Orienteering 1:49:09  **** 6.02 km (18:07 / km) +127m 16:23 / km
shoes: Columbia Romero trail runners
Middle distance champs at Moreau; ran Red Y. Since this is my first year in the M35 age bracket theoretically I have the advantage over everyone else.
Great course, very challenging and the bags were hung viciously perfectly. This is my first course up on top of the plateau after always helping with stuff at prior events.
(GPS started ~3min into 1st leg--but time adjusted so flag locations match split times)
1: No major mistakes but went really slow, just getting used to the map. Didn't feel like I had good contact till near the end.
2: Went off-line to the right. Genuinely surprised to see a trail; on the map it looked like a squiggly series of cliffs. Huh.
3: Totally messed up my awesome plan to use the trail. Left the trail to early, parallel error on another marsh/ridge area. Once I figured it out I headed over to the right place but still took some time to locate myself.
After this I calmed down and did a lot better, a few minor mistakes, but I seriously though I would be OVT at this point (two hour limit).
4 and 5: pretty easy
6: long leg over nondescript terrain. Tried to go right and stay up on the ridge but within sight of the large marsh. That worked alright but I did get distracted by another control (not even on a cliff, duh) and then went to far before going up into the cliffs.
7: Meant to go straight but started off wrong direction. After crossing the trail and into the woods, 3 fast dudes likely on blue punched at a boulder flag and I think that helped me relocate. Kept going straight and found myself on a ROOTSTOCK! yay! The only one with 200m or so. That was great.
8: Cut straight across (didn't cross the marsh) then followed the trail till due north of the flag, and followed the reentrant and marshes right to it, easy.
9: Meant to go straight but inspected the wrong little hilltop with a cliff. Found it right away after that.
10: went straight , then followed trail over the ridge with the big boulders, then followed the marshes on the left and spiked it. The marshes were so distinct and accurately mapped, quite lovely.
11: short, no problem
12: just straight
13: around the hilltop to the left, easy
14: thought it would be easy but wound up too far left and inspected a bag on a cliff to the northeast, easy to recover
15: went around marsh and followed the white course streamers, but inspected a bag in a reentrant just southwest of mine. Yay, another parallel error, but easy to recover.
16: followed the herd