Orienteering 2:03:00 
Phoenix local meet at Coon Bluff. 2-hour score-o.
Seabass had to work last night, but since she's just a little bit crazy she wanted to come with me and spend the day in Phoenix... on only the sleep she managed to get on the drive up! She wasn't able to think very clearly when we got up there and thus wisely chose to go out on white and come back for a nap rather than deal with a score-o.
The Coon Bluff map was, I believe, GPHXO's first OCAD map. I ran there at night in 2003, first time they used it. At the time it was a relief to the eyes, basically a prettier version of a USGS topo. Previously they had only been using portions of 1:24 quads blown up to 1:15 and photocopied in B&W - serious crayola contour effect. Since that was several years ago I figured the map would be even better by now, so I was a bit disappointed when it looked the same. It turns out that they have done some minor updating. I guess there's only so much you can do with the quad as a base map, especially in terrain that doesn't have much except contour features.
Anyway, I ran around for two hours. No real strategy, though it went well for the first ~70 minutes, during which I nabbed 14 of my total of 19 controls, and 450/630 of my total points. Then I pretty much shut down - the sun (low 80's, middle of the day, no shade on the course) and the fact that I'd had no water got to me. I changed my plan to head to a water drop that was located five (5) contours above the nearest control, on top of a hill, and out of my way. It took me a long time to make that decision, and then once I got going I wasn't moving well and took a nasty spill. All spills are nasty in this terrain because you either land on a cactus or on a pile of granite cobbles. Tore a hole through my pants and my skin, and then got my water.
It didn't get better - screwed up 2 of the my last 4 and totally underestimated the time it would take to get back - so I was three minutes late and had to skip 2 more that I wanted to get on the way in. I guess I took off at a pace for 1 hour in the shade, not 2 hours in the (November) desert sun. When I got back I had a bit of an argument with the organizers about water placement. I feel that water doesn't belong on top of the biggest hill on the map, with no control nearby, and not on the way to any control. They feel (or felt) quite strongly that you absolutely can not put water at a control location because people standing there drinking would tip people off. Oh yeah, and also that that served as something of a trade-off to people who didn't carry their own water. WTF?
Oh well. Good to get out and run around. And I think this map could be a really worthwhile desert area if they got a real basemap with real contours. And rotated it to magnetic north.