Backside of Pawtuckaway from Reservation Rd. - years since I’d been there. Some uncertainty in finding correct parking and trail head, which was Mountain Tr. Did some 6 points from an old red course, no date on map. Did pretty good with the technical O. Was generally quite close to my previous route of which I had a vague recollection once or twice. Sorting boulders, big and little, was often difficult. Very impressive rock, including the south wall of South Mt.
Saw a couple walking on an unmapped trail- at least on my map. In the end, we met up 4 times - each time, I’d guess we'd likely not see each other again. By the 4th time, it was quite surprising. Open Topo Map shows the parallels in our route. They were on easy street. I was beating myself up in generally challenging terrain although there were a good number of low relief, generally rock-free areas. Mostly gorgeous woods.
I was reminded of how much of Pawtuckaway is not on the orienteering map. Forgot to restart watch at one point. Sat to rest twice. Needed water, snack etc. which I didn't have with me. Tired. Balanced challenged a good number of times but did not fall. Seemed pretty lonesome some of the time. It was quite the surprise when W barked at the most unexpected sighting of the two hikers on a trail that I was unaware of.
Came home mostly due west, including Deerfield Roads I’d never seen & than by Podunk. Seemed a cold day pretty much thru out with sun later.