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Stage Note Dilema

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Ojibwe Forests is fast approaching, and Kim and I are excited about the prospect of running stage notes. We both agree that they will be fun, and hopefully make us faster. Problem is, we don't know which ones to get, numeric or desriptive. Kim is voting numeric, as that's what his top secret codriver advisors are telling him to use. I prefer descriptive, becuz it is similar to the tulips we've been using. I'm afraid the use of too many numbers with the numeric notes may lead to confusion, and John Dillon and I used the descriptive nomenclature had a club rally this year and I loved it.

Hmm, this is easy to solve. It's my car, my money, so we use my notes! But......our top secret advisor's know their stuff, and we respect they're opinion. Also, there is a rumor floating around that in the future the notes will only be offered in numeric format???

Since we are starting from ground zero, we can learn either system. Which one do we go with (and NO, I don't want to try both and decide)? I've noticed the pros use both numeric (Macrae/Grist) and descriptive (Burns/Reid). I don't want to learn one system, only to have it become obsolete! Of course, I could just email the PRB on this, and probably will, but I enjoy the instant gratification of the rumors and lies put forth on SpecialStage. :)

So, what say you?

Dennis Martin
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When we started rallying (dad, myself, and Mark Buskirk)we had a descriptive system with easy, medium and hard. It was good to get started, but only gave 3 increments of severity (of course, we added "square", "take", etc.)

Then we tried the face of a clock system. No, we didn't use 7-12, but rather 5 right or 5 left. In this system, a 3 is 90 deg. and a 6 comes all the way around 180. This was better as it gave us 6 increments of severity (about as much as you can decipher from most tulip books). We retained "square" etc. and added things like "handbrake left" for very acute turns/switchbacks.

I was worried going into Rim (we chose numbers) that now my numbers were going to be backwards. Turned out to not be a problem whatsoever. My brain is very accustomed to hearing the stuff now. I think a number system is easier cuz it is so relative. At an instance, I know that a 3 is faster than a 2. I don't have to think about what a "K" is and how it relates to "bad."

So there's one more fool's opinion for you. No, I haven't tried the descriptive notes, but I don't see myself ever caring to. The road is described as concisely as possible with the numbers and my brain understands them better.

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