Mountleader Wood & Claragh Mountain
No idea the last BOC event I went to that wasn't MOC/IOC, maybe a decade or more!
But decided to do some orienteering on an unfamiliar map. I had run here once before, map originally done in 1997 so possibly was there before 2000. My only memory of the open mountain is bad weather and I don't think I finished.
The forest starting out was lovely, proper runnable white. The light green forest was ok to but the darker green where a few controls were not so runnable.
Got 1 ok and was happy approaching 2 when I passed between the solid green areas. Used the gate as an attackpoint for 3 and just ducked into and out of the green for 4. Went around the path to 5. Slightly high on 7. 8 I found a tough slog when I started climbing, and more of that to come.
10 was another tough climb, had Dan McDonnell in front of me up the hill so a target to help locate the control. More climb to 11 and then onto the mountain proper.
Got 12 more or less spot on, contoured around through the heather after leaving the path. Not the most runnable so went up to come back down then for 13. Very vague in the area, found, not accurately though so some time lost. Leaving 14 I cut across to the lower path, heather maybe slightly more runnable than the other side of the hill but I did have gravity on my side here.
Had worked out 15 when climbing the mountain earlier. The map in the centre of the circle for 16 had rubbed in the plastic bag so missing a bit of detail. Got the control ok.
Then 17 was my worst control. Didn't read the contours correctly so maybe 30 seconds lost initially once i'd figured out the lay of the land, then found the crag but didn't see the control hanging on the other side of a tree from the direction I was looking, training kites. So moved off before coming back and finally seeing it. Probably 2-3 minutes in total here.
18 i'd been to already and came back around the path to 19. Wasn't that accurate to 20 but map might be slightly different in terms of vegetation, thought I was at the corner of the white but based on the GPS I wasn't. Maybe 1 minute here.
Was ok to the finish then, straightforward enough. Should probably change the total controls to 23 rather than 22 as the last control was definitely a navigate to finish.
Good to run somewhere different. A good bit of climb on the course which I didn't feel great on, ok maybe up to 12, but to 8, 10 and 11 I found it tougher.
I probably won't leave it another decade before my next BOC event.