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Friday, September 13, 2013

Eh, No Thanks

I was sitting at work one day, a few months ago, when I got a text message.  It was my from good friend  A new cache had been published.  Better yet, it was close to my route home from work.  Game on!  I loaded up the GPSr, packed my bag up, and headed out the door.

I got to the cache site, and proceeded to look for a path to ground zero.  A set of train train tracks laid adjacent to the area where ground zero was.  The area itself was fenced in, and the abundance of "Private Property-No Trespassing" signs discouraged me, and one look at the structure behind the fence solidified my decision- I wasn't going after this cache.

Later that evening I went on, and logged my finds for the day.  I debated about whether I wanted to log a DNF on this cache, or perhaps a note.  I contemplated even dropping the reviewer a message, letting him on to what I found.  At the same time, I was curious to see if anyone else made the effort to check out this cache.  I went to the cache page and found this log:

CoFTF. The "neighborhood watch (We report all suspicious activity)", "tenant parking only" signs and chain link fence scared us out of the apartment building parking lot. We noticed the whole abandoned complex was fenced in with not only a chain link fence but also a flat sheet steel fence behind it so you couldn't even look inside. Also we noticed many no trespassing signs. This was not looking good. We decided to park next to the RR tracks and just walk down the road to look around. 200 ft. away we found a large gap where the fence was knocked down. I was perfectly willing to proceed cautiously Or call it a day and go home, either one. But with the prospect of another FTF and the possibility of showing off his tenacity and hard to find cache finding skills to his buddy big****, Sw******'s adrenaline kicks in and kind of overrides his common sense and good judgement. So off he goes through the hole. Me and A*** followed. We get over to the structure all the while wondering if we're going to get hurt, or arrested, Or both! sw******* gets there first and his geosense kicks in and he immediately spots the Uhm, "latter"? Two points here - One: This thing is more like a 25 ft. plank of Death. Two: I believe the correct word is ladder. We give a brief search & then despite his deep concern for sw*******'s safety and warnings not to try it, before you could even say "Holy Swampgrass", 66 year old sw****** proceeds to scamper up the 25 ft. plank of death and vault himself over the cement and rebar no problem. Kind of like a pudgy spiderman. I then walked around the building on the right side while A** went the other way. A minute later s******* calls me. I come around and there's sw******8 sitting on the edge of the cement, cache in hand. FTF Not to be outdone by the sw***** general, I had to ascend the 25 ft. plank of death just to see what was up there. No time to explore because quite frankly we wanted to hurry up and get the hell out of there before the cops show up and we get into trouble. The Uh, rungs of the Uh, "latter" were turning and ripping out of the wood. sw****** returns the GLASS cache and out we go the way we came in. Back at the cars, standing around talking, an old timer comes walking down the dirt road from a house on the other side of the RR tracks. Was he watching us the whole time? We say hello and he asks "Are you guys here for the bridge". We're like "What bridge"? I got the impression that he thought that we looked official or something, like we were there as part of a demolition crew scoping out the ruins or working on some new bridge or something. We try to change the subject and BS our way out of this and ask him about the ruins like we just spotted them from a distance. He said they were part of the Franklin Mine operation and that he used to work there. He regaled us with stories of him working in the mines, Picattiny Arsenal and the Navy. We finally bid this local fairwell and then make plans to do one more cache and hop in our cars. When I saw this place it looked familiar. At home, I looked through my Weird NJ magazines and, sure enough, there it was in issue #19. Now that we did it, it certainly feels good to have gotten away with it and to step up to this challenge and have the FTF bragging rights on this nutty cache. But at the same time there are many things wrong with this cache. Trespassing on private property, the danger of old abandoned collapsing ruins, an easily breakable glass geocache container, misspellings in the description. All in all, it was a great adventure today. I got to get another FTF on a hard cache, got to trespass in an abandoned old factory mentioned in Weird NJ, scale a precarious plank to the top of a caved in cement building, And nobody got hurt. Wow. Thanks for this short lived crazy cache and the FTF. TFTC

So, what you're trying to say is...?

Now, the cacher admits to seeing not just one, but several signs warning him to keep out.  Additionally, he and his crew note the fragile state of this old structure, yet attempt the cache, nonetheless.  I would personally never attempt this cache.  I assessed the situation and felt it just wasn't worth it.  To each his own, though, I suppose.  My question of the day is this:  to what degree will you go to get a smiley?  Are you willing to risk arrest, or even bodily injury and/or death?

(The names of the cachers in the inserted log have been changed.)


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

"Safety First!" Plus, NO TRESSPASSING should hold some weight. I question the cache being placed there in the first place.


I have walked away from a few because they were either above my means, thought it best to get a buddy, needed special equipment and yes, just a stupid cache!
With all of the beautiful places in the whole wide world why anyone would want to OR feel they have to place the cache in a high risk or private area is beyond me. I can see getting a little wild. I have done it myself but never felt I put anyone in danger or placed a cache on private property.
The general rule of thumb is, know your limits. No simile is worth it (well, maybe Airmail was?) but anyway, yah, be safe out there.

Big_Dog1970 said...

It's just not worth it. The signs alone would have been enough for me.

Dodger said...

No matter what, GREAT log by the FTF crew!

Ann said...

I am very very surprised this cache was even allowed. No way would we have gone for this one. Sorry my idea of extreme geocaching is fighting my way in/around thorny bramble bushes.......... :-). Come to think of it I am bearing the scars on my hand from a New Year Day cache! Yep a bramble bush ! Rofl

BGrace said...

This is the kind of cache that gives geocaching and geocachers a bad name with law enforcement, property managers, and the general public. A cache that carries personal risk (up in a tree, on a cliff where people rock climb) is laws are being broken, and the risk is yours to assume or not, your choice. But to deliberately place a cache on posted property is extremely irresponsible, and to search for it equally as wrong. This cache should have been reported with a Needs Archived log immediately.

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