Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

First part of the middle champs race


I posted the map with the first part of the red course from the middle champs below.

The race was at a place called Morgan Territory. Morgan Territory is east of San Francisco and a bit north of Livermore. The section of the map we used was quite nice.

The area we used was relatively flat. We didn't have any legs that required a lot of climb (though late in the course we had a big downhill run).

Visibility was good except for the green areas. As you can see, there aren't many green areas. I often saw the control from a decent distance despite the markers being hung low.

Footing was good in the rocky areas. I suspect that rocky areas on steep hillsides might be rough, but the rocky areas on top of hills was quite easy to run through. During the race I didn't notice the difference between boulders, rocky ground and boulder fields. That's not a complaint about the mapping. It was just that you didn't need to draw those distinctions are you orienteered.

The course was -- as advertised -- built around lots of short legs with direction changes. We didn't have any significant route choice problems (though there were lots of small route choices to make).

posted by Michael | 7:31 PM


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