we had the same thought. Jon and I usually do that for each other, anyway. But it's a good practice. I found it hard to shake off 3 (feature gone, remnants spatially in the right place higher on the spur) and 4 and stay focused. Your point is well taken -O is O- but hard to maintain flow when you know you're in the right place and there's nothing to punch.
Teams don't always work, either.
CascadeOC's most recent event was a course setting disaster: poor design, several misplaced controls, and legs that tempted off-trail cheaters (it was a trails-only venue, and I saw evidence of shortcutting).
For our Winter Series, the standard practice is to have teams of two on the design and setting, and then a course consultant (supposedly), but it was a big failure last time out. Hopefully, we've learned from this, but we'll see.
I think, courses like that are very useful for less experienced, yet very fit crowd, for you way too redundant. May be we need to add Magenta courses for local meets (or any other color you like) : ~10 km yellow course. Route choice would be still desired. I will try to do it in NYC next time, I set courses.
Also, hate to see your log in red :(
Hope to see you in January, I am flying to Z-man and than we come to Georgia.
May be some "preferance", if we have time.
Yeah, well, I've also been schooled extensively by Jon in proper vetting technique, so I know I always have a good partner. After USMA had a course thrown out while we were in grad school, we were rather determined to make sure that never happened again, at least not on our watch. I learned a lot about my own abilities vetting "which cliff is it" at West Point...