orienteering 1:53:52  **** 8.63 km (13:11 / km) +300m 11:14 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 350
Controls 1-13 from the 1994 Billygoat at Townsend. I only copied the first 13 onto my map because after that it got into the area where I was pretty sure that the vegetation was going to be too crappy to be any fun. I did take some routes that were clearly not optimal, in the interest of doing more in-the-woods navigation rather than running trails. I was hoping to be able to keep all of my splits under twice the time from 1994. I had some advantages and disadvantages:
D: I'm now 50 instead of 32.
A: The weather was great today.
D: I had presumably prepared in some manner back in 1994.
A: No black flies today.
D: No pack navigation tactics.
A: Rather than actually "finding" the "controls", I merely had to satisfy myself that I was within some reasonable radius of the control feature.
D: The woods have gotten somewhat trashier.
A: I've learned a lot in the interim.
D: I've forgotten a lot in the interim.
A: I didn't have to save anything for the remaining eight controls.
D: Far less motivation.
D: No water stops.
D: Fading eyesight (which, combined with the undersized symbols -- I was using an old offset-printed map -- meant that I really couldn't see things like boulders at all).
D: On one leg, part of the terrain I went through has been bulldozed
So, the results:
1) 7:27, 4:25, 169%
2) 5:31, 4:09, 133%
3) 21:31, 15:21, 140%
4) 7:28, 3:55, 191%
5) 10:55, 8:26, 129%
6) 6:35, 6:00, 110%
7) 9:18, 10:02, 93%
8) 5:43, 3:32, 162%
9) 8:26, 8:29, 99%
10) 3:11, 3:35, 89%
11) 12:29, 10:45, 116%
12) 6:31, 4:51, 134%
13) 8:48, 6:44, 131%
total) 113:52, 90:14, 126%
So, not too bad at all. Bottom line in 1994: 17th place, and I beat PG. Bottom line today, 1st place, and PG was a DNS. Can't complain, sure was a lot better than the pointless round trip to North Adams to find out it was too windy to fly that preceded this. But what do you expect for Friday the 13th?