Green course at Mt Tom, set by Phil Bricker--thanks, Phil. Nominal stats are 4.8 km, 250 m climb. For me, in this terrain it was slow going. Mostly sunny and about 80 (and buggy!).
Fine through the first three controls, but then after leaving trail bend on the way to four I drifted too far right. Fortunately there was someone punching a control on the formline knoll 150m south of #4, and he was kind enough to let me know where we were. [If I'd gone straight to 4, though, I wouldn't have seen the 4-5 pink lady slipper flowers blooming on that other spur. :-)] Stayed pretty close to the line to 5 and got to what I figured was the end of the cliff line, but didn't see a flag, so looked around a bit before spotting it on the other side of a tree from where I had been standing...d'oh.
Left of big cliffs to 6, and carefully dropped down the hill to 7 trying not to go too far. Then 8. I'm not sure exactly where I crossed the stream (I was hoping to hit close to the stream junction, but was probably a bit lower*), and I saw a huge chunk of rock 50 m or so away (5 contours high?), but nothing on the map jumped out at me as "huge rock/cliff" perhaps because of simplification??? (cliffs just shown as lines are actually huge in the terrain) so I wandered a bit before getting to a small reentrant (with a streamer! But no flag) 100 S of the saddle. Then I headed north in hopes of seeing the large cliff pointing up toward the saddle. Which I did, and others in the area, so I figured I was close. I'm sure it was on top of that huge hill/chunk of rock I'd seen earlier. Figure I lost at least 10 minutes, probably more...
Okay on the rest, though I was getting tired of the climb-down-to-climb-up-again by that point (10). Good climbing exercise (which I'm not getting enough of otherwise). The mosquitoes were annoying (I had used repellent with deet on neck, ears, and arms), trying to bite through my gloves and socks, but I survived mostly unscathed.
*The bland hillside SW of 7 had a number of cliff faces large enough to be mapped but perhaps glossed over when the map was redone for the last A meet?