Orienteering race (Brown) 42:11*** 2.89 km (14:36 / km) +57m13:18 / km ahr:125 max:155 spiked:9/9c shoes: 2017 Inov8 ArcticClaw 300
Brown national ranking course, middle distance, at Ansonia Nature Center in CT. Beautiful woods here, as always, save for some small sections of barberry near wetlands, mostly avoidable. 2.5 km, 1:7500 map upper 30s and sunny.
No problems finding the controls when I was close, but on routes in between on the longer legs (2 and 4) I was sometimes unsure where I was.
Leaving #1 I followed the stone wall for a ways and then crossed the water at what I hoped was the narrowest point of barberry, and shortly thereafter hit a trail which I took toward the left. What I hadn't realized is that there was a trail S of the fenced area that made a turn; I could and did jog a bit. When I hit the junction (I was expecting a Y) there was a control nearby and I realized it was on a feature ENE of where I expected to be, and then I knew exactly where I was and continued along to the correct Y jct before turning in the direction of the control. A bit of extra distance and uncertainty en route.
Leaving 3 I intended to head mostly due north reading the features and while I went where I intended, the mapped green wasn't as prominent as I expected so I wasn't quite sure where I crossed it, but ended up south of the feature-covered hill hoping that's where I actually was. Sure enough, after passing east of the hill I turned NW and found the boulder. Hesitant travel but otherwise okay on this leg.
The rest was pretty straightforward and fun. On the trail between #7 and 8, I saw two fellows pulling something behind them; turned out to be a cart with a (presumably dead) deer in it... it's bow hunting season.
I think a map correction needs to be made S of #1 (outside the circle) where there's a narrow line crossing a reentrant...it's not a trail and not a cliff, but there *is* a short (20m?) stone wall in the terrain that crosses that reentrant and continues to the next, S of the mapped cliff. (Also--this didn't affect me--there's an odd hockey-stick-shaped line west of Brown #7...what is that?)
#5th on Brown when we left, a couple minutes behind Charlie. Don't plan to do the chase start tomorrow, and maybe will do a longer course at Mountain Lakes just to enjoy those woods.