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Caches No’s 1947 to 1956 – Encompassing the Campus

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Caches No’s 1947 to 1956 – Encompassing the Campus

Having missed out on the weekend caching due to illness I had some ground to make up 52 caches to go and only 11 days until the Mega, so as soon as I was almost fit (Tuesday) I went out to find a local cache at lunchtime and then out again in the evening to do a series of caches on the outskirts of Leeds

31st July 2012 – L&LC – Buck Hill Swing Bridge GC3RBVQ – cache #1947
A quick lunchtime walk to find a new cache… I got to the Swing Bridge and saw where I expected the cache to be (having done several of the hiders caches before and knowing how they are usually constructed) but I couldn’t find it… so I wandered around a little checking out everywhere that a cache could be, trees, fence posts, large rocks etc… and found nothing, eventually I went back to where I started and as I put my hands on it I felt something move…and there was the cache

31st July 2012 – Encompassing the Campus: Climbing Tree. GC3GE2M – cache #1948
A bit of a damp evening, but I thought the rain might stay off so I set off to walk around the Carnegie College Campus of Leeds Metropolitan University… Parked by a local Co-op and away I went.
Near the first cache… there were a couple of adult teams having a game of football, but they took no notice of me furtling in the bushes

31st July 2012 – Encompassing the Campus:West Park view. GC3GE5J – cache #1949
I should have taken more notice of my GPS and less of my instincts, as the co-ordinates were spot on and my instincts were to search in the trees several feet away… eventually after finding nothing I went back to where the GPS pointed and turned up the cache

31st July 2012 – Encompassing the Campus:Twixt the clickclick gates GC3GE4Z – cache #1950
Pretty straightforward magnetic cache on the barrier, apart from the fact that just as I got hold of the cache a dog walker came around the corner… so I had to wander off cache in hand until they had gone and I could go back and replace it

31st July 2012 – Tiles in the woods (W Yorks) GCC233 – cache #1951
A Virtual cache, in that there isn’t a log to sign, just a place to go to. In this case it is a grand entrance gate built for a Royal visit to Leeds where the owner of the grand mansion that now houses the Carnegie College hoped the Queen would come to stay and so built a new driveway with this Gateway… but then the queen stayed somewhere else

31st July 2012 – Wrinkly Tree GC2ZHKE – cache #1952
It was getting pretty dark under the trees when I got here, but I didn’t have too much trouble finding the cache as it was hidden in the roots of a tree covered by a rock – too dark to see whether the tree was truly wrinkly though !

31st July 2012 – Encompassing the Campus: Here lies H. Mason, RAF. GC3GE4H – cache #1953
I had to walk past this cache first as there was a couple sitting on a tree trunk next to it, so after doing the Wrinkly Tree I retraced my steps to this one. Spot on co-ordinates, a good hint and a nice hiding place made it easy to find

31st July 2012 – Encompassing the Campus: Church Wood. GC3GE3P – cache #1954
It was very dark when I got to this cache, it wasn’t too easy fighting my way though the undergrowth to the co-ordinates, but the hint was clear enough that when I got there finding the cache was easy (in the roots of a tree covered by a rock !)

31st July 2012 – Encompassing the Campus: Twixt Wood and Hedge GC3HAKG – cache #1955
Trying to find this cache in the dark with no torch seemed like a futile pursuit… but on the third time that I was giving up on it I decided to just check one more tree… and found the cache

There is also another cache in the series GC3GE34 Encompassing the Campus: Millenium Hedge. – but having done the last two in the dark I thought about trying to find this one for all of about 2 seconds, no way would I be able to find a cache in a wet prickly hedge in pitch blackness… I’ll have to come back and find it another time

 1st August 2012 – Hidden Aireborough II  GC3M8TW – cache #1956
Spot on co-ordinates made it a quick find for a lunchtime walk, I was glad wasn’t too muddy down the track as I had to go back to the office afterwards !

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