December 2018 Orienteering
Saturday, December 8: Papago Park
Sat, Dec 8
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
|FREE Beginner's Clinic||
Papago Park Sports Complex
Near Archery Range
Sat, Dec 8
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
|FREE 2-Hour Score-O||
Across from the Zoo
Sun, Dec 9
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
|2-Hour Score-O||Needle Rock Recreation Site||Directions||Placemark|
|Papago Park||Needle Rock|
We have another fun weekend of orienteering planned for the Phoenix area on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9.
We start the weekend with a FREE beginner's clinic and a FREE 2-hour Score-O at our Papago Park event sites. The beginner's clinic starts Saturday at 9:00 AM near the Papago Park archery range. At the same time we're running the beginner's clinic, we will open our Score-O course down the road at the West Buttes parking lot, across from the Phoenix Zoo. The Score-O course is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Participants can start the Score-O anytime between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and have two hours to visit as many destinations as they can in the two-hour limit. The Score-O course closes promptly at 1:00 PM.
On Sunday, we're offering another 2-Hour Score-O the Needle Rock Recreation Site north of Fountain Hills. Participants are welcome to start the Score-O anytime from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and will have two hours to visit as many destinations as possible. The course closes at 1:00 PM.
Note: A Tonto Day Pass is required for the Needle Rock event
Start LocationsThere are three start locations for the events.
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 on short practice courses.
The 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.
The free beginner's training will take place at our Papago Sports Complex event site. Check-in is Saturday, December 8, between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. The training starts at 9:00 AM.
Students walk up to two kilometers while 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) over an hour 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)
In a Score-O participants try to locate as many controls as possible within the given time limit. The control locations are shown on a pre-printed map supplied to participants at the start of their course. The time limit for our Score-O event is 2 hours. Individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. For beginners, we'll be sure to set plenty of easier-to-find controls close to the start/finish location. We want to give you an experience that helps improve your navigation skills. For our experienced orienteers, we'll find ways to challenge your navigation skills with more difficult destinations. Controls are worth different points based on distance from the start/finish location and the difficulty of the navigation.
Saturday's Score-O takes place at our Papago Buttes West Park event site. Check-in/registration starts at 8:30 AM. The Score-O course opens at 9:00 AM. The last time to start the Score-O is 11:00 AM. The Score-O course closes and all participants must be off the course by 1:00 PM.
Sunday's Score-O takes place at the Needle Rock Recreation Site. Check-in/registration starts at 8:30 AM. The Score-O course opens at 9:00 AM. The last time to start the Score-O is 11:00 AM. The Score-O course closes and all participants must be off the course by 1:00 PM.
What to Bring:
Click here for directions to our free beginner's clinic at the Papago Park Sports Complex.
Click here for directions to our 2-Hour Score-O at the Papago Buttes West Park.
Click here for directions to our 2-Hour Score-O at Needle Rock Recreation Site.