Adobe Dam
Beginner's Clinic, Sprints, Motala

Saturday, April 6, 2024

[image:O flag] Pre-Registration (Deadline Thu, Apr 4, 11:59 PM)
(Pre-registration required)

Time Event(s) Location Directions Google Maps
Sat, Apr 6
8:30 AM -
12:00 PM
Beginner's Clinic,
Sprints ,
and Mini-Motala
Adobe Dam - Arizona Model Pilots Society (AMPS) Airfield Directions Placemark

Adobe Dam


Classic Courses/Sprints/Motala

Please join us for a morning of orienteering fun at the Adobe Dam Regional Park, an expansive terrain just south of Pinnacle Peak Road and 43rd Avenue in North Phoenix. The park hosts a variety of activies including karting, a water park, softball fields, model train circuits, and a model airplane aerodrome. On Saturday, April 6, we partner with our hosts at the Arizona Model Pilots Society to present a beginner's clinic and 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.)

Registration and first starts begin at 8:30 AM. The last time to start a course is 11:00 PM. The courses close at 12:00 PM.

Beginner's Clinic

In addition to the sprint courses, we're also offering a beginner's clinic for those who would like to brush up on navigation concepts. Participants will learn important techniques to navigate with a map and compass. While GPS receivers provide an easy way for people to navigate, conditions sometimes make GPS units unreliable or unusable (navigating in deep canyons, dead batteries, etc.) Navigation techniques used in orienteering are an invaluable complement to navigating with a GPS receiver.

Additional information concerning our Beginner's Orienteering Training is found here.

The beginners clinic begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Please arrive slightly before the start time so we can get started on time. You'll have some time after the beginner's clinic to practice your new skills on our sprint courses.


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, April 4 at 11:59 PM.


The events at Adobe Dam cost $10 per person. Please register and pay through our registration site here. Members get a $5/person discount.

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: Sprint Events
Location: [image:O flag] Adobe Dam - Arizona Model Pilots Society (AMPS) Airfield
08:30 AM Sprint Courses Open
09:00 AM Beginner's Clinic Begins
10:30 AM Beginner's Clinic End
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 of our Sprint events are found here.

Details of our Motala are found here.

Beginner's Clinic

Details of our Beginner's Clinic 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. 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.