Wear and tear

11 08 2015

One of the down sides of owning caches is that they are exposed to the weather – and geocachers.

Concerning weather in this part of Sweden we have temperatures ranging from -20 C or below to + 25 C or above during the year and lots of precipitation both as rain and snow. Condensation is containers is a problem. That means that cache maintenance is inevitable and this is where it pays not to have placed caches over an all to great distance and with reasonable access so it’s not a chore to keep them up and running. I have a couple of caches with damp logs and I will replace both the log strip and the container. No more film canisters. They will be successively replaced by PET preforms.

The second major cause of wear and tear on caches is geocachers. I had hidden a PET preform in a dead tree that was standing at the side of the road as ground Zero for a mystery cache. It didn’t take long before someone decided it would be fun to kick it over. Now I need to find a new nearby hiding place.

No longer quite so tall

No longer quite so tall

A further cache that has suffered is a bird box (and this is a bit of a spoiler) whereby the way of getting in is to insert a screwdriver or similar into a hole in the side of the bird box and trigger the child proof catch. No force needed. So far a few visitors have dismantled the box (and luckily put it back together again) but a recent visitor used brute force and broke the catch.

When I went out to fix it, I found that the local logging company had felled most of the trees in the area but left the one that the bird box was attached to. There was a harvester standing just a couple of dozen meters away at the time. I had my back to it and got a shock when a loud voice proclaimed. “Alarm activated”. There must have been either a message triggered by a timer or some kind of movement sensor.

Forest harvester

Forest harvester

Lonely bird box

Lonely bird box

So I expect to be out in the forest at the weekend and maybe even take the opportunity to place the gadget cache that has been laying in my garage since last summer.

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