Horseshoe Lake
2.0-Hour Score-O

Saturday, November 11, 2023


Maps Tracks Photos
Score-O Livelox Photos


This month's desert course took place in a remote part of the Phoenix area, a site I visited for the first time for this event. Horseshoe Lake is no further away from Phoenix than Bartlett Lake, but a bumpy, 8-mile gravel road is a deterrent. In hindsight, we've missed one of the more beautiful sites around Phoenix. With a reservoir on the Verde River, and surrounded by mountains, we'd recommend a visit to Horseshoe Lake for anyone. We offered a shorter Score-O for the event, with controls placed to offer participants a view of the very unique walkway under the Horseshoe Dam spillway and a view on the cliffs overlooking the lake. Dan Yamashiro led the competition by visiting 14 of the 17 points in under two hours. We had out-of-town visitors join us for some navigation fun from Wisconsin (Charlie Shahbazian) and Ohio (Phillip Wadsworth). We're sure they enjoyed some navigation in the desert without all the trees to get in the way. Jeff Rockow and Team True North ignored the time limit and maximized their practice to find as many points as possible.

We look forward to offering more events in the scenic Verde Valley northeast of Phoenix. We hope you'll join us for another upcoming event.


Course Setters: Ron Birks
Meet Directors: Ron Birks
Bag Hangers: Ron Birks
Water Station Setup: N/A
Equipment Hauling: Ron Birks
Setup/Tear-down: Ron Birks
Registration Table: Ron Birks
Timing Table: Ron Birks
Beginners Clinic: N/A
Control Retrieval: Dan Yamashiro, Alexandre Savine, Jeff Rockow
Tabulating Results: Ron Birks

Course Summary

Total Points 630
Number of Controls 17
Straight-Line Distance (km) 6.75
Climb (m) 325
Total Participants 18
Number of Minutes 120
Penalty Per Minute 10

2.0-Hour Score-O

Finish Name Size Category Total Points Penalty Final Points Num Controls Time M F TM TF TX Team Members
1 Dan Yamashiro 1 M 540 0 540 14 1:56:40 1
2 Sunrise Express 3 TM 470 0 470 14 1:59:30 1 Charlie Shahbazian, Raffi Shahbazian, Matthew Shahbazian
3 Phillip Wadsworth 1 M 370 0 370 11 1:55:10 2
4 Alexandre Savine 1 M 470 160 310 12 2:15:45 3
5 Gary Hickey 1 M 280 0 280 10 1:54:00 4
6 Huskies 2 TM 90 0 90 4 1:21:20 2 Gavin Hendricks, Ronnie Hendricks
7 Jeff Rockow 1 M 630 760 0 17 3:15:00 5
8 True North 2 TX 520 980 0 13 3:37:00 1 Greg Krasa, Karen Jelenick