Day 2 Green course at Mt Pinos. Even higher altitude today (8,300 ft), but I had gotten used to it by then so it didn't slow me down that much. A clean race except for 8, so I'm happy with the result on this one.
S-1: Dashed up the hill and almost looked for it in the SE reentrant, but realized my mistake quickly.
1-2: Rough heading to the trail and I ran off of the trail just after crossing the big and very wide reentrant with undergrowth in it. I quickly identified the extremely rocky oval-shaped hill just north of 2, and I used that as my attackpoint to hit 2 from. The argument could be made that the reentrant in which 2 is placed is so minuscule that it shouldn't have been placed there, but in the terrain, it was actually a relatively distinct reentrant.
2-3: Took a heading and followed it till I sighted the correct hill.
3-4: I headed north to hit the marsh and made sure to avoid the nasty rocky reentrants in between. After hitting the marsh, I climbed the spur and saw it quickly.
4-5: Crossed the trail right next to the two depressions, and headed through the marsh. While crossing the first reentrant, I ran a bit too low and ended up having to contour up towards the little rocky hill on the spur. Contoured the rest of the way but I still ended up being a bit too low.
5-6: Crossed the path a bit too much to the north and I contoured around the broad hill till I reached the curved spur with the hill on which the control was.
6-7: Decided to take it slow here because I had made parallel errors in this area twice before. I had learned that relying on the undergrowth in this part is not a good choice, so I look for the big rocky hill in between the two strands of undergrowth and thus found the correct undergrowth filled reentrant with the two knolls in it.
7-8: This leg started off well: I climbed the little spur to the east, I continued east until I found the second reentrant, and started climbing up the reentrant. However, I must have gotten disoriented, because I started veering to the south and ended up on the massive rocky spur/hill to the SE of the control. I relocated using the spring, but since I was stressed out about my mistake, I made another one and started looking for it at the rocky clearing to the north of the control. One facepalm later, I relocated *again* and found the control.
8-9: Headed SE toward the trail until I saw it and then I started climbing the correct hill. I attacked it from the side, and it was substantially higher than I had thought it would be. The control description said "top of reentrant" but the circle wasn't quite at the top.
9-10: Hit the trail and then the junction.
10-F: Downhill finish sprint!!