Haha, that’s totally accurate! I learned rogaine planning from that number-loving physics prof, Jim Waddington. Thank goodness you remembered string though. Otherwise, the system would have failed entirely.
Thanks for a fun race, for keeping a critical eye on your map and compass, and - most of all - for not insisting that we cross the Pretty River!!
Well it is most impressive how you flowed through the course considering the lack of route planning but that it is a testament to all the orienteering you do throughout the year!
Thanks, Mrs. Gally. It was a close battle with you as always - nice job! :)
@Browner, I actually think there was a ton of route planning but we're thinking about different types of plans.
Before the race, I focus on macro route planning and only do a quick walkthrough of tentative routes between controls without marking them on the map. There are many factors that could change the best route on the fly (uncrossable river, trail invisible in the terrain, snowshoe prints heading on a good bearing) and I find it easier to see the alternatives if I haven't marked up the map. I do highlight any mandatory routes and most AR bike routes but I almost always leave trek routes unmarked. I used to mark them and I know other people have great success highlighting detailed routes so there isn't a right or wrong answer. Whatever works for each person!