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Caches No’s 2179 and 2180 – Mud, Glorious Mud

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Caches No’s 2179 and 2180 – Mud, Glorious Mud

2nd November 2012 – Don’t Look Down! GC33J1T – cache #2179
I really don’t like mud, so what the hell am I doing out walking in it ? – That was a thought I had many times as I walked from the car park to a cache that looked from the description like it would be difficult enough in nice dry conditions.
The path to the cache was an ankle deep bog in many places, and what made it worse was that the boggiest places were often disguised by a fresh covering of yellow oak and beech leaves making it actually quite pretty, but horribly muddy underfoot.

My reason for being here on such an unlikely day was that this was the nearest unfound cache to home and I have been looking at it for months thinking I ought to go and get it, but somehow I have always managed to not go, the fact it’s called don’t look down and is described as
“to reach the cache you will need to be able to climb a little. A short scramble and a couple of climbing moves will bring you to the obvious feature in the gritstone outcrop. The cache has been placed without specialist climbing equipment, and the short climb to the cache isn’t particularly difficult, but does have a potential for injury should things go pear-shaped.”
maybe hasn’t inspired that much confidence in me and my abilities to get to this cache.
However I thought I had an hour to spare, so it was time it was at least visited to see whether it was sensible trying to get it or not – I’m not a climber and as I slogged through the mud I was having doubts that conditions at the cache site would be suitable.

But I was pleasantly surprised. It was not much trouble getting down to the base of the rock, and as I had my walking pole it allowed me to movee the camouflaging rock and get the cache out without having to do any climbing at all. Didn’t even get my hands dirty

2nd November 2012 – No Place for Butter Fingers GC3WKKN – cache #2180
You do wonder what the drivers think you are doing when you are crouching down in the pouring rain pulling this cache out of it’s hidey hole… I had to wait for several minutes before there was no one actually stopped at the junction before I put the cache back… you don’t actually want to be observed hiding something at the end of an airport runway…

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