Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Some MTB Orienteering notes
I've learned a few things about mountain bike orienteering and figured I ought to write those things down:
1. I expected that finding my position on the map when it wasn't in my hand would be difficult. I'm used to orienteering with a map in my hand. Using a map on a board on the handlebars seemed tricky. But, it isn't very difficult. And it is an easy skill to train and practice. And there are a few tricks that make it easier.*
2. I need to get some feedback on my mapping. I've made distinctions based on the speed and rideability of trails. I've been consistent, but I'm not sure I've got it right.
3. I'm not a very good mountain bike rider. I have a hard time paying attention to anything other than the trail in front of me. I don't get a good picture of the terrain around me because I'm picking out rocks and roots on the trail and not looking up and around. But an advantage of being bad at something is you can see improvement quickly.
4. The MTB O' mapping standards seem to work well.
* Having written that, I have almost guaranteed that I will have a major error the next time I do a MTB O' course because I lose track of where I am on the map. As soon as you decide something is easy, you're bound to screw it up.
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