We found working with this year’s planner, Andy Spenceley, a relatively easy task. His selection of control sites and initial courses did not require too much adjustment and we hope you enjoyed your course. Some of the courses were a bit longer than some years but to get the best out of the area this seemed to be acceptable. In fact the courses were shorter than the initial version after realising how rough the terrain was in places. We had to wait until the snow melted (after Easter) before discovering this. The longer courses in particular provided some challenging route choice options. The dry conditions underfoot also made the lengths feasible; had it been wet then some modifications may have been necessary.
Speaking to a varied selection of competitors, both at the overnight camp and at the finish, there was some discussion about whether pre-marked maps should be used. While some would have liked these, many others feel the need to plot your course is part of the special feel of the LAMM. We tried to make the control descriptions clear; occasionally it was felt that a minor intentional “error” of one digit would make the location of a feature clearer, especially taking into account that most competitors plot by estimation rather than use a romer. The descriptive part of the control description is also important so hopefully the application of common sense should make it very apparent where the feature is located on the map.
Angela and Dave