Did you ever had the chance to train on a nearly 40 years old map? It’s something that could be really fun. My club organized a training on a map from 1984. The area between Heubach and Bartholomä is great for orienteering and was features in the series “Germanies best orienteering areas”. The map is still great and on many parts you even can recognize the vegetation. We run the superlong course that has 13.4 k straight line and some nice route choices. We end up 18.1 k running and 640 m climb. As usual you can find the map in our map archive. Note that the contour interval is 10 m.
The first regional event this year was the regional championships organized by the SV Wannweil. Even though I wasn’t a big part of the organization this year I had to set and pick controls, so there was no chance for me to run in the championships. The map in Ohnastetten on the Schwäbische Alb is in some parts really stony and especially these parts were used in the course setting. Most Competitors were grateful we held the competition, as all the other competitions in the region were canceled so far. The difficult courses and small fields of competitors had the effect of longer victory times.
Steffen was one of the competitors in the H19 class and ended up in second place.
- Per Dammeier 1:17:41
- Steffen Hartmann 1:20:26
- Manuel Werner 1:56:03
This years five days of Italy (moved from last year as most thinks in these times) take place in the beautiful Dolomiti Paganella area. We had good memories from ArgeAlp 2010 taking place in the same area and it was nice to have the chance to compete international again, so we entered. To have most out of the competition we entered the M21 elite course. The elite had a small but good field including former Swiss junior squad members Florian Schneider and Lukas Diener and 1972 WOC relay silver medallist Dieter Wolf.
First competition (a sprint) was scheduled for the evening, so we took the chance to go to one of the model events in the morning. The map Rifugio Meriz had some tricky parts on it that we didn´t manage very well but gave a good feeling of what to expect in the upcoming competitions.
First competition was a sprint in Fai Della Paganella. Two interesting map pars that were connected with one long leg. Course was a little long but I didn´t want miss any part of it. Results of day 1:
Day 2 was long distance in Andalo on the forest of ArgeAlp 2010. That year I wasn´t very successful but this year I had the feeling that everything was under control. Results of day 2:
Day 3 was middle distance and take place in the neighbouring forest to yesterday. Very detailed in the beginning and some route choices in steeper areas in the end. Route choices and orienteering were quite bad today. Results of day 3:
The afternoon we hiked around Lago di Molveno and added another 12 k and 350 climb to our day.
Day 4 was another middle distance an brought us up to the Chalet Forst. Steep area with technical parts. Interesting forest but hard to run. Results of day 4:
In the afternoon we took the lift to La Selleta to hike La Paganella were you have a fantastic view. We found a lot of nice looking tracks so the hike was longer than planed and added another 11 k and 350 m climb to the day.
Final day brought us back to Fai Della Paganella. A longer middle distance race in a very technical terrain we some running in the end to come back to the arena. Orienteering went fine but running was more fight. Results of day 5:
We both ended in top 10:
1. Siro Corsi 4:09:15
2. Albin Alisö +0:15:10
3. Mads Møller Skaug +0:15:49
6. Jakob Schach +0:35:08
10. Steffen Hartmann +02:37:45
You can found total results here. For maps check our map archive. If you plan to orienteer in Italy check orienteering.it for upcoming events of PWT Italy. They are always worth to travel.