Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Monday, June 14, 2004
Four months till TelemarkAbout four months to go before the U.S. Champs at Telemark, Wisconsin.
I spent a few minutes looking at the 1983 map of the area (above). The terrain is special. It'll be worth spending some time in the next four months thinking about the sort of problems we'll face at Telemark.
I'm not sure of the best way to orienteer at Telemark. Obviously, you don't want to get lost and have to relocate. Relocating won't be easy. Look at the map above and imagine you're standing at one of the gentle bends along one of the trails. It'd be hard to figure out exactly where you were unless you knew where you were. The countours look like they're subtle. That's another reason to stay in contact with the map.
The map is relatively easy to read. The competition map will be printed at 1:10,000. I expect that you'll be able to read the map without much trouble on the run. The part that'll be tricky will be recognizing up-and-down.
I should point out that some parts of the map have bigger contour features with a clearer pattern. The bit of the map shown above is some of the more difficult terrain on the map.
It has been about 20 years since I ran at Telemark. I don't really remember much about the terrain. I took notes when I ran there. But, I don't make much of those notes (I'd only been orienteering a couple of years and I'm not sure I trust what I wrote back then).
The U.S. Champs is in mid October. I wonder if the leaves will still be on the trees. I think they will. I wonder if the leaves will be turning yellow, orange and red. I think they will. Colored leaves in the forest will be another challenge, making it harder to see and harder to see the orange on a control flag. posted by Michael | 8:32 PM
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