SMOC Red course @ Mill Lake
Very, very happy that both my ankle and toe survived with no extreme pain upon dorsiflexion, woo! Had a great time out there, but I had a bonus adventure doing a 180 degree error that led me of the map and totally, totally confused. I'm not sure I've actually ever 180'ed so badly, but hopefully that gets it out of my system for next week!
With that error, guskov trounced me, and I just snuck in a half minute or so before Mark V.
Will write up in detail, because I haven't been doing much orienteering recently, so can stand to learn from each leg.
1- Undecided - saw the low trail, thought that looked nice, then kind wimped out about reclimbing contours. So stayed high and ran into an 'erased' trail - meaning it is (mostly) erased in the terrain and also (mostly) erased on the map. Ok, but probs the low trail is fastest
2- Up and over on bearing, then I hesitated becasue it looks like left reentrant was circled, but control was in the right reentrant, went down to check and my code, so punched.
3- Trail run, I turned off well.
4- Trail run, but I probably put too much effort into skirting the Crazy Hilda's Halloween House (= OOB).
5 - Trailed it again, after looking at some thick veg on the edge of the field.
6 - A bit thick at first, I found decent ways through though, then the most gorgeous and interesting bit of map! Nobbly and open!
7 - Hesitant, becuase I wasn't 100% sure I'd found the marsh crossing I wanted, but then other features lined up, so I had to have. Approaching control, didn't sense things lining up for awhile, so remained hesitant.
8 - Ug. So this time, I didn't find the marsh crossing I wanted to, so was initially confused, and so the going-south plan didn't work. Then something happened, and Aha! I figured out I had to go north??? except, I didn't... so I ran off the map. Took awhile to realize and then battled across a marsh to get back on the map. Phew.
9- Yeehaw, found the helpfully-marked-on-map new trail.
10- Went left of immediate marsh- maybe right was more direct?
11- Stayed on ridge, some running into thorns, ran through the graveyard... it wasn't marked OOB...
12 - Went on big trail and then in.
13 - Run, run, run, and then I missed the control because it was not right adjacent to stream-ditch as marked on the map. So went too far and then returned with a more-looking-up-and-around approach.
14 - More running, took the road, although I didn't get out to it very well, tried to cut a corner but it was thick green stuff.