The wall on the way to 2 by chance? That was the highest crossable wall I've ever seen in a sprint. Any higher and you would need a rope.
I thought the stairs in some places were not drawn to standard. I completely missed one set in the middle of the course - in fact I never saw them until I sat down to look at my map back at the hotel.
Agree on the mapping. Hard to see the stairs. That wall going to two had “steps” in it allowing me to climb up easily. As i left two I looked over the wall but did not see the steps below so returned over the wall to get to 3. On 15 the construction fencing was down and I thought it would be a good route. Turns out the steps down were blocked. I didn’t notice the red X. I wish the entire area was either blocked off better or hatched purple on the map. All my courses had slight issues with the numbers and circles. On the long no. 3 was on my direct route.
I shouldn't moan because I really enjoyed the weekend and the terrain (and all the people were fantastic). It's just a pity there was a couple of small things with the courses that could be easily improved.
I love the effort and dedication of the West Point team, especially as most of the cadets have only a couple of years orienteering experience - as an outsider my one bit of advice to them would be to call on a little more external advice into the technical side of the event.
Great weekend - I'm definitely going to try and come back again another year!
I have been running the West Point courses for 30 years. I have seen it all. Great running this weekend. Do come back
They’re to standard, but Jon is not happy with readability either (good to have a mapper with aging eyes?). He is going to look at widening stairs and gaps across the whole map.
We can hash the stairs for next time, assuming security allows a next time. There isn’t enough space to map then accurately, which was the reason for the X.
Ecmo, Jon and I have been involved since last year in all aspects of planning. We have our own list of what we want to do differently, but please drop me an email if you'd like to provide some input.
No worries Victoria I might take you up on that offer. I feel a bit sheepish now though, thanks for taking my comments constructively. I really meant it when I said I did enjoy the event!
With the stairs I probably need to start thinking about a magnifier when I run. For reference the ones I didn't see were on the line between 13 and 14 on the red course.
I do think someone should take a look at that wall between 1 and 2 though. It's hard to gain a proper perspective when you're racing but I'm sure that should have been marked impassable.