... was not where it was mapped. It was a bit faint to begin with, as it was more a series of snowshoe post-holes presumably set on Thursday when I'm told the snow was mush before it hardened up that night. But it left the trail from 6 at the lower bend of the 180 rather than from the upper bend where it's mapped. It was also pretty nasty. I fell going through there on both Sat and Sun, in the same spot, where it descends into the small reentrant and then makes an abrupt vertical step upward, and there's enough small saplings to make it extremely difficult to turn the skis to avoid hitting the step straight on.
There were a few ski tracks leaving the trail from 6 at the same spot that took a more direct line to the control. I should have followed those instead.
How did you go from 9 to 10 on the long course without going through there? Around both 180's? (I most definitely should have.)
I thought it was closer to the upper bend (as it was mapped), but definitely lost time trying to get across the little reentrant without breaking a ski or myself.
There were two tracks that I noticed, one by the upper bend as mapped, one near the lower bend, quite possibly put in by a competitor during the long event the day before? Somebody was going up the unofficial one when I arrived on the scene, and was already leaving the control before I got to the top of the mapped one. I'm pretty sure I would actually have been better off just staying on the wide trail, even with the small amount of extra distance and climb.
Some of the difference in observations here is likely just in the timing. Alex and I had that loop first on Sunday and Stina had it 2nd. Not sure about Eric's green course. But it seems likely that more tracks were made by people arriving after Alex and me.
I was put off just enough by my experience going through there on Saturday that on Sunday I skied all the way to the upper bend just to check if there might have been another track that I hadn't noticed. Finding none I went back to the one I was familiar with. (At least the 2nd time I fell to the other side and had a much easier time getting back up!) This is the track that had the snowshoe imprints frozen into it. The one that took the more direct line starting from the same place was just skis with no snowshoe tracks underneath.
Yeah there were two tracks through there. The top one was the mapped one, but by the time we picked up controls Sunday only a few people had ever been on it, with most of the tracks on the bottom one. We never saw that one in time to get it on Sunday's map. Neither had a very good stream crossing.