Orienteering race 1:16:04  *** 4.2 km (18:07 / km) +137m 15:34 / km
spiked:12/13c shoes: Inov8 ORoc280-A 2013-08
Brown day 1, nominally 3.4 km and 90m climb. Overcast with occ. showers; about 50F. Camp Buckner, on the hillside west of 293, northeast of the bayonet assault course.
Had someone just ahead of me approaching 1 and 2 which helped me into those controls. Navigated alone to 3 though I saw two others approach it from different directions as I punched (one was Beth Lux). Rob W who'd started 2-4 min behind me was approaching 3 as I left and I figured he'd overtake me at some point but I never saw him again until I was in and done for several minutes.
Did 4 and 5 fine, then was a bit confused by what was mapped as vertical green on the way to 6 but I could figure out the huge cliffs and had no trouble finding it. SSW to trail and off the subtle corner S of #1 looking for the marsh I'd been near in years past. Almost overran it but caught myself and popped over a small hill and up the form line reentrant point to 7. Stayed high to 8 but had trouble figuring out what cliff was what so checked several before finding one with a flag (there were 6 or 7 in the circle...). Francis F punched just behind me and I saw him a bit ahead leaving the next control verifying where the flag was for me. To 10 I stayed high rather than sidehill so could see where the reentrant was above the cliff. Saw a flag a bit earlier than I expected but I checked and it was mine.
I'm wondering if 12 was hung at the correct boulder on the spur; I saw three and it wasn't on the SW side of the northern one unless the northern one I saw was unmapped (a possibility). In any case, not a problem. Then it was just a matter of making my way through the barberry and out to the road.
3rd F 60 just 5 seconds behind Lex. Sandy had a great run. :-)