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Re: Hello!
Board: Geocaching and Other Stashing Games
Reply to: #951944 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 1, 2017 2:12am
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I saw a geocache once waaay up in a tree. It was funny because it was a big shade tree in a clearing, there were no other trees for a ways around it. The trunk was smooth with no hiding spots, so when the coords bring you here you think something's wrong. Then you stare up into the tree, and sure enough there it is in plain sight about 30 feet up. Never gonna happen, of course; these old bones barely made it here from the parking area, sure ain't goin' up that tree!
Re: Hello!
Board: Geocaching and Other Stashing Games
Reply to: #951952 by Kirbert
Oct 1, 2017 6:50am
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That reminds me of one that has since been archived. I get to this clearing, and there is no place on the ground to hide an ammo can. I looked up and there it was, hanging from a rope. It was just a matter of following the rope to where it was tied off so that I could lower it to the ground.

I've also found some where I go up in trees. The highest was "An Oberon Challenge". It was placed specifically because I've placed some up in trees, but at most 15 feet up. This one was 35 feet up!

It was placed by the cacher's son, without using a ladder. It took me three tries just to spot it. I'd come prepared, with a 20 foot ladder and a 10 foot pole, making up the difference with my height. I was still just second to find, which I didn't mind because of the difficulty.

I had planned on staying up on the ladder, but I dropped the cache. I signed it on the ground then went back up and put it back. I later used that same ladder to find another of his caches in that same park, but this time there were three of us looking.

Since then, I've used my ladder to place two washers on a cliff face, one north and one west coordinate. There are few finders for that multi-cache.

Since there are few boxers in this area I haven't put any boxes up in trees.
Re: Hello!
Board: Geocaching and Other Stashing Games
Reply to: #951967 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 1, 2017 10:34am
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I looked up and there it was, hanging from a rope. It was just a matter of following the rope to where it was tied off so that I could lower it to the ground.

Oh, I've found a bunch like that! It's actually a fairly common hiding technique. And it's amazing how difficult they can be to find, even if you have an idea what you're looking for. I hunted one that was a mile from the car and in the midst of some really open woods, like none of the trees had any leaves on them, it was all open and grey. Pretty sure we were dealing with a hanging hide, and sure enough we were, but it still took a half hour to find it. And when we did find it, we'd look at it and ask ourselves "Why did it take so long to find that? It's right THERE!" Long, long skinny cord you're more likely to hang yourself on than see.