Kid goat, 6.5 km, 175m climb, one skip allowed. 6th of 12 starters on this short race, 3rd female behind Karen M and Barb B.
Temp in mid 50s in the parking area so I just wore a lighter long sleeved shirt. I was second guessing it at the start within the forest where it felt cooler, but it was fine.
Despite my slower start I managed to navigate pretty cleanly, and had help in the circle when the control flags weren't immediately visible from my approach. The few I did on my own were visible from a distance.
Led a BG group into our #3, their #5. I took the south-around-the-swamp route, hit the trail for a bit, looked for #11 to confirm my approach, and (I think) dropped down the steep reentrant at the west edge of the circle before continuing east to the knoll. They all took off up the hill and were out of sight by the time I reached #4 with Nancy D, though Tony M joined and passed us there.
I took the eastern route to 5 and on the way to 6 fell once and was helped finding the control by Charlie and Sharon. I considered skipping 7 but decided to wait, and I had Sharon to follow to 7 and 8. After punching 8 I started to follow her north but realized my course headed south and west from there. Mark Webb was with me here and off and on through 10 before tagging along with some others towards 11 (where I saw him again). At a trail jct WSW of 8 we saw Mary Jo head south (skipping 9; I had decided to skip 13), and Nancy, who had missed 8 and was headed back.
9 was visible from the approach. To 10 I was aiming for where the intermittent stream but hit just slightly east. I was looking to keep the large rocks/cliff on my left but it was actually on the right so I adjusted. Mary Jo was still looking for it so helped Mark and me. A BG group also came and went here (Tori, Ed, and Izzy?), and Mark latched onto them. Followed the stream towards marsh and trail, and had my second fall just before reaching the trail, where I slipped and my left knee hit a rock and both hands (protected by bike gloves) ... and my map ... got wet. Still readable. Took some time getting back up and seeing if I could jog on the trail. Took it through the green and the left it to follow the beeline, so I got to experience a beaver dam crossing.
J-J passed here and helped a bit on 12, and when I reached the trail I saw Mary Jo again heading in to 13 (which I skipped). Attacked 14 from large cliff along the trail and saw a water hole but didn't see the knoll immediately when my pace count was about up but did see J-J coming from further along so went to check and found it.
Then it was just navigate to the trails leading back to finish. I was surprised to be in fifth place but then noted that Karen M's card wasn't yet posted (she was first woman on the Kid, with a time near Max's...he was 2nd after Carl C). Dave Yee and Barb Bryant were also in, so I was 6th.results