Red Rock Canyon DIY Classic

December 18, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Friday - Sunday

Our first App based punching event will feature Classic Courses at Red Rock Canyon State Park.

This event will remain open through the winter season.
As soon as the courses are ready in the app, we will open registration.

There are no flags in the terrain. You will download and print the map and then use the MapRunF app on your phone to verify that you are at the correct location.

Upon registering and accepting the waiver, you will be emailed a link to the map file. The single PDF contains all six courses. Each map includes the PIN code you will need to load the course in the MapRunF app. You must print your own map. Maps are designed to print at 1:10,000 scale. Control descriptions are printed on the map.

Standard Yellow through Red are offered, plus a course we are calling Pink. Please keep in mind that because there will not be flags in the terrain, you will have to clearly identify each feature. Your punch won't register until you are pretty close, so this makes it a little more difficult, especially for beginners.
The Pink course is a long hike with Basic level controls. Because there are not flags to see, it is technically somewhere between White and Yellow level. The Pink course has one leg that offers a cross-country route, or you can go around on a trail, but that will be about an extra kilometer. Pink is suitable for adventurous beginners.

Course punching is implemented with the MapRunF app.
Instructions on using MapRunF (Thanks to Bill Cusworth of BAOC for letting us use his write-up)
MapRunF official website page

Important Notes for this event:
BE SURE TO SELECT AND LOAD THE EVENT IN THE APP BEFORE YOU ARRIVE - cell phone service at Red Rock is weak or non-existent. Once you are there, you will be able to run the course if it is already loaded, but will not have a connection to download the course.
Similarly, you will need to make sure that your results upload after you have returned to a cell phone service area.
Because of Map and GPS inaccuracy, you may need to move around a little near the control to get a punch. Don't worry about it too much. We can fix a missed punch later if you were in the right place and it didn't punch.
This is LAOC's first time trying this app, please let us know how it works out.

Red Rock Canyon is a more technical and remote area. Please choose a course that is suitable for your experience level.
Although it is winter, this is the desert. Please watch for dehydration. Bring water with you. There is no water placed on the course.
Cell phone service is unreliable on this map. We recommend that you bring a buddy who will know if you finished safely. If you go alone, please make sure someone knows when to expect you home and has a copy of the map.

Link below is broken. Please email any questions to Clare Durand


Red Rock Canyon State Park, Red Cliffs Picnic Area

Friday, December 18
6:00 am - 6:00 pmDIY Classic: Orienteering
Course Setter:Clare Durand
Location Details

Red Rock Canyon State Park
Red Cliffs Picnic Area
Google Map

From Mojave, take CA-14 north 24 miles. Right turn into the picnic area. If you get to the main park entrance on the left, you have gone too far.
Course Details
Course NameLength (km)Climb (m)No. Controls
Pink (Long Basic)4.411013
Yellow (Intermediate)2.9559
Orange (Advanced)3.5909
Brown (Expert)3.41058
Green (Expert)4.816012
Red (Expert)622015
Please fill out this form to register and accept the waiver. Links to the maps will be emailed to you after registering.

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Required Waiver

Minors attending without a parent must bring this required waiver filled out by their parent for each event or they will NOT be allowed to participate. Adults and parents with children may sign the waiver at the event.

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