I wonder if it was that same 80-pointer we finally gave up on as well...
I'm dying to know Bent, who were the winners?
Vlad and Vadim (aka Speedy) took the overall win. I raced with a buddy from Victoria who had never done anything like this before. Pushed him hard at a pace that would have done the trick last year, but not this year. He did an amazing job for his first try at something over 6hrs duration and we finished third. You would have loved it Pither, as this time the orienteering skills were just as important as the endurance.
'Bent - nice job, too bad about Jamie's ITB. Yes, even in daylight pacing and precise compass work were key.
It was #805, the 80-point veg boundary in the northwest part of the map. Backwoods Girl and I found it in daylight. There wasn't much to lead you to the right spot, so we started up a re-entrant heading in the right direction from the road, then we took a bearing and walked another 120' up the hill. Then in daylight, once we were in the right area, it was possible to see a significant change in the forest along the south side of the boundary. (I don't remember noticing this change as we crossed the boundary from the east.) Then we followed the boundary west to the control. At the time, we commented that it would have been very difficult to find in the dark. Although we found other controls that were specified as vegetation boundaries, I think that's the only one where we actually noticed the vegetation change. The other VB controls had other features to guide us in, luckily.
We knew it would be a hard one in the dark, so we took a bearing from the water control and pace counted, with 2 of us independently doing bearing and pace. Nothing, after a lot of surveying the area.
We then went back and took another bearing from the open area, about 90 degrees from the first one. Independent pace and bearing again, and ended up at the same gully and fallen tree, but no CP. Oh well, it was the miss on the easy CP in daylight that bothered me more.
We got all the other Vegetation Boundary CPs we looked for, but few were very obvious.
As for 3Pin's ITB- We could have gone a fair bit faster, but smarter would be better.