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Saturday Aug 28, 2021 #

Orienteering (rogaining) 5:52:17 [3]
shoes: Salomon Speedcross

Ellicottville 6-hour adventure run & walk (no "orienteering" or "rogaining" words in the official event name), near Salamanca, New York

Traveled from Pittsburgh at 6:10 AM and got there shortly before 10 AM. Staggered starts and not a mass start, due to the high temperatures, and thus participants were offered an early self-managed start time if they wished.

Control sequence:
21-8-24-36-3-2-23-22-36-34-14-33-32-31-17-25-40-39 (not found)-28-37-10-20 (not seen)

At the end, could not remember my start time (it was 10:33) and my GPS watch stopped recording sometime during the event and had to restart it, and thus the race time was not accurate. I made a guess and returned to the Finish, and once downloaded the results, it showed I still had 8 minutes left. Could have returned on my tracks to find 20 and also punch 7 had I known I still had time.

Overall, a very good day. Went in not to race competitively but to have a good time and enjoy Nature. Stopped in several spots in Rock City to take photographs and waited at one control for Yaki to show up so I could take a photo of him punching control 23 in the rocks.
Decided not to find the controls it the middle of the West map, 11, 13, 15, so I could have time to run to the West map and get some high pointers there.

From 17 to 25, my intention was to find 5, but could not see the trail off the dirt road, and ended up going too much uphill to retreat back down trying to recognize and find that trail.

Didn't see 20 because I was on the southern side of the creek descending from 10, and my mind was set to recognize a stream junction. Never saw it. It was some distance later that I realized I wasn't traveling East to West, but going South, and that is when I realized I screwed up, seeing up close in detail that 20 was located north of the stream junction in probably a spot that wasn't totally visible from a distance.

Never found 39, despite walking the creek bed going upstream. Theory is that the control flag fell down and went flat on the ground, under the cover of 2-feet high stinging nettles. Jackie and others of Buffalo-O said control pickup will see if that is what happened. Olga found 39 but it was a couple of hours before I was on that location.

Beautiful location, terrain, concept, and great hearts and minds by all those at Buffalo-O that enabled this event to happen.

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