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Discussion: Interesting mp

in: ZachWHoeffner; ZachWHoeffner > 2016-11-19

Nov 19, 2016 10:40 PM # 
Before you saw the control you punched, what were you looking for, and how did you identify that as a focus?
Nov 20, 2016 5:17 AM # 
I was looking for the corner of the clearing/field that the intermittent path would start at and then planned to follow it until I saw the point. It seemed like an easy feature as I could plan a route that went through the field. I didn't look at my map to check the code or the feature and I didn't identify the point was on a stream feature until my after run review of the course. The mispunched point wasn't exactly on the corner of the clearing and was maybe 5m into the woods near a small rock wall that coincided with the begining of the internmitent path, the mispunched point could be seen from the clearing
Nov 20, 2016 6:59 PM # 
You did exactly the same thing I did. Went to corner of field, looked down and assumed I punched the correct one as it seemed to be right and never verified the control description or number.. I thought something was wrong with the map or control placement too but we should always check the code regardless.
Nov 20, 2016 10:03 PM # 
Agh. That's frustrating. I know there are some who subscribe to not checking in the interest of speed, but I still get suckered often enough that I've been working to ensure code checking is always part of my routine as I exit the control. If you run with a map for just a regular run, you can practice this by setting yourself a "course" and then mentally going through your punching routine every time you get to a "control." Then it becomes automatic and hopefully saves some frustration down the road.

Now that we're on the move, I'm planning to use Open Orienteering Map to set myself a "course" for my regular runs more often - pretty neat way to produce a quick map of wherever you happen to be. gets you started if you want to try it out.

Glad you got out on a map this weekend!

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