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activity # timemileskm+m
  orienteering1 1:21:19 4.35(18:42) 7.0(11:37)
  Total1 1:21:19 4.35(18:42) 7.0(11:37)

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Sunday Jun 9 #

10 AM

orienteering race (SA Long Broccoli Hill) 1:21:19 [3] 7.0 km (11:37 / km)
shoes: Inov8 OROC 270 blue/orange

Now that Cantara’s no longer useable, this is probably the most technically difficult map in SA, and I have loved it ever since controlling the state champs here for its inaugural use in 2005. So I was very much looking forward today’s course with a stated goal of minimising navigational error and the unspoken goal of Blair beating me by a lesser value than he did last year in the Flinders Ranges (we agreed that he was unlikely to catch me the full 26 minutes on the start list). Both aims were achieved, and the only M45 who came through me was Greg Morcom who had started 12 minutes behind, and we overshot control 13 together but he worked it out and went back up the hill sooner than I did. So that was about a minute lost and my main other inefficiencies were on route choice through vs around the green - mostly thickets of mallee and with their precise boundaries lovingly mapped by David Winters who had also set today’s courses. Only once did I nearly do a 90-degree error over a ridge line into the wrong basin, but my index of suspicion for such an incidence was high and so I was smart enough to stand on the ridge and figure it out before descending.

It was great to have a 1:7500 map with every layered limestone outcrop clearly identifiable, but an extra degree of difficulty was added when control collecting (I volunteered because I genuinely couldn’t think of anything else I would rather be doing than spending more time on this map, and it gave patient Geoffrey a chance for some 4WDing) by being given a snippet of 1:10 000 with no control descriptions…I was especially keen to go to the derelict abandoned pine forest section in the north, but did womble around in there a bit as it became dimmer under the trees! Got back to Lincoln in time to scrub up for a pleasant sociable dinner at the Marina Hotel, but did not have the energy to go out looking for bioluminescent plankton afterwards.

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