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in: Cristina; Cristina > 2021-02-15

Feb 16, 2021 2:38 AM # 
Thanks for organizing the weekend. In these days of limited events, it was great to have 3 days of quality orienteering, as well as to see everyone. I wish those responsible for granting permits in California (and elsewhere) would take a lesson from Arizona and understand that it is perfectly possible to hold an orienteering event in a responsible manner.
Feb 16, 2021 2:43 AM # 
Thanks Cristina!!
Feb 16, 2021 3:48 AM # 
Feb 16, 2021 4:08 PM # 
Glad you all had fun!

We are a bit lucky that we do not have blanket restrictions on outdoor recreational activities. And also lucky in our relationships with the various parks and that the managers seem to understand that a bunch of people going out alone to orienteer is a safe activity. Here's my scratch pad for future reference:

Catalina State Park is always super welcoming and never requires us to have a permit, we just reserve a group area and let them know we're coming. Right now no one is allowed to reserve group areas at state parks (but they are available first come, first serve) so the park manager told me to just show up early and throw a blanket on the table we wanted. That's (partially) why I was there early enough for a sunrise photo. :)

Ironwood is in a Pima County park, and in this case the manager did not want to give us a permit for fear that the county would shoot it down. Our plan of 10 people every 20 minutes was in order to comply with the county size limit of 10 for outdoor gatherings, so it was intended to be compliant, but he felt like we were just a bunch of folks enjoying the park, so why would we need a permit at all? In return we were asked not to put up any signs or banners.

Box Canyon is in National Forest Service land and for small groups you don't need a permit so... that was that.

Pretty lucky, really!
Feb 17, 2021 8:34 PM # 
"Box Canyon is in National Forest Service land and for small groups you don't need a permit so... that was that."

I thought you did if you are charging money?
Feb 17, 2021 8:41 PM # 
That seems to be the case based on the FS website but apparently the ranger district has not asked/required us to get a permit for our small events, just a head's up of where we'd be operating. To be super safe on that I would prefer to only have big events (permit required by size) or club trainings that are free for members.
Feb 17, 2021 9:02 PM # 
I see. That's nice! We'll try to work out a similar arrangement in Missoula.

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