First off, what a beautiful area! I've done a couple of trainings there and it's just stunning. Did a night training in the rocks up there once.... It didn't end well...
As for your your route choice comment. Is the issue in figuring out the actual control location or in the route choice and plan? Would be happy to have a chat about how to approach route choices in general if you like. I had a good talk with Robbie on a road trip weekend last year and I think he found it helpful...
CAR = Control Attackpoint Route
Yes, plan your route in reverse.
Route choice and planning is no issue, it’s just visualizing the control circle, and being confident in knowing where the control will be exactly. I’m used to such bigger features so I struggled with the smaller point features in Spain.
If that's something you specifically want to work on (it should be) then some simple visualization can help with that.
First start by simply looking at the control circle on the map and visualising in your mind what the terrain will look like from above. Look at the control description and insert the flag into the right place in your mental picture of the terrain from above.
As this gets easier, visualize the terrain in the circle from the ground level from the direction you would approach the control Insert the flag as per above.
Once that becomes fairly automatic you can take it one step even further and change your still image to a video in your mind as you approach, punch, and leave the control. Try to imagine the scene as realistically as possible. You can add in body movement (for example I turn my head as I imagine looking left and right to see the terrain around me), what the terrain feels like underfoot, etc.
Re CAR.... While I agree that it's sometimes is useful to plan the route in reverse like that I I think there are many situations where that is not actually the most effect process. But that's a whole other discussion...
Yeah okay I wasn’t clear enough with my earlier comment. I know how to visualize and I do it all the time. What the issue was was when I arrived to the circle I was having trouble matching my mental picture with the terrain, because it was so hard to distinguish what was a cliff vs a big rock, vs a boulder cluster, etc. I think it was just because I wasn’t used to the area that I had a hard time being confident in matching what I had visualized with the terrain. I’ll just have to go back and practice it more, and get more comfortable in that terrain!
Fair enough. That's a very tricky area for that and it is mapped a bit differently than what we are used to at home. That's what time in the terrain is for!