Friday, February 5, 2016

Strong wind with rain



With Laguna.sam on the way back near Leistadt, we came in a strong storm with heavy rain. The drops (or was it ice?) really hurt in the face.

At least we found the final of a nice little multi.

We also did another cache in Herxheim which we managed to get without getting wet, but with strong wind, too.

Well there is some fun in any weather. That's what it makes it adventurous :).

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pyrmonter Felsensteig

I'll have to post one tour after another. But time is rare. So I'll show you a very nice trip on the Pyrmonter Felsensteig from October 2015.
Together with Laguna.sam and guestcacher Stu, we were very curious about this way. It was awarded the most beautiful hiking track in Germany. Expectations were high.

Before that, we decided to visit an Earthcache for the Souvenir on that day. Yay, it's Eartchcache day 2015, too. So we ended up at the Grube Camilla, which is strangely reachable from a highway parking lot. Really not very far from it. Unexpected but very welcome not to lose too much time on th way. Some nice minerals and a strangely nice area made it a good start for the day.

Minerals and the raiders :): Ryo, Stu and Laguna.sam

Arrived at the Burg Pyrmont, where we started the tour, we were lucky that the area was open. The yard of the castle is closed most of the time.





A bit away from the castle, you'll find the way on open fields giving a nice view


One place you'll reach if you follow the path.

Even a small cave is on the way.

And yes, the terrain is in geocaching terms a T3-3,5. Most of the time you'll get away with a T2-2.5. It can be very slippery on rainy days. So expect it to be 4-4,5 when it's rainy or even frozen. On steep slate ways, ice is some serious stuff you know :).
 
And yes, we found some caches on the way. Not the one you would expect in that place, but at least no film canisters. This one we found at the end of our tour, is nicely made.


In the end we were very happy to made this track. It's not a highlight for the caches itself, but if you want to grab a few caches and have an amazing view and a nice track to walk, the Pyrmonter Felsensteig and the Castle Pyrmont is the place for you.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Doctor Who Geocoin LE "Timelord" & Owl NFC Tag



I just activated the Doctor Who Geocoin LE "Timelord" & an Owl NFC trackable tag.

I'm thinking about to make the Owl virtually discoverable on the Internet like I did with my virtual Geokret. I can't decide right now. Something says "why not", but then again... I don't know. Have to think a bit more about it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

At the Red Lion Mega Event

Luxembourg got its first mega-event and Laguna.sam and I were there to join it.


After the Giga-Events in Munich and Mainz, we had to focus that this is a mega-event and judge it with that in mind. The parking situation was great. Finally an event with enough room at the event location, without having to walk miles or even use public tranportation to get to the event location. This is the way to do.


By the way, Dudelange seems to be a very nice place. And the location for the event couldn't have been better. An abandoned place. Yes, an event in a lost place so to say. There were a lot of old buildings to peek sneak inside, and it was very interesting.


The hall, were most merchants had their place, was also an abandoned building. Some details were fun. We found old documents from this company in the "trackable room". Awesome.
And we were happy to see there is a hall. The temperature went up to 38° during that day, and we sweated like crazy. This was the reason we didn't got much caches. But we decided to come back on another day with better conditions and more time.
Nonetheless we did find a traditional that was made to honor the Italian steel workers from Dudelange. There was a lab cache, too. I wonder if the neighborhood there wondered how much respect these workers got that day :).


After leaving the event, which was nice and basic, and very well organized, we went to Schengen, the famous city in Europe where the Schengen treaty was signed.
It was a nice day in Luxembourg, which looks like to be the center of Europe for a reason. The Red Lion Event was an old school event, that made fun in a great location. Oh, and did I mentioned, we got the souvenirs, too :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yay! Element14 Tag Arrived

I enlisted for an element14 tag and to my surprise I got a letter from Groundspeak including this:


Very nice idea and I'm researching now how I can contribute to this by visiting a cache with the Tag.
The thing is that the map of technical highlights is quite empty. So I'll have to first add more places. Strange, and it's a bit of a head-scratcher. Guess I'll then need to visit a cache near such a remarkable tech place. Let's see.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

If you found the best cache ever, how do you say something about it?

I really want to show and tell you everything about the cache last weekend, that guestcacher Stu, Laguna.sam and I found. But I don't want to spoil too much or even expose that cache too much. On the other side, everybody should do this cache once in their geocaching career :). It's that awesome.

So I decided to be very careful with the photos and writing about that cache, but give you the name of these, which I normally just do other way around. Those are 2 caches: Dexter and Dexter², based on the TV-Series with the same name. It doesn't harm if you read a bit in that Wikipedia article.
We made Dexter first and then we moved to Dexter² which is a bit away from the first. But I recommend doing it in that order. These are no caches to walk for hours in the forest. The tracks are very short.
The extraordinary installations are really awesome. Especially at Dexter² you really think that it can't be. No really? Then you try and yes it is true. Unbelievable.
And now I want to write... but now, sorry. Trust me, you can drive some hundred miles to see this, you won't be disappointed.
Please, check the listing, what you need. You need a good UV lamp, which I bought especially for this cache, and as a big recommendation, take a working photo camera with you that can work with a regular SDcard, since there seem to be a problem with batteries there. Just in case. It saved us from a DNF. AND take more than €11 with you. You won't regret.

I think that's all I can say expect, I've done something for you. A Pebble watchface :)

You can download it for free of course, and use it to remember that cache. Or use it while doing it.
To note, this is made from a photo I took from the official Dexter Coin. Yes, there is even a trackable coin for it.

Friday, June 19, 2015

UV Torch for a special caching trip

Next week a special caching trip is on. At these caches you'll need a good UV torch for getting to the final.
I had a small, but quite powerful UV pocket torch for some time now, and often used for those caches. But this time you'll need to search whole rooms for hidden evidence. That's why I bought a new, more powerful one.


It has 21 LED with 395nm UV light emission. Don't cross the streams :)
Powered with 3 AAA batteries it has enough juice to light up a whole room in UV light. It's quite impressive.
But you'll end up finding strange things all around :)


So, I will write about this particular cache next week. I think it really can be interesting ;)