Some really quality orienteering training. Super tricky. Was the same area I had ran on in the DM some weeks ago. There were two trainings tonight, one out and one back. So my aim was to run the first easy pace and go throguh the process/strategy picking up the detail and nailing controls. Then to run the second leg a bit harder but moderate pace ensuring the technique was maintained.
It was verging on getting dark and there was a lot of detail on the map.
1- firstly a good bearing, made sure on the line, then head up looking to pass hill, then up a rentrnat, onto a small ridge. Keeping the line, I knew I would hit a slight open section, and the top hill, was looking for the little cliffs. Keeping high above the contour on the right. Should have perhaps been more careful into control after ridge but came on it perfect.
2 - aim was to stick the line using the hill edges as spotters to keep on track. Frist the hill i was on then pass a distinctive rentrant shape on right. then using the line, pass through some open and to drop down. coming into control, I should have slowed again and picked up smaller details to read into control but I drifted left after dropping and stopped spotted myself on the cluster of knolls and came to control.
3- good bearing and aiming to come off a large spur then following the long hill shape contouring round. when it dropped then looking for a knoll, in amongst the mess. It dropped, I stopped and had to really read the map, was 10m from control and spotted the corner shape in the terrain, boom. only way to emphasise, tricky
4 - an absolute stinker of a control., check out the map detail. first part was simple get to the path on the bearing. plan then I headed up the rentrant and tried to use the back cliff line into control. Came up this a treat had to stop to just read the map, then up rentrant and in left in between the cliffs. Where was control??? was convinved I was right, I came out and circled around some more to confirm my finding, came back. Realised it was in a tiny rentrant barely visible on the map , there it was hiding and grinning at me.
5 - I struggled to forma plan here as quite diffuse on every level. Aimed for the flat marsh area, but when I got there it all looked the same. Time to think I slowed adn in knew my bearing was good so I continued then realised if I get to the edge I can safety rail it rounf to the control, i dropped down a little low, spotted the cliff and came back up.
6 - simple on the line, down over the marsh up the hill, mistook the control being on top of the hill but it was futher on, so droped down other side along path then plan was to follow up the straem with the high ground on right, was looking for the distintive rentrant look but was hard to spot. I find these small marshes truicky to spot. climbed a little and realised i had gone too far, turned back and spotted the cliff. I had pretty much ran rhtough the control, but the tape was so small
7 - considered the round option but decided to hack trhought the cliffs on the line, good bearing and head up. after cliffs spotted the flat section then dropping, using final spur to round into control, worked well but super tricky to read on 10000.
finish - ou tto edge and along to hill top.
consider testing nav with a magnifier to practice (felt hard to read sometimes, but maybe lighting also bad)
Small marshes are tricky, use something obvious nearby
Dont rely on vegetation its just for show - as Jon says, veg for route choice, contours for nav
Slow into control, and pick off things steadily into control