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No More Curses – Caches No’s 641 & 642

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No More Curses – Caches No’s 641 & 642

After some of the mammoth caching exploits of the past couple of months I have ‘remembered’ that I do have other things I need to do as well as spend all spare time caching, so I have hardly spent any time out caching lately…

23rd June 2010 – Curse of the FTF Wharfedale #18 – Washburn Valley GC2AEZF – Cache # 641
I did this one on a Friday evening, I had an hour or so of daylight so decided that the lawn mowing could wait and I would go and find this cache… it is less than 2 miles away from my house, but is relatively newly placed and I hadn’t been able to do it before as I had to wait for someone else to go and find it. But a nice walk through the woods along the side of the reservoir brought me to the right spot.
The woods are fairly mature and there is very little GPS signal getting through, so I was glad I was using memorymap cos that at least told me whereabouts I needed to look.
And when I got there it was just a 35mm film cannister, hidden in a tree, covered by a rock.

This was probably the last ‘Curse’ cache I will find, as the type has now been banned as apparently there should be no restriction or demand placed upon anyone finding a cache, so the reviewers aren’t passing the caches of this type anymore.

24th June 2010 – Jeep Jail (River Wharfe) GCQZDH – Cache # 642
This one was found late on a Saturday afternoon on the way home from a shopping trip. There’s another ‘curse’ cache close by, which is a puzzle cache, the answers to be found on the information board in a car park, the car park being only a few hundred yards from this cache so I decided to go and sort out the puzzle and maybe do the cache. The puzzle cache turned out to be too far away from where I was to do in the time available but I did have time for the walk down to this one.
When you get to a few feet away from the cache you realise it is up this steep banking… which is steep and slippery and steep, did I mention the banking was steep ?
Anyway, the cache description says “Some scrambling skills are required at the cache location” so I used mine to get up to the cache which is hidden in the roots of a tree. Then you have to remove the stickoflage and rocks covering the cache… trouble is you put thenm down on the ground and they roll down the steep slope, then you have to get the cache and put it down to open it and sign the log… put it down on the ground and it slides down the steep slope… then when you have managed to get everything sorted and put back in place you have to get back down the steep slope yourself… not easy if the ground is a little wet and slippery… but I carefully did it without slipping and sliding down on my bottom as others have done in the past !

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