Orienteering 5:51:45  *** 23.49 km (14:58 / km) +531m 13:27 / km
spiked:24/33c shoes: VJ Falcons 4 (yellow)
Hickory Hop Rogaine, 6-hour solo. Shades of Death map with a map exchange, 25 controls on each map. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, small rocks, medium rocks, big rocks - all of it excellently mapped. Lots of bashing through green and lots of compass use but I got pretty good at reading light vs. medium vs. dark green and picking up subtle features. Found all the controls I tried for. Perfect weather - sunny, 50's - 60's and breezy.
Fell a couple of times, bruised my right thigh about 1.5 hours in and that was bothersome the rest of the day. Did 18 controls on the first map, 15 on the second, switching maps at just under the 3 hour point. Started to feel a bit of cramping just as I started the second map, so walked a lot more from then on.
Finished 3rd Veteran (50 - 64) and 13th overall in 6-hour solo category with 1880 points (2775 max possible).
Control order - 63,75,65,45,77,67,69,59,79,57,43,37,61,55,73,31,53,51,80,34,44,60,52,46, 50,64,48,70,62,38,78,54,40.
Excellent course and organization by Sandy Fillebrown and crew.