Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

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Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:23 pm

Putting a call out for any fool who would like to come tromp through the woods in search of six night caches at Mountwood Park on October 29.

The Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) #1 GC2QNZJ and then the rest of the lot.

Yes, the cache pages for all six say the exact same thing. And the waypoints listed are confusing at best.

So yours truly put forth a little effort.

First I discussed these caches with Allysmom24 & wvmikepar since they'd completed the series. From them I was able to learn quite a few things:
1. There is a bailout point after the 3rd cache should cachers become weary / soaking wet / bored / fed up. It will lead you to the road not too terribly far from the beginning parking.

2. At least one car should be parked near the end of the trail because walking on the road BACK to beginning parking is annoying when you've already logged that much hiking (from personal experience I will say, it's REALLY annoying).

3. If you have a tracklog of the trail, you can skip some of the switchbacks if you are so inclined.

Saturday sidekick & I hiked the trails on which the caches are located and now I have the tracklog which I will be happy to share. Total distance was about 4 miles if I recall correctly. Should take 4 hours to complete this series according to folks who have accomplished said task.

In addition, we also located the six reflectors and waypointed them, information that I will also be happy to share for folks that are willing to join in on this adventure.

And now further information:
There will be two meet up times. One for folks who want to throw in with me all day and those who would like to meet for/after dinner to hit the night cache. (I suppose that really makes it 3 meet up times.) I will formulate a plan by Thursday at beer & wings - I hope.
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby pbump on Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:12 pm

What is it with us and night caches in frigidity?
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:12 pm

GPX file has been loaded in the TRAX section as well as a screenshot.

It's HERE.
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Rock_Rat on Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:47 am

Who are you and what have you done with SSPG? :eek: :lol:
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:08 am

Rock_Rat wrote:Who are you and what have you done with SSPG? :eek: :lol:


you weren't supposed to notice. I'm her slightly more evil, but terribly more prepared twin. They usually keep me shut in basement library, but I got out.
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Rock_Rat on Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:33 pm

Spotty Spotty Pony Girl wrote:
you weren't supposed to notice. I'm her slightly more evil, but terribly more prepared twin. They usually keep me shut in basement library, but I got out.


So you have a goatee then? I mean don't all evil twins?
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Allysmom24 on Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:00 pm

Woo hoo! It wasn't a bad hike though, was it? Those switchbacks are aggravating in the dark so you doing the grunt work up front will pay off. Some of the caches are quite a bit off the trail but you'll find with no problems. I'm glad you are also prepared for the ending and getting out of the woods part. We were pretty irritated at walking back to the parking coords too. Enjoy and you all have a great time! Don't get spooked.
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:20 pm

Allysmom24 wrote:Woo hoo! It wasn't a bad hike though, was it? Those switchbacks are aggravating in the dark so you doing the grunt work up front will pay off. Some of the caches are quite a bit off the trail but you'll find with no problems. I'm glad you are also prepared for the ending and getting out of the woods part. We were pretty irritated at walking back to the parking coords too. Enjoy and you all have a great time! Don't get spooked.


Thanks for all the help and advice. With the tracklog I think we could feasibly cut out some of the switchbacks. We'll see how it shakes out. I'm sure I'll have a full report of every Bad Decision made.

Sidekick and I did have to walk back from the end to parking when we did our scouting trip. And yes, it sucked. But we only had one car, then again it was daylight too. And a nice day at that!
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Rock_Rat on Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:48 am

So is there a definite plan for the day yet? I've got family coming in Friday so I'm likely going to take the dinner and a show option.
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Groggamer on Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:41 am

SSPG said " I think we could feasibly cut out some of the switchbacks"

This has "disaster" written all over it. :shock:
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby 89SC on Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:55 pm

Groggamer wrote:SSPG said " I think we could feasibly cut out some of the switchbacks"

This has "disaster" written all over it. :shock:

But that's what makes it fun :grin:
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:13 pm

Rock_Rat wrote:So is there a definite plan for the day yet? I've got family coming in Friday so I'm likely going to take the dinner and a show option.



Plan is to meet up at the parking coords (near Copperhead Trail) for the night cache around 5.

Which means we should be on the trail by 6 pm. (Hoping desperately to be back at home by midnight.)

Still trying to formulate plans for the early portion of the day.
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby wvhunter on Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:52 am

Spotty Spotty Pony Girl wrote:Which means we should be on the trail by 6 pm.

By 6PM I should be having my first Jello shot of the evening followed quickly by my first beer. (Halloween party. Sweet.)
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:42 pm

Just a bump of the thread.

Plan is to meet up at the parking coords (near Copperhead Trail) for the night cache around 5.

Which means we should be on the trail by 6 pm. (Hoping desperately to be back at home by midnight.)


Morning plans are to meet up with Bumps sometime around 10:00 at the IGA in Salem and head West. (depending on how rough my Friday night is, it might be more like 10:30 in Salem - PMD and sidekick Engineer are coming into town tomorrow).
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Re: Magic of Mountwood (Nocturnal) - 10/29/11 - call for cachers

Postby pbump on Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:54 pm

At the risk of SHS, SSPG (and sidekick) knocked one out of the park on this one. Their recon mission proved to be the key to a fun and not too anxiety filled evening. Weather cooperated, too. And no one got hurt - if you don't count that one tree branch that came crashing down. All in all, very fun evening in the woods in the dark.
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