Rocks Lurk Below September 15, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing, Adventure Recreation, Day Hiking, orienteering.
Tags: GAR, Gilmore Adventure Race, hiking, map and compass, navigation, Prescott
Kent and I were joined by our buddy Pat yesterday as we vetted the freestyle navigation portion of the GAR. It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon. The sky was a bright blue doom from horizon to horizon and the temperature was about 75°F.
The grass and weeds that have grown so well this year due to all our monsoon rains are now turning from green to yellow-brown. What looks like a nice smooth hillside as you approach it is really a rock strewn, ankle-twisting nightmare masked by the grass. Not only are there rocks lurking below the “surface”, but there are also shin high catclaw bushes that grab at your legs, ankles and shoes with every step.
Now that I am done whining about the hiking conditions, I can tell you that despite a few scratches and pokes, we had a great time on our walkabout. We spent the better part of the afternoon on hilltops, in canyons and amongst the trees, spotting several deer and other creatures as we hiked.
It will be interesting to see if any teams can actually clear the freestyle nav. portion of this course. It will require someone that is good with a topo map and compass. It is pretty spread out, and in some tough terrain. We will know on Saturday!