Walking19:08 1.2 km (15:57 / km) +18m14:50 / km ahr:104 max:117 shoes: 2019 VJ Falcon 6.5 scot
Parking to start of Adv 1 UsynligO course designed by Greg A. Mid 40s and sunny. Rocky and sometimes eroded due to heavy four-wheel ATV use.
Orienteering1:27:41*** 3.87 km (22:39 / km) +56m21:07 / km ahr:106 max:152 spiked:12/13c shoes: 2019 VJ Falcon 6.5 scot
UsynligO course at Stafford Meadows, Montage Mountain near Scranton (thanks, Greg!), Adv 1, 3.3 km.
Nice area with good visibility, but tough footing (ankles of steel needed!). I taped my ankles *and* took a hiking pole today to make keeping my balance easier.
There was abundant blueberry, from knee to waist high in places; and less abundant greenbriar (mostly in nominally wet areas mapped as marshes (but dry now), plus scattered smallish scrubby oaks and pines (I did also notice one hemlock). Rocky underfoot in many places (though not as much as at Stony Run!) so I was glad to have the hiking pole there. Rock features were mostly well-mapped, though in some cases the tone played when I wasn't near any outstanding rock.
I liked the hilltop control (#10, I think), from which I could see well across the valley. I approached from below the large cliff line, but the view might be even better from above the cliffs. I dropped down to the trail in a rocky but passable area and only later noticed a distinct trail a bit to the north in the terrain (do the ATVs go up there???) and on the map.
Walking21:19 1.29 km (16:28 / km) +31m14:42 / km ahr:105 max:135 shoes: 2019 VJ Falcon 6.5 scot
Walk back to parking, taking a slightly different route (less used so less rocky).