Day #321 – Way To 81!

Trad: 11
Walked: 6.7 miles

At the start of this year, I set myself the challenge of completing my DT grid. Here’s how it looked back then (the yellow squares were the targets for my outing on Day #166) – 26 empty holes.

Prospective Grid-Fillers
Prospective Grid-Fillers, January 2016

Since then I have been chipping away at the empty squares, looking for specific caches to fill the gaps. As of today I have just one left! The tricksy D5/T4.5:

DT Grid, 28th May 2016
DT Grid, 28th May 2016

Together with geobuddy Infinson, who only had 3 empty squares to fill, and his son fincache, we headed off to Kent today to make sure we finished off the task!

The first was The Nest, a D5/T4.5 which both Ian and I needed. We chickened out and sent Ryan up the tree. He is a climbing instructor, so he knows what he’s doing!

Ryan Goes Up The Tree
Ryan Goes Up The Tree

While that technically meant we had done the job, I wasn’t happy until I’d actually got my hands on a D5/T4.5 under my own steam. So we headed to our backup cache, North Downs Adventure #10 (4×4 Cache & dash MkII) with my new telescopic ladder! There we go, cache in hand. Who needs to climb? 😉

Me Completing The Grid With D5/T4.5
Me Completing The Grid With D5/T4.5

I had anticipated I might finish off the grid today, so I brought along my 81 Star Geo-Achievement coin to pose with once I had done it.

DT Grid Complete!
DT Grid Complete!

We stopped off at several other high DT caches around Walderslade and then headed for OMG – which is a jaw-dropping D3.5/T5 along a pipe over the River Medway. I wanted nothing to do with this one! But Ian gamely sent his first-born son up there to do the deed. That was his penultimate square ticked off.

Ryan Goes Up - OMG!
Ryan Goes Up – OMG!

Infinson’s one remaining empty square was the elusive D1.5/T5 at Damp Ankles near Dartford. It was pretty dry today, and we made short work of it!

Under The Boardwalk
Under The Boardwalk

So there we go – two of us finishing off our DT grids today and Ryan having a lot of fun too. Here’s to adventures!

Three Musketeers
Three Musketeers

And once I had come home and logged the finds, my grid now looks very satisfying indeed:

DT Completed! 11th June 2016
DT Completed! 11th June 2016

Anyone for Round Two?

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