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Discussion: Underneath boulders

in: jennycas; jennycas > 2024-02-24

Feb 25, 2024 10:54 AM # 
Wait....are boulders passable? *starts internet war*
Feb 25, 2024 11:13 AM # 
Well, I was channeling a wombat for the hell of it.

But, my best "beneath/between boulders" experience has to be the one on the hilltop at Gardiners Lookout for the Aust Long in 2019; the map was called Split Rock for a reason - see within the control circle @15:
There was no way I wasn't approaching that control through the Split Rock wind tunnel!
Feb 25, 2024 11:31 AM # 
Isn't 90% of wombat personality pooping cubes on rocks while being adorable?

I still struggle with boulders and boulder clusters on maps. Maybe someone should run a master-class?
Feb 25, 2024 11:36 AM # 
Boulders are the black things that aren't cliffs, fences, buildings, caves, walls, man made objects, towers, area boundaries, tracks, railways, cairns or text.
Feb 25, 2024 11:38 AM # 
Or shooting platforms.
Feb 25, 2024 11:52 AM # 
I grouped that under towers ;-)
Feb 25, 2024 12:15 PM # 
My favourite control from the rogaines I set had the description "Underneath a 6m boulder" - I found a massive rock perched on three other rocks, leaving a 1.2m-high gap under it, and there was no way I wasn't putting a control in there. :)
Feb 25, 2024 10:11 PM # 
I liked Eric Andrews's rule - if you can put a control between them then they're two boulders, if you can't then they're a cluster.

And a few other miscellaneous black features for your lists: charcoal burning grounds, and 'hides' (sometimes seen in the UK, teepee-like structures of logs which I strongly suspect have often been erected by course-setters/mappers to provide control features in otherwise featureless places).
Feb 25, 2024 10:57 PM # 
Charcoal burning ground is the most useless feature I've ever encountered in European terrain. Might as well just call it a depression.
Feb 26, 2024 12:39 AM # 
Actually it’s just a flat spot!
Feb 26, 2024 10:48 AM # 
How about inside a boulder cluster? Infamous (locally) control location on the old Tabletop map on an Interclub (AWOC v Waggaroos) event a few years back. Flag was inside the rock pile. Not sure anyone found it: I know I didn't.
Feb 26, 2024 2:22 PM # 
Noel and Richard once put a control at Frazzle Rock in a cave and described it as 'beneath 10m boulder'. It was on all the Hard courses and the Moderate, and they put a video camera inside the cave. I went past the entrance 3 times before seeing it, but some people spent a bit longer there. I think the boulder was actually more like 20m high, with another similar right next to it. (In the link the control is centred on the SE boulder, but was actually under the NW one.)
Feb 26, 2024 2:42 PM # 
It is true, Noel and I messed up, shocking to think that such an experienced pair could make such a rookie error! In truth i must have been the mapper who was equally experienced.
Feb 27, 2024 3:12 AM # 
On re-reading my log from the event, the control actually was in a cave under the Eastern boulder, but wrongly positioned on the map and description as the W boulder. So, yes Richard did mess up.

As always, Craig didn't lose any time as he took the route around the E boulder and spotted the camera in the cave.

And yes, both boulders had a cave!
Feb 27, 2024 5:55 AM # 
Yes there was a reason why many people spent a bit of time there. I kept circling the rock that the circle was centred on and not finding it.

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