Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club

Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club

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Saw you at Lone Mountain today. Do I need to do anything in advance to participate on January 9?
I have prepared a video to explain Orienteering in Mingus Mountain Score-O.
My dad was an avid hunter. Several times when he got drawn for deer or elk he obtained topographical maps of the area for which he was drawn. His most recent hunt was 1993. As the last survivor I've inherited these maps. I hate to just throw them away because they are part of Arizona history. If anyone would like them, they're free. Just message me. There are about 7 of them.
Has anyone found a good way to print 7.5' USGS quads on letter paper with a laser printer? I've tried it from the National Geographic site and the maps look horrible. Is there software that will do it?
Hey Everyone. We've placed all the control markers and we're ready for the big event on Saturday, November 16. We hope you'll consider joining us at our Bomboy Mine event site, tucked into the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Please remember to pre-register at gphxo.org. Pre-registration closes tonight. By pre-registering, you help us get an accurate count of participants so we know how many maps to print. We hope to see you there.
Do you offer orienteering classes or workshops?
Just FYI that I posted some Buckeye Hills / Robbins Butte photos on the event page -- https://www.facebook.com/events/807012772975329/?active_tab=discussion :-) --Brooke
Hello! When is the next beginner's event/class? Thanks in advance for any info:)
Awesome weekend at Fort Tuthill. Thanks to all who organized and staffed the event. My boys and I learned a lot and had a great time out in the forest.
Hello! Are there any permanent orienteering places around phoenix? The wifey and I want to practice but don't know of any.

Orienteering is a navigation sport in which participants use map and compass skill to locate pre-placed marker bags, or "controls", in the field as quickly as possible.

Think of it as a poor man's adventure race or an adult's Easter egg hunt. The Phoenix Orienteering Club is a group of folks who like to run around in the desert in the pursuit of the sport of orienteering. Orienteering is the sport of quickly and accurately navigating over terrain with only the assistance of a map and compass in order to locate pre-positioned control markers (or "bags"). It's like a poor man's adventure race or an adult's Easter egg hunt.

Mission: The Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club (GPHXO) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose volunteers are devoted to promoting recreational and competitive orienteering in central Arizona.

Operating as usual

3 days of Orienteering! What?! 😃

🧭The Tucson Orienteering Club is hosting Southwest Spring Week (2/13-2/15). Full event details in bio link or at https://www.tucsonorienteeringclub.org
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[02/01/21]   🎉Thank you for coming to the Saguaro Lake 🧭 Orienteering Event! ....

The ‘Results’ are posted the GPHXO web page...

Enjoy the video! 🎞 (Sound ON 🔊)

... #orienteering #gphxo #greaterphoenixorienteering #greaterphoenixorienteeringclub #navigation #mapandcompass #trailrunning

🧭 Tips: Compass Use & Storage (from the rei website)

🔸Ferrous metal can distort a compass reading. Use your compass away from your car, or metallic objects like a metal picnic table or post. Even the iron levels in a lava field can have an effect. Electrical fields (a running car engine, for example) can also throw off the accuracy of a compass.

🔸Don’t store a compass near a magnet or electric field. Over time, exposure can demagnetize the needle. Do not place your compass in your pocket next to your cellphone. Even a magnetic clasp used on the bite valve of some hydration reservoirs can be problematic.

🔸What other 🧭 use or storage hacks do you use? (Comment below 👇🏼)
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🧭 (Sound 🔊On) Come join us for our next orienteering event, this Saturday, 1/30/21, Saguaro Lake (near the junction of the N Beeline Hwy & N Bush Hwy)

🔸Event: 2-Hr Score-O
🔸Click on the bio link for full event details & to preregister.
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Come join us for our 🧭rienteering Event Saturday, 1/30/21, at Saguaro Lake (near the Beeline highway & Bush Highway junction)!

🔸Event: 2-hr Score-O

For full event details & preregistration, click on the bio link or go to...

http://gphxo.org/Locations/SaguaroLake_Directions.htm

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Boost Your Map Reading Skills! ... Learning to read 🧭-maps is a key skill for orienteering. Today’s post focuses on black colored symbols on a map.

1st column: Control description symbol
2nd column: Map symbol
3rd column: Description

Black colored map items include:

🔸 Man-made Features—buildings, fences, power lines, trails, paths, etc.

🔸 Special Features

🔸Rocky Objects—boulders, walls, cliffs, etc.

What black-colored map symbols do you recognize on the map? (Reply with a comment)
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🧭Orienteering USA just featured GPHXO in it’s Friday digital puzzle! 👍🏼

Happy Friday Orienteering Fans!!

Headed down to sunny Arizona for this weeks Puzzle Friday adventure at Buckeye Hills courtesy of the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club. Have a great weekend!!

https://orienteeringusa.org/2021/01/puzzle-friday-buckeye-hills/

And good luck to those attending this weekends events at the Georgia Navigator (2021 non-NRE edition).

🧭Orienteering Event: Buckeye Hills, Arizona 1/9/21. Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club.
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🔶Buckeye Hills Control highlight.... (Sound on 🔊)

🔶BTW, the Results 🧭 are in & posted on the GPHXO website!

{click on bio link} http://gphxo.org/Results/2021/20210109_BuckeyeHills_Results.htm
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GPHXO’s first 🧭 orienteering event of 2021! Enjoy the video! 🎥 (Sound On 🔊)

🔸Thank you to all the participants & volunteers who made the Buckeye Hills Orienteering Event a great success!

🧭 Come Join us this Saturday, 1/9 at the Buckeye Hills Regional Park for our 1st orienteering event of 2021!🎉

Event options include the following:
🔸5hr Adventure Race
🔸4hr Score-O
🔸3hr Bike-O
🔸2hr Score-O

For complete event details OR to pre-register, {click on the bio link} or go to http://gphxo.org/Events/2021/20210109_BuckeyeHills.htm
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This year, if you plan to enjoy the great outdoors🌲& like to participate in our 🧭 orienteering events, consider joining the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club & become a member.

Members receive
🔸email updates &
🔸discounted orienteering event fees.

For more information or to join, {click on the bio link} or go to http://gphxo.org/Business/Membership.htm
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🧭Come join us for our 1st 2021 Orienteering event—Buckeye Hills, Saturday (1/9/2021)

Four event options:
🔸2-hr Score-O,
🔸3-hr Bike-O,
🔸4-hr Score-O,
🔸5hr Adventure Race

To register or for complete event details, {click on the bio link}.

🧭 That feeling you get when you find a control marker ... 😁 🎉
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🧭Want to practice your orienteering skills during the break or any day, during the year?

🔸Peoria’s Rio Vista Park has two permanent orienteering courses!

🔸It’s free & open to the public.

🔸The O-maps can be downloaded at the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club’s website.

🔸For maps, click on the (the links in comments section below 👇🏼)

🔸Who had fun at Lone Mountain? I know I did! 🎉

🔸Tag us in your photos! 📷

🔸The event results are in & are posted! {click on link in the comments below 👇🏼}

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Thank you to all who attended & volunteered to make the ⛰Lone Mountain O-Event a success today! 🎉 .... Enjoy the post-event video!🎥

🔸No ... it’s not a control marker. 🤔

🔸It’s the GPHXO’s signature orange canopy! 😀 ... If you’re joining us for an orienteering event, like the one this Saturday at Lone Mountain, this is where you’ll check-in & start your event.

🔸Remember to preregister by this Thursday!

🔸’click’ on the link in the comments 👇🏼
-to register,
-get directions,
-and to view all event details.
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🔸Come join us for the Lone Mountain Orienteering events this Saturday (12/12)!

🔸Three event options:
-2-hr Score-O,
-3-hr Bike-O,
-& 5hr Adventure Race (combines Score-O & Bike-O)

🔸’Free’ to pre-register. Pre-registration discounts are still available, if you register by this Thursday.

🔸To register OR for complete event details, {click on the link below in the comments section}.
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👍🏼+🧭 = THUMB COMPASS:
Should I get a thumb compass?

🔸The thumb compass was created for the sport of orienteering & is designed for fast navigation.

🔸It has a flexible strap that is worn around a thumb & has an ergonomic design that allows a person to hold the map & compass together in the same hand—which serves as a place holder & aids in map reading.

🔸A key performance measure is how fast the magnetic needle settles, after movement. As an orienteer runs, avoids obstacles, & checks their thumb compass, fast needle settling can equate to fast & efficient navigation.

🔸Some thumb compasses do not have numbered bearings, but use colors & symbols instead. In the sport of orienteering, orienteers are more concerned about accurate direction of travel than the numerical bearing.

🔸Should I get a thumb compass? It ultimately comes down to preference & how you’ll use the compass.

Some brands of thumb compasses include (in ABC order): Frenson, KanPas, Mosscompass, Silva, Suunto, Str8 etc..

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Upcoming Orienteering Event! 🎉 Join us Saturday, December 12 for some navigation fun at our Lone Mountain event site.

We're offering three events:
🔸a two-hour Score-O,
🔸a three-hour Bike-O,
🔸and a 5-hour adventure race.

🧭Those who participate in the Score-O will travel on foot to find as many destination markers as they can in two hours.

🧭Participants in our Bike-O hop on their mountain bike to find as many markers as they can in three hours.

🧭For individuals and teams looking for a bigger adventure, you can combine the two events into a 5-hour adventure race.

Temperatures in December are getting cooler. Mornings are typically in the mid 40's. The temperature can climb into the low 70's by midday. The desert vegetation in the Lone Mountain area is thick in spots, with ocotillo, saguaro, and various types of cholla. The area is covered with bolder piles and rock pillars. This means lots of places for us to hide our markers. We have new 5-meter contours for the area, so the navigation is more precise than the last time we used the area.

Please note that the Lone Mountain trailhead is an entry point for off-road vehicle travel into Bulldog Canyon. Participants should exercise caution when traveling on the main road used by motorized vehicles. There are also a number of hiking trails in the area. Participants will enjoy the vistas in this rugged area located very near the Phoenix metro area.

With the current virus restrictions, we are required to take special precautions to ensure our participants' safety (ie staggered start times)

Come join us for one of our Lone Mountain events!

{For full details or to Pre-Register, click on the link in the comments section}

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🔸Want to practice your orienteering skills?
🔸Phoenix’s Papago Park has two permanent orienteering courses!

To download the O-map,
{click on the link below in the comments section}

Photo credit: @arizonadayhikes

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🧭 Bartlett Lake Results are in! 🎉{Click on the bio link in comments section below 👇🏼to see}

Bartlett Lake, GPHXO Event (11/14/20)

🧭Thank you to our volunteers and participants who came & made the GPHXO Bartlett Lake Event and great success! 🎉

🔸Tag us @GPHXO to share your photos 🔸and comment on what you thought about the event. 👍🏼

🇺🇸 Happy Veterans Day!
Photo Credit: defense.gov

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🔸The Bartlett Lake Orienteering Event is in less than 6 days! Come & join us!
🔸 Three different events:
-2hr Score-O
-3hr Bike-O
-5hr Adventure Race (combines Score-O & Bike-O courses)
🔸 For full event details, directions, or to register, {click on the link in this post’s comments section}.

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“Pretty & Prickly”: First Aid

🌵”Pretty but Prickly”—Cholla cactus are among the prettiest cacti you’ll encounter in the desert, ... until you find one stuck to you that is!

❌ “Never” use your bare hands to remove cactus.

⛑ First Aid Tip—Carry a cheap plastic comb with you, as you trek through the desert. Use the teeth of the comb to pull the cactus & its spines away from your body.

Video & photo credits: @arizonadayhikes

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Livelox - Intro & Set Up

Livelox!... a cool “FREE” orienteering analysis tool/app. 👍🏼 Check out the link to learn more about it & how to get started.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5m9lFxLyK8k

This video is intended for orienteers or those interested in the sport of orienteering. 1) It introduces Livelox—an orienteering analysis tool— 2) and provid...

Only orienteers can understand. 😂 Relatable? Which meet/event reminds you of that treadmill? #orienteering #orienteeringworkout

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED for the Oct 12 & 13 Petrified Forest events. There will be no on-site registration! REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/PetrifiedForest2019

While the rest of the country is shoveling snow this weekend, YOU can be orienteering! All the details and the registration link can be found here: http://gphxo.org/Events/2019/20190209_BlackCanyon.htm

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APPROACHING!
Our Petrified Forest events are the highlight of our orienteering calendar. The park management has given us a rare opportunity to hold events inside a national park. The Petrified Forest National Park is filled with spectacular scenery and wild and rugged areas. We hope you'll take this opportunity to join us for one or both of our Petrified Forest events.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION!
We've extended regular registration until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, October 3rd. After that, late registration continues until Sunday, October 7th at 11:59 PM.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION LINK:
http://gphxo.org/Events/2018/20181013_PetrifiedForest.htm

Best photo from the weekend...
(photo credit: Rich Ormond)

Mormon Lake Score-O and Adventure Race - July 14, 2018 @ Mormon Lake, Arizona

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Here's your friendly reminder to pre-register for this weekend's events in Prescott!
PRE-REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/KFmRYy There's no upfront cost, but it sure helps us plan for the number of maps we need to print!
All the weekend details are here:
http://gphxo.org/Events/2018/20180512_Prescott.htm

gphxo.org Come join us for a weekend of fun in the cool pines near Prescott. We will be featuring 3 events over the weekend: (Click a link below to jump to the details for an event.)

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