So, my run today. I think I'll play a little game. I haven't looked at the map since I ran other than a few seconds looking at where Gail's Brown course. The game is to see how well I remember things, which will indicate how much I was paying attention. So I'll write the commentary, and then go add the map segments. We'll see....
#1. Around the pond, headed up the hill SW, over a little spur, up past the top of a reentrant, turned right a little, climbing straight up, past a little knoll on the left, first plan was to head right up to the top of the ridge, then turn left and over the long knoll to the saddle, but cut the corner a little when the terrain became clear. Score on a scale of 1 to 10: 10
#2. SE, dropping a little, past a depression on the right, across a flattish area, heading for a ridge that had several knolls on it, plus a sharp drop-off on the right side. Over one knoll on the right side, then another a little left, then another back a little right, then down the hill almost to the bottom to the little reentrant. Score: 10
#3. Still SE, a little swing to the right to avoid climbing some of a cross-spur, then through some meandering terrain, not quite sure exactly where I was, hit the cross trail, right where it was depressed a bit, high ground ahead on the right. So I was a little right of the line, up the hill, a little right of E, across the north-facing slope to the control. Score: 9
#4. Just right of north, generally downhill, along the left side of a spur, picked up a vague trail. Came out at the bigger trail by the SW corner of the marsh. Along the west edge, around the corner, and then a little right of north over the high ground and down to the control on a left-sloping spur. Score: quite a bit of hesitation, but still 10
#5. East, drop down to the lowlands, cross the stream, along the bottom of the ridge, east than more south. Cross the trail, climb a little too soon so have to traverse a bit to get on the main hill, then up and over the top and down to the control. Score: 8
#6. Down the hill SE, cross the trail, through the saddle and down a little more, pick up the small trail, past the first immediate reentrant on the left, another 100 meters, up the next reentrant and then turn right and up to the point. Score: 10+
#7. Due north, high ground, a couple rolls, down a slope, cross a small trail, across some flat terrain, cross a bigger trail, figure I'm pretty close to the line, also figure it will be easier to tell if I go a little farther. Keep going, small depression, see where I am, down, along bottom of a hillside going up on the left, and then just right of north to the control. Score 8 (too much uncertainty)
#8. People around, left too quickly, didn't read map well, heading NW to flattish area with boundary. Went down a bit, rough woods, not reading map any more, reached flattish area heading WNW, no sign of boundary, didn't see that I was farther south in flat area with lots of green. Reached the end of that, saw trail, hmmm. Found out from Charlie where we are. Head north, through some thick stuff, up to more open forest, then down a reentrant to the control. Yikes. Score: 0, just exactly what I was trying to avoid.
#9. Back up the hill, due west across the flats to the sharp spur heading down, SW, past a depression on the left, angled right along the contour to large trail, then straight across it, up over broad knoll and down, a little right of S to control. Score: 10+ (totally in control)
10. Up a little left of north, through a shallow saddle, down across the large trail, across the marsh very careful on the compass, a little left of north, the control popped up right in front of me, nice. Score: 10 (plus lucky).
11. NW, short leg, pit, across the trail, on compass but not reading the surrounding terrain idiot!), saw control off to the left, not mine, on well, relocated, went back and got mine. Score: 0-
12. Safe route, back to the trail, to the start of the clearing, and then back into the woods to the right. Score: 10
13. Back out to the trail, to the last control. And then the finish.
Overall, most of the course was very good, but two times still just winging it. Damn.
Guess as to climb -- 150 meters (98 advertised).
So now I'll go post the map and insert above. Note that all the white woods have a yellow tinge. Very little actual yellow on the map....
And how'd I do? Pretty good. And I figure I climbed 160 meters. So certainly paying attention better. Just need to do it the whole time tomorrow.