Classic orienteering at Holme Fell
Chris Burden's efforts in controlling the Lakeland event were repaid with a glorious day and superb orienteering. The rare challenge of having to interpret the brown lines on the map led to many mistakes. Parallel errors - mistaking one feature for another similar feature - were easily made. Clear attack points, augmented by good map reading and checking direction were the order of the day.
Thanks to Lakeland, and to Chris, for a good day out.
Short Blue 2 needed careful fine navigation at the start. Tony got it pretty much right 2 to 4, 5 to 6 and 7 to 9. His technique was to use the compass for direction, then tick of the big features - e.g. quarry 1-2; marsh, spur and stream 2-3; big reentrant, craggy spur and knolls 8-9. Where he went wrong he lost touch with the map. So 4-5 should have kept on a rough bearing to the stream and the reentrant with the marsh in it. And 6-7 good up to the marsh before the control, then failed to check direction and climb sufficiently into the control. Lessons: check the compass more often; select the big obvious features to aim for.