CacheCrazy.Com: Geocaching Adventures with Sumajman ~ La Virgencita - FTF after almost two years

Monday, April 8, 2013

Geocaching Adventures with Sumajman ~ La Virgencita - FTF after almost two years

I have some really exciting news! Steve from Sumajman and his personal blog, Andean Trekker are going to contribute to CacheCrazy.Com every month! That's right, you heard me. You're going to love his work and wild geocaching adventures in different parts of the Earth! In addition to living in Peru he lived and worked in Ecuador where he was a large part of getting Ecuador on the geocaching map. We are happy to have him back in the states again. His writing style is excellent, his pictures breathtaking and he is quite a gentleman in communications. I present to you, Sumajman and his new monthly series, "Geocaching Adventures with Sumjman"! BH

In February 2009 I had the opportunity to climb part of Illaniza Norte. That was an exciting trip. I really gained an appreciation for the difference it makes to acclimatize to the elevation. We spent the night at the hut in the saddle between the two mountain peaks. The next morning we continued up Illaniza Norte until we reach the point that it became rather technical, then we turned back. The views were spectacular. The day before as we started our climb up I hid a geocache,Illaniza, La Virgencita (GC1N83W). At that point I did not think that this would be a long time being found. There are a number of climbers that are geocachers so I figured within a couple of months this would be found. It took 23 months for autobus to make the FTF. Even then autobus waited about 9 months to post his find. I just received the notice the first week of October 2011!

Prior to this one cacher lamented the muggle climbers he accompanied to the summit because they wouldn't allow him the time to hunt for the cache on the way down even though his GPSr put him within 20 feet of the cache. That has to be frustrating! 
I'm glad that the cache has been found and hope that many others who set out to climb these gorgeous mountain peaks will take the time to look for this small treasure. It's not the treasure as much as the mountain that makes this an experience worth having.

Enjoy the mountain!


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Welcome to CacheCrazy!! I'm looking forward to more posts like this.

BigAl said...

Nice post. Welcome to I look forward to many more posts from you. The pictures look fantastic. I'll bet it is truly a wonderful experience. Thanks.

George said...

Epic cache! Welcome to CacheCrazy, look forward to reading more!

Sumajman said...

Thanks Kim, BigAl and George for the kind words. I look forward to participating by contributing and reading your blogs too.

CrazyCris said...

Gorgeous photos! I'd love to see the Andes some day! South American is the only continent I haven't set foot on... ;o) I can't wait to read more of your tales!

*Sigh* Muggles accompanying you on a hike can definitely put a damper on any geocaching plans! It's happened to me twice already... But fortunately not on mountains that intense so I'm sure to have another shot at those caches one day! :o)

Sumajman said...

Thanks CrazyCris. I hope you are able to do some caching in South America. The countries most developed in geocaching seem to be Brazil and Chile. So, if you want the Andes and good geocaching, Santiago, Chile is probably the best place to start. As for me, I'm loving catching up on caching in the USA right now!

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