Saturday, May 5, 2012
Afton SP Orienteering--Red
Great course but I was slow. Overtraining? Possibly. Made it back wet, but from sweat. It started dripping when I got in the car and it was pouring by the time I got to the freeway.
1 Cut down the hill. On way back I saw that the elites were running the trail down and across.
2 Bushwhacked again. I should have probably returned to the trail and closed in that way, in spite of the extra elevation.
3 Took trail to open area, across knoll, headed for gully to N of straight line. Spiked it.
4 Took trail on top, headed to NNE where trail veered NW. Spiked.
5 Hung to right of dark-green reentrant. Looked for open area. Could not find CP5. Went to open area and headed straight for it. Lot of wasted time.
6 Climbed up the spur of W fork of creek. Did not want to go back down and up again. Seemed the right choice at the time, but when I see the big detour I made on my Garmin track I wonder.
7 Took long way N to trail and then on trail near CP7. I think this was a good choice.
8 Went around reentrant and straight to CP8
9 Looked for most comfortable way down and towards trail NE. Crossed knoll and spiked CP9.
10 Went around spur near lake, should have probably followed the erosion gully near line. But it worked OK. Attacked from bench on trail and got there.
11 Backtracked to trail and followed to knoll.
12 Followed reentrant down, climbed spur to S of erosion area. Spiked.
13 Followed dry ditch up. Got mixed up with camp sites and hung too far S. But I corrected and found quickly.
14 Followed deer trail. No problem. Spiked.
15 Tough return to Finish, all uphill. That's Afton!