Itärastit Latokartano


A lot of running along roads, but some orienteering required on controls #5 - #12 also.
On #8 should have followed the straight line via the rocks.
#9-#10-#11 are either on top of a hill or on a steep downslope. It's hard to say how far up or down they are. From #11 I went south and came down the steep and slow slope. Straight west out of the control down a more gentle slope might have been faster.

Then this at #9. Less than 20m from the control I decide it must be more north and do a 4 minute loop.


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.

Iltarastit, Solvalla


#12 OK
#25 should have run straight north into the control circle from the cliff, instead veered right and circled round
#18 felt OKish but the descent down the steep cliff was apparently slow and the split isn't great.
#8-#26 OK
#27 straight over the swamp would probably have been faster
#10 drifted into the swamp close to #29, maybe +1 min there. After I saw #29 I ran too much north and going down the hill didn't know at which cliff I was. Found #10 mostly because of other runners.. Worst split.
#23-#22-#11-F Some orienteering to reach the road before #23 but then just mainly running strength required. Not much lost on the three last legs 🙂

Itärastit, Landbo


#1-#2 OK at easy speed
#3 small hook inside the control circle
#4 best split and direct route, but very slow going up the steep hill
#5-#6-#7 OK
#8 gave advice to someone just before the control, then ran past control myself until I stopped at two big rocks. worst split.
#9 from the bigger road I missed the path I wanted to take (blue line), and had to find it through the woods instead.
#10-#11-#12-#13-#14 more runners both in front and behind on these controls. Nothing special to report on.

Iltarastit, Pirttibacka


Quite tired legs today...
#1-#2-#3 OK with a bit conservative route to #3
#4 the plan was to run west until I see the blue wet area and then turn left for the control. But the swamp never appeared and this required some re-location + searching.
#5-#6 OK
#7 difficult control in a very detailed area.
#8 probably distracted by the extra time spent at #7 I also made a mess out of #8...
#9-#10-#11-#12-#13-F OK but not great.