It's hard to be technical with the maps here. Trying to help with that. I'm interested in some of the things you picked up, always nice to see another view.
Jordan, really interesting. He puts a bunch of thought into everything. Who's approaching from where. How high to hang the controls in vague areas. Who's going to the control (is it an 80 plus person on Brown going over broken ground or fallen trees.) Then he explained about having shared legs on courses, the do's and don'ts. And lots more.
Good. The more detailed pieces with course designing!
I just went on the World of O link and downloaded my route for that Norwegian Ultra leg. Made me laugh cos yesterday out in the woods Niels would say "right race you to the next. Which way you taking?"
After showing him he'd say "Really? Ok I'll wait for you there." Knowing I'd picked some safe long way. Once he detailed a straighter way through an old field network and we switched routes. It'd take me another minute to identify his route. (And he still beat me on my longer route!) I think Orienteering is like Goalkeeping for me. I like going to the right, but the left never sits well.
Good article. Thanks.
At the bottom of the articles there are links for a bunch of other ones. He's been doing it for about 5 years with at least 25 days of legs. Lots of great examples to look at. Get some good armchair practice in and maybe some of it will rub off on your Walnut Creek setting (not that the map allows for much of any great route choice legs but I think there's the possibility to do something with the trails and stream to make it interesting.