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Discussion: Orienteering!

in: PG; PG > 2019-05-23

May 23, 2019 9:41 PM # 
Fun to see you out on a course! I hope you don't have any lingering physical effects.
Congrats on the M75 win. ;-)
May 24, 2019 1:10 AM # 
it's a difficult sport. When I left the park I was first out of 5, but now on the splits I have dropped to last out of 4.
May 25, 2019 10:35 PM # 
Lidar is probably available if you want a real basemap.

But here is a screenshot from Strava Heatmap (I hope of the right area). Unfortunately, it's very difficult to get georeferenced images from Strava since their bad press about a year ago. Interestingly, most of these are from MTB gps tracks, and it's likely MTB trail builders change things a lot. But this should be a good start for "just trails".


OCAD 9 and earlier might have issues with PNG format files.

It used to be possible to update OpenStreetMap using the Strava Heatmap tracks. For twisty stuff like this, it's a pain, but you end up with vector format trails that can be imported into OCAD. If anyone has any ideas about how to get Strava to fix this, please let me know. I've spent hours and hours trying, and I can't even find a mailing address for Strava.
May 25, 2019 11:46 PM # 
And pretty much everything you say goes right by me. Never understood such stuff.

Would be nice to have a better map, though the vegetation is tough. Certainly worse than when the area was first used in the late 80s, result of gypsy moth infestations that let a lot more light down to the forest floor, so much more undergrowth.

Not at all clear what amount of improvement is worth it, if any.
May 26, 2019 12:47 AM # 
Strava is useful for adding new/modified trails and most use does seem to come from mtb crowd. I’ve used it on Blue Mt, Huntington, and as a check on others. I found it hard to export from the program though, so wound up taking a screenshot on my iPad and using that as a background image in ocad to trace in new or changed trails.
May 28, 2019 1:00 PM # 
You chose the appropriate post-orienteering treat, at least :)
May 28, 2019 10:42 PM # 
PG: what is that sore butt syndrome? Why does it happen? As you may know I too have had lower back problems. These seem to be on the mend but now it does not take much running (or walking in rough terrain when mapping) for there to be quite a a pain deep under each ass cheek. Stopping relieves the pain.
May 29, 2019 11:47 AM # 
I put a lot of time and effort into butt maintenance these days. Mostly stretching, strengthening, rolling. It is generally worth the trouble, but I still have regular relapses. Running is generally not a friendly activity for me anymore, although running relatively faster is much better than running slower.
May 29, 2019 9:33 PM # 
Gord -- I'm pretty sure you've had much worse bad back episodes than I have. But the couple relatively short ones I've had have been enough to convince me to avoid activities that my back might not appreciate. Like running, orienteering, golf.

No interest at all in trying to resume the running or golf. I might do a little orienteering from time to time, at a walk -- well, at the notch last week I did run a few times, but never for more than 5 or 10 yards, and only when the trail was smooth and gently downhill and it was just easier to skip along for a few steps.

And going uphill, quite literally a pain in the butt. Don't know why, also don't think it's going to change.

For the orienteering that I might do, have to make sure I've got my head on straight (why I'm doing it, what the expectations are, etc.) so that there might be some likelihood of enjoying it. And not getting hurt.

Thinking of going to Pound Ridge on Saturday with Phil. A social outing with a bit of O' thrown in... :-)

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