... 1:15,000 !!
Across the marsh to 3 has to be good, but approaching the control from the south (a little further east) should be faster - that bike trail wasn't on the map when the leg was planned.
When I did 5->6 I exited 5 SW, and it went pretty smoothly after the first descent. Even on an offset printed map it's a hard leg to read, must be near impossible racing on laser.
Interesting you went up the hill to meet the bike trail to 7.
Nice job at the announcements afterwards, made me look like a bumbling fool in comparison.
A lot of the time my XXX-routes (where XXX = whatever the term is for someplace between micro and macro) were done in 100-200 meter segments, just a mixture of handrails and catching features, with the most useful features being the big hills/cliffs, and the next most useful the marshes. So my routes were a little less efficient than they might have been because I was erring on the side of safety.
Bumbling fool? No way, the whole event, start to finish, was brilliant.
Right! Excellent meet, Neil.
I remember that map, and that meet, well. It was my very first A-meet.
I ran Orange. I remember it as outstanding terrain, an outstanding map, and an outstanding Orange course. Virtually every control had an optimum route that was relatively direct but involved quite a bit of off-trail navigation, and an alternate route that was more round-about, but much more on trails, taking you fairly close to the control with a nice attack point. So a well-skilled person could go direct and save time, while a less-skilled person could take a safer route, taking more time than the skilled person, but probably not go too far astray.
I'm not sure who the course setter was, but major congratulations to him or her.