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GeoCoffee And Caches

Trad: 20 Multi: 1 Event: 1
Walked: 11 miles

After my adventures with Kitty the other day, I decided on a solo mission for a higher DT cache was in order today. My target was Don’t Fall In! near Copford Green. I arrived to find the pond was virtually dried up, but the cache was still tricky to reach.

Dried Up But Still Tricky!
Dried Up But Still Tricky!

After a bit of manoeuvring I finally got my paws on the log – and another D4/T4.5 pot was under my belt!

Job Done, Yay!
Job Done, Yay!

It took a bit longer to accomplish than I had hoped, so I was a bit late arriving for BEASTMARSTA‘s GeoCoffeeClub#15 in the Old Heath area of Colchester. Shifty quickly made a start on the crisps!

Shifty Tucks Into Lunch
Shifty Tucks Into Lunch

Suitably fortified, I then headed back to Birch and Layer Breton for a circular walk taking in lots of trads. A mixed bag of success – plenty of finds but a few frustrating DNFs too. This alien was a nice quick find though!

Poor Little Dude!
Poor Little Dude!

When I’m out and about I do like photographing the Village Signs – Layer Breton is clearly very posh, they have gold leaf on their sign!

Gold Leaf!
Gold Leaf!

They have a quaint little church in the village too.

CM1931
CM1931

It was getting dark by the time I had finished my loop – the sunset was rather colourful tonight.

Sunset At GZ
Sunset At GZ

After finding the Village Sign cache (it was quite a walk in the gloom to GZ) then finally back to the car in Birch, I was grateful for a sit down before the drive home.

VS351 Birch
VS351 Birch

Climbing & Wading With Kitty

Trad: 6
Walked: 4 miles

Kitty and I may be ladies who are approaching a certain age, but we’re not beyond having a little adventure from time to time. Today as Kitty’s birthday, and we had earmarked a few highter DT caches to have a got it – either with a ladder or our waders.

With an aggregate age of 100, the pair of us decided that pure tree climbs were rather too much for us, so we came “tooled up” and ready to scale new heights. This D5/T5 was soon in the bag – and we replaced a soggy log while we were about it.

Up There Somewhere!
Up There Somewhere!
Soggy Damp Log - We Replaced It
Soggy Damp Log – We Replaced It

Bouyed by our success, we headed to the next target with renewed vigour. This time it was my turn to go up the tree. Undoing the pot one-handed was OK but doing it up again was rather tricky!

The Little Prize :-)
The Little Prize 🙂

We had scouted out Do Look Down!!!, a wading cache, a few weeks ago but didn’t have our gear with us. So we came well prepared today. Kitty went in first to grab the cache, then it was my turn to put it back again.

Kitty Goes In First
Kitty Goes In First
My Turn
My Turn

Marvellous! Job done. I’m looking rather pleased with myself to have bagged this D2.5/D4.5 pot!

Done It! :-)
Done It! 🙂

Our final location was around an old gravel pit at Bradwell. I had had a little trad on my GPS for ages, which I picked up quickly on the way – only to discover when I got home that it had been archived the day before due to a non-responsive CO to maintenance! Ah well, it’s still there.

Then we walked around to the main attraction. Gone Fishing!! 4. The GPS was all over the place around GZ but we hacked our way through lots of brambles and eventually got to somewhere which fitted the hints. Kitty gamely walked the plank. I wasn’t going anywhere near it. But to no avail. We scouted another one, much thinner and more feeble, but decided that couldn’t be it. On reflection, it probably was, but neither of us was keen to teeter out on that one, with the evil-looking black gloop below. Hmmm. Might have to give up on this one after all! It was a disappointing end to the outing, but we know our limits!

Still There!
Still There!
Miserable Failure!
Miserable Failure!

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?

Day #313 – Brainiacs Or Maniacs?

Trad: 11
Walked: 7.3 miles

I was out today with my co-conspirator Kitty!! We decided to revisit some of the hideous DNF’s we had had on Run Around’s Takely Trail a few weeks ago. Thankfully, we managed to turn all but one into a nice smiley – phew!

Grassy Hell!
Grassy Hell!
Slithery Dude
Slithery Dude

Satisfied with that achievement (for the moment), we headed towards Braintree to look for Up The Wood – a cache up a tree. Neither of us are keen climbers, so we had come prepared – a stepladder and Larry The Litterpicker solved the problem quickly!

Larry Helps Up A Tree
Larry Helps Up A Tree

Those were all really just hors d’oeuvres to the main event – Brain Tunnel by flossregularly. This had been on Kitty’s wishlist for ages, but it hadn’t really registered on mine for some reason. But I was very keen when she suggested an expedition in our waders!

Ready For Action!
Ready For Action!

We had seen how easily it was to fall flat on your face from previous finders’ photos (Infinson, I mean you!) so we found ourselves two big sticks to steady our progress. The bottom of the river Brain was very silty and we made slow progress along the spidery tunnel. I was just concentrating on keeping upright, but Kitty was imagining all sorts of horror below the water as we slowly picked our way along!

Kitty Signs The Log
Kitty Signs The Log

Eventually we spotted the telltale glint in our head torches, and found the cache. Huge care was taken not to drop anything in the water! I looked quite frightening but was glad I could get a photo to prove I went down there.

Apparition In Brain Tunnel
Apparition In Brain Tunnel

It was with much relief that we emerged, blinking, into the daylight once more, euphoric that we had survived in the silt and stayed upright. It was still quite a job to pull ourselves up the slippery bank, I nearly fell back in but just about retained my dignity!

Made It Out Alive - Relief!
Made It Out Alive – Relief!

It was great fun, and all the better to be living on the “edge” of our comfort zones again! This one didn’t fill in a new DT square for me, but it was still a hoot.

Day #56 – Catwalk Capers

Trad: 48 Multi: 5 Puzzle: 1  Letterbox: 1
Walked: 13.2 miles

20th September 2015
20th September 2015
Caz Attempts A Tree Climb
Caz Attempts A Tree Climb

I had a bit of an epic walk today – as you can see! I contacted Kitty!! to ask if she thought the bridleways on her Catwalk 50 Series were still passable – and she offered to do the walk with me to do some maintenance checks. I was glad of the company.

She also made me a deal – if I spotted the caches which she had placed up trees, she would do the climbs (felines are so much better at shinning up trees than Cazes are).

There was a good selection of custom pots as well as the more usual hides. One of my favourites was this slithery critter hiding in a tree branch. It made me jump. Kitty just stood there cackling!

Slithery Snakey
Slithery Snakey

55 caches today makes that my best day since May 2013 when I completed the epic NoCMoC Series around Hanningfield Reservoir with 58 finds. Catwalk #26 was my 3500th find – half way to the next big milestone of 4K! And by the end of the day, I had found 504 caches during my current streak. But it’s not about the numbers, right?