I was looking for that ditch/trail also going to 5. I was also trying to use topo as there was a reasonable spur there and the control was off on a flat area. I did not envision the opening as it was. It was really open.
I have a love hate thing with Batsto. Love the lack of rock and low vertical but the blueberrys are a killer.
Despite the blueberries, it is one of our better areas as you have to be accurate in your compass work and be able to read the really subtle contours which is not typical of most DVOA
Despite almost a 20 minute error on 1st control, I really enjoyed The green course.
Definitely enjoy Batsto and don't really mind the blueberry. It may be tiring, but at least it isn't thorny. It was disheartening though to see several people, John included, come prancing by me actually running through the stuff!
Any pictures of this blueberry? The woods here are almost all covered in what people call blueberry, but it's actually bilberry. I'm wondering what the difference is in the bushes and how hard they are to run through.
sandy- very true about thorns. I run in spurts as I can feel the drain on my leg muscles. I've developed a kind of Forest Gump run to swing my lower legs over the thicker, knee high stuff.
cristina- not sure what bilberry is but these blueberries come in various stages. Some areas are only 12-18" tall but they progress up to about 4 feet. The lower branches on the waist high stuff gets think and harder to move through. I dont have any photos
Bilberry is basically European blueberry. They look similar but they have purple insides and are more delicate. And, apparently, the bushes are shorter, since they don't usually go up any higher than the knee. That would explain why blueberries are disliked more in the US than in Norway. :-)
You can sort of see the blueberry here, although it gets much thicker and taller than this:
I always feel like I'm wading through it.
Yea, that just doesn't do them justice. Julie, next time your down there for an event, you should hide out near one of the thick & taller routes and get some photos where you cant see the bottom half of the person.
But like Sandy said, they are better than thorns (and taller vegetation that you have to keep ducking under).
And - given the option of wading through thick tall blueberries or picking a route through very rocky ground... I would choose the blueberries.
It's a great exercise in rationing your running 'power' to go through that stuff for hundreds of meters. And just great exercise, in general! In bummed I missed it.