Cape Lookout National Seashore, Red, 6.6km. This trip had appeal on several fronts, one of which was the opportunity to orienteer in coastal sand dunes. It wasn't as excellent as I dreamed it might be, but it was fine, no complaints from me. The map was advertised as a mostly unimproved lidar product, and I went into it knowing what to expect. There was quite a bit of thick vegetation (planted pines with scruffy undergrowth, or in other places wet areas with thigh-high reeds hiding the ground), and the sand topography was a bit limited. The most intricate area was a mixture of yellow and dark green, and it turned out to be a dump with quite a bit of broken glass on the ground. I kept my head about me and I was pretty clean. Not perfect through the maze of fight, but very close. The next control (#10) was just hanging on... nothing... in an area of motley vegetation that the map did not reflect well. #13 was supposedly on a hill, but it just looked like a clump of scrubby trees, and there was another control nearby that was visible and that drew some people off. A couple of other small hesitations, or route choices that weren't quite perfect, but they didn't amount to too much. Nancy and I took off after we finished to check out the lighthouse (which was inside one of the control circles!) and to go for a walk on the beach, so I didn't nose around the finish computer to see what place I got, I'll have to wait for results to be published. I think I did pretty well, and it's fun to be the out-of-towner who turns up and shows the locals how it's done.
First time orienteering on February 1.resultssplits