|Air rifle range|
|Orienteering past a beaver lodge|
Since it was the Mother's Day weekend we only had 30 cadets on the ground which was a nice manageable group so we had small teams rotating through each activity. Instead of getting only one chance to go down the tower some cadets went down 5 or 6 times, and they got the chance to do some extra target practice after the 'official' biathlon activity was done.
My friend and I got up early on Saturday to lay out the orienteering route. I'm glad to say that a couple of Junior Officers with compasses did NOT result in disaster. Although watching one of the teams come in from the wrong side of a marker (they had missed the marker they were heading for and went to a different one) and then go off on the wrong bearing was amusing. But they discovered their error, started over, made up their time and their team ended up with a perfect score.
One of my third year cadets, in charge of a team of younger cadets, was still pretty fuzzy on how to follow compass bearings, but I gave her a few minutes of extra tutoring and off she went to also get a perfect score and best overall time making her team the winners.
|Overcoming his fear|
|Does this harness make me look fat?|
|Over the side|
|Trying a bound|
All in all a pretty good weekend and a splendid tonic for the frustrations of the work week, as demonstrated by the grin on a fellow officer: