Saturday, July 3, 2010

Conquering the land of the Vikings

The JWOC team has been working hard to learn how to orienteer in the unique terrain of North Jutland. The middle and long take place near the coast and have many areas of intricate dune contours.

This map is from Vester Torup, about 60km from Aalborg and relevant to both the middle and long. The team trained here on Tuesday and Thursday, and the course you see here is a practice middle run by the women on Thursday - the men ran a few extra controls to the north. The terrain is quite physical, and often it is quite slow to run off the trails, though even the trails can be slow if sandy!

Here's Andrew on the way to the first control, showing us how it's done. This is what much of the open terrain looks like. The wooded terrain varies from moderately thick forest to very thick forest and to extremely thick forest with cuttings all over the ground.

Everyone has learned a lot running in the training areas and all are starting to get really excited for the sprint on Monday. Greg really wants you to know how excited he his:

Stay tuned for more updates from Aalborg!

1 comment:

Janet said...

Happy 4th of July to all of you. Hope you get to celebrate you Country's Birthday in style. Glad to hear that all of you are ready and waiting for the competition to start. Concentrate strong and run fast! We are all supporting you back here. Go USA!