Thursday, May 27, 2010

First meet in the why-you-k-O-en

Last week was the first B meet of the year in Whitehorse, one of a series of meets put on by the Yukon Orienteering Association throughout the summer. It was great to see so many people out orienteering, over 58 people started the race! The meet was held at Long Lake (for those of you who remember the COC's back in 2004, you will know the terrain is special). It was a warm, sunny evening. With few leaves out and no bugs, the orienteering was exceptionally nice. The long advanced course took racers on a convoluted circuit around the lake with lots of climb, big features and technical contour reading. Seeing as the Long Advanced was the only course I did, it's the only one I can comment on.
My race started out a bit rough, with scale being the biggest problem for me. Most of the practices and courses I'd been on so far this year were 1:5000 maps. Making the jump to 1:10 000 took a bit of getting used to, and I undershot the first two controls.
Once I got a feel for the course and terrain, I started to run smoother. My shape felt good throughout the course and I was able to push where I needed to. Rosebush patches and deadfall were the biggest obstacles to running and there were a few times where I altered my route quite a bit to get around them.
The middle portion of the course was fairly technical and I started a few of what could have been very scary parallel errors. Luckily for me I was thinking well, caught myself within 15-30 seconds of each mistake and managed to relocate on the fly.
The course planners were particularly sadistic for the long advanced course and threw in a steep, 50m climb just before the finish only to turn you around at the top and send you down the same slope to lose all the elevation you gained.
In all it was a very clean race for me. No controls took me more than 5 minutes and I felt confident and smooth for most of the course. Results can be found at .
I will update this post with a map when I get my hands on a digital copy of the course from last week.
I'd also like to say thank you to all the people who volunteered for the meet and made it happen, it was a great way to kick off the season.


  1. Looks like a very consistent race, nice!

  2. Brings back fond memories of that great orienteering terrain. And next year we get to come visit it again for the COCs - super.

    Thanks for the post Colin - great to see you off to a good start. Now just wait for those 1:15,000 - the features are so slow to arrive ;-)