We’ve cached a lot this christmas holiday, mainly to make up for the days we haven’t been out due to the snow. Today was our last chance to get some caching in before back to work tomorrow (Boooo!) We stayed quite close to home today and headed up to Royston and Biggleswade for caches dotted here and there. Our target today was 25 cache finds to take us to 2300 finds. It always feels better to end the day on a round number! 😀
Climate Choas: The Vision
The climate chaos series of caches include 5 puzzle caches. The idea behind these caches includes a little story. Basically, due to climate change and running out of fossil fuels, a new renewable carbon-free energy source has been invented by a small team. However, Mobexx, an organisation that sells energy aren’t happy about it and are trying to destroy the research. Information on the new research is hidden in boxes around the countryside and our mission is to find them all, assemble the information and find the penultimate cache. You have to find Climate Chaos: The beginning to get coordinates for the next 3 caches Climate Chaos: The vision, Climate Chaos: The design, and Climate Chaos: The Theory. Then after finding ALL of them you will have enough information to find Climate Chaos: The Solution.
Climate Chaos: The Vision was the closest unfound cache to home. We’d been working on it for a while though. To find the easting coordinates of the final we had to walk two loops about 3.5 miles from home. We’d walked the first loop in the summer, however decided to call it a day after a child fell off of her bike on the road right where we were searching. Luckily we were there to help though as the father didn’t have a mobile with him and she was cut very badly. Then on Sunday we took a stroll to do the second loop. We must have done about 4 miles walking for all of the boxes for this one cache, a lot more effort than we’d usually put in to a cache, however it was close to home and fun! After getting the Eastings from the long walk, I had to get the Northings by solving a puzzle. I’d put off this cache for this long because the puzzle blew my mind. It turned out it was really simple and I managed to solve it within about 15 minutes of focusing on it.
Today we headed out towards the final cache. It was a very muddy trek to GZ, and once we got there, there were no obvious cache hiding places (there was no hint either) however after 10 minutes of checking tree, upon tree, we returned to the first place we’d looked and there it was, a big ammo box.
I marked this cache as a favorite. It’s absolutely amazing the amount of work that went into creating these caches. Just for the intermediate parts of this one cache there were 8 large tupperware boxes. Websites have been set up for different parts of the story, and the story and parts of it are massive. It really is an adventure and a half!!! The next two caches aren’t so close to home, so I’m hoping I can do them in the evenings after work when it starts to get a bit lighter.
All the zeros!
Next we headed up the road to grab a couple of interesting caches. These were Periwinkle on the Meridian (Herts) and a virtual cache, Quintuples of the Meridian. At the Periwinkle cache, all of the numbers on the Eastings/Westings were zero, E000 00.000. The northings weren’t though. This was a nice big box.
We then headed for the virtual. This was in the middle of a field. The advice for this is don’t enter if there are crops in it. In our case the field was fine and we were able to go down tyre tracks to the location. At this location you get zeros in the eastings and five (hence the quintuples) in the northing: N52 00.000, E000 00.000. However, it’s a multi location cache and you can in theory visit it at any other place as long as the east is all zeros and the last five digits of the northings are the same, e.g. N50 55.555, E000 00.000. In our case, we we to the place where the virtual icon actually was. On our way to GZ we spotted something red in the middle of the field. As we got closer it turned out to be… A CAR!!! Very strange!
It was quite a long 2 mile walk to get these two caches, however well worth it to see all of the zeros on the GPSr. After this we headed off to grab a couple of caches close to the road. We stopped at Water Tower – Langford for a good hoard containing 2 TB’s. The water tower looked massive close up.
We skipped the random single caches and headed to a series called “Uniquely Shuttleworth“. This loop of 10 caches were placed to celebrate the aircraft at Shuttleworth. This is a museum that you can visit full of old planes. They also hold airshows there. We parked at the airfield and continued to the first cache. The idea was that you would park here, grab a couple, move the car, grab a couple, move the car, grab a couple, etc. however we’re fans of big circular walks (I hate walking back the way I’ve come!) and as the series was stretched over a loop we decided to walk it all. It was 5.5 miles in total.
The loop started on the bridleway on the outskirts of the airfield. It was a sunny, but quite cold day even though there was no wind at all.
On the stretch of road that we walked to the start of the footpath was a huge stretch of double yellow lines to stop people parking there for free to watch airshows! The bridleway was also covered in signs trying to stop you watching planes there!
We were impressed that the majority of the cache boxes on this trail were of a good size. There were only 2 micros, and also the CO had bought Rite in the Rain logbooks for every cache. That must have cost a few pennies. The logbooks on all caches were very full, looked like a popular trail.
We got past the first stretch of 4 caches then had to walk 0.8 miles along the road. It was either that or walk over a mile back to the car to move it, so walking the loop seemed the most logical thing to do. The next two caches were hidden in a beautiful pine wood which I really enjoyed walking through. It reminded me of the woodland at Center Parcs.
We bumped into a family caching on this series today as well. They walked past us and we went to GZ, then trying to act unsuspicious noticed them look at us and approach. On second glance they had a GPS. Phew! We had a quick chat then headed off our separate ways as they were doing the trail in the opposite direction. We then emerged out of the woods and came out near a church where we found our final cache for the series. It was then time to do a bit of number crunching to work out the location of the bonus.
In the meantime there was another cache near by, Orange Tree 2 that was worth visiting. We read the hint on the way to GZ, “Base of the thinnest real tree in the row between the fake trees” Fake trees? Hmm… When we got to GZ it all became clear. The fake trees were phone masts disguised as trees.
They looked like they’d been there for a fair while, as lots of the fake branches had blown off and were lying all around. In fact, the cache was even using them as camo!!!
There were bits of fake leaf from the branches all on the ground so I collected some of it and put it in the rucksack. I thought it’d make interesting camo of a cache as I could glue it to the box!
He had another 0.8 mile walk along the road back to the parking for the series, however the bonus was on the route to this by the lake. It was a nice, easy find to finish off the enjoyable trail.
Mill to Mill
We weren’t finished there though, we still needed 9 caches to reach our target, so we headed to Biggleswade for a series of 5 along the river, Mill to Mill. On the way to it we were passing another cache, The kingfisher way ~ do you rock?. We had very briefly stopped for this cache the first time it snowed here. The cache was a film cannister hidden under a gigantic rock and after having a quick look last time we had to walk away as the ground was too wet for us to kneel down and search it. I hate revisiting caches that we couldn’t find the first time, I’m fine with not finding something once, but twice cuts like a knife (especially as I knew others had found it after our brief search) We were lucky however, and the cache was soon in hand after we dodged a flood of muggles.
With a smile on our face we headed off to the first Mill to Mill cache. This was a nano at a playground (Is that allowed???) however it was peak playground time and lots of muggle children all around. As it was a linear walk we decided to take a look for it on the way back when the children had got too cold and returned home. We carried on up the river, it was quite dirty and not one that canal boats could get down. The swans seemed to be enjoying themselves though.
We were enjoying ourselves too as river walks are always nice. The 3 middle hides were also easy to find, which helped boost morale.
The last hide however was a bit of a pest. We spent a while searching getting our gloves grubby, but eventually we found a glipse of hope, it was a bit of logbook. We signed it and popped it back where we’d found it, however I don’t think it’s going to last there very long as it looked like something had already taken a chunk out of it!
It was then back to the start and as predicted the children had gone home to the warmth. The pesky nano then appeared. 🙂
We were then at 2297 caches. So close. It was about 4:15pm by then and quite low light, so we headed off to get some drive-bys. These were Pedro’s Pedal Dash #1, Ross’ Ramble 9: A505 Travelbug Hotel, and Church Micro 685: Bygrave, St Margaret. The church micro was one that we had DNF’ed before, however we were correct with our DNF’ing as the CO had checked on it and reported that after tree surgery it had vanished. It had been replaced about 300ft from the original place. It was pitch black now, and after 5 minutes of searching on the brink of giving up I got lucky! Hooray! Our 2300th cache which we truely deserved after the total of 10 miles we had walked during the day.