orienteering race 53:16  *** 3.6 km (14:48 / km) +85m 13:14 / km
15c shoes: Inov8 O-roc 280 Redux
NAOC 2016 Middle - Storrs Pond/Oak Hill - GreenY (F35+)
As soon as I picked up the control descriptions, I knew the first control would probably be a run right down the trail, which it was. Took the trails to the right and hopped off at the little pond to head down to 2. Almost ran right into the barbed wire fence while reading map. Drifted a little left to 3, getting in between the knolls, but recognized this and angled back over to the control.
Straight N to 4, counting trails as crossed. Also headed straight at 5, confused a bit by what seemed to be extra clearings or trails, but hit the stream right below the steepness of the hill and climbed right up to it. Easy pop over to 6. Ducked out to the trail and came off the bend N of 7. Initially standing right below it, noticed a few people on small rise above, first thought they were also looking but then climbed up and there it was.
Took trails to N side of 8. Thought I was coming in on the indistinct trail by the knoll, but ended up running into the big trail again shortly. Entered again, found the trail junction in the yellow and then the bag.
SW on the open/trail thing, then turned right and took the left branch at the big trail to 9, which was visible from there. Took the squiggly trail across the hillside to 10 (easy). Went straight at 11. Then turned around and dropped back down one trail to the one with all the ropes equipment on it, and dropped down again once the trail next to 12 existed. Got it from the trail.
Along the trail past the first ski slope, down the trail in the middle of the wooded area (which I almost didn't see on the map) and attacked from the first intersection to 13. Popped out into the second ski slope and then back into the woods to 14.
Saw a control and everybody running toward it, turned out it was a thicket E of the actual go control (oooops....) so down to the real one and into finish. Super fun course.