The center hill was brutal. I also made the mistake of going there, although I only went for #10 and #20. I was quite skittish going down the hill from 20. It took a long time going both up the hill and down. I could have used my time much more efficiently going after some controls on relatively flat ground that I didn't get, as well as a couple of controls on the hill to the east of the S/F point.
I did find #7. It was in a sort-of ditch which I assume is what was mapped, although the ditch symbol at this scale looked more like a couple of dot knolls than a ditch. (I have a 1:10000 version of the map and it has 15 small brown dots where this map last night had only 3. Plus it didn't seem at all close to the open land shown on the map. So I don't know if the map is totally wrong in that spot or if the control wasn't placed right or some combination. I'll try to get back out there in daylight and check it out. Steve T. mentioned to me in an e-mail that he thought things weren't mapped correctly in that area.
If you approached 7 from the south, the ditch appears much further into the woods than mapped. (call it a dry streambed, but yes, it looked like single dots on the map).
It was also confusing because looking north, I saw what I thought was the stone staircase. Only after I moved further north did I realize that it was a fallen tree, and the tree was masking the ditch behind it, and the staircase was even further to the north.
Yes, I spent some time looking for a dot feature - rock, knoll. But I think I referred to the clue sheet to see streambed at some point.
I'm glad to see I was not alone in thinking I was there and the flag was not.
(That is a separate skill set - either knowing where you are on the map and that the control is not there, or knowing that the map is incorrect; I was always amazed when feet would say something to either effect and end with "and I found the flag in the incorrect location 30 seconds later" or something;-)
Yeah, in daylight I'm sure I would have noticed that the map was off, but at night, with a weak headlamp, the edge of the clearing was the best attackpoint.