orienteering race (Rawnsley Long OY) 2:04:51  10.0 km (12:29 / km) +315m 10:47 / km
shoes: Asics Nimbus 19
Still pretty warm this morning; somewhat overcast but also far windier than yesterday (I needed to stay inside the tent to tape my ankles!) and straight away from the start behind the bunkhouse in the Gap, I had to hold on to my hat to stop it from blowing away, and from thereon I could either do that or read my map, but not both simultaneously, so it was fairly slow going. I knew there would be a horrible leg up & over Ulowdna Range into the campground, but at least it was fairly early in the course and I decided to take a wider route to minimise climb, as I did also when coming back over the range, even though that added extra distance (and unfortunately led me into a wide-bearing parallel error). By halfway around, my knees were becoming really painful and so I walked the rest, which probably prevented me from overheating (plus I drank both the water I was carrying and the water allocated to me at controls, so that was 1L altogether) but the conditions really weren't pleasant...
From the saddle on high @Clem Corner it was very hazy looking south towards the Elder Range, and throughout the course the dust haze became thicker and thicker, until towards the end the Elders ceased to exist, and in fact by the time we got back to our campsite after the event, even the Pound Range and Rawnsley Bluff only 3km away were invisible and there was absolutely no point in going touristing, so we just spent the afternoon at camp, sweeping out the red dust from our tent and shaking dust off from absolutely everything - I think it may still be in my ears though. About 2 dozen big fat drops of dusty rain fell about 3pm and the sky cleared from red to white in a southeasterly direction almost as we watched, but over half the campers had already cleared out, possibly because their tents had collapsed in the gusty winds.