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Aug 15, 2018 12:43 PM # 
Now that was a fine time, and yes several folks got all of them at the initial occasion. I certainly did, and there were quite a few in front of me, as I recall.
Aug 15, 2018 6:36 PM # 
My map has no notes on it. I can return another 1-2 times to finish the course. 13 yrs older we are:-). It was a shot at the "World Record" at the time...
Aug 16, 2018 1:01 AM # 
I did it back then too, and got them all as I recall but who really knows. How many days would be needed now to do it? How things change.
Aug 16, 2018 1:05 AM # 
It appears there were 30 finishers, looking back at AP results from Sept 11, 2005.
Aug 16, 2018 1:13 AM # 
Wow! 5:05! A long time to be out there. Remember it being hard towards the end.
Aug 16, 2018 2:11 AM # 
And Brendan Shields and Mikkel Conradi enjoying the woods for 8:36 and 9:20...
Aug 16, 2018 10:51 AM # 
Don’t think Mikell did. He fell and hurt his head up in the north end and walked in.
Aug 16, 2018 9:08 PM # 
I remember seeing J-J's map of the course at the time. But don't remember the particulars. 200 controls as I recall...most control circles overlapping too, so that you were always 'within the circle.' Were any bags hung? Any pin punches or SI controls?
Aug 16, 2018 11:52 PM # 
There were flags at all of them, if I recall. Very few circles overlapped, though in one case there were two controls on opposite sides of the same gigantic boulder! Here's a portion of the map. It was a pretty cool event.
Aug 17, 2018 12:12 PM # 
203, "world record", 2005.

Next visit will be the west portion above. Say Mountain Pond (137) CW up to 100 or 90, down to 150 & back to 138. Getting one's "money's worth" (as if O has anything to do with $) from an old product :-)

South central locations are somewhat mucked up with the old logging rides.
Aug 17, 2018 3:23 PM # 
And they all look like legitimate control features! I wonder if J-J field checked them all before printing the competition map....just to make sure all the advertised features were still there.
Aug 18, 2018 11:15 AM # 
Actually three controls on the giant boulder, visited consecutively. If you know J-J you know the course was field checked and everything was perfect. To add interest there were also some controls on unusual features. I recall a hay rack, an anthill and a first aid station. Really one of the most awesome events ever. Because of the paucity of mapped hay racks, anthills and first aid stations, temporary ones were constructed on site. Very fine.
Aug 18, 2018 12:57 PM # 
Do you mean that J-J went out and bought an Ant Farm and set it out in the woods as a control feature?
Aug 18, 2018 6:07 PM # 
I don’t recall exactly, but some kid’s game involving fairly big plastic toy ants.
Aug 19, 2018 12:24 PM # 
I visited a few of the earlier controls. The ant hill used ants from the game Ants in my Pants, on a small hill or boulder (small is comparative; mapped boulders were at least 1.5m(?)). First aid control was probably a box of Bandaids.

A radio control had a portable radio, with the sound on (NPR, as I recall). I was delighted with the ingenuity of controls with those little-use symbols. ;-)
Aug 19, 2018 9:51 PM # 
The fodder rack was a bale of hay in the back of J-J's hatchback.
Aug 19, 2018 10:45 PM # 
Looking at the map, the fodder rack might have been #176 as there's really nothing in the circle center, not even a rusty hatchback. Possibly 190 in the parking lot but there is a feature in the circle center. I don't have the descriptions, if there were any.

I'd put my $ on 176.
Aug 20, 2018 12:07 AM # 
You'd lose. (I dug out the clue sheet and map from my file drawer.) 176 was "stone wall north end" and 190 was "evergreen tree". The anthill was 194. The "fodder rack" was 191.
Aug 20, 2018 10:10 PM # 

The circles are off a bit as one can see from the photo. Feature-wise, 176 & 177 were as close as can be.

I can see the parking lot being the place of choice being out of the way. The park main road would be too busy, too much exhibition for what might be perceived as nutty behavior.
Aug 21, 2018 12:56 AM # 
Actually, the circles were all very accurate, with the feature and flag right in the center. I'm guessing there was some unmapped "wall" in the center of 176. Of course, since J-J used every single clue symbol, he couldn't always have a mapped feature in the center of the circle.

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