Saturday, May 9, 2009
Some thoughts about Dolomites Terrain
So i'm sitting here having a look at one of the maps from Italy and thought i would share what I'm thinking. Will be very stream of consciousness and feedback would be great if you think there are things I'm missing from the terrain, or ways i could improve my theoretical orienteering. For those of you that are non-orienteers can act as a guide through what we do.
San Martino - Sud
Supposedly similar to the long terrain. Straight away hit by the steepness of the area. Some sections would be unrunable. Vegetation, lots of changes, will be important to get a mental picture of green vs white vs yellow in the training weeks. Tracks everywhere, look fast and good for contouring as they hold height pretty well. Rock detail seems to have lots of cliffs with lots of individual boulders. 1:10,000.
The course, which is from the website so i guess could potentially represent the style they are going for at JWOC. Has a basic format of tight loops of controls linked by longer transit legs. The transit legs have most of the route choice and some tricky control approaches too. Im thinking key techniques; contouring, compass, height control. A bit of bravery could come in handy with a couple of the route choices having long wide routes to avoid substantial climb. I think that this will be pivotal in the races, getting the choice right and not haemorhaging minutes on a long leg. 1,3, 10, 16 all have nice attackpoints off tracks. 5 through 8 could be from an hb map and if the open really is fast and open could be very fast (and steep!). Slumpy area around 12, 13 has caught my eye, a break from the slope that would need a switch from contouring into a detail and compass focussed technique. Lots of form line detail, so subtle. Lots of small clearings too, wonder how well these are mapped...
Route choice, looking 8 to 9. My initial call on the route choice is leftish of straight. Down the open, down steep gully with creek, up to opposite track then up the ascending track to the road and along that to attack up off the boulder cluster in the clearing by the road corner. Safe route choice with track running. Looking more closely and centre right looks on too; bomb down the big slope on the red line then around the base to the pond on the road then ascending up ticking off boulders from near the intersection south of the control. I think trying to hold height on this leg involves too much deviation to the left. Any one got any other routes?
Also 15 to 16. Im for dropping straight into main gully then up track leftish of center, over the rough open and down the gully left of the red line taking care to turn early and not overshoot the control. attacking the control is the risky part of the leg, especially with the green.
Thats what i think. Have a look below and see what you think.