Congrats on a good run Danny.
Did you go round? You nailed it in any case :-)
I went straight and executed pretty well except for a bobble at the end (30 sec lost perhaps). Crossing the green ridge on route wasn't much fun but I seemed to find a good way.
I went round on the forest road (virtually same as Jordan Laughlin on the Blue Elite). It was 5-6 that sealed it. I'd started planning on 3-4 (on the uphill paths out the reservoir) but that summit with the 3ft. high whips just sold it. I'm also terrible in fine navigation so it was ultimately a no-brainer for me. How difficult was the white on that leg?
I'm glad you posted. I looked you up today and saw you're from Canberra. I also saw you had some really, really good WMOC results in the past. You obviously know Grant Bluett. I've only started Orienteering again in the last 2 and a half years but I see he's done really well in the sport. If you ever see him tell him I said "Hi". Myself and Chris Terchelson from Denmark all trained two summers in 1990/91 in Halden . I randomly bumped into Chris last summer and he asked after Grant.
Well done by the way. I've found this terrain in New England very difficult to get to grips with. You've obviously not! It's taken almost 3 years coming up here to get to Sunday's run.
Yes, the white on 5-6 wasn't very white was it. That contributed to me losing some time at that control. I had expected much better visibility and coming along the side of the hill I lost my way a bit. I didn't really know where I was until I found another control which I think was on the elite mens course.
I thought about going round to 7, to be honest my route choice decision was mostly based on interest - I thought 3km of track would be a bit boring :-). In any case I guessed there wouldn't be a lot in it either way.
The terrain has some similarities to the area around where my Swedish Club is based (OK Nolaskogsarna in Ornskoldsvik on the High Coast about 500km north of Stockholm). So I'm actually pretty comfortable in that sort of forest.
I know Grant and all of his family extremely well and have for about 30+ years! He's also living and working in Canberra. I also knew Chris well in the past. He spent some time in Australia (on student exchange I think) when we were both juniors. I assume he's living in Denmark? I saw a lot of him at major races many years ago but I haven't been to Europe much since I retired from serious competition.
I think I saw from your log you're heading to Europe soon? My family and I will be in Europe this summer (WMOC, Swiss O week, O Festival, perhaps Sprint Scotland). We might run in to each other!
Ornskoldsvik, wasn't that ORingen this year? Chris lives in Spain. He's developed the OTrack app used in last years WMOC. I'll try catch up with you in Latvia. I was going to Sprint Scotland but a school friend whose emigrated to Oz is back that weekend. If you need somewhere to stay on the way up let me know. I can put you up in Teesside (next years JK). I'm now wishing I was going to OFrance or Switzerland. Make sure you give my regards to Grant (although he'll probably say "who?").