Orienteering race 5:34:09  18.64 km (17:56 / km) +553m 15:37 / km
spiked:11/14c shoes: 2017 Inov8 ArcticClaw 300
DVOA Lucky 7 Rogaine...using 7 orienteering maps of French Creek SP and surrounding parks. FWIW we only used 4 of the maps-- FC North, East, Central, and West. Some maps were 1:10000 and others were 1:15000, so it wasn't possible to tape them together to see the big picture which was frustrating to me. It was a warm (80+) and humid day, but some clouds/overcast kept it from being too oppressive.
I wasn't quite ready when the start whistle blew, but we caught up to a number of folks looking for 86 (first control we visited) and basically made up that time. It was a "clearing", overgrown with tall weeds, with the vetter's streamer but not the course setter's. CS said he couldn't find vetter's streamer when he hung the bag so gave us all credit for it.
Found the streams for which we needed a junction (3rd control we did, near the quarry) but had to turn left to hit the control. Later we missed 71 on the first attempt; went up the hill to look for 44 where we found a boulder with two streamers for this event, but no flag; then attempted 71 again from where the streamers were, and found it.
873 points, 14 controls visited. Turns out we were 1st "senior mixed" team once we got credit for the streamer finds.
More later when I can look at maps.
Many thanks to Steve Aronson, Sharon Siegler, Ed Scott, and the cooking staff headed by Janet Porter!!!
Rogaine partner for every Rogaine I've ever done (except one, where we each headed out with a son at a CNYO event) is GlenT, of course. He's the chief strategist, attempting to maximize points in minimal distance; and I make sure the routes/climbs aren't too insane as I don't have the climbing legs he does. ;-)
Order of controls: 86*-48-81-39(FC-N, 1:10)-83-85-64-56-53(FC-E, 1:15)-57(FC-C, 1:10)-(71 first attempt)-44*-71-54-52(FC-W, 1:15)-Finish
If we(I)'d been moving faster we might have tried for 61 and 63 on West also, but I was getting tired just climbing the hill to 64....
Fuel included eating a sandwich during planning, a Camelbak bladder of diluted Vitalyte (aka Gookinade), a bladder of water, a couple of GUs (I carried three and consumed two), and a snack bag with peanuts, raisins and a few pretzels. On the trail to 56 I had some of my snack, focusing on the peanuts and pretzels. This combo worked well, but I was ready for food, especially protein, when we finished.
We didn't encounter anyone as we headed in to 81 near the quarry as others reported, but maybe we were just lucky. We attacked 39 from the jct of the trail and the intermittent trail near the dot knoll, then headed SE to skirt the marsh heading to the water stop on Shed Rd. Attacked 83 from the water stop and counted off platforms but went a bit beyond before I turned around and saw the flag.
Stayed on the trail too long to 53 (my fault), then it was trail/road/trail to 57. We bashed and flailed our way through the green to the clearings SW of it, avoiding the campers there. Thought we attacked off the correct trail bend to 71 but apparently didn't go quite far enough (though both of us were pace counting), so we bailed to the trail to get 44 (the boulder with two streamers but no flag/punch). From there we reattached 71 and found it. Headed back up the hill to see if we could spot 44's flag but never did.
A bit sloppy to 54 (attacked too early) and 52 (missed the reentrant, and first--likely invisible--trail junction, but saw the Y jct ESE of control), and then called it a day.
Fell twice and caught myself from falling once, which I think strained more muscles than falling as I had a bit of tightness Sunday morning, but it was doing much better later in the day. No lasting injuries.