Orienteering at Ashurst Lake
Coconino National Forest, Southeast of Flagstaff
Saturday, September 21, 2018Ashurst Lake Directions
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We're excited to again open a new orienteering location in the cool forest around Flagstaff. On Saturday, September 21, we're offering a number of events from our start/finish location on the east side of Ashurst Lake. We start the day with a 5+ hour adventure race. We'll also have a 2-hour Score-O, and a Bike-O.
We hope you'll consider joining us at our new event site at Ashurst Lake.
There are two developed campgrounds on the banks of Ashurst Lake. Fifty single-unit campsites are available. During peak season (summer months included), a campground host collects fees for overnight camping. Dispersed camping is also available off the road leading to Ashurst Lake. No dispersed camping is allowed within 1-mile of the lake.
The drive from Flagstaff to Ashurst Lake takes about 30 minutes. Flagstaff is a medium-sized city with plenty of hotel options.
What to Bring:
Schedule: 2-Hour Score-O
For our mountain biking friends, we're offering a Classic point-to-point Bike-O course. The course will take participants through the cool pine forest in the Ashurst Lake area. To make things interesting, we've included mostly double-track routes into the surrounding hills. Don't worry, the course won't include anything too technical.
Participants are allowed to take whatever time they need to complete the course up to the time the course closes (1:00 PM). We suggest you start as close as possible to 9:00 AM to make sure you can finish. We'll include a long course and short course to make sure everyone has an opportunity to finish in time.
Click here for general information concerning the club's Bike-O events.
5-Hour Adventure Race
For those of you who need a little more excitement, Saturday's events will include a 5-hour adventure race. The adventure race will include 3 separate sections: a short (less than 30 minute) section using optional watercraft or by foot, a 30 km bike section where ~10 km is mandatory, and to Score-O. The adventure race is open to teams of 1-4 individuals. Each individual participant should pre-register separately. Please note: Unlike many of our adventure races, we will not have UTM plotting for our Ashurst Lake adventure race.
Participants start the day navigating either by foot or using optional watercraft. The optional watercraft can be a kayak, canoe, paddleboard, pack raft, etc. All members of a team must navigate to one or more checkpoints. The trek/water section of the race should take less than 30 minutes.
Next, participants use a second map to travel to more points by bike. During the bike portion of the race, the controls are not located directly on roads or trails but are instead found on prominent features within 200 meters of the bikeable path. The bike section of the race will take stronger riders two hours to complete. We may throw a twist or two into the bike section of the adventure race to make things interesting. There will be mandatory and optional navigation points on the bike section of the course.
Finally, participants will try to visit as many controls as possible on the same map used for the Score-O. For this section of the adventure race, the scoring is not the same as for the Score-O. For the Score-O section of the adventure race, each control is worth 1 point. Participants should simply try to visit as many controls as possible before the 1:00 PM deadline.
Please remember that we will apply a 1-point penalty for each 5-minutes you arrive after the 1:00 PM deadline. If you arrive up to 1:04:59 PM, we'll deduct one point. Arriving up to 1:09:59 PM will reduce your score by two-points, and so on. We will mark you as DNF if you arrive after 1:30 PM.
Click here for general information concerning the club's Adventure Race events.
Schedule: Adventure Race