CVOC Orienteering at Pocahontas State Park August 2015

Up until now, I have only done the orange course at all the Metro Richmond area orienteering events. This past Sunday there was a green course offering and I took it. One of the things I first noticed was that this course covered a lot of areas and had 16 controls. I wish I could provide a picture of the map but I must have left it on the table at the finish line.

While helping put maps in plastic bags, I noticed this guy and felt like I knew him from somewhere. I went up to him and found out that we were both in GORUCK Class 800. The guy he was with was also a GORUCK alumnus and since we had that brotherhood decided that we would do the course together.

Most of the course covered the area of the Lake View I & II trail system. You could use utilize the trail system to move from control to control but we found it to just be better to navigate off the trail. A couple of the controls had some distance between them and I had to use pace count. I think this was the first orienteering course that I have had to use pace count.

Control #9 was the first control we had an issue finding. We found a control at first that we thought was the one we were looking for but it was one from the yellow course. During the search, I found a ruin that was on the map that I could use as a recovery and attack point

Old Homesite somewhere off of Lake View III

Old Home Site in Pochaontas State Park
What's left of one of the homes that are located in the park

I think this was the first I learned about this old home site in the park because I did this course. We soon picked up controls 10& 11 and then had an issue with control 12. After searching for some time we abandoned the search for control 12. We had about 35 mins to make it back to the finish area.

They call this sport the thinking game and I think at control 12 we were not thinking too well. So we ended up only getting 12 out of 16 controls and I think we had been on the course for about 3 1/2 hours.


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