Orienteering race 2:23:03  *** 3.95 mi (36:13 / mi) +250ft 34:10 / mi
Bumble Beige (7 controls, 4.4 km)
Actual Distance traveled: 6.4 km
Actual Climb: 75 m
I spent my first 2.5 hours at the event volunteering. I helped the course setter at advanced start. I handed out maps and gave people instructions. I yelled at a couple people who started to cross the soccer field after I or the course setter told them that the soccer fields were off limits.
I finally got started around 12:30. My original intent was to do three windows but I decided to start with what may have been the most difficult window (F-J). It was slow going. I looked for the controls in reverse alphabetical order. I found J and I without too much trouble.
H was another story. I think my original plan was sound. I headed to the road after finding control I. I left the road and followed the waterway that led close to H. It was slow going at first after leaving the road because the woods were thick, as indicated on the map. Eventually the woods opened up. I tuned north from the waterway at the wrong point. I wandered around for quite a while without finding H. I finally found it after guessing that the marshy area I was in was the one that was due south of H. My guess turned out to be correct. It took me about 50 minutes to get from I to H. Under better circumstances I think it should have taken me about half that or possibly a little less.
I found G without too much trouble although I passed a couple other people searching for it who were convinced that my route choice wasn't correct. They thought they were right where it should be, even thought the terrain didn't match what was on the map. F similarly didn't give me too much trouble.
I would have liked to try and complete another window (K-O) but I was short on time, it was already 2:30 and I had ways to go to get back. So I headed back. I punched the Finish just before 3.
On the whole I am very happy. I'm sure I could have completed two windows if I had done P-T and U-Y. Maybe I could have squeezed in K-O as well. They weren't as challenging as what I did and I like it that way even if it means I covered less distance and punched fewer controls.