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Discussion: course setting

in: silkychrome; silkychrome > 2016-09-17

Sep 18, 2016 10:53 PM # 
I can only take a little credit for this one. Mintore, Aragorn and O Joy all helped set controls as well and it was actually Mintore that designed that course for you guys. I think he enjoyed designing a course that didn't have to adhere strictly to expected orienteering standards!
Sep 19, 2016 12:28 AM # 
Hmmm...sounds like code..."expected orienteering standards.". A la POCAR?
Sep 19, 2016 1:10 AM # 
"Adventure wading" :D
Sep 19, 2016 1:43 AM # 
LOL, no rocky33, he was excited to not have to worry about taking racers through thorns, "dark green" and across rivers. All things that would be frowned upon at a traditional meet. Other than that, the controls were identified with clues that were descriptive and useful!!
Sep 19, 2016 11:05 AM # 
thank you Mintore, Aragorn, and O Joy for accurate flag hanging!!!

the rest of the course was a bit POCAR-y (not all, just some CPs) and we actually did talk about having to "POCAR-ize" our attacks to be a little bit broader and more searching when we got to the circle.
Sep 20, 2016 12:50 AM # 
I was just thinking about POCAR today and need to learn more about POCARizIng.
Sep 20, 2016 1:11 AM # 
how to POCAR-ize (from an email from The Garrison before my first POCAR):

1) It's not an adventure race.
2) There is usually one random "special event" somewhere on the course, usually something along the team building activity lines. But this is still not an adventure race.
3) The "Clues" that are supplied are sometimes clues, sometimes words that are vaguely clue like, and sometimes just words. Words that have no real beneficial use and can actually sometimes be a hindrance to finding the control. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHEN IT'S 4AM AND WE HAVE THE COMBINED INTELLIGENCE OF A POORLY TRAINED CHIMP.
4) The UTM coordinates provided are the center of a circle in which the control could be located ANYWHERE. There is generally no consideration of distinct features, logical placement, etc. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD FORGET ANYTHING YOU KNOW HAVING TO DO WITH ACTUAL ORIENTEERING. All that knowledge is a hinderance. This event is more like a guided treasure hunt. In the woods. And the cold.
5) We need to always be considering 3 and 4 when approaching any control. Spreading out a bit and keeping your head on a swivel is key. A couple of years ago we all spread out to look for a control in the bottom of a reentrant when in fact it was randomly up high along the side. (It also happened to be about 30 feet from where Scott was napping but we won't fixate on that.)
6) All that being said, because of the casual nature of the event, in can in fact be a TON of fun, I'm looking forward to it! (In that sick "I know that this is going to hurt and after 12 hours all I'm going to want is to be done" kind of way...)

still one of my fave emails ever.
Sep 20, 2016 1:43 AM # 
OMG... I forgot about that email. Scott Fredrickson napping almost underneath a control While Fredrik, Tim and I scoured the reentrant 50-60 feet downhill was possibly the highlight of that race, (once it was over and we could laugh about it). That and his rendition of Bon Jovi's LIvin' on a Prayer, which is always awesome.
Sep 20, 2016 2:00 AM # 
Hahahahahahahahaha...speaking of Scott and Fredrik...word on the street is that the Swede may make a trip back here just for POCAR!

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