensive. In addition, we'll print some extra maps for each of our events, but we cannot guarantee a map for those who do not pre-register.

Pre-Registration is open until Wednesday, January 10 at 11:59 PM. After the pre-registration closes, you can still try your luck and register on-site. We will have pre-printed maps for everyone who pre-registers. We cannot guarantee a map for those who register on-site.

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08:30 AM Beginner's Training Check-in/Registration
Location: Robbins Butte
09:00 AM Beginner's Training Begins
9:30 AM Sprint Courses Check-in/Registration
Location: Robbins Butte
10:00 AM Sprint Courses Open
12:00 PM Last Time to Start a Sprint Course
1:00 PM Sprint Courses Close


Note: The beginner's training is free. We charge normal club prices for the sprints. You're welcome to do one or both sprints for the same single entry fee.

Beginning Orienteering Training

The Beginner's Training is a hands-on course teaching basic concepts used for land navigation and the sport of orienteering. Participants learn techniques to navigate using only a map and compass (No GPS!) and practice the techniques outdoors on orienteering courses setup at the Robbins Butte site.

The Beginning Orienteering training is open to participants of all ages and at all levels of skill and fitness. Our goal is to teach some of the basic navigation concepts that you can then use to participate in future orienteering events. If you're looking for a fun new and different way to enjoy the outdoors, please consider signing up for our class.

Course Content

Students will walk up to two kilometers, with day packs, learning and practicing land navigation techniques used for orienteering. The field training covers compass use, interpreting topographical maps, and several methods of getting from point to point using only a map and compass.

We will provide participants with a) a topographical map of the class area, b) course materials, and c) an hour and a half of orienteering instruction. We know you will be so excited about what you learn that you will join us for one of our many orienteering events. (See Event Schedule)

Sprint (Short) Events

In addition to the beginner's training, we'll also offer two sprint courses. The sprint events are open to everyone, including beginner's. Don't worry, we intentionally set the sprint events to make the navigation easier.


It is best if students can provide their own compass. The suggested model is a Silva Ranger 15 CL 360-degree compass. More basic compass models such as the Silva Polaris are useful as long as they have a straight baseplate and a moving bezel surrounding the compass itself. We will provide compasses for those who do not have their own.

What to bring:

Whistle Participants at orienteering events are required to carry a whistle. Since orienteering involves navigating off-trail, participants can sometimes travel to areas that are rarely visited by other users of the area. The whistle is a safety precaution which allows orienteering participants to signal their presence to others in case of an emergency.
Compass We prefer participants to bring their own compass. This will allow them to learn techniques during the training, then practice the techniques further at home. We will provide compasses to those who are not able to bring their own.
Sun screen. The training will continue past 10:00 AM. Even in November, the sun could already be high enough to be an issue. Even though we are starting fairly early in the morning, we suggest you apply sunscreen to avoid burning.
Water There will be water at the start/finish . However, as we could be out in the field for up to three hours, you may also want to bring your own water bottles or a camelback.
Sturdy hiking shoes and
Long pants
The training will involve hiking off trail, sometimes in areas with thick brush and different types of cactus.


Follow this link for directions to the Robbins Butte event Site.