Orienteering (Foot) 47:13  **** 3.38 mi (13:58 / mi) +82m 12:59 / mi
spiked:14/14c slept:6.5 weight:193.5lbs
Serpentine Barrens Conservation Park, MD. After getting others going on a training event that I'd organized on Martin Luther King Day, I took up part of a course I'd set, rather than stand around in the cold. It was in the upper 20s F and there was a breeze going. This is the first time I got to run a leg on this new map that I'd been making. The map is getting nearly complete but there's a small area to field check still, and then there are some areas to go over a second time. I enjoyed actually running here. I'd forgotten to wear my eyeglasses but I knew the map pretty well and could read enough of it to navigate successfully without errors. The training focused on point feature navigation. There were a few times that I drifted but was able to correct myself.
I got good feedback on the map. People didn't seem to mind running around in an area that I call the thorn maze. They took it slow enough to use the corridors and told me that they matched-up well. A few people cut across thorny areas that I'd mapped as fight. I didn't use the low vegetation symbol for these areas since with slash, one would not be able to pickout the corridors well enough. Some feedback was about the contour interval and in one area, Peggy said I needed a formline. Many appreciated the ditches that I'd added though at least one person indicated that some of them could be linear marshes instead. Running the course and seeing the many boulders that I'd mapped, many did seem small and were difficult to observe in the field. It was a fun day--a bunch of those who came had lunch together.