Orienteering race 47:20  3.4 km (13:55 / km) +90m 12:18 / km
shoes: Icebug olx 2nd
West Point Day 1. I loved the 1:7500 map from the minute I set out on it. The terrain features stood out like sentinels, and it was the first time I was able to navigate in this area with anything other than luck.
I went straight east leaving the start, and climbed the cliffs through the gap between the two little hills. Then squeezed past the upper cliff and went right to the control. AP has me losing a minute and a half there, but it must have been me just marveling at nature, as revealed in the map.
The only place I actually messed up was going to #3. I tried to pick up the little trail past the tip of the marsh, but never saw it, and then wandered without a plan, looking for the change in contours, when I suddenly realized I was in the open area and the taped-off bits were mapped as uncrossable. I had to backtrack a little, and the control was higher up the hill than I expected.
I made up for it on #4, climbing fast up the right edge of the cliff that extended down to the bottom of the valley, coming to the flat part where Carl M. and others were wandering with puzzled looks. The layout of the little rocky hills seemed clear to me, and the next big cliff confirmed it. I went around the right side of it, then crossed over to the left of the spur where the control was, as expected.
#8 was a bit of a head-scratcher, until I realized that it was down in the reentrant, a little hard to read on the map because of the rock markings.
This run was highly satisfying.