Huge thanks for your thoughts, you all!
That was extremely helpful. I learned heaps. The solutions that are obvious to you experienced orienteers were not intuitive to me at all.
Yes, the direction is 7-8-9.
On 7-8, I think I lost a lot of energy trying to cut through the rocky slope.
On 8-9, I made the huge mistake of giving up too much altitude that I had to reclimb, but besides that, the slope was extremely slow due to weather.
Here's what I did.
> In either case a straight line route is just plain suicidal. Going from 8 to 9 take the trail along the ridge to the top of the ski lift, then go down the ski run beside the lift a measured distance before turning and heading over to the re-entrant.
Fantastic. That had not occurred to me. I guess you're saying that climbing the ~120 meters from 8 to the 1563 summit is worth it because I'll be a lot faster staying on a trail than cutting across in a straight line? You're obviously right, but I didn't see that at all.
> For #9, on the other hand, I'd definitely go SW on the trail to the top of the ski lift
Regarding the itinerary, same comments as for gordhun, I'm both surprised and enlightened by this idea.
Regarding the attack point, following your route, I probably would have done okay without pace counting, the basic Suunto core barometric altmeter seems to be pretty good and I'd have recalibrated at 1563. That's what I used to select the attack point coming from the other (wrong) side. But I do need to practice pace counting in general.
> I would take the small trail to the NE out of 7 until it meets the purple trail and then the purple trail around to 8. It avoids climbing straight up the treacherous hillside, stays on trails so should be fast
Okay, that's the solution then. :-) I have a hard time estimating when it's worth cutting vs. staying on trails. I think I'll go out on a course this week-end and time myself to compare options.
Again, huge thanks.
Wishing you all a fun weekend.