Maybe you are focusing on the wrong aspects of orienteering in this training for Laramie. It seems that you should have been picking an exercise emphasizing high altitude, steep climbs, smoke inhalation from forest fires to the west, interactions with large animals....rather than ferns, deadfall, spiderwebs and bugs. Surely you could have found something better matched in the Boston area! Maybe lots of hill repeats with no recovery periods on some local hill with lots of pedestrian and motorized traffic at peak rush hour would offer some of those attractions?
In any case, enjoy the trip out to the Rockies!!!
I think you're right!
Mostly I just wanted to see if I remembered how to read a map. I did manage to get around most of a course, using a map. At one point, I remember finding whatever boulder it was I was trying to find, and thinking to myself "this is SO COOL! I just NAVIGATED here! With a MAP!!!"
Orienteering, despite the spiderwebs, is awesome.
"this is SO COOL! I just NAVIGATED here! With a MAP!!!"
Haha, that's what I think at every control I find. Orienteering is a very exciting sport!
Have fun in Laramie Alex!