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As promised Rory planned a micrO. The upstairs bedroom was transformed into a maze of tunnels, caves and trapdoors! Unfortunately the control inside a sleeping bag could be dibbed through the sleeping bag. John beat Ben, but we haven't quite had time to do the full results yet. We had an issue with the download box telling us 'Reading SI cards impossibly' but fortunately SportIdent offer 24 hour technical support from their base in Whitehaven. They provided excellent service via a conference call.
As the waffles on previous days had not quite been up to the high standard demanded by CUOC, we instructed our wafflier to take the CUOC online training course. As a result the waffles were much improved. Since we couldn't watch Jukola because the IOF are choosing to charge for it (although the SI technician suggested various ways), we had a midnight waffle feast instead. There were a large quantity of oats left in the kitchen, and the wafflier attempted to make flapjack. Unfortunately he isn't trained in this discipline and his substitution of ingredients didn't work. The second accidental tasty invention hereby became granola. Karen collected a record 17 controls which might be a lifetime achievement. We also measured the hut slightly more accurately to make a better MicrO map
Ben missed the daily chorus of 'You and Me' because he had already gone out training. After breakfast and the inevitable faff we set out to hang a number of courses: Control pick; Long legs and the Sunbathing Naked Man loop. After some training we collected said courses and made lunch from all the remaining leftovers: couscous, curry powder, a bit of pasta sauce, broccoli, peas and salami. Granola was served with ice-cream and custard (from the VM). We didn't manage to finish the granola, but Helen force-fed the rest to us.
We tidied the hut, without finding Dan's lost thing, and set off to walk to the station. Unfortunately there wasn't time to go swimming. As is tradition we bought ice-creams before the train arrived. The train departed 10 seconds late which was highly disappointing - we hope the driver will be sacked! We are currently sat in the airport looking at the departures screen. Our Ryanair flight has been delayed by at least 3600 seconds so perhaps the pilot should suffer a greater punishment. The security bods were interested in the SI kit: "I've worked here for many years and I've never seen anything like this". Clearly he wasn't on security last time we came through the airport. He finished his examination with the following: "I have one last question: This stuff must have worked right, because you got to the airport?". We gave him lots of positive feedback on the smiley-face-pressometer.
In an attempt to leave the hut slightly earlier than on previous days, we had planned some courses the evening before. After the traditional alarm chorus, another vat of porridge (bigger than yesterday) and some faff we set off to walk to Skaran. Unfortunately the teewam built last year was nowhere to be seen. The terrain was really nice, particularly the blue course (so called because it was drawn in blue) which maximised spur running. A key moment of the afternoon was Karen collecting her first control. One day she aspires to collect two controls.
John invented a spiralO - controls arranged in a spiral around the central finish. People were allocated a different starting control depending on their orienteering ability. The start controls had been selected perfectly with most of the field returning to the finish within a minute. It could have been improved by the controls decreasing in technical difficulty towards the centre of the spiral.
Ben and John decided to take a bearing back to the hut which was 2.4km away. They also decided to set the compass and put the map away. They got their feet wet because they had to stay on line. Remarkably it worked out very well, arriving 150m north of the hut. This is about 6 degrees variation. Whilst they were drying themselves (after showering), the others arrived back and Rory got a bit of a scare.
Tea was cobbled together from various remaining food. A large pan of pasta was cooked along with an accompanying pot of sauce. The major taste improvement factors were peanuts and salami. Lentils and other vegetables were also featured. Over half a bulb of garlic was added because we didn't want it to go to waste. After tea, John got stuck on a stool because he couldn't do a situp. Vokesy called to explain how to watch Jukola on TV because he was bored at # home. We still haven't got it to work!
Rory is planning another micrO around the hut. In the meantime we have done a stretching session and written this report. Results (and photos) from the MicrO will follow later.
After a chorus of You and Me, Ben leapt out of bed eager to start training, and did a short loop from the hut before breakfast. After a huge vat of porridge and quite a bit of faffing we headed south to Arvolltangen for the days training. It was another really warm day so we took a huge amount of water with us.
Ben had planned a set of courses from a nice sunny open hill. At about 3PM we had lunch, collected the mornings controls and prepared for the afternoon activity. This was called RC#5 and involved a round or through route choice at some of the controls. The 'through' route involved a short swim across a narrow point of a lake. As it was a warm day and the alternative was a long run round, all competitors chose the swim.
We then headed to Krapfoss for a Sprint course around what seemed to be an area of warehouses. As it was 7PM by this time, everyone had gone home for the weekend, so the area was really quiet. One of the controls was on an artificial hill which had concentric square contours! We headed back to the hut but were hindered by the lock on the accommodation block. The code seemed to not be working, so Rory was once again required to break in.
We cooked veggie-chilli, although controversially Ben had brought red lentils instead of green. This didn't turn out to be much of a problem - there's no chilli left. This was followed by waffles, jam and icecream. Due to the absence of Matthew (who has run out of #holiday), the icecream was not cut into geometrical cuboids. We have watched various (awful) orienteering songs on youtube and are now doing some planning for tomorrow
Pictures to follow
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