Butcher Jones Navigation Games
5-Hour Adventure Race
|2-Hour Score-O (Foot)|
|2-Hour Bike-O (Mountain Bike)|
|Sunday, Mar 19, 2023|
|Butcher Jones||Directions||Placemark||Safety Plan|
Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing
|The pre-race briefing is mandatory for all AR participants.|
|All AR participants start at the same time.|
|Score-O/Bike-O registration begins after the AR starts.|
The time limit for both the Score-O and the Bike-O is 2 hours.
Score penalties apply to participants who return after the 2-hour time limit.
Last Time to Start a Course
|1:00 PM||All Courses Close|
We're excited to offer a day of navigation fun at the Butcher Jones Recreation Area, one of the prettiest sites in the Phoenix area. On Sunday, March 19, we'll present three events for your navigation practice: a 2-hour Score-O, a 2-hour Bike-O, and a 5-hour Adventure Race. Each event lets you practice your navigation skills using different modes of travel.
We start the day with our 5-hour Adventure Race. In the Adventure Race, participants start with a short trek to find points near the event start/finish. This allows teams to separate slightly before heading out to find points on mountain bikes. After the bike section, participants next travel by inflatable watercraft to find more points. Finally, we'll have a set of points to find on foot.
For those of you wanting a more reasonable challenge, we're offering a 2-Hour Score-O, where participants travel by foot, and a 2-Hour Bike-O, where participants travel by mountain bike. In both events, participants try to find as many points as they can in the 2-hour time limit.
In the Score-O or the Bike-O, participants try to find as many controls as they can in a 2-hour time limit. Start times are between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. On the Bike-O, each control is worth 1 point. Controls on the Score-O are given different point values depending on their navigation difficulty and distance from the event's start/finish.
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.
Each control on the Bike-O is worth 1 point. For those arriving after the 2-hour limit, one point is subtracted for each 5 minutes a participant returns after the time limit.
For the Score-O, points are allocated based on navigation difficulty and distance from the start/finish. Point values vary between 10 and 70 points per control. For those arriving after the 2-hour limit, 10 points is subtracted for each minute a participant returns after the time limit.
In the adventure race, teams of 1-4 (solos allowed) try their luck navigating by foot, mountain bike, and inflatable watercraft. For this event, we are only allowing inflatable watercraft. To even out the speed teams travel on the water, no solid-shell watercraft, such as racing kayaks, are allowed.
Mountain Bike Next, participants hop on mountain bikes for ~2 hours. Because of the steepness of the area surrounding Butcher Jones, some hike-a-bike and travel over sandy ground is necessary. Ten controls are available in a ~15km course. Each destination on the bike segment is worth 2 points.
Participants may provide their own pack raft, inflatable kayak, inner tube, giant inflatable rubber duck, etc. No solid-shell watercraft are allowed. For those who don't have their own inflatable watercraft, we're partnering with CD Outdoors to provide 1- or 2-person pack rafts. CD Outdoors provides the transportation of the watercraft, paddles, and PFDs. Prices for our event are $50 for a 1-person pack raft and $70 for 2-person rafts. Participants who wish to rent a pack raft should contact CD Outdoors directly.
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Pre-registration is required for the Butcher Jones events. Because of limitations of our permit, we will not offer on-site registration.
Pre-Registration is open until Friday, Mar 17 at 11:59 PM. We will only print enough maps to cover those who have pre-registered for the event. Click Pre-Register this pre-register for the event.
Due to limitations with our permit, we are not allowed to charge a registration fee for our Butcher Jones events. However, we still have costs associated with the events, including insurance for each participant, printing costs, watercraft costs, etc. During the pre-registration, we ask each participant to donate $10 for the Score-O or Bike-O or $20 for the adventure race.
What to Bring:The list below is the minimum recommended for participation in the Score-O. The Adventure Race has a special list of gear needed to complete the race. For more details, see the writeups for the Score-O, Adventure Race, and Bike-O events.