Welcome to the 2013 Southwest Spring B-Meet during the Washingtons Birthday weekend! Three days of orienteering near Tucson with a full range of courses every day. Saturday we kick off with Long* courses. Sunday well have Middle* distances, and then we will finish the triplet and celebrate Washingtons Birthday with Classic* courses on Monday.
Saturday: 9:00 AM: Registration opens. 10:00 AM: First start, Long courses 11:30 PM: Start closes. 2:00 PM: Long Courses close.
The courses will be at 2700 feet altitude where the desert meets the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Well run in the foothills among the iconic giant saguaro cacti, palos verde, and mesquite trees, in canyons, and over grassy fields against the backdrop of 9000 feet high mountains. The desert terrain is generally open with scattered trees, cacti, and bushes, sometimes in groves; thickets of thorny cat claw or spiky chollas may occur in smaller patches. From the top of the hills you can see far and wide, but to get where you want to go you may have to pass drainages and go down into the valleys where its a challenge to keep track of which side canyon or re-entrant youre heading for. The area is rich in features orienteers love (or sometimes hate), all on our new map from 2009-2012. Click here for pictures from the area.
Directions: The entrance to the Catalina State Park is located about 15 miles north of the center of Tucson on Oracle Rd (AZ SR 77) in Oro Valley.
GPS coordinates for the park are: N 32.416777, W 110.937581.