orienteering (mountain-O) 3:00:00  7.0 mi (25:43 / mi)
shoes: salomon x ultra hiking bts
Long point-to-point starting in the mountains and ending about 1000 ft downhill. New map. Light rain, about 46 degrees, light breeze, intermittent clouds-on-the-deck. I signed up for the long course, knowing that would be a reach in those conditions. Hands numb by control #2, so switched liner sox from feet to hands, which got me thru control 12. Didn't try to trot much. Then I took quite a walkabout (30 min?) thru tangled 7-ft-tall krummholz hemlocks when my brain lapsed, unable to find my way out of the mess and continually carressed by wet branches. Completely soaked and cold when I finally emerged. Took another shot at 13 after engaging my brain and found it easily. Planned a safe route to 14 and 15, via 16. Texted Dan to let him know I was still alive, found 16. About to head into the alders, so checked that my pepper spray was still in place. Jammed it farther down into the side pocket, and heard it discharge (apparently had lost the safety clip in the hemlocks). Exhaled, ran away, squinted to try to avoid the capsicum, and largely succeeded. Mostly had soaked my sockmitten (which I then rubbed on my face) and pack. Thought about the accumulation of minor mishaps or marginal decisions or adverse conditions that often leads to a serious injury, and decided I had used up my margin of safety. So quit while I was still happy-ish and enjoyed warmer temps as I descended to the finish 30 minutes down the trail in the trees. Not one of my finer orienteering moments, but still a nice day in the great outdoors.