Southwest Spring Week -- February 20-28, 2016
Orienteering in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona
The Tucson Orienteering Club and the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Clubs invite you to join us for a week of map and compass in the sunny desert at the end of February. We call it SWSW: the Southwest Spring Week.
The week's event schedule begins in the Tucson area with:
SWSW then moves to the Phoenix area for:
Training camp: Saturday, Sunday and Monday can also include an orienteering training camp with U.S. Junior Team coach Erin Schirm. There is an additional charge to join the camp. Juniors (20 and under) and adults (over 20) are both welcome. Learn along with the young stars of American orienteering! Note that waiver forms for minors have to be signed by a guardian. Link to form here.
Updates: Check here for updates:
Petrified Forest National Park Joint Venture
The weekend of October 17-18, 2015 saw an inaugural event take place within the Petrified Forest National Park borders. The Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club (GPHXO), with support from the Tucson Orienteering Club (TOC), hosted an “Arizona Event”- two days of orienteering featuring a 4 hour mini-rogaine each day.
A family trip to the Petrified Forest N.P. inspired Ron Birks to pursue staging an event in the park, as it offered room to run, challenging features and unique natural beauty, along with being dog-friendly. The park service expressed interest in hosting an event to draw visitors to the area and had a desire for further mapping of the backcountry. The project was initiated, with Ron taking on the bulk of mapping the proposed rogaine course countryside. Fortunately, this area has plenty of room for orienteers, so we were welcomed warmly by the national park staff each day.
New Stuff & Recent Changes
Featured Clue Symbol
To see all the orienteering control symbols and their descriptions, read the International Specification for Control Descriptions (pdf).