It has been a little over six weeks since our Wall Hall series of geocaches was published. The reception has been fantastic with lots of positive and complementary logs. In total the series has had 22 visits at time of writing this and it seems to be particularly popular with those with young children and dogs. This is great as my aim was to create a trail that would be accessible to the widest audience as possible. We haven’t had a single DNF on any of the 12 caches yet and apart from a couple of comments about how tricky some of the ones in the woods are due to the tree cover effecting the GPS, there have been practically no adverse comments at all.
If you are a regular reader to my blog then you will probably remember the entries I posted about creating the caches for the series a while back. At the time I included a photo of all the containers just as we were ready to place them on the trail. There was one cache though that I kept under wraps. In the photo I obscured it with a cardboard box with a question mark drawn on it. I wanted it to be a big surprise for the local cachers as it is something a little different. Well I have kept you in suspense long enough, so now it is time that I let you all in on the secret.
The cache under the box is a Tape Measure cache. This is a custom hide that I created using an old tape measure that I had lying around in a tool box. I fixed the tape measure inside a modified plastic cache container and attached a bison and a retrieval hook to the tape. We have secured the whole unit using cable ties high up in a tree in the woods on the trail and cachers need to use a stick or something similar to hook the loop and pull down the cache. The tape extends from the tape measure housing which remains fixed to the tree and the bison is drawn down for the cacher to sign. When they have signed the log they release the cache and the spring mechanism inside the tape measure pulls the container back up into the trees. You can see the cache fixed in the tree in this photo. There is a lid for the container to protect it from the weather but for the purpose of the photo it has been removed.
If you are wondering how the hell we got it up the tree, then, then the answer is a lot more straight forward than you might think. We used a ladder! We took a step ladder into the woods, a walk of about 1.5km and then once we had found the perfect tree, up I went. As you can imagine this did cause a few bemused looks from people that we passed on the way.
Here is a picture of me operating a tape measure cache. This is not my version of the cache but a similar example which is not too far away. In all honesty I would like to say that it was an original idea of mine but I did get the idea from this cache and credit must go to the cache owner for the idea. Having said that so many of the cachers who have done our tape measure cache say they have never seen anything like it before. It certainly seems to be very popular and has already received 15 favourite points which is 71% of all the premium members that have logged it. In addition to the tape measure we have a bison on a fishing line that dangles inside a sign post and lots of decent sized containers suitable for swaps and trackables. I think all these points combined is the main reasons why it is proving to be so popular – One caching family gave the series a total of 4 favourite points!
I have to say that I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the series has worked out and it was definitely worth all the planning and hard work that Shar, Sam and I put in to make it happen. The most rewarding part of the process has been to sit back and read all the logs as they come in and learn how people are getting enjoyment from something that we have created.
We are not going to rest on our laurels for long though as , I already have plans to extend the series and am currently doing the “thinking” about exactly what sort of caches this will include. Watch this space!