Mapping 2:55:25  3.77 mi (46:32 / mi) +150ft 44:51 / mi
shoes: Hiking boots
More mapping at Whiting Road. My last couple of outings have been quite enjoyable, mainly focusing on some nice areas of open woods with good contour detail. I had been avoiding tackling the thicker areas, but couldn't avoid it forever, so I focused on some of those today. Not real pleasant, and not all that satisfying because most of the places I went through today would be quite undesirable for orienteering.
I mentioned to Cheryl that I spent most of my time in some thicker areas today, and she said "Why don't you just map it all as dark green?" A thought which crossed my mind as I was battling some thorn bushes today....
The problem with that, of course, is that it isn't by any means all dark green -- more like various flavors of unpleasantness. Medium green; green slash symbol on top of rough open; some not too terrible rough open areas; a few welcome areas of light green; and of course, some out and out dark green. I did find a number of hunter stands which I mapped, and a few indistinct trails that provide some reasonably pleasant passage through some otherwise thick areas. I did locate a few small areas where it actually might make sense to put a control or two, so it didn't feel like a total waste. Just not nearly as satisfying as mapping the open woods areas, where it is easy to picture orienteers really enjoying the terrain, and all sorts of possibilities for decent control points.