Please join the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club and the Tucson Orienteering Club as we present two days of orienteering events at the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona. On both Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, 2017, we will offer a 4-hour event called a "Rogaine" in which participants navigate on foot using only a map and compass to different locations within a designated area. Participants are allowed to visit as few or as many locations as they can within the 4-hour time limit.
Our orienteering events at the Petrified Forest National Park offer an excellent opportunity to practice your navigation skills while at the same time exploring an incredibly beautiful and unique National Park. The Petrified Forest National Park has offered us an excellent and rare chance to practice our sport inside a National Park. We hope you'll take the opportunity to join us and discover this amazing national treasure.
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Pre-Registration is Required!
The Petrified Forest National Park does not allow any money exchange within the park. In addition, there is a strict limit to the number of competitors the Park is allowing for our events. Because of this, pre-registration is required for the events using our on-line registration site.
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Because of the pre-registration requirement, we have setup an on-line registration site to help with the registration for the Petrified Forest Rogaines. Fees for the events are set on a staggered scale to encourage you to register early. (Early registration helps when it comes to printing the maps!) The entry fees are the same for each event and are per participant. Individuals who wish to compete as part of a team still must register and pay individually. We are allowing individual participants as well as teams of 2-4 individuals. If you would like to compete as a team, we ask that you include the name of your team in the "Notes" box of the registration screen.
Regular Registration: Register by 11:59 PM Arizona time on Sunday, October 1. The regular registration fee is $25 per person per day ($50 for two days of orienteering).
Late Registration: Register by 11:59 PM Arizona time on Sunday, October 8. The late registration fee is $35 per person per day.
Onsite Registration: We are unable to offer onsite registration.
We're sorry, but in order to meet national park rules, we must close registration the weekend before the events. There is also a strict limit to the number of participants we can invite. Please help us by registering early.
Refunds: We regret that we are unable to refund registration fees after registration is complete.
Electronic timing:We are not using e-punch. The two events will use a manual punch system. The registration form requests that you enter an e-punch number or check a box to rent an e-punch card. Please ignore the e-punch requests on the registration form.
Parental Consent Required
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All participants under age 18 are 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.
We will give you several opportunities to pick up your packet. We will provide full details including packet pickup and the event headquarters location at least one week prior to the events.
For the Saturday and Sunday events, we will have an "Event Headquarters" located just outside the park. The Event Headquarters IS NOT at the Visitor's Center. We will provide full details including packet pickup locations and the event headquarters location at least one week prior to the events.
Carpool to the Events
We are still in the process of working out details with the National Park management. There's a good chance that we will ask participants to meet just outside the park from where we will then bus everyone in as a group. We'll provide further details at least one week prior to the events.
There are a number of options for accommodations in the Holbrook area. The lodging options includes deluxe and standard motels, RV sites, cabins, paid camping, and free camping. You can click on the
List of Accommodations to see the places we have used for lodging in the past. We appreciate everything the local Holbrook businesses have done to help with our weekend of orienteering fun.
Map and Terrain
We will post details of the maps used for the events at least one week before the event dates.
We will have additional course notes at least one week prior to the event dates.
We will present awards to the top 5 finishers overall as well as the top 3 finishers in each class. Each event has a minimum of three classes of teams: Male Open, Female Open, and Mixed Open. Depending on attendance at the events, we may expand the categories to include age-groupings. For purposes of the Petrified Forest events, a "team" consists of one to four members.
Additional schedule details will appear here at least one week prior to the event dates.
We will have drinks and snacks at the Event Headquarters and at each day's finish location. You just wandered around through the desert for 4 hours; you deserve something for your efforts!
WHAT TO BRING:
The list below is recommended gear for the rogaines.
Whistle (Mandatory for all. Available for purchase for $1)
Compass (Mandatory for all. Available for rent for $1)
Water. There will be water at the start/finish. We will also have one or two water stations
on the course. However, you are strongly encouraged to bring your own water bottles or a camelback.
Sun screen. There is little or no shade on the course.
Sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are recommended. You won't encounter a lot of vegetation but there is a fair amount of loose terrain.
Please direct any questions to the Meet Director at
birks(at)yahoo.com (The (at) refers to the "@" symbol.)
Directions to the Petrified Forest Visitor's Center:
this hyperlink for directions to the Petrified Forest North Entrance/Visitor's Center. Follow
this hyperlink for directions to the South Entrance. We're still working with the National Park management to determine the exact location of this year's events. We'll post the location of the event headquarters at least one week before the event dates.