orienteering (Night-O) 1:13:13  *** 3.9 km (18:46 / km) +110m 16:27 / km
12c shoes: VJ Falcons
QOC Little Bennett Night-O - Intermediate
After SVO beginners' event, Winter Meeting, and pizza dinner, headed down South for the QOC Night-O. When I arrived it wasn't anywhere near full dark yet so I took my time getting changed and ready. Finally started when there was just a little bit of light left but the woods were pretty much dark.
First big mistake was going to #3, as I tried to cut higher across the hill. I was too much downhill and left, ran into another control, still thought I was higher than I was, started to get a little freaked out, then bumped smack into the trail where it crosses the ditch and realized I'd been down near the ditch the whole time pretty much. Duh. The only other issue was #5, I just started looking upslope for it too late and went along the ditch much too far until I hit the other downed tree, so doubled back staying higher this time and got it.
This was pretty much the most difficult Night-O I've done (unless you count some of the early Hickory Run events and getting sent down a basically non-existant trail into thick laurel) but it's hard to progress at Night-O skills when there are hardly ever events available. Getting a bit more confident off trail at night, but the first time I get even mildly displaced I do start to worry a bit until I relocate.