Rogaining race (Shake, Rattle and Roll) 5:52:55  ** 26.22 km (13:28 / km)
spiked:23/28c shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3D black/pewter
Not as horrendous as I thought it'd be but then it was 80% + on tracks.
I went into this event with very low expectations given the nature of the bush and the people setting and was completely shocked that they've managed to exceed my forecast by giving us a map that was almost entirely green! Add to that the map symbols - apparently roads on this map were white unless they were patrolled, in which case the legend said they were dashed grey, except on the map they were actually dashed pink - with tracks invariably being either yellow with dashed grey, dashed yellow, dotted purple or just a very thin black line (in most cases overlaid on a dashed coloured line); fences were a very thin black line; powerlines were a very thin black line (you get the idea)... Control locations marked as watercourses didn't have to have a blue line in them whereas locations marked as gullies generally did. It was also common practice to stick the control number inside the circle to obscure any relevant detail.
Anyway I decided since we were saving our legs for a Major Bike Ride the following morning that I'd just plan a route of about 20km and follow tracks for as much as possible. This immediately ruled out the controls in the north and the far west I couldn't be bothered with so after much consultaion with Tash (Tash, do you care how many points we get or do you just want to go for a nice walk?), we set it at that, still with 1.5 hours of planning to go.
Our plans were disrupted when Eliot came along looking for a team to join so I told him to join ours. We eventually offloaded him right before the start though when Grand Joldes' teammate hadn't turned up and they ended up doing quite well anyway so it worked out for the best.
So off Tash and I stroll to the first control, which was just off the Bib Track. Somehow we were the second team there despite the hordes heading that way out of the gate. That pretty much set the tone for the day with A LOT of track walking and the occasional ducking off into the bush for controls and we managed to avoid any big hills.
We pretty much stuck with Lesa and co for the first couple of hours and thought they were moving faster than us but we overtook them twice during that time, the second time after they'd taken a different route, possibly to drop #97.
No serious mistakes, just one on a cross country leg where I couldn't figure out if we'd hit the watercourse above or below and another one with a creative description of '25m from intersection' (no direction given). 'Rocky spur in gully' was fun to try and decipher and the misplaced #96 didn't cause us too many dramas in the dark when I wasn't 100% sure if we were at the right junction so moved onto the next one and found it there, only to realise that was the wrong one.
Some of the other info on the map was a bit useless, such as the distance from the sun, solar noon time and I'm still trying to figure out where they got the map data from. There were various sources listed including Orienteering WA for the Mt Gungin data - funny given that I hold the maps for that and I don't recall giving it out.
All in all a nice walk. Happy that I went now, don't know what I was complaining about...