Papago Park
Beginner's Clinic, Sprints, and Motala

Saturday, January 7, 2023

[image:O flag] Pre-Registration (Deadline Thu, Jan 5, 11:59 PM)
[image:O flag] Beginner's Clinic Safety Plan
[image:O flag] Classic Courses Safety Plan

Time Event(s) Location Directions Google Maps
Sat, Jan 7
9:00 AM -
10:30 PM
Beginner's Clinic (Beginner's Clinic Description) Papago Park - Hole-in-Rock Directions Placemark
Sat, Jan 7
8:30 AM -
1:00 PM
Sprints (Sprints Description) and
Mini-Motala (Motala Description)
Papago Park Directions Placemark

Papago Park


Please join us for a morning of orienteering fun at one of the gem's of the Phoenix park system - Papago Park. We have two events scheduled.

Beginner's Clinic
Starting at 9:00, we'll conduct a beginner's clinic in the shadows of Hole-in-Rock, an interesting rock formation just north of the Phoenix Zoo. Those who participate in the clinic will get an introduction to reading topographic maps and will learn how to determine distance and bearing between two points using only the map, a compass, and a pace count.

Classic Courses
At the same time, on the other side of Galvin Parkway from the Zoo, we'll have three shorter point-to-point (Classic) courses. Participants in the Classic courses can do one, two, or all three courses with breaks in-between each course. For those looking for a larger endurance challenge, you can string all three courses together, without breaks, into a "Motala". (Click here for more information about the Motala.)


NOTE: Pre-registration/Pre-payment is required. The City of Phoenix does not allow us to conduct on-site registration. By pre-registering, you allow us to print the correct number of maps and beginner's guides for the event.

Click [image:O flag] here to pre-register. Deadline: Thu, Jan 5 at 11:59 PM.


The sprint courses (1,2,or 3) at Papago Park cost $10. The beginner's clinic costs $5. Please register and pay through our registration site here.

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.


08:30 AM Check-in: Beginner's Clinic
Location: [image:O flag] Papago Park - Hole-in-Rock

Check-in: Sprint Events
Location: [image:O flag] Papago Park - West Park
09:00 AM Beginner's Clinic Begins
Sprint Courses Open
10:30 AM Beginner's Clinic Ends
12:00 PM Last time to start a Sprint course.
1:00 PM Sprint Courses Close. Participants must complete any of the sprint courses by this time. We will start picking up bags at this time.


Sprints and Motala

Details for our Beginner's Clinics are found here.

Details of our Sprint events are found here.

Details of our Motala are found here.


It is best if participants can provide their own compass. Suggested models include the Suunto A-30 and the Silva 360 Explorer. Other models are acceptable as long as they have a flat baseplate. 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. In early January, the sun at 10:00 AM is already 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 . You may also want to bring your own water bottles or a camelback.
Sturdy hiking shoes and
Long pants
The sprint courses involve hiking off trail, sometimes in areas with thick brush.


Beginner's Clinic
Click [image:O flag] this link for directions to the Papago Park - Hole-in-Rock event site.
[image:O flag] Papago Park Hole-in-Rock Safety Plan

Classic Courses
Click [image:O flag] this link for directions to the Papago Park - West Park event site.
[image:O flag] Papago Park Safety Plan