Sunday, April 26, 2009

Remote FTF attempt

There's a new feature on Nevada Geocaching Assoc, a map of all caches in Nevada with no finds on them - ie FTF!

Trekrr spots one smack in the middle of the state, New Pass Summit, and decides that we should take a stab at that one. So into the truck we go and out on an adventure. He'd mapped out the entire route, using Google Maps to find the right path up as there were numerous side roads that went nowhere.

Once we got up into the canyon, the snow began to worry him. I, of course, was willing to walk it once the truck couldn't go any further. So, up the canyon we went, higher, and higher, winding around through the canyon, until we came around a corner and stopped...

Why's that tree lying in the road?

Ah well, back down the mountain and head off to Austin for lunch and start picking up caches on the way back into Carson. You can be sure this won't be the only trip up there, that area was fantastic!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Mad dash for cache!

The fun thing about having some hiders in town in that periodically, if your an FTF hound, you get your heart rate tested as the panic sets in as to who can get there first.

Yep, been at that again!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wendover and beyond!

Puzzleman has it in his mind to do the DeLorme.

So, this weekend we headed out I-80 on a quest to bag as many DeLorme pages, the Oldest Caches out east, two additional states, numerous counties, and whatever else we could find.

So Friday night was the monthly coffee hour and there was an amazing 20-25 cachers who showed up! Awesome time all around and a great chance to finally put some names and faces together with their caching handle. Later, while packing and geting ready, Black Fox got his cache published right outside Starbucks. But I opted to get ready vs head out.

Saturday, while waiting for Puzzleman and bookmarked, Trekrr and I calmly found the cache that everyone else panicked over last night. Soon that Jeep showed up and we were on our way! We're going on a Road Trip!!! First stop, Lovelock for breakfast (early road trip) and a required stop at It Had To Have One. Then out 80 all the way to Wells, turn north to Jackpot and we all got our first cache in Idaho! Back south to 80, and over to Wendover. Good lord, that place is bright!! Hopped across the state line to bag our second state, then it was off to bed as we were all getting very tired and it was really starting to show.

Sunday, we headed south for the other Oldest Cache and all the way to Cherry Creek where we once again DNF'd churms cache on the old box cars. Back up to Elko and fly home, stopping only a few times for a county and another required stop at the Wall outside Lovelock. Then it was dinner in Fernley and home.

I don't think I've been that exhausted in a long time. But it was a very successful and FUN weekend.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Splatter Caches

Whew, now that the Circle of 12 is DONE! all is left for me to do is keep my 5 mile circle clear.

Just a bonus that also means going on more FTF hunts... :-)

Yeah, i'm having too much fun messing with Puzzleman, Bernsports, CastleDwellers, and anyone else brave enough to challenge the night!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Circle of 12 = 2300!



:eh hem:

Well, after way to long, way to hard, way to everything, I'm finally able to mark off that last little treasure chest on my GPS within my 5 mile circle of Carson. I FINALLY FINISHED THE CIRCLE OF 12!

Allow me to explain this cache. The Huntsman, Duke_Johnson, whatever other names he uses, hid one multi that had a micro cache with waypoints set on top of 12 highpoints around Carson. Well, 10 of them anyway, 2 stages are oddly in town. Anyway, I started working on this half-heartedly. I mean, come on, 12 hikes and you only get one smiley?? But it was there, it was nagging, and it was going to be found one way or the other.

But I got stuck on 4 - a swarm of bugs kept me away from the cache site and I gave up. But, now that a few others have found it, I was going to finish it. Found 4, and with the help of Trekrr, found 5 and 6. 7 was almost on top of another cache, 8 was a cool hike with a nice overlook of Washoe Lake.

Then, number 9. The one that proved who was going to finish this and the one that made sure you weren't faking the rest. A sheer climb from the bottom of Ash Canyon straight up into the Carson Range. Sure, you're GPS will only say .25 mile, but you are climbing STRAIGHT UP that whole time. I think the only reason I kept going was because it was easier going up than down, I knew I was never coming back, and I was not about to let one cache go unfound. Find it I did, screaming and yelling the whole way, and even discovered an old mine road leading down again. To give you an idea of how exhausted I was upon finding that one, Trekrr was called to give me a ride back to my truck and had to get out the rope to pull me back up the creek bank.

10 and 11 were cake compared to that, though I think even the climb to Mt Rose was cake compared to number 9.

And soon, 12 was in hand and I took immense pleasure in marking that damnable waypoint FOUND!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

On a quest for 2300

And it involves a circle of caches...

You know, when things come together just right, there's no reason why would shouldn't take advantage of them.

5 miles, soon to be clear.
2300, soon to be found.
All Huntsman caches, soon to be checked.
Circle of 12 is going to fall....

But first I need to finish clearing out the town, so that's what I've been working on.