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Sat, Dec 16


Ironwood Picnic Area, Tucson Mtn. Park

Ironwood Classics

Courses: Novice (Yellow), Intermediate (Orange), Short Advanced (Brown), Long Advanced (Red) / Setter: Cristina Luis / Directors: Billie Lubis & Wayne Lubis / Image: Yvonne Poe

Ironwood Classics
Ironwood Classics

Time & Location

Dec 16, 2023, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Ironwood Picnic Area, Tucson Mtn. Park, Tucson, AZ 85735, USA

About the Event

It’s winter in Tucson, and that means enjoying our wonderful low desert terrain!

Location:  Ironwood Picnic Area, in Tucson Mountain Park.

Courses:  Classic (point-to-point) orienteering courses in this unique, mostly flat desert terrain. Those newer to orienteering should do the novice/yellow course, which sticks mostly to trails and streambeds and will offer a chance to get to know the symbols we use in the desert, with some opportunities to shortcut. The intermediate/orange course is good for those who have been out a few times and need some more practice with reading the subtle contour and vegetation shapes on this map. The advanced course includes a cut-off for a shorter option.

Maps:  Standard (desert) orienteering map, scale 1:10,000 with 5m contour interval. White is desert, green is more densely vegetated desert (often with pointy stuff), and blue dots mark small washes. Maps will be provided to all participants at the event site.


  • 8:30am - Check-in begins
  • 8:45am - Free beginners’ clinic starts.  Please arrive 15 minutes early if you wish to attend.
  • 8:50am - Free intermediate clinic starts. Topic: Relocation
  • 9:00am - First chance to start.
  • 11:00am - Last chance to start.
  • 1:00pm - Courses close.

Registration: Pre-registration is required in order to keep an eye on crowd size and prepare the right number of maps.  See the "Fees" section below for information on coupon codes to use for member and junior pricing.  Everyone must register as an individual even if you plan on going as a team.  See who has already signed up.  Registration closes at noon on Friday, December 15th.

Directions and Parking: Check-in is at the Ironwood Picnic Area in Tucson Mountain Park, under the big Ironwood tree at the end of Hal Gras Road. Hal Gras Road goes west from Kinney Rd.

What to Bring:

  • Safety whistle is required (whistles can be purchased on site for $1)
  • Compass (compass can be rented on site for $1)
  • Water (and snacks if desired)
  • Watch or phone (so you can finish on time)

E-punch:  This event uses e-punching for timing and punch verification. We'll show you how to use it if you've never done it before and we'll have e-punch sticks for rent ($2) if you do not have your own.


  • Adults: $8 (member), $12 (non-member)
  • Juniors (11-20): $6
  • Kids (0-10): free w/adult

Coupon Codes to use at Registration:

  • "AZClub" for adult members of TSN (Tucson) or GPHXO (Phoenix)
  • "Junior" for juniors 11-20.
  • "KID" for children 10 and under (please register even though it's free—we need a headcount and a waiver for each participant).

Friend-For-Free: Tucson O Club (TSN) members may bring one qualified guest for free to this event.  To qualify your guest must never have attended a Tucson Orienteering Club or other OUSA club event before and must accompany you to the event. Fill out a Friend-For-Free entry pass, bring it with you to this event, and have your friend use coupon code "FRIEND" at registration.

Youth Participants: All participants under 18 must provide a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. For details see

our Instructions for Minors.  These instructions are for anyone who will be bringing a minor child under 18 to an event.

Volunteer to Help at Event: We can always use volunteer help at the event. Don’t worry if you haven’t volunteered before, we can show you. You can volunteer when registering online. Or you can volunteer here, and your message will be forwarded to the meet director.

Safety Information: To ensure that all are safe, everyone, whether finished with the course or not, must check in formally at Start/Finish before courses close and before leaving the event site.

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