I don't understand how you do these races with no training...
...but I sure hope to see that speed on an O course sometime soon!!!
Ha I train, just mostly cross training due to the lack of trails up here. I really would love to do more orienteering. So expensive to travel from Fairbanks...
True. You could try flying Space A in the spring for the training week. There are a lot of flights out of AK to CA, some of which are "predictable" rotators. Here's the dilemma:
1) Take leave. Higher Space A priority, but eats leave, especially if you get stranded when a flight doesn't go.
2) Take PTDY. Lower Space A priority than leave, but doesn't cost you any leave. If there's no flight, don't come. If there is, it could require some flexibility from your CoC for the trip back, since flight schedules (other than rotators) are only published 72 hours out. You could always buy a ticket back at the last minute, although that could be expensive.
Let me know if it's worth researching. I did some flight-watching a few months back and can probably come up with some useful data once I figure out where the nearest airbases are.
Really appreciate it Ma'am. I am here are Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks. The closest Air Force post is Eielson. I could also make it down to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage but that is still a difficult drive in the winter. Probably easiest to watch for cheap flights.
Does Frontier get up near you? They produce some noteworthy deals (advertising $20 fares right now).. And military don't have to pay extra for luggage.
We're going to try the Space A thing coast-to-coast in December. I'll try and keep a better eye on the flights to/from AK. It's easy to get from JBER to Travis (outside SF), March (2 hours from LA) or JBLM (more flights to CA). Check out their Facebook page, scheduled flights are listed 72 hours out.
Eielson's page seems to be old...you may have to call the terminal, they usually have a recording with flights going out.
I think this is the hardest part of being a military orienteer...getting the training in when you don't live near a map or competitions!