Radio Orienteering race 1:20:23  ****
spiked:2/4c shoes: Inov8 X-Talon 212 CL
US ARDF Champs 2m (144 MHz) Classic at Umstead. My 1st gold medal in radio-O! Barely. Ken was chasing, passed by him once which scared me, finished just one cycle ahead! Every race for me this week for the top spot has been very close. Found 4 quickly out of start chute and exclusion zone. Was very hesitant and sluggish to leave north side of map due to multiple path ambiguities on a couple other TXs. #3 was almost totally silent from the north but it barely broke my squelch in one direction so went with that getting 5 on the way. 3 was in a low bowl on far SE side of map which explains the weak signals. A little sloppy orienteering back to where I thought 2 was at but it got the job done. Looking back this was a very challenging course as far as reflections, a weak signal, and even orienteering and physicality, so pretty happy w/ how I did despite a couple nav mistakes and difficulty interpreting the signals on the north side.