Orienteering race 1:30:00  ***** 5.0 km (18:00 / km)
ahr:134 max:162 shoes: Falcon
Greenbush Green, day 2. This course was on the side of the map with a real trail network. Yet the legs were just as much of a challenge as yesterday. Light rain, wet vegetation. My shoes were squishing by the 2nd leg. A large open area with some scattered trees confused me on the long leg to #6, because it was mapped as solid yellow. Tens of minutes later, I relocated, and managed to find #6, and the nearby #7, but within another leg or 2 became unrelocatable. I decided to bail to the trail and walk it out.
Very confusing terrain. We in New England just don't have depressions that are multiple contours (20+m) deep. In theory, it should be possible to be in contact with the large depression that you're on the edge of, and contour around without falling to the bottom of it, keeping track of your position around its edge all the while. In practice, this is a skill I can't do yet, among wet, featureless woods.
Looking at Daniel's (Yellow) map, I noticed his clues obscured a slightly different part of this yellow (open) portion of the map. They showed a couple of strips of dark green inside the yellow. Incredible as it seemed, I wondered whether I had gotten mis-oriented and run into one of these strips of dark green.
After making the Quickroute combination of the map-scan + GPS track, I learned I was nowhere near those green strips. I was in the area mapped as solid yellow, in which there were significant vegetation features that should have been mapped.
Did this map have any updates made at all in the last 10 years?