Aluerastit Kuusijärvi - in the dark

Night orienteering! Always a bit harder to see the surroundings and easier to make mistakes.


Lost inside the control-circle


Night-orienteering yesterday at Kuusijärvi. I managed to be "lost inside the control circle" on four of the ten controls. Being so close to the control and not finding it usually never happens in daylight - but darkness changes everything 🙂

#1: the plan is to use path (A), but I find (B) instead and that works too. North towards the blue swamp with two stones (C), turn right and up onto the grey cliff/hill, and the control should be there. Well no, down the wrong direction of the hill and stop at D. It has to be this hill anyway so I turn back and see some other runners who come out of the control.

#2: On the way to the control hills (A) and (B) are more or less easily recognizable. Then I failed to notice the path between (B) and (C), and didn't see the large stone (C). Aimless circling around until I find the surprisingly large stone (D) (why wasn't it drawn larger?) and ca re-locate roughly on the map.


#5: on compass bearing up the hill A, and then down the steep slope B. Yes! I see the smaller bump C and the control is right behind that one. Eh, well no, maybe it's more north. Meet some other runners at D, turn around, and find the control.

#9: Clearly a difficult control with lots of detail on the map. So a careful start from the very clear corner in the big path A. The plan is to go straight south to the control but the network of paths causes drift to B before my direction turns properly south. Onward south then, but no control in sight and I finally relocate at the highest point on the hill with a steep cliff C. From there finding the control is straightforward.

Aluerastit, Ilola

A lot of slow thicket areas and a map which I found difficult to read. Many paths that were visible in terrain were not on the map - while the ones drawn on the map were overgrown and hard to find. A similar story with large stones where I thought many were missing from the map.


Aluerastit, Länsimäki

An interesting course with controls #1-#9 in a very detailed area, then a few longer legs to #12 where the course criss-crossed over the swamp a few times before heading back south to the finish.

No major mistakes just minor ones: after #3 did not clearly identify the path, and took a wrong direction down the hill to find #4. Then on the #10-#11 leg I did not want to cross the deep "trenches" on these cliffs, so I back-tracked to avoid the trench (dark brown line on the map).


Aluerastit, Reuna


#4 veered off course and came close to #9. Should have taken the route shown as the blue line.
#5 too high up the hill close to the control
#12 running along the highest point of the hill would probably have been better

Aluerastit, Myrbacka

1.5.2013 Myrbacka. Overall very good orienteering on a fairly easy course.
#3 lost a few seconds looking for the control at a big stone when in fact it was a hill
#9 should have found a quicker/better route on top of the hill at #5
#11 slow out of #10 since I did not find the path immediately


Aluerastit, Keimola

A-course, 6.4km. Slow, but no big mistakes.

Aluerastit, Mejlans

3k sprint course. The sprint map is 1:5000 scale which caused some confusion directly at the start on #1. Then mostly OK until #14 which I searched for a bit. Total time 32 minutes so getting close to a reasonable pace of 10min/course-km.

Aluerastit, Kumpula

First orienteering event of the year. 5 km course.


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