Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
5 random thoughts on night orienteeringThe local night orienteering season is underway. Here are a few random thoughts about night orienteering:
Night O' is fun Finding a control -- especially a tough one -- at night is a blast. It still seems amazing that you can navigate to a tough control at night.
Night O' is good training Because you've got to be careful and have good technique, night O' is a good way to practice. You can't get away with sloppy navigation. Losing contact costs a lot of time because it is difficult to relocate. I find it easier to run hard (say within 5 beats per minute of my racing heart rate) when I'm doing night O'.
Headlamps are cool My absolute favorite piece of O' gear is my Silva headlamp. I bought it in 1989 in Lund and it has served me well ever since. As far as I know there aren't any US O' headlamp distributors. A few years ago a place in Texas was selling Mila lamps, but they don't seem to be around anymore. Bicycling lights are a reasonable substitute. Gene uses a Niterider lamp he picked up at a bike shop.
PTOC's night O' drew a decent crowd PTOC hosted a night O' on Saturday and got 30+ people. That's not a huge crowd, but I expected they'd get more like a dozen people. I'm hoping PTOC will make night O' a regular part of their meet schedule.
Ok, so that's only four thoughts, but it is time to stop writing, post this text, sit in front of the TV and watch the Jayhawks play basketball. posted by Michael | 7:05 PM
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