Red course at a local meet organized by Hudson Valley Orienteering (HVO) at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, NY. HVO had organized a local meet at this location in the fall of last year (2013). That meet in the fall was my first time orienteering after getting back from California.
This time I was in much better shape, both physically and mentally. The terrain at Blue Mountain is very technical and similar to the West Point terrain I had experienced back in April. Accordingly, here, as at West Point, it was very important to keep track of my precise location on the map at all times. In fact, I lost the most time when I did not keep track of my location and consequently had quite a bit of trouble re-locating. This happened when I was going to controls 4 and 8. The attackpoint.org
split calculations suggest that the time I lost on these two controls was 12 minutes and 22 seconds. If I hadn't lost that time, I would have been 5th out of the 21 finishers, instead of 9th.
Otherwise, I felt good navigating and moving through the woods, and enjoyed the course quite a bit. Thank you, HVO!