Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Some notes from yesterday's video


The graph shows how often I looked at the map during yesterday's training. LAM/min means "looks at the map per minute." I counted the looks while I was reviewing the GPS+video+map at Attackpoint. While I watched the video, I counted several things. I counted how often I looked at the map; how often I looked at the direction I'd leave each control on the way to the next; how often I fell down; and how often I was reading the map actively versus passively.*

The training was a bit unusual. The snow made it a lot slower to move. Since there aren't any controls out, I was a bit extra careful as I approached features that weren't point features. I wanted to make sure I was at the correct spot. For example, at the last control, I checked the map a couple of extra times to make sure I wasn't above or below the part of the feature I'd circled.

I won't draw any strong conclusions from the video and counting the things I was counting. I think I see some tendencies....like, I do a better job with "active" map reading when the terrain is smooth (e.g. in flat open forest). I also see to have an internal clock that reminds me to check the map, even if I don't really need to look at it.

*By "active" I mean looking at the map to pick out a feature I'd see in the future. By "passive" I mean seeing something in the terrain and looking at the map to check it off or, in a couple of cases, to see what it was.

An example of what I mean by "active" is on the video at about 13:15 to 13:20. I looked at the map to make sure I had a plan for what I'd be doing after I dropped down a couple of lines (2.5 meter contours on this map) at a point where the shape of the contours bends (which is where I am at about the 13:40 point in the video).

An example of what I mean by "passive" is on the video at about 16:05 to 16:10. I see the shape of a hillside off to my right, then look down at the map to see exactly which part of the hillside it is.

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