Trekking (Orienteering) 6:00:00  30.0 km (12:00 / km)
shoes: Altra Lone Peak 2.0
Onto the expected crux of the race... Had a logical route choice, hit CP10 with no problem but on route to CP11 were passed by Pulling Foot. At this point I also think the early race fast pace and lack of nutrition (due to the pace) was catching up. Logie, Hansel and myself were all not moving very quick and we'd relinquished the lead for the first time in the race so it was a bit of a morale downer. At this point I'd also realized the bearing I had been following was not the correct one, it was the 'next' bearing I was supposed to take after hitting a landmark. While not too far off (20 degrees), it was enough to push us too far north and into the wet region we wanted to avoid in our intended southerly route. We corrected our bearing but matching features to our top map was very difficult and while I was pretty sure I knew where we were, I certainly wasn't positive. Near CP11 hoping we were at where I thought we were we made the plunge into the freezing bog to cross a wetland creek; much to Logie's dismay. Fortunately there was enough light that we dried up before dark so it wasn't all that bad.
We eventually made it to CP11, a very welcome oasis where we found the friendly 'Bent and Goose with warm soup and hot chocolate! I was so happy we found the CP but had lost almost 40mins to Pulling Foot in the process (however were also informed they had been assessed a 1hr penalty for missing jersey). After some quick nourishment we set off to the Moon River and the next TA. We were bolstered to have some warm liquid and now "back on the map" (knowing where we were) and moved really well from here to the end; running a lot of game trails and eventually out to the trails/roads/portages that parallel the Moon River. We hit the TA just after dark and narrowly missing Pulling Foot.