Shawnee Extreme Rogaine in Ohio's Shawnee State Park with Heather B. We had been looking for a rogaine to try together all season, but this was the only one on the calendar that worked. Sucks that it happened to be the same weekend as Raid the Hammer though (which I missed out on last year as well), sounds like we missed a good one!
We went into this race knowing that it would be a little sketchy - the website had indicated that we would be working from a 1:24,000 topo with very few of the park's trails shown, and that we would have to supplement it with two State Park maps - one of which showed the contours in tremendous detail but no trails (http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/18/forests/pdf/...
*warning* it's 6MB in size), and one which showed all of the trails but no features. Heather went to great lengths to print a full 2'x3' copy of the former onto which she plotted all the trails, but in the final weeks, we were told that the organizers had somehow added "most" of the trails onto the race topo's. We would later find that there were some significant details missing and that the trail plotting wasn't overly accurate - um..."part of the adventure" I guess?
We had fun with it though, hitting 27 of the 32 controls - four of which we dropped, and one we just couldn't find in the dark. Only two really costly nav bobbles - one for which I'll take the blame, the other on which I blame the mapping errors. One CP at a bridge we had to visit a second time on the return route, as we hadn't been able to find the control on the first visit. We were told by the guy who placed it later on "yeah, I stuck it up in the rafters under the bridge behind one of the pillars - didn't they tell you that in the briefing?" (groan...)
The temperature in southern Ohio was hitting the low 20's all week, and it only got down to around 7 at night, so we didn't need half of the extra clothes that we overpacked on. Rogaining in only 11 hours of daylight was kind of unique - really happy to have had the Ay-Ups! Generally a good experience, and I would highly recommend the Shawnee Park Lodge as a great getaway destination - I can only imagine how beautiful it would have been there during fall colour season.