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From the daily archives: Thursday, June 12, 2014

By Paul Ruchlin On November 1st many of you may have participated in Adventure Addicts Adrenaline Rush Adventure Race. I hope, if you did, you enjoyed it. nike air max 90 pas cher Michelle and Andy always put on great races. Cheap Fjallraven Kanken Outlet Having manned the mountain bike single track checkpoint all day I can say that I didn’t have anyone who said they didn’t. Ok, well, maybe one person, but it was mostly her own fault for not paying attention to the important information put out at the pre-race brief. Listen up people, they don’t have those meetings just for the fun of it. Anyway, after the race, as a few of us considered how we’d spend our Sunday, I told Michelle that I would collect the controls from the 12-Hour race Orienteering Course. fjallraven kanken goedkoop So, this past Sunday I headed back down south of Richmond, to Pocahontas State Park, to accomplish the task. Here’s how I went about it. nike pas cher Here’s the map. Unfortunately, in order to see the entire course, I had to zoom out beyond the point where the actual trails are depicted. Red = on bike; Light Blue = from bike to control; dark blue = back to bike. Maglie Orlando Magic Where you see red underneath the blue parts, disregard. I was carrying my GPS while I was going to the controls, but at walking (or crawling) pace and in the heavy woods the GPS doesn’t do well with tracking.I numbered the points in the order I got them. Nike Air Max 90 Uomo It is not how the points were the numbered on the map given out for the race. Goedkoop Air Max Nike My Nav was a bit off all day but I really had issues with #10 and #12. With #10, from where I attacked initially, the undergrowth was so thick I could literally only go a step or two at a time. I ended up going past the flag, which I knew I’d done after a while but needed to figure out where I was so continued until I got to the double track north of the point. From where I left my bike to the point where I came out on the opposite trail, took it to the trail intersection and turned back south to re-attack took me more than an hour. That’s how #*(%&^#*^ heinous it was. I was CURSING Michelle’s name for having set a point in there. On the way back south, it was essentially the same. It’s hard to see, but I gave up just short of the point and went due west to find the trail, re-orient and start again. After maybe 30 yards of going west, the undergrowth completely opened up and I finally was able to see contour, and something one could consider a “re-entrant” which was the only terrain feature anywhere around. The forest is very open going west from there to the trail. I got to the trail, figured out exactly where I was and attacked from that direction, and went almost directly to the control in about 3 minutes, with very little undergrowth. It was amazing. I don’t know they realized it when they set that point, but there is a SOLID and nearly impassable line of undergrowth just east of where that point was that extends almost completely between the two trails to the north and south. Fjallraven Kanken Big UK I spent a total of at least 1.5 hours getting that one. For #12, I made an educated guess about where along the trail to stop on my bike and head in to the stream. It was an “ish” measurement. I got to the stream and turned to follow it northeast. After a little while the obvious stream bed disappears, splits and becomes more of a ditch or just low ground. I first followed the one that turned more north, as the stream does on the map. nike air max pas cher I hit the northern trail so decided to take that back towards where I started, find that “split” in the streambed and try the other branch. That took me to the other trail near the intersection. Still no flag. At that point I decided to pace count my way back down the trail towards my bike to figure out where to head in to the stream. My pace count took me maybe 75 meters past my bike. I went straight in to the stream, followed it northeast and found the flag after about 35 meters. I came straight out and was about 40 meters from my bike. Bottom line, I went 40 meters too far on my bike on the initial attack. Lesson learned. The rest were straight forward and it was only small errors in my nav that took me so long. Like the first point where I forgot to rotate the compass bevel to align with Mag North on the map when taking my bearing. That put me about 5 degrees off. I was confused as to why I kept coming out to the trail I’d ridden down to get there.