Orienteering 1:53:14  7.2 mi (15:44 / mi) +164m 14:41 / mi
Yay for other astronomer-orienteers! Got an email last week or so from Ann Marie saying she'd seen my name on the conference list and asking if I'd be interested in orienteering at Catalina on the afternoon off- of course!
So Ann Marie, Tom and I headed down after hearing about exoplanet formation theory all morning (the streaming instability and pebbles are all the rage) and geared up for some more desert orienteering.
Scariest things: Hearing a rattle snake! Eep! And got a cholla pod stuck to me for the first time.
Southwest Spring Blue Long (8.3k)
1- Saw a dead snake in the first meadow, eep! Trail to reentrant to second set of double boulders.
2- Bearing and long reentrant right before.
3 - Not sure I ended up in the right small reentrant, or perhaps was in right one just too low. I didn't feel in great contact approaching circle. Deflecting left earlier would have made a surer approach.
4- Used the trail mostly, because so tough to pick ones way amongst the rocks and cacti! Then spotted the proper saguaro and ran to it.
6- Daintily going around cholla forrest. Didn't do a great job of going the right direction on nose, should have noticed change in direction of contours earlier.
7 - Looong leg. Eep! Heard a rattle of a rattle snake. But was already on my way running past the sound, so just kept going. Deflected onto an unmarked trail at one point, had to descent to get back to desired trail. Good after leaving trail, but following indistinct trail was slow.
8 - Easy.
9 - Adventures in washland. Had to get used to what was mapped as what, but then made sense.
10 - Ran past because mini-reentrant itself was nearly invisible, but later trail emerging from wash let me know I went too far.
11 - Good.
12 - Initially too close to road.
13 - Think I must have been one reentrant north...
14 - Initially one reentrant off to the northwest.
15, 16, 17 - Fine, back in washland/campground.