Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Yesterday's first race


Check out the map from yesterday's first race.

A few comments:

Lake Jacomo is one of the areas that was hit hardest by last year's ice storm. The heavy ice brought down a lot of branches and trees. The deadfall makes the orienteering tough.

I drew my route with dotted lines where the deadfall was heaviest. In those areas my routes zig-zagged a lot as I picked my way through the deadfall.

Before I started, Eric S. and Dick N. finished and complained about rough woods. When I went out I was prepared for the worst. That helped. When I came into rough areas, I didn't worry. I didn't get stressed. If I'd gone out expecting nice forest (the white forest on the west side of the map used to be some of the most open forest around), I might have let the rough woods get me down.

By the time I'd made it to the fourth control, I realized that running on the top of hills was a lot better than running along the sides of hills. The flat areas had just as much deadfall, but it was a lot easier to weave through the deadfall on a flat area than on a hill side or in the bottom of a reentrant. My route to seven reflects my strategy of staying off the hillsides and out of the bottom of reentrants.

posted by Michael | 10:21 AM


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