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Jumpmasterusmc
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February 22, 2011
4:28pm
We are not Elite racers, but I navigate for LMFD and we have over a dozen races under our belts. So, here are a couple tricks I’ve learned along the way.

1.Know the venue. Don’t let race day be the first time you see the map. Scout out the venue if you can or at least take a look on Google Earth.

2.Leave the trails. We see teams all the time afraid to leave the trail. It doesn’t make any sense to follow a trail around a field to get to a control, when you can just cut across it.

3.What hell is a Meter? Pangea uses meters, to some people that’s just crazy talk. We hear people all the time asking how many feet are in a meter. The average step of a human is roughly one meter. So, if a control is 100 meters in, just have one of your Teammates count every step. It’s not exact, but it should get you in spotting distance of the control.

4.Use Fire Roads. Every park in the country has fire roads that run along the property lines. These roads are usually in very good condition and impossible to miss. Sometimes it’s better to stay on the outside of a map than get stuck in the middle. Even if the distance is longer you can usually go faster on a fire road than a foot trail.

5.Have a Password. Nothing sucks more than finding a really hard control, yelling “I got it” and have 5 teams pop out of nowhere and steal your hard work. I know in Pangea we help each other out, but it’s also a race. We have a password that we yell out if one of us finds a control that doesn’t draw attention.

6.Spread out. Sometimes you will see a 4 person team all huddled up together looking for a control. Use a large to team to your advantage and spread. Pangea rules say no more than 100m between members. That gives a 4 person team a 300m spread if you need it. So spread out when searching for a control.

7.Beware of Satellite(Google Earth) maps. On race day you either get a topographical map or a satellite map, be very vary of the second one. Unlike topo maps which are made from the ground up, Satellite maps are pics taken from space. They are usually a couple years old and never taken at the same time of the year as your race. Tree canopy often blocks out trails and navigating water can be ridiculous when water levels change so much during the year. We have lost several races in the canoe with a Goggle map looking for a cut between two bodies of water that doesn’t exist that time of year.

Hope that helps somebody. We mostly run Sport races and they are fast. The better teams will finish a 3 hour sport in less than 2 hours. Even then, the times between 1st and 3rd can be just a minute. We try to cut time whenever possible, so we take a lot of chances to get ahead. Good luck, hope to see you out there.

“Winning isn’t everything, but losing sucks”
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BillD
Posts: 29
February 27, 2011
1:07am
iconJumpmasterusmc:

6.Spread out. Sometimes you will see a 4 person team all huddled up together looking for a control. Use a large to team to your advantage and spread. Pangea rules say no more than 100m between members. That gives a 4 person team a 300m spread if you need it. So spread out when searching for a control.


I thought it was the whole team within 100m (i.e.: the greatest distance between any two people was 100m). Any one able to clarify?

Oh.. and why isn't LMFD registered for the BOAR?!?!?
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Jumpmasterusmc
Posts: 2
March 4, 2011
2:29am
We would like to know as well.That rule probably could use some clarification, but the application would still be the same. We wanted to run the Boar this year since we won it last year in the sport, but our schedules just didn’t work out. Being all firefighters and working 24 hr shifts on all different days makes it hard sometimes. We are feeling a little pressure to run Elites, so we will be running the shorter elites this year to start. Again our schedule makes it difficult to make the longer races since we get off work at 7:30AM. Our next race is the Missing River Elite.
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darkmatter
Posts: 43
March 4, 2011
5:25am
Nice insight on running a competitive adventure race.

Meter is better, make the switch to metric. We print our topo maps with kilometer grid lines to make distance measurements easier. A kilometer is 1000 meters. 100 meters is a football field including one end zone.

Have a Password: yep that always helps in a tight race.

Yes 100 meter rule: Team may not separate more that 100 meters. If you need to spread out more than that your lost. Identify where you are and attack the point again. Over the course of the year we will be experimenting with some policing techniques to enforce this.
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BillD
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March 6, 2011
3:41pm
@darkmatter: thanks for the clarification.

@jumpmaster: too bad you guys couldn't make the BOAR. We (Blame Javan) are in a similar situation: it's time to move out the 3 hours sport races but we are not quite ready for a 10 or 12 hour elite race. The 6 hour BOAR was perfect... We managed to clear it but by the time 5 hours rolled around, we were ready to be done racing. I think we are going to drop back to the 5 hour sport for Nocatee... still debating Missing River. I have some "real world" logistics to work out around that one.
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