|The Murray family reviews the map and controls.|
|The start table.|
After picking up the control I would like to acknowledge Karin's comment that the control circle was not correctly placed on the map. That was definitely one problem. Another factor is that the map area of the stony ground isn't quite accurate in my humble opinion - it implies a fairly wide patch of ground north of the structure the circle is placed on, and from being there again I am quite sure it is not nearly so wide. The stony ground narrows to a very small patch at that structure corner. If I placed it in the center of the circle I know it would only be perhaps one foot from the road in real life. As meet director I knew where I intended to place the control in a visual preview but confused this on the map circle in part because of the map detail. I wanted it on the building corner just south of that structure - a corner that is very small on the map also - where a tree was convenient to hang it on and it would surely be out of sight from any casual passerby and well into the patch of stony ground requiring runners to slow down a little.
To make matters worse I was convinced this control was too easy. I considered other options nearby but ultimately wanted to have a different kind of control location than the "usual rootstock on the river". I also wanted to make it such that an orienteer would need to be nearly on the control to see it (as with many on this easy map), so I hung it low (but fully expanded from the ground up) and also selected a faded control to reduce the visibility. To my eye it was more visible than other controls buried in various "thicket" controls, but Bill Leahy noted it blended into the surrounding colors of the stony ground. All these small details meant that Sergey and John Murray did not find it at all, and other orienteers took well over a couple of minutes to find it themselves! If this had been an A meet, I surely would have more serious negotiating to do. I take the blame for this one - but it probably would not nearly have been as exciting a meet without it.
|Sergey's route, one of many nearly optimal possible choices.|
|NA well under the bridge - descriptions matter!|
|Christian, Tonja, and Alex keep their map oriented...|
|Melanie punches control GG - who said we don't have woods?.|
I report results below. For recreational, there was no time limit other than being in by course close. They are simply listed in order of their starting time and how many points they collected. For the competitive class, there was a 40 minute time limit with each minute over being a 10 point penalty. I would have liked to compare results if I subtracted out QQ from the total, but my note keeping was not quite detailed enough to verify everyone who found it. At any rate you can all surmise for yourself.
|Recreational (no time limit)||Controls||Points|
|Christian Lybrook, Tonja, Alex||11||160|
|Sam and Liam Murray||5||70|
|Sergey finishes happy.|
Join us next month as Russ Pilcher puts on his first Boise park meet in Ann Morrison Park! He may have a few twists up his sleeve to keep us in practice.