We started trapping in this 2nd-generation VTT MIKES ion trap in early May and we are now working with characterizing the trap and laser cooling. Hopefully the ion stays in the trap for several days!
Hot weather +27C maybe and not much wind.
A bit of a loop around #2 - otherwise fairly steady going.
Fairly easy course in Palhoneinä.
1:15000 map with hand-drawn controls, and old-school punching on paper (no EMIT). A bit of rain and +11 C or so.
Major problems finding #3 and then also out of #3 towards the road...
A loop around #3, where the yellow 'channel' wasn't very clear or easy to recognize.
Then punched at the wrong control on #7 🙁
Next stop is firmaliiga on Tuesday.
Single-ion Sr+ trap.
Stepped off the path towards #1 too soon and circled around the wrong hill, probably costing +2 minutes or so.
#5 is also a bad split - the plan was to use the paths and not go down to the lake - but bad execution resulted in a visit to the lake and slow climbing back up to the control.
#9 is not stellar, perhaps due to lack of fitness, or slowing down and reading the map too often on the long(ish) open leg.
19./88 overall is OK - would have been better without these three mistakes 😉
Maybe unnecessary wiggles on #1-#2 and #4-#5, then no good plan for how to find #7 so back-tracking from the path/ditch instead. About 45-degrees wrong direction out of #9 at the end.