|discovered something for the non-racing weekends:||lonefrontranger|
Jul 7, 2002 7:45 PM
I was bored and off the bike 'detraining' this weekend. Found something on geocaching while surfing the web. Seems there are quite a few locally. We scaled / scrambled / bouldered several hundred feet of the local Flatirons scree and granite for the one we found today. Not dangerous, but challenging. This is noteworthy for the mere fact that most bike racers (including my SO and myself) will go to great lengths to avoid simply *walking* anywhere, much less hike / climb or otherwise physically exert oneself afoot. Incidentally, I now reckon it's as tough for the sprinter physique to climb using all four limbs as it is on two wheels...
Anyone else here that does this? It combines varying degrees of hiking (or walking for urban / suburban caches) with a treasure hunt, with the modern-day twist of using a GPS. Which, being back country MTB'ers we just happen to have.
Warning: this could be addictive.
|I heard about this a couple of months ago on NPR.||AllisonHayes|
Jul 8, 2002 6:10 AM
|Thanks for the report. I love the area around Boulder, particularly NCAR and the flatirons. So, what treasure did you discover and what did you leave in return? |
NPR described it as addictive as well as great fun! Sounds like I need to get a GPS system--any recommendations?
Maybe some people can set up a cycling geocaching????
|cycling geocaching = there are some around here||lonefrontranger|
Jul 8, 2002 7:45 AM
|The guy who set up the one we found yesterday is also an MTBer and he's got one near Nederland that we're going to look for next Sunday. After which we'll go ride our knobbies over to the top of Magnolia to cheer for all the goofbag roadies like BipedZed who have elected to thrash their way up the Horgan Hillclimb.
Part of the fun of geocaching is discovering all the little tchotchkies folks leave in the cache. In the one we found were a fancy ratchet style screwdriver set, some AA batteries (for GPS units which eat them like candy, thoughtful one that), a stars-n'stripes hacky sack, a "lucky feather" some guy wrote in the log that had been carrying around for quite a while, baseball cards, a light-up yo-yo, reciprocating saw blades (?) a nice pen, some German "bierdeckern" (coasters), a Donald Duck Pez dispenser and a Squirtle key chain.
The best part is reading what folks write in the log book, especially why their contributions are significant to them.
We forgot to bring anything special, but a last minute root through my car produced a pretty nice golf scorebook / tip sheet (don't ask) and one of my race bib numbers (with handy safety pins left on). I figured someone might actually need safety pins after that scramble, since John tore his T-shirt and I put a small gash in my knee (sharp rocks). I wrote the results for the race on the back of the number in case anyone cared. Anyway, that Kevlar number material makes a pretty decent tearproof, waterproof pouch if you are the back country survival type :)
Jul 8, 2002 10:03 AM
|I think I could get in to this if the caches were available by road bike and at least 20 miles apart. Could make some interesting rides.
Has anyone turned this into a competition, yet?
|yes, the website has "cache dash" dates listed (nm)||lonefrontranger|
Jul 8, 2002 11:05 AM
|missed that -- everything is a competition?||DougSloan|
Jul 8, 2002 1:28 PM
|Can anyone think of any human activity that has not been turned into a competition? It's sort of funny how some things that are created in a non-competitive spirit, even for the main purpose of not being competitive (snow boarding?) become so. I think we just can't help it.