orienteering 1:14:05  3.01 mi (24:37 / mi) +555ft 20:57 / mi
weight:138lbs shoes: pegasus 6
Walked the BrownX course at Burnt Mountain in Hanover, 4.0 km beeline, 210m climb. Just wanted to see what things were like. No controls, of course, but I could always find a spot with the dirt scratched up enough to indicate that a control had been there.
Screwed up the control in the quarry big time (4-5 minutes?). Misread a trail, got off, took me longer to recover than it should have, but such things happen. Rest was OK, all done at a walk.
-- Terrain was steeper than expected.
-- Because of the bumpy nature of the forest floor (much of it mature hemlock), the contours are a little harder to decipher than in the forests near home.
-- Generally good to very good visibility.
-- Very interesting orienteering.
-- And one complaint: The map, even at 1:10,000, is too hard for my old eyes to read.
Enjoyed it mostly, but the butt was sore almost all the time and my back was getting sore by the end. And that was without falling down even once!
And, somehow, doing this sport at a walk, and even that somewhat of a struggle, with a map I can't read well enough to not have to stop a bunch of times to see what is really going on, well, it just isn't the orienteering I enjoyed for so many years.
At some point I was crossing a trail just as a mountain biker rode by, both of us moving rather slowly.
Are you orienteering?
How's it going?
Great, have fun.
(Whether his awareness of orienteering predated last weekend is unknown, but at least someone out there knows what we do.)