Sunday, March 15th, there was a Backwoods Orienteering Klub meet at Schenck Forrest. Schenck is a little too small for anything above a brown level course, so normally BOK tries to do something more interesting. This time, they had a snooker-o.
Normally orienteering courses are run in a given order of controls for each given course. Then there are score-o’s in which you choose the order, and each control is worth a different number of points. So you create a strategy to get the most number of points in the given time. (Rogaines are just long score-o’s — as much as 24 hours, of which I’ve done one.)
A snooker-o was a new concept, which is similar to a score-0, but with the added caveats that:
- you must start with a control worth 1
- you must finish with a control worth 1
- whenever you get control worth more than 1, you must follow with a control worth 1
To expand on 3, you are allowed to get as many controls worth 1 in a row as you want. But you have to be careful to not use up all the 1 pointers!
It was really an interesting concept, and made for a fun event. Below is the map, with my scribbled strategy on the side of which order I was going to go in:
I wanted to save 46 as a safety, since it was so near the start and finish. And most of the multi-point controls were towards the west, with several across the stream. Since it had been raining for a couple days and was still raining, the creek was a little crazy, and several people opted not to cross it at all. I got control 68. The stream crossing on the way out was not too bad. The water was high and moving fast, but I judged it well and came out on a nice beach/shore right were I wanted to. But returning was a little scary. The rush water pushed me a lot further than expected, and all of a sudden I was in chest deep water being pushed into a 5 foot high bank. I did a strong scissor kick and grabbed a tree, and pulled myself out. Did I mention the water was VERY cold? But a couple minutes later after running, I didn’t feel it at all.
I thought I did better than the results show. I had trouble with 51 but abandoned it quickly so I don’t think that affected me much. And I ran almost the full hour I was out. Oh well, it was fun, and each time out, I am getting closer to my old form!
Riley drew a picture of me orienteering out in the rain, that I had to include here!