For this week's QOC Summer Short Series, Michael Dickey organized a full-blown 6-hour Rogaine at Sugarloaf, complete with a brand new map that he made over the last year. I'd hiked at Sugarloaf a few times before and was excited to get out into the terrain.
I wasn't sure how my tweaked glute would respond, so had no real ambitions, but it mostly felt ok, especially off-trail, so after a few minutes I decided to go for clearing the course. I orienteered well, with the exception of a massive goof at control 34, which was right on the edge of one of the map sheets. Had I looked on the other side of the map, I would have seen a large set of cliffs next to the ones that the control was on, but instead I spent like ten minutes searching in the wrong cliffs. I gave up and started heading to my next control, but then stopped to flip the map just in case, and saw my mistake. Even after getting back, I lost time because of a confusing control description. All in all, close to 20 minutes gone!
Besides that, it was smooth sailing navigationally. All the controls where were I expected them, and the woods were fairly nice, though rocky, for the most part. I ran the flats, downhills, and gradual uphills for the first 2.5 hours or so, and mostly walked after that. With three controls to go, my calves started getting those twinges of cramps on the uphills, but I stretched a bit, and those feelings went away.
To help improve the relationship with this park, Michael offered bonus points for bringing trash out of the woods, so I picked up a couple of empty beer cans that I came across. Great idea!
Nutrition: two GUs, one one packet of energy beans, one granola bar, 1.5 liters of water.
Route (planned to reduce climb in favor of potential extra distance): S-53-51-52-47-45-43-44-40-38-33-31-34-32-35-36-39-37-41-48-50-55-54-49-46-42-F.
Maps and a picture: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JUS7urk3gdPRGzmm6
Really fun event! Thanks Michael!