Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

A few words on the relay champs


I need to write something about last weekend's races in Idaho. I should. But, I'm afraid I don't have a very constructive attitude right now. So, I'll just quote a few other people...

Here is what the meet officials said about one of the maps:

While it is not a shining example of the mapper's art, in broad the map represents the area well, if a bit generally....As long as one doesn't try to read too much into the contours, they are accurate....

The meet officials were describing what I would consider the best of the three maps we ran on.

Kenny Walker wrote:

The area was nice to run through, but the map wasn't especially good. They used USGS DEM data to generate 5m contours, thereby creating a base map less accurate than USGS topos (if you can imagine that)...

...I guess I should be glad I didn't lose as much time as others at the infamously mislocated 1-ft boulder control.

Without getting into the details, I'll just say I was disappointed in the quality of the event. In my mind, this was easily the worst U.S. Championship event I've attended. Putting it behind me will be difficult but constructive. I'm looking forward to next year's relay champs, where ever they may be.

posted by Michael | 12:45 PM


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