I've uploaded some
pics. They're bad; the point is to learn how to use the software. I'll learn to use the new
camera some other time.
Vlad sent me a very detailed writeup on M21 day 3 control #4 (#248), (the one
I griped about in my last entry), among other things. I've excerpted some of
it here because I find it interesting. Note that the point is never to dis
the club, course setter, controller, consultant, etc., just to learn.
Quoting Vlad --
the description is "western reentrant, bend". There was maybe
a form line amiss that would show exactly where in the reentrant the
bend is located. But there was already a form line at an intermediate
elevation, so this original form line could have been modified
rather than a new one, added.
There is a similarly sized long reentrant to the
east of the control, a part of which is in the circle, hence "western".
The bag was about 15 m S of the actual bend because there was no
tree at the bend on which to hang the bag. Therefore the bag was
placed high. I came there on Saturday afternoon, saw the bag 15 m too
far S, dragged it to the actual bend, saw no tree, went back and stuck
it where it had been, only about 10 cm higher (it was already
pretty high). The bag was, and ended up, well inside the circle.
It is my belief that the control was sited and described
correctly, within an acceptable margin.
I think my problem stemmed from the fact that since there was no feature in
the center of the circle, it was unclear which drainage system to look for.
I think it is easy to assert that no feature in the center of the circle is
an error. If one then assumes there is a pathology with this control, then
it isn't much of a leap to assume that the description is also in error.
In other words, something is wrong, therefore why trust the
description, especially when you don't see a western reentrant? And I
still don't really see "western" in the circle -- that looked like an error
at the time. I felt the map was simply printed wrong, and it could be
In any case, it didn't affect my time too much, it didn't affect who made
the team, nor did it affect enjoyment of the meet. But from a geek-out
point of view, I feel it should have been handled differently. I'm not sure
what I've learned, or how I would have approached this differently.
Vlad points out that my route gadget is wrong on this, and it probably is.
It was an estimate of the bag being somewhere to the south, which was
my gut instinct at the time, and turned out to be true.