June 2nd, Camp Pinnacle
Camp Pinnacle is a unique place to orienteer -- private land accessible only with permission, at the very top of a hill overlooking the Albany area--even higher than the cliffs at nearby Thacher State Park. There are at least 4 different viewpoints, and we had a beautiful day to enjoy them. Each course had a control at an overlook, which I well-stocked with water, gatorade, and icewater in a cooler. I suppose it was "mean" to provide cool refreshments on a warm summer day, at a beautiful lookout, where a refreshing breeze blew through, while you're being timed for a race... just one more challenge for an orienteer to overcome!
We had a warm and humid summer day, with a threat of thunderstorms that never occurred--though we heard a few rumbles and watched the storm clouds pass over Albany. The vegetation was fully leafed out, so some trails were extra-grassy and the woods only walkable, instead of runnable, but I think I set a good batch of courses that avoided the thickest parts and still showed off the interesting terrain and features of the Camp. I made the Red and Green courses shorter than usual to account for those conditions, and the participants certainly agreed they had 'had enough'...
And THANK YOU! to those who helped run the event:
Gabor Bobok, for electronic punching management, registration, and control pick-up
Phil Hawkes-Teeter, for course consulting, control vetting, and control pick-up
Sue Hawkes-Teeter, for control vetting and control pick-up
Glen Tryson, lending a hand for set-up
Janet Tryson, lending a hand for set-up
See you in the woods,
White (1) 1.95 km 10 C