WPOC's third night orienteering meet ran into a few problems with the weather. It was threatening rain most of the day and from about two hours before registration through the first hour of the event it rained. I thought very few participants would show up; but 20 intrepid orienteers did. Thanks to Laurie Opila and Mary McElhinny for running registration.
The scoring system for the night course was different from our typical score courses. There were 35 controls. Those numbered 1-9 were worth 5 points each; 10-19 were worth 10 points; 20-29 were worth 20 points and 30-35 were worth 30 points each. So, there were 525 possible points. There was a 20 point per whole minute penalty. Each punch card is listed separately in the standings below, even if some people went on the course in a group. The times and scores should make it clear who went together.
Because there is only one set of results, let me add some commentary/analysis. I planned the course expecting no one to getting all of the controls in the two hours allowed. I created a course that I thought I might be able to complete in three hours in daylight. I was figuring that the dark would slow even the best orienteers down a bit. The rain also slowed them down even more. The route I would have recommended for anyone trying to get all of them would have been to attack the controls in this order: 20, 8, 12, 35 (attack from the trail junction to the sw), 17, 3 then do a little backtracking to 22 (attack from the stream crossing to the south) and 13 and forward again to 18, 15, 32 (attack from the end of the bridge), 7, 5, 6, 27, 28, 30, 11 (a good attack point for 26), 26, 25 and 31 (25 provides a good attack point for 31 but not vice versa); then on to 29, 14, 23 (attack from the top of Caddy Trail), 33 (tough climb to the cliff), then down to 4, and up to 24 and a terrible climb to the Crystal Trail to reach 34; then 10, 2, 16, 21, 19, 9 and finally 1. At the meet, I estimated to Dave Torick that the optimum route might be 10-12 km. Actually, this route is only a little over 8 km.
I was happy to see that every control,
except #7, was visited by at least one person, although Alexis is the only
person to visit #5 and #25. The most frequently visited controls
were #16 and #19 with 15 orienteers reaching them; these were two of the
easiest controls. Naturally, the controls on the northwest portion
of the map were visited least often. #18 also had only a few visitors;
I guess many didn't think it was worth the climb.
Night-O Score Course
2 hours 35 controls Points as
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