Anatomy of a Mistake   3 comments

I lost 10 minutes at control 3 on day 1 of the championships. I usually don't make mistakes of that scale, so I went back the next day and investigated the terrain. The map and my GPS track are below. Conclusions:
1. At least 80% of the mistake is my fault.
2. I should have relocated using the rock (A). I clearly remember seeing it in the terrain, but couldn't relate it to the map because I was looking for the rocks to the north of the control.
3. Most of the time I was in the wrong clearing (B), thinking that I was in the clearing just south of the control (C). That clearing is much larger than mapped, and looks just like C, including the surrounding bushes.
4. Clearing C is not mapped accurately – as can be seen on the aerial photo, there are about 20m and another small clearing between it and the control, while on the map they are adjacent. I saw the clearing after about 3 minutes (one of the loops on the GPS shows this, another one is just before finding the control on Pavel's heels) and disregarded it, though I can't remember why.

Anyone coming from the south (and in this case that means everyone) would have problems finding the control immediately because of the mapping on that side, but that's not an excuse for losing 10 minutes. I should have stopped wandering around, taken a deep breath, and attacked from a totally new direction, and then I would have lost only 3-5 minutes.

The next day, at control 4, I had a similar situation – missed the control and lost contact. I remembered this, headed fast for a distinct feature, even though it was uphill, and attacked properly. Lesson learnt…

Posted 01/03/2011 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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  1. Moritz writes:hey dan,with what software did you make the gps track on the aerial photo? looks really nice.

  2. Sorry about the delay in replying.I use SportTracks – http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/sporttracks/

  3. Moritz writes:no problem. thanks!

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