Orienteering race (Long) 2:08:01  **** 8.4 km (15:15 / km) +375m 12:28 / km
spiked:13/14c shoes: Jala Jukola Spider 6 #2
"Medium" mass start Farsta at Mt. Tom, starting at the pavilion at the top of the hill. (Short had a couple of butterfly wings; Medium and Long had a map exchange at the pavilion). Both legs of the Farsta went east into the gnarly hilly section between the main park road (E-W) and the (closed) road to Mt. Nonotuck to the NE. Glen and I both happened to have the same forkings (H then A), so it was easy to compare splits. :-)
I had people around to most of the controls (either going in or coming out) but I was pretty much on my navigation again. I think that was partly due to taking safer routes sometimes (using trails) rather than going straight. Only real problem was at the depression, #45; I crossed the ride and came up the reentrant but didn't go quite far enough and wandered a bit just outside the circle until I identified the ditch to the west of the depression and knew which way to go.
From S/F to the saddle, #31, I took the trail of the east side of the large clearing where the Mt. Tom Billygoat started and then contoured around after climbing past the spur east of the trail. Sandy and others took the road route which was longer but a much gentler climb -- I never saw that as an option, though. I did take the road back from the depression to the pond, and enjoyed the mostly downhill jog. I walked most of the rest, though, except on flat trails or on downhills.
H: 32-48-33-46-44-41-43-39 > 40
A: 31-33-34-44-45-47 > F
SL= 3.3 + 3.0 km, 180 + 145m climb