A walk in the forest

22 04 2014

It’s spring and the time that geocachers come out of their winter hibernation and start strewing caches all over town and country. I now have 48 cache within 5km from home that I need to find. Nearly half are mysteries that are on my “hold” list. The situation 5km from work is better, only 23 caches to find and no unsolved mysteries. However, just to the west of Sandviken where I work there are many more new caches to find due to new and active cachers in the area.

Trails between Sandviken and Åshammar

Trails between Sandviken and Åshammar

As it was such fine weather over Easter my partner and I decided to go for a walk and collect some caches at the same time. Of course a thermos of coffee and some sandwiches were taken along. The aim of the day was to find the cache on the Tuna Trail. The area is called Tuna and as far as I know there is not relation to the fish of the same name. I was half hoping that the barrier across the road would be open but guessed that it may not be. It wasn’t so we walked around the track. Getting back to the barrier some hours later we found it open. Murphy’s law of course. The caches were a mix of small and micro and their hiding places were mostly a mix of under rocks or hanging in trees.

A typical cache.

A typical cache.

A typical view along the Tuna trail

A typical view along the Tuna trail

We found 14 of the fifteen caches. The DNF was on a cache in a tree. Despite climbing up the tree I didn’t see the cache. Slightly irritating is that we met a fellow goecacher on the second trail we followed from Ludvika. A guy with the nickname Sharkoak. He found the cache later in the day. Duh. I heard later from DanPia that one of the FTFers thought it would be fun to place the cache much higher up the tree than the CO intended. I never understand why some people can’t respect the CO’s placement of caches.

The second track we followed was somewhat shorter and had just ten caches. One of them on the track – The shorter twin had a T4 rating but we found the cache on the ground. There was a long branch lying on the ground next to it and a short branch on the tree that looked like the likely place for the cache to be hung, if judging the wire loop on the cache was anything to go by. A few minutes of attempting to get the cache back in position failed by just a few centimeters. A little way along the track we met Sharkoak, who’s nickname and today’s date we had seen in all the caches so far. He was carrying a strap and explained that he had knocked the cache down from the tree but was too short to put it back. We continued on to the remaining caches and on the way back noted that the cache was hanging in the tree again.

The cache should have been hanging on the lowest branch but we found it on the ground

The cache should have been hanging on the lowest branch but we found it on the ground


Apparently it was a busy day as several other well known geocachers were on the trail the same day but we didn’t meet them. One of them, IrreVilse, I met at the CITO event in Gävle the weekend after and we updated each other on what we had been up to. I got a hint on a cache of mine that needs some maintenance so that will have to be done next week.

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