Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, April 18, 2005

How about that old map


April 15, 1984, I ran a meet at a place called Rudolph Bennitt. I think that was the last time the park was used for orienteering.

April 15, 2005, I returned to the park with my 21 year old map.

I'd remembered Rudolph Bennitt as being a nice area to orienteer and the map as being good. I wondered if it had help up all these years (Mike Meenehan made the map in 1978). I've been meaning to drive to the park and check it out for a couple of years now. But, it is a good two hour drive and I'd never gotten around to it. The drive to St Louis seemed like the perfect opportunity for a quick visit.

I was sure the area would have changed. There would be some new trails. Some old trails would have disappeared. Would the forest be thick with undergrowth? Maybe the park had been heavily developed? Maybe the entire area was logged?

The biggest question mark was the contours. Would contours drawn in 1978 be any good? My memory (and my notes from the 1984 event) suggest that the contours were good.

I was pleasantly suprised. The area doesn't seem to have changed much. The forest is mostly quite runnable (not as nice as Knob Noster, but nicer than most of the terrain around Kansas City). The contours are decent.

The 1978 map would make a good basemap for an updated orienteering map. With some careful course setting and a few map corrections, I think the map could be used as is.

Take a look at a small portion of the map below.

posted by Michael | 8:01 PM


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