Tuesday, November 13, 2007
USARA Nationals Checkpoints 15-21
This was one of the more challenging sections of the race for many teams. For one, nearly all teams worked through this section in the dark (as did we). CP15, 16, and 17 were deceptively easy. Even though CP18 was in an obvious location - the trek from 17 to 18 on an unmarked trail was tricky. CP18 to CP19 and then CP20 required some tight attention to detail and a good choice of attack points. CP19 had us start into it one spur early until I gave Melissa the map, rested my brain. She chose an attack from the 3rd stream trail crossing, took a bearing and led us straight to it. I took over at CP20. I attacked from the trail where it started west and aimed off a little to the east to hit the re-entrant above the control. This worked quite well and we nailed the control easily. CP21 was a TA and also quite easy with obvious backstops.