So when do we start explore the southwest for hidden orienteering wonders?
OMG, I could spend a lot of time doing that.
Off the top of my head, if I had lots of time to poke around with data *and* go visit places, I would check out:
- big orienteering maps up on the Colorado Plateau, starting with whatever didn't burn up south of Eagar/Springerville, AZ. Gorgeous alpine meadows and open forest. I don't think this would be super technical but it would be fun running/gasping
- cool lava terrain west of Albuquerque, as in the El Malpais National Monument area
- real sprint map of Bisbee, AZ
There's some potential for stuff that hasn't yet been mapped near the cities, too, though the lidar is annoyingly urban-oriented.
There are lot of cool areas in the Reservations that would not necessarily be easy to get access to, but these states are big.
I'll start checking things out. The area south of Eagar does look purdy fun.
The 2004 World Rogaining Champs took place in that area, White Mountains east of Big Lake. I have never seen the map but I assume it was a touched-up USGS. There are people who might read this (Tori?) who were there and presumably still have the map.
The Tucson club did weekend up there in 2008 or so, using an aerial photo with contour lines overlaid. Day and night long score events. I remember the really mean guy who was camping in our spot and I remember that it was gorgeous. And hard to breathe.
I was there but PG is the one who posted the map online.https://www.petergagarin.org/2004/20040508(rogaine...
I was there as well, with Phil. Ask me sometime about my sure-fire cure for altitude sickness.
There was a lot of that! Including my teammate, ‘Bent.
Did some poking, I remembered that the Wallow Fire of 2011 had burned that area but I didn't realize it was basically everywhere (see map
). I don't know what it looks like now, 7 years later. They've done some replanting but it's an enormous area.
I just looked at lidar available in AZ and there all of a sudden seems to be way more available in the useful southern parts of the state. I'm excited to play, I just wish I didn't have work and parenting and virtue signalling taking up all my time!
I know my schedule right now is 50% work, 30% training, 18% looking for people to virtue signal at, and 2% virtue signalling at them.
No time left for making maps! I'll see if I can't check out some of that sweet, sweet data.
I see now that a lot of it as listed as "in progress" on the AZ info site and not actually available yet. But there's still plenty of stuff available. I was going to use today to get some work done since what does a holiday even mean right now? But maybe I'll just play with making O maps instead.