Orienteering 2:22:31  9.3 mi (15:19 / mi) +455m 13:18 / mi
So, last time I went to O at Burnt Mountain was a couple weeks in to grad school. My orienteering was not good. Thierry won in 1:25 and I finished in nearly 4:00. (He beat everyone by 15 minutes, of course.) Way overtime. Lots of lost. No following.
But it's fun terrain, at least.
So this time, my goal was to get a t-shirt. How long could it be? How hard could it be? Oh, hard. Wet. Fun.
They gave us 20 minutes to get to the start which was a 4 minute walk, so lots of standing around. Finally they said go and I put my head down and ran with the pack up a trail. Follow to 1, up a hill, see who I can stay with. This worked well. I had barely any idea where I was, but I at least was with the leaders. I'd even checked the map, skips looked like 17 and 23.
Then to 2. Got there with the pack. As it was leaving, Wyatt said "is there a stick in my eye?" Well, yes, there was. About 1" long. It took me a couple of tries, I got it out, and he darted off. I ran off behind him, trying to maintain pack contact, except a) he was faster and b) I didn't want a stick in my eye. So I lost the pack.
It took me a minute to figure out the contours to 3 (oh, the actual hill) and then ran with Balter and some others to 4 and not a great route to 5 (but I think south was right). Punched there and 6 with Jimmy, then cut out to the upper trail to 7 with him, after some discussion if we should go to the lower one which another runner did. Good decision. Very bad execution. We somehow never found it, and ran parallel to it, down some big cliffs, and then finally found the lower trail, losing 8 minutes in the process. So now we caught Magnus and the Halls and ran 9-10-11 (overran 11) with them.
For 13 I ran the road and then in to the woods, which was just as fast, thej 14-15-16 with the pack. Jimmy and I almost skipped 17 (which would have been a good skip) and I led to 18. Everyone there was going right to 19, but the attack to 20 looked horrendous, with the Halls mumbling something about a plan. But that looked silly, so I went my own way.
Navigated pretty well to 19, a bit south and had to run up along the swamp (didn't want to go through) and fell and bashed my leg. Well, yay for long pants? Great run down to 20 and then didn't find the control in the circle (so many dot hills) and then on to 21. The map didn't show the impassable, brand-new beaver dam which was ankle deep, so my shoes were nice and soaked, and then ran 21-22 and bumbled my way to 24 (23 being a pretty mediocre skip) and the finish.
Turns out the pack went from 19 to 21, on a trail, which looked splendid, while I was bashing and falling and going through swamps. A good plan indeed, and worth about 10 minutes.
So, a couple of big mistakes, a bad skip, and some mediocre navigation. Plus a dog tick and some blood. But it was fun!