Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Taking risks


Peter wrote:

Orienteering often comes down to choosing the right tactics. Sometimes the best tactic is being careful, sometimes it's taking risks, sometimes it's just hoping to be lucky. And since it's usually not a head-to-head competition, you don't find out until afterwards if you made the right choices.

In theory, I agree with Peter. In practice, I don't think fast enough to make many on-the-fly decisions. It is hard enough for me to pay attention to what I'm doing.

On the rare occasions when I take a calculated risk, it is usually when navigating to a control is difficult, but there is a decent feature just behind the control. Like control 13 on the map below.

My approach to control 13 was to head in the right direction, look for the flag and thicket, and be prepared to run by the control and relocated at top of the reentrant if I missed the control. It turned out ok - I saw the flag.

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posted by Michael | 7:22 PM


Do you try to keep track of if you miss right or left and by how far? For example, in this case, how many meters right or left would you have missed the flag?

I had the control a little south of your 13, and my bearing into it missed left about 25 or 30m. At the time, I chalked it up to a reasonable amount of miss. It was right at my upper limit of "reasonableness" though. I felt lucky that I didn't lose any time.

I don't keep track of if I miss left or right or by how much. But, for the specific example, I was to the right (which was intentional) and saw the control maybe 50 meters off the line I was running.
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