Wednesday, 30 March 2016
One of the wonderful things about orienteering are the many ways in which you can make a mistake. No.. really, I'm not being sarcastic. The immense satisfaction you get from actually NOT making an error on a tricky orienteering leg is really nice, and given the myriad of error-making possibilities, the perfectly executed legs are sometimes few and far between!
I myself have committed most of the navigational errors possible at one time or another - there's 180s, parallel errors, simple brain fades (due to exhaustion, or distraction or both), and that's just the navigational follies, there are also a surprising number of simply stupid technical errors you can make - the most common of these is not checking your control numbers and thus being disqualified for not completing your course correctly (this is called mispunching).. I have to admit that I have mispunched a few times in my orienteering career - although probably less than 10 times which isn't too bad in a 30 year career. However one of these occasions did cost me my 4-peat of the tasmanian open sprint championships - that still hurts.