Orienteering 3:33:04  7.5 mi (28:25 / mi)
Blue: 24 controls, 9.8 km, 340 m
Actual Distance Traveled: 12.1 km
Actual Climb: 403 m
Unfortunately my Garmin froze up on me once again, after I got home. Because two of the buttons are no longer functioning I can no longer restart it manually. I have to wait until the battery runs out before I can restart the thing. From what I recall my actual distance traveled was about 7.4 miles, I'm not sure what the actual climb was.
It will probably more than a week, maybe two before the battery runs down and I can access the data.
Update [1/22/16]: Garmin ran out of juice five days after it froze up. I was able to retrieve the data from it and added it above.
It was cold. I was expecting it to be cold. I was expecting some snow flurries but I wasn't expecting it to come down quite as much as it did or last as long as it did. It seemed to snow from 1130-1400, in other words most of the time I spent in the woods. At first it wasn't too big a problem but over time I'm pretty sure it slowed me down a bit. It got on my glasses. It was made rocks and other smooth surfaces slippery. It also impaired my ability to see things at a distance because quite a bit of what I was seeing was the same color.
I was wearing two buffs, one on my head and another around my neck. If it wasn't for the snow I think I probably would have taken off at least one of the buffs within the first hour instead of wearing both of them for the entire time I was in the woods.
I got a little bit of help finding the 1/101. I was close to it but a little off course when I saw Mike S. run past me headed in the direction of 2/102. I wasn't positive he was also doing the blue course but he usually does so I headed back in the direction he came from and found it fairly quickly.
I don't recall anything too special about the next 3 controls. I found them all without any trouble or as much help as I got on the first one.
I crossed the north-south creek between 4 and 5 further south than I should have. At the time I was probably just a bit north of 22/125 although I didn't look for it or see it. I went through the dark green path before hitting the trail. I wasn't sure where I hit the trail. Hoping that I hit it in the right spot I crossed the trail and unsuccessfully looked for 5/105 for a few minutes. I eventually returned to the trail and using the compass and the map got a better idea of where I was exactly on the trail. My second attempt at leaving the trail and searching for 5/105 was successful.
6/106 was easy to find. 7/107 was well hidden but I got some help from another person who was ahead of me and also looking for it. 8/108 was also well hidden but I saw the same person who had led me to the previous control leaving this one about the same time I got in the area. There was a steep descent, followed by a steep ascent which made it a little more challenging than the previous control.
9/109 was easy to find. I took trails most of the way there. I started on the trail heading towards 10/110 but quickly abandoned it, turned west, and cut cross country down a steep hillside to a stream and then climbed up on another steep hillside to the top of the next hill. I then angled west-northwest until I found the control.
I headed more southwest than I meant to when heading towards 11/111 and hit the NW/SE trail further south than I wanted to. I figured that at that point the control was due west of me so I started heading that way instead of continuing SW. Just before I got to the control I encountered another person who was also looking for it. He got to it just before I did. I like to think that I was headed right towards it before I encountered him, although it was well hidden considering the direction I was coming from.
12/112 and 13/113 were fairly easy to find. 14/115 proved to be a little more challenging. I encountered someone else who was doing the blue course and was lost when I was about 2/3 of the way to the control. I didn't ask him which control he was looking for but I showed him where we were on the map. I was fairly confident based on the fact that I had crossed a creek very recently. After leaving him I decided to test my belief and went down the next re-entrant in search of 16/117, which I found fairly quickly. After that I turned SE and headed up hill and across a re-entrant before getting to 14/115. It helped that Craig S. got there at the same time as me.
Craig and I got to 15/116 about the same time. I was moving a little faster but I overshot by a little bit and had to double back. 16/117 was easy to find because I had already found it before.
Craig caught up to me once again when I was looking for 17/118. I must have veered a bit SW when I was heading towards it because I ended up having to turn east once I got to the creek before reaching the control.
18/119 and 19/120 weren't difficult to find although the trek to the latter was a bit longer. I cut more or less due south most of the way to 20/121. I counted the re-entrants as I cut through the green shaded area and turned west once I thought I had reached the correct one. My guess proved to be spot on.
I overshot 21/133 by a little bit and may have crossed into private property. It wasn't until I saw the road to the south and houses to the east that I put two and two together and figured out that the fence post I had passed was all that was left of the fence on the map.
I didn't have any trouble finding the last three controls or getting back to the finish box.
The snow got on my boots and soaked through them. By the time I finished the blue course my feet were cold, wet, and somewhat numb. My fingers suffered the same fate despite the fact that I was wearing my red QOC gloves.
I rested for about 5 minutes before heading back out for control pickup.