Orienteering race 2:45:00  ***** 6.1 km (27:03 / km) +330m 21:17 / km
O-Fest 150 Retro-O
Well, that was epic!! Very challenging retro style course on the original Canadian O Champs map from 1968. B&W, and 1:20,000. I'm very happy to have actually finished.
Francis recorded 299 m of elevation gained, so probably close to that for me. (edit: counted 330 m by the contour lines).
1. Easy, spiked
2. Ran around on the trail to get used to the map. Great decision, and no problems finding the re-entrant.
3. Straight forward
4. Ran straight to 4 and much difficulty getting out to the trail. I eventually found the trail, but I had to attack 4 from multiple directions to find it.
5. Straight forward.
6. Attacked off of the spur from the W. Almost ran past the control, but I lucked out as another runner took the control and I actually hear the beep from where I was... I was that close.
7. Straight forward, but I was thrown off by the scale. It turns out that there was 30 m of elevation gain up to the control... up, up, up.
8. Made a II error and lost about 10 minutes looking around the wrong knoll before I found myself.
9. Ran around on the trail. Well, hiked actually, because I was pretty much spent at this point, 2 hours in and a humidex of 35. Eventually attacked from the small ravine.
10. Attacked from the trail turn with the prominent cliff. Made it over the first hill, but then mistook a re-entrant for the valley. Had to go further E, but then found the correct valley and the control. Lots of brambles in here made it un-fun.
11. Had a difficult time finding a good attack point for 11, and I left the trail too early at first, but I was a contour too early. Tried again and found it straight away.
12. Not hard, but the taping and signs around the biathlon range were confusing. I saw one runner scratching his head wondering if he should run in on the 'closed' trail, but he was on the correct route. I went around on the next trail and found it with ease.
All in all, a great run/hike, although I wasn't fit enough for almost 3 hours of running.