Red Middle course at Team Trials.
Map and route.
Not a great start. Crossed the stream and climbed up a bit, but then was having trouble seeing the detail on the map and stopped for a while to try to figure it out, realized I hadn't gone far enough, so lost about a minute.
On the way to 2 crossed the stream, and was north of the biggest rocks, looking downhill for the reentrant, but didn't see a flag and ended up wandering on as far as the trail before turning back. As I was approaching I saw Craig, who had started two minutes behind. He punched in maybe 30 or so seconds ahead of me. Figure I lost between 2:30 and 3:00 on the leg.
To 3 I went south of the big rock features, very satisfactory, then continued south of the rocky spur, and watched Craig miss to the right and keep going, so I got back ahead of him here.
Hustled downhill toward 4, but then it didn't look like I was expecting it to, and I wandered back and forth a bit. I saw a patch of laurel off to the W, and started heading back, then thought I really should be looking for the reentrant with the marsh in it, and then found it. I saw Karl Ahlswede near the control, but it turns out he was taking a right route from 9 to 10. So another 2 minutes gone.
Then I settled down, not fast, but finding reasonably secure routes. Quite straight to 5, under the cliffs after 100 M, then up teh small reentrant and over the hill. As I was still about 50M away, I saw Jeff leaving the area and heading toward 6.
South of the marsh toward 6, crossing the little white island N of the control area and up the small reentrant and in.
Over the top and dwon the slot to the ENE, across the stream to the slot that led right up to the control at 7. Picked up the trail and followed it to the marsh before the big hill and into 8 from there. Dropped quckly down to the marsh and followed it under rocks and around the cliffs to 9. The bag was a little further from the cliff than I thought, but easy enough.
David Hunter went by as I went left along the marsh. When I got past the big cliff halfway, I thought I had come to the end of the marshy stuff, so thought I needed to go E, but I saw Janet and David more or less stopped, but seeming to be going on further N. Made me nervous, but I was thinking I needed to head east, and started going up. After a while I reaslized I ws still too far S, so I went up one of the steep reentrants. Eventually figured out I was one to far over to the East and up and over and right into the bag, punching in behind Janet, David and Laura Carluccio.
Pretty straight line to 11 behind Laura, who seemed very steady. She pulled away by then and on my own to 12, where I saw Mike Lyons coming back to it.
Carl Childs passed me on the way up the hill toward 13, grunting and struggling, but still stronger than I was. I got a little better line, saw the smaller cliff right on the line below the bigger cliffs, and we got there together, both checking the boulder on the edge of the circle first.
With Carl down toward 14, It didn't look right to me and very hesitant.
I had taken the trouble to read the clue, so knew I had to go right around the big rock at 15, and then in.