The date was August 9th, the place was M Lazy C Ranch say 40 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the elevation was 2500m (higher than all of Norway!) and the event was the US TrailO championships. It was organized together with the US Classic Orienteering Championship.
|Map from US Classic champs day 1|
|Nice terrain! Hard to the the difference between the knolls |
and boulders (both on the map and in the terrain)
|Here most scandinavian planners would have used a|
with 3-4 controls, here there were only 1 unfortunately.
|Planner Sharon Crawford (to the left) with a pile of complaints|
Anyway, I had a very nice time in the forest and it was very nice getting to know the other members in the jury and discussing mapping issues and solution techniques with them onsite. One thing that really caught my mind working in the field was that on a map that was upscaled from 1:15000 the compass seemed to be very frequently used. Personally I did not use a single bearing (I did one just to test and it was completely off), but put my compass in my pocket and read the map, and I think that worked out fairly well.
In the final results I ended up on a fine second place. I always want to win, but I was happy with a second place over here in my first TrailO event outside Europe, and I did fortunately beat Marc Laurenstein. The winner of the US Champs in TrailO 2014 was Mike Poulsen, CROC.
|On the top of Pikes Peak at elevation 4305m|
To wrap it up, it was a very nice weekend, I did meet a lot of very friendly TrailO people and it certainly was a pleasure taking part in the competition. In order to catch my flight on Sunday I did make it to the Sundays FootO event, which was supposed to be more challenging (there was no TrailO on Sunday). By the way, I visited Pikes Peak 4300m above the day before the competition -- it was simply amazing!
Maps and results from the trailO event are as usual available in our map archive.
|1:7500 scaled ISSOM map of the Stanford campus.|