Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Today's training at Knob NosterI spent some time today working on simplifying and seeing the structure of the terrain. When my orienteering is rusty - as it is now - I often make legs more difficult then they are because I don't see the overall structure of the terrain.
Today I was working on that. For some of the legs I spent a few seconds standing still and forcing myself to see the overall structure before I began running. Here is an example:
The control sits in a reentrant and there is a lot of contour detail you could read as you approach the control.
But if you see the bigger picture, the control is a lot easier.
The red lines on the map below are the rough contour shapes that outline the overall structure of the terrain around the control. By focusing on that structure, I was able to find the control without any trouble (my route is the blue line).
I hope that a bit of practice at seeing the terrain structure and simplifying controls will help sharpen my orienteering.
Mystery of the exploding shower door
I was sleeping soundly last night when I was awoken by a noise. It was loud and seemed to be quite near. I got out of bed and looked around. I didn't see anything, but I heard a crackling sound. It was coming from the bathroom.
I opened the door and saw small bits of glass all over the place. The glass was crackling. I have no idea how it happened, but one of the shower doors seems to have spontaneously exploded. Very strange and a bit scary.
A google search finds someone who had a similar experience (the photo looks a lot like the results of our shattered shower door).
Back to okansas.blogspot.com. posted by Michael | 7:12 PM
I happen to have some experience with this myself. I once worked at a millwork making custom doors and windows while I looked for work in my trade. One time I shattered a pane of tempered glass by knicking the edge of the glass with a small brad. The pane exploded and performed an impressive and well designed exit manuever from the window; just as it was designed to do. The small fragments left little to cut oneself on and left me red faced holding a brad gun.Post a Comment
Your glass must have settled in it's shower frame, knicking the edge and done it's own little exit manuever. Bummer.