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Training Log Archive: sherpes

In the 7 days ending Mar 22, 2014:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Orienteering2 7:00:05 24.32(17:16) 39.14(10:44) 60012 /12c100%
  Total2 7:00:05 24.32(17:16) 39.14(10:44) 60012 /12c100%

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Saturday Mar 22, 2014 #

10 AM

Orienteering (setting checkpoints) 7:00:00 [3] 15.0 km (28:00 / km) +300m 25:27 / km
shoes: Salomon XA 3D Ultra2 GTX

Second day setting Raccoongaine controls. Not as cold as the previous day. Found the nice evergreen boundary and placed a control there. Placed another one on this pine forest boundary, which, after seeing the results, was the least visited control. Too bad, I liked this deep pine forest, so dark and mysterious. Then, concentrated on the four controls along the stream flowing from North to South, and placed a control right on the creek. Notice the speck of orange in the middle of the image. One interesting location is this acute angle corner of a farmer's field. A square cement block is placed there, marking the park boundary. In looking for a crossing point across the creek, all I could think is good beaver. One of the spookiest locations in the park are three places with a pair of sacrificial altar or ceremonial flame cairns that were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). And one of my favorite man-made features in the park is this rectangular-base pyramid of sorts, on a shallow hilltop, completely surrounded by shiggy, as shown in this 360-degree rotating video. On the corner of a marshy semi-open ground, hung the flag 2 m above ground for easy visibility, why give a hard time for something that was worth only 20 points. And the last control, placing it felt really good. Now its time to party.

Friday Mar 21, 2014 #

11 AM

Orienteering (setting checkpoints) 5 [2] ** 15.0 mi ( / mi) +300m / mi
spiked:12/12c shoes: Salomon XA 3D Ultra2 GTX

Met the Raccoongaine registrar at the HQ of the Raccoon Creek State Park on Route 18, and left my vehicle in the parking lot, to walk East and with the intent of setting the event controls North and South of the lake.

Incredibly, it started snowing. Luckily, my footwear was presumably waterproof, being lined with Gore-Tex.

My intent was to go 63-64-74-75-65-53, but with snow cover, lost the trail going from 63 to 64, and not having a compass (doh!), relied on terrain features for orienteering myself. Avoiding the green, somehow I ended up at the man-made feature halfway between 63 and 53. At that point, changed my plans and went to 53 and placed the control on the edge of the lake, while thinking "they are gonna love this..."

Then contoured the lake shore using the easy trail, and then reached 65. Dave Battista was the vetter, and he validated the location, and the ribbon was still there. Somehow, the Finnish competitor, Mikko Berg, did not find the control, but found an area with rocky ground.

Near 74, a large tree bridged high across the steep ravine, and wondered if I was going to see it again as a photo on Facebook with team Polish&Blondish balancing across wearing Vibram Five Fingers.

After 75, it was senseless to return West, and continued East instead, out of the map, and East of the dam. Connected with the map area south of the lake, and wondered if any competitor was going to try the same.

On the south part of the lake, my sequence was 76-77-51-52-49-50. I had planned to include 45-37-38-30, but by the time I got to 50, it was 4:15 PM, and had to get back to the North Side of Pittsburgh where the BreadWorks factory is located, and purchase 15 large loafs of Rustic Sour Dough at half-price (5:30 to 6:00 PM only).

By the time I returned to the bridge that started the day, the snow was all gone, and took a comparison photo.

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