Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
First part of the middle champs raceI 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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