Orienteering 1:40:00  9.0 km (11:07 / km)
Mt Larua Orienteering. On the whole good for me, although I managed to miss the start triangle! It was moderate/hard and most controls were ok
Start to 1: good, after crossing lots more tracks than I should I realized that I hadn't gone through the start triangle! (should that make it poor?) Managed to head for hill using the power lines, found track junction and then Ab led me in.
1 to 2: good, followed track, spiked it.
2 to 3: good, but I should probably have run over the hill since it was slow going the 'safe' way following the track then walking up the creek. Jo bombed off past me.
3 to 4: poor, I actually thought I was lost for a moment after not finding control, walked to junction, got confused then looked some more and there it was. Should have been more confident the first time.
4 to 5: good, I suppose this was ok although vegetation would have given me trouble. I was ok because I was in the general area and they didn't hdie it!
5 to 6: poor, I saw extra tracks and used the wrong track to locate where the cliff was. I saw the major cuts and realized I was wrong (after having climbed a little to check out the cliffs). Should have been more observant earlier, and realized there were extra tracks. David was also at this control and said 'bottom of cliff' as I came down the HUGE cutting.. almost funny.
6 to 7: good, this was probably the hardest leg, cutting across tracks and having to use the contours to get the correct gully. No vegetation made it good, but I might have had trouble in an area with trees.
7 to 8: good, I tried cutting cross country and picked up the track ok, tried following the creek but the vegetation was too bad so ended up on a track. However there were extra tracks coming off and I lost confidence that I was even on the right track. I went to end convinced that I might be 'lost'but found control. Again 'confidence' wasn't great since I've had problems like this before and it's meant hours of wandering!
8 to 9: good, I managed to go cross country, pickedup one track, crossed to the other other and went up a gully. Had to slow a lot to find control but I was in the right spot.
9 to 10: good, took the tracks, but came off way too early and walked through vegetation searching for gully, when I could have just round down a track and nipped in.
10 to 11: good, I managed to correct a potentially bad error and went down the right track! Nice view of the steel works.
11 to 12: good, again cross-country against tracks, but I was rather hesitant at the end looking for 'pit' that was more like cliff. David caught me up again having made a mistake.
12 to 13: good, cross-country worked out ok, although I was aided by seeing David in distance, Found track junction ok and had good sense of where the cliff was and nipped in reaching it same time as David.
13 to finish: good, again was aided by seeing David in distance, so it was just a jog. Also noticed the power lines, so would have been ok on my own too. Wasn't sure of finish procedure.. it was wait at van for them to stop the clock!
On the whole this was more a moderate course. I didn't make major errors (hurray since we needed to drive home!) but was a little hesitant at the controls, lost confidence at least twice and considered that I might be in the totally wrong spot, but made a few good basic checks that kept me mostly on track. My buttock bothered me after days of not stretching/massaging properly but ignored it; just didn't push the running even though there was scope to bomb round!