Elk Neck is one of my favorite local maps; in Maryland, sitting on a peninsula
along the Chesapeake Bay. It even figures obliquely in a book I've written.
Given its steep ridge valley terrain, and thick veg in places, it may be
the most relevant map in the Mid Atlantic for WOC '05.
When I heard the Stumble was being held there, I jumped at the chance to set
courses. I know the map pretty well, so I did alot on paper trying to plan
interesting route choice situations. I figured all I had to do was check
control sites that I didn't already know, hang streamers, and get maps
Unfortunately, it was hit by a hurricane. Unmapped hurricane blowdown is never
fun for competitors. Coupled with park restrictions on where we can stage,
and the fact they have sold some of the land, is turning the course setting
job into a nightmare. Its sad, because course setting to me is an artistic
process, and I find it tough to deal with as the constraints pile up, and
given the blowdown affecting the areas I think are the most interesting, I
don't have the confidence that I can set fun, challenging courses. I try to
set "on the edge", meaning that to adjust to the blowdown, I either have
to dumb down the courses, or make them too hard. Neither situation is
Oh well, hopefully another day in the park, and things will not appear as
bleak as they seem. I only checked a handful of areas, and it was not
all bad, its just that some of my favorite areas were hit pretty hard.
I guess the saddest thing is that one of the best maps in the Mid
Atlantic isn't as good anymore. Top that off with the fact that I
spent 5 hours running thru hurricane blowdown the day before a club
championship. Oh well.