Mixed bag

9 07 2013

There are many weeks whereby I don’t have a BIG geocaching day but just pick up a few caches between work and home if time and availability allow it. Most of the caches that I haven’t found in my area are mysteries but there are a few traditionals and multis as well. There seem to be more caches being placed by newcomers that show lack of experience by the CO. “Hey, I found a cache using my smartphone. It was a micro in a crappy location. So that’s what geocaching is about. I’ll do the same.” And there we have it, a whole bunch of new crappy caches. Luckily we also have some very creative cachers in the area so it’s not so difficult to sort out the good from the poor. Sorry about the little “anger moment”. It’s now passed on. I just ignore the crappy stuff as far as possible but it does mess up my stats.

There were a few memorable caching days this past week though. Slas and I had a fun evening after work on the old I14 site in Gävle. There is a D2.5/T5 multicache there called Project T5 #3 – Skjutbanan. It’s a good cache to test climbing skills on as it has two quite different climbs, both fun in their own way.

At the WP

At the WP

The biggest problem we had was getting the rope up in the tree. We throw a weight attached to a thin line whereas other people use a slingshot or even a bow and arrows! Anyway, I managed to get the weight to wrap itself around a branch and it took ages to get it untangled. At one point we were close to giving up. Slas took the next throw and got a clean shot up into the tree. Great.

Once the rope was hauled up it didn’t take long to sign the logstrip. Slas climbed first and brought the logstrip down to ground level and after we both signed it I took it back up again.

Replacing the cache

Replacing the cache

As a complete contrast there was an event on Limön, a small island in the bay outside Gävle. The event was Limöeventet There is a daily ferry service during the summer and the island is very popular with local people. A group of about 20 cachers met by Limöcafe and introduced themselves in turn to the group. Not all were from Gävle so it was good to say hi to those cachers from as far away as Strängnäs and Nyköping. I was there with partner and one of our grandchildren who was looking forward to the picnic we had with us!

Meeting at the cafe

Meeting at the cafe

At the present there are only four active caches on the island and they were all placed by me four to six years ago. I usually get out once a year to do some maintenance on them. This year I waited for the event and was able to replace the muggled Bönan View and replace a very wet log book in the multi Limön. The sign at WP1 has been removed but a new sign nearby will be worked into the cache description.

Some of those at the event decided to paddle to the nearby island of Granskär where there are two caches that are seldom visited. The rest of us wandered around the island and most congregated at Bönan View to grill food and chat about various aspects of geocaching. It was a fantastic summer day so some chose to take the later ferry back to Gävle.

Picnic at Bönan View

Picnic at Bönan View

A final contrasting caching day was when we were taking my partner’s grandson home. The number of micros exceeds regular caches by a factor of many hundreds these days and that is really boring if you are six years old. What was a family friendly sport in the earlier days is now becoming a “big kids” read “adult” sport with focus on power caching in many areas and high terrain caches in others. an obvious example is the I14 cache. Anyway we took a picnic lunch with us to Ledskär in Uppland, where we visited two regular caches placed near to each other. They were Ledskär Fladentornet and Ledskär.

Map of the Ledskär area. Caches are the two yellow dots.

Map of the Ledskär area. Caches are the two yellow dots.

Ledskär small boa harbour

Lekskär small boat harbour

We enjoyed the walk of a couple of kilometers and a picnic in the small harbour. It was 29C which you may gather by the blue haze over the water. The final thing of interest for the day was when we came across a small copper snake. Quite harmless.

Small copper snake

Small copper snake

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