Off to a Running Start!

7 01 2010

I started my year off with a few local caches:
Sage Ranch Sunset
Steel Here
When The Levee Breaks

My first find of 2010:

It’s in Sage Ranch, and that day, there were crystal clear views for miles:

The next weekend, I headed up to the Santa Cruz area along with f0t0m0m, shell1fish, and geo202 to grab the final cache of the epic Fizzy Challenge!
Well Rounded Cacher (The Fizzy Challenge)

The trail up wound through towering redwoods, then up through more rocky, scrubby terrain:

We don’t see much moss in Southern California, so this stuff dripping off the manzanita was fascinating to me:

The cache is up on the wind-carved summit of Pine Mountain:

Here we are at last! The well rounded cachers:

My sister met up with us in Scotts Valley, and joined us for some of the local urbans at unusual places:
Giselles Cache is at a Fishing Park:

We didn’t see any fish in the creek that day, but for all you “Fish Wranglers” out there, Fish NOW!

Felton Covered Bridge was very familiar to f0t0m0m, who’d spent many summers here as a kid:

I couldn’t not patronize THIS establishment!

I can’t wait to get back to explore more of this part of California – it’s really gorgeous!

This may be the year of the challenge caches for me, as I also qualified for this one on the way up:
One Busy Day Icon Challenge
and still have the Delorme and a whole long string of various challenges in Sacramento to start working on! Then there’s the 24 record run thing. So…. after the hours and hours of planning and strategizing – especially on Steve’s part! – for our 24 hour run in Denver, it’s ironically humorous that the record would be broken by accident! I got the scoop from Picht, of DK08 in Denmark:

Here is the story of the 480 founds:

Elmbaek and I had decided to spend some time caching and wanted to do some of the new powertrail published some days before about 40 km. from where we live.

After about 7½ hours we had finished the whole trail, and thought it would be fun to see if we could increase our daily record (315 caches). And we knew there was another powertrail in Sweden.
Only problem was that none of us had the caches in the GPS, and we hadn’t brought the computer with us
Going home to fill the GPS’es would be driving in the wrong direction, so we went to a geocaching-friend who lived nearby and he let us use his computer go create a new PQ and load it into our GPS. (Thanks Kaskelot)

After that we went to Sweden (by ferry).
We went to eat and buy some water and energy-bars, that we suspected we would need.
Finally we started the powertrail in Sweden.
Upon completion we decided to drive back home (about 2 hours drive), because Elmbaek had to work and i had an appointment with some other geocaching-friends about doing some nightcaches the following night. (It was a great nightcaching-trip, even if i only got 3 hours of sleep)
That’s the reason for not using full 24 hours

As this 480 caches trip wasn’t planned we hadn’t the right clothing (no waterproof shoes, which was a problem with the snow in Sweden), nor did we bring any food nor computer/internet.

We signed each logbook with Picht and Elmbaek, and we were only at one cache a the time. Since both powertrails have good hints on almost each cache it was pretty easy to find most of the caches.
The person next to the cache got out of the car and if the cache wasn’t found in about 20 seconds the other got out to help searching. If the hiding spot wasn’t obvious, both got out from the start.

I have now had time to look at the GPS readings and here are some facts.

Time spent caching (total): 16 hours
Powertrail DK: 7½ hours
Powertrail SE: 8½ hour

Transport: 2½ hours
“Wasted” time (getting extra cache information, eating, waiting at the ferry): 1½ hours

So, this is the story of how a normal caching day evolved to a new record, without any planning.

I must admit that making the 315 record was more “real caching” than this powertrail-caching, and i don’t think this record will stand for long, since the potential is big if you have some powertrails and do a little planning.




Wow, what a fun example of caching craziness!

Finally, a footnote: Marzipan, the kitten I found at a cache last year, is now 8 months old! She’s a big kitty now:


Mew mew!




3 responses

7 01 2010

Please please please move the shredder away from where tails can dangle.

8 01 2010
Elin Carlson

Awww…. thanks for the concern! The shredder is not dangerous, as it only can be activated with thin sheets of paper and some pressure applied… but if it makes you feel better, I’ll leave it unplugged unless I’m actually using it…

8 02 2010
Paul Gillin

Thanks for sharing the story of the 480-find powertrip in Sweden and Denmark. Those guys make it sound so easy, but it also sounds like they had a well-groomed trail to work with. It’s cold in Scandinavia this time of year!

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