Orienteering race 2:54:39*** 17.09 km (10:13 / km) +575m8:45 / km ahr:124 max:160 spiked:24/26c shoes: VJ Falcons 9
Susquehanna Stumble. 14.4k, 385m (hah!) on Pine Grove Furnace map, starting at Piney Mountain Parking, near the top of the ridge. Upper 40s, mostly cloudy. Wet underfoot from rain yesterday and overnight but vegetation wasn’t too wet. Course by Mike Bertram with two windows with four controls each (to be taken in any order).
Good “race”, with TomO and tdgood much of the time and David Onkst early on. Missed on 3 when Tom went low and beyond it and I followed - recovered quicker but navigated to 4 first, which was only about 70 meters away. Confused a bit by the clearings going to 8 but knew when I hit the largest one so was OK. Road and trails from 8 to the first window, which was essentially a control pick in some very nice woods. Pulled away from Tom on the climb from 14 to 15 (16 contours up then about 15 back down) and caught Ted at 15. Missed the first control I tried for in the second window (the northwestern one) and ended up back on the trail to relocate. Decided to head east on the trail and get the northeastern control first, then loop the rest of the controls ccw. That worked OK but cost several minutes. Road and trail route wide left for 22-23. With Tom and Ted for 24 and 25 but then was able to outclimb them to 26 (a 300m leg with a 13 contour climb). Finished 5th overall.