Looking forward to it. We would definitely have some keen ARXers interested in training opps.
That original THOMASS finale was epic. I remember Gabor only had to beat me to win overall - even if we finished 2nd last and I finished last. He beat me while running without a shoe in the end. Good times.
I gotta admit I miss the simplicity of those early years of THOMASS. No punching, no control descriptions but probably the best field of racers we have ever had were in those early years.
Great introduction for us juniors in course planning/meet organization.
I remembered being so scared of misplacing a control because I really couldn't properly read a map yet. I course set on 'no doubter' features, albeit in interesting terrain. As I continued through the planning process, I gained so much more confidence and ventured into some trickier spots.
Almost butchered a meet in such good terrain!!
I remember doing a Rockwood, I think a Little Tract and maybe a Terra Cotta.
Haven't been up that way recently. Generally, I feel like the forest around the Bruce Trail from maybe Mount Nemo to Caledon has been ravaged recently by ice storms in the winter, (downed trees) and denser undergrowth and saplings...just to eff with us orienteers.
The actual mapped Terra Cotta Conservation Area isn't even the best terrain up there...to the west (Silver Creek), and to the east (swath from Winston Churchill to maybe Creditview) is a lot more interesting...and unmapped.
With that said, there seems to be some decision makers at CVCA and HRCA who's experience 'managing' was probably as an assistant meat manager at a Freshco, and haven't a clue about conservation/nature, and are hindering our sport from using their land.
(Mini ignorant rant done)
The only reason I say this is because Credit Valley has been shooting down my Dad for years, and I've heard similar stories about Halton Region recently.
The map of a perfectly good popular little conservation area (Terra Cotta) has been useless for probably 15 years. (Just a little bitter as Donaldson and I remapped it one summer...some nice memories).