Rather than follow you to #10, I decided to split off to the right. That turned out to be a disaster. I ended up getting caught in a 360-degree mesh of nearly impenetrable brambles. After extricating myself, I became disoriented. Incipient hypothermia may have been playing a role. For the next several controls, I completely lost my focus and motivation. Probably should have been wearing more than a single thin nylon shirt and no hat.
I was consciously avoiding any green as much as I could and wearing my extra sturdy pants that I never wear to a meet. Yeah, was hot at first but then pretty comfortable for the rest of it. Fun :)
Also, that indistinct unmapped trail continued further after we split.
I don't have extra sturdy pants. Time to get some, I suppose, at least before SMOC returns to Park Lyndon. Last night I was even pulling thorns out of my scalp.
Is the vegetation on the Park Lyndon map all from aerial photography, or was there field work involved. If the latter, you have my deepest sympathy.
South part had some field work, I have not been north of the road before yesterday. Steve did some trails and special features but that's about it.
I received some heinous poision ivy afflictions from scouting in August. I experienced heavy veg then, however I don't recall the thorns though, but I did experience them Saturday when I set.