Yesterday Rob Finch and I did a brown course at Long Valley South. A number of these "Solo O" courses have been set up by Colin Dickson - I can let you have details.
I quickly found out how it is that Rob is consistently one of our best athletes - currently 140 in the national rankings - and he was kind enough to coach me through the course.
So what did I learn? Well the first thing is I need to look at the map more often. And then I need to check I'm going in the right direction. I was gently told that my plan " to head west and see what happens" wasn't orthodox technique! I need to try and be more fluid, planning ahead and not stopping at junctions. Rob was keeping in better contact with the map than me and that really counted in more technical terrain.
Rob has offered coaching to anyone else interested. Do take him up on it.