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January Classics: Day 11


November 16th 1980: Nation match in Pecs, Hungary. Again we dive into Lars Pamqvist’s map archive – a real gem for orienteers interested in the good old Classics. It is a mystery that they managed that well on this map in this tricky terrain – although Palmquist got some trouble to number 6 here…

You might wonder how a map in this terrain would look like today? So did I, so I managed to find the same area from a training from last year. Below a comparison of part of the area. It is also interesting to see the difference in course.



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  1. Unless I’m very much mistaken, that’s the same area that was used for the 2nd long distance qualifier at WMOC 2011. Was there really no green in the forest or was it just unmapped?

  2. The old map was good, one of the best at that year. The forest in this area was tall old beech trees with very good visibility and no vegetation on the ground.

  3. Hungarian Night Championships 2013 – the same terrain:

  4. So he takes control 2 and then 4, runs back to take 3 and then directly to number 5 whithout passing 4 again. Was that OK back then?