Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Race at Monkey Mountain


I raced at Monkey Mountain today. Check out my map and routes.

I was fairly happy with my race. I concentrated well, even after spending a couple of minutes looking for 5 before going on. It turns out "the control bag thief" struck; the marker, which was placed in the morning, was stolen by about noon. My legs felt stronger than they've felt in a while. I was a bit surprised because I'd put in a lot of hills yesterday.

Monkey Mountain is an area Possum Trot O' Club has been using for years and years. The newest revision of the map is the best by far. Dick L., the fieldchecker, has finally gotten the contours in reasonable shape. The area has a lot of vegetation detail and Dick is the master at mapping vague, but thick, KC-area vegetation. The course setter made good use of the terrain and map -- giving us some variety and avoiding the thickest vegetation.

I remember seeing a list of O' maps with interesting names. Monkey Mountain is a good name. It probably wouldn't make the top ten, but it is quite good. I wonder why the park is called Monkey Mountain?

And a real highlight of the run was finishing in time to listen to the last 7 minutes of the Jayhawk basketball game. Kansas won it on a basket with 2 seconds left. Sweet.

posted by Michael | 8:12 PM


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