Hiking hills 22:31  0.8 mi (28:09 / mi) +139m 18:17 / mi
shoes: Saucony Shadow 6000 #6 - H
Glen and I went to Moreau for a little orienteering exercise before next weekend's challenges. The weather was really pleasant, low 80s and no excessive humidity. Talked in the parking lot to a couple who were planning trail races to be held there on Sept 11 (~5k and 15k), which we'll miss but maybe other locals might try?
While changing I realized I didn't have my trail shoes. I didn't have to go in sandals, though, as I did have my regular sneakers. Just needed to avoid the wet parts of the marshes.
Packed lunch and extra water in a small backpack which we stashed up the hill, then ran/walked the O course that Glen drew. Partway up the climb to the start point, I realized I didn't have my compass, either! But I decided the map is so awesome and the sun bright enough that I could orienteer without it. I was going to try to do bearing/straight-line practice but ended up doing precision navigation so I always knew where I was (didn't go as fast as I might have otherwise, either).
EDIT: Added FR track. Glen noted this was pretty close to optimal "model" training for next week -- a Mark map, with lots of detail, made from Lidar (and under time pressure). :-)
Orienteering 1:01:13  **** 3.23 km (18:55 / km) +68m 17:07 / km
spiked:7/9c shoes: Saucony Shadow 6000 8.5 #4-Y
Orienteering practice, designed by Glen; no streamers (he said he set up a couple of stick tripods, though I didn't see them). Original plan was to go as straight as possible, but without a compass, I decided accuracy was more important. I didn't have the magnifier on the compass either, just my glasses, so went slow enough to be able to stay in good contact and see what I needed to. I was very proud of myself to 1 and 2 and decided I'd be okay, but I couldn't really run much at all.
I was avoiding marshes to keep my shoes dry but read features along side of them and moved along well. A lot of stuff going on around 4, and I think I hit the right spot; on 5 I went too far and on correcting, thought I was headed for the spur with the dot knoll and cliffs on both sides, so I'm not sure I was in the reentrant at the circle's center. I'd planned to be out about an hour and was already to 25 minutes at 5, so decided to skip from 6 to 11. Fine, navigationally. I figured Glen might catch up to me somewhere between 11 and 12 (my 7th and 8th controls) and he did, just short of the hill with the cliff. Fine to the last control and then in, but slow to check and make sure I was at the right spot.
Good practice, especially without the compass/magnifier! This is such a nice map and area. I might post the map/route later.
A few mosquitoes (some of which didn't survive the day) and maybe one or two DFs.
Back to our packs to have sandwiches before part 3.