CacheCrazy.Com: SNOW CACHING

Thursday, December 26, 2013

SNOW CACHING







So, how many of you go out in the snow to cache? Okay, I see a few hands. Now, do you go for hikes in the woods or do you just try and hit the P&Gs? I enjoy the hikes through the woods, and yes I'll hit a few P&Gs too; but not too many.

As I was out hunting the other day during the somewhat blizzard conditions, I began to think about caching. Maybe that's why I didn't see the deer approaching and I blew my opportunity to put another deer in the freezer. While I was sitting in a ground blind staying out of the snow I began to do my thinking. How many people go out in the snow to cache? I mean I deer hunt in the snow, and I enjoy being in the woods, but what about caching? Well it was time to start walking again.



Where I was hunting the snow was about 18 inches deep. The walking was very difficult going up hill and I began to tire. My pace slowed quite a bit and that was when I couldn't help but think about people caching in the snow. I know how hard it is finding a cache when there is no snow, but what about finding them when there is snow?

So are there special tactics you use when snow caching? Is there special gear you use to help you find them? Do you use snow shoes? These are questions I pondered upon as I walked through the deep snow back toward my truck. It took me just over an hour to make it all the way back there so that gave me lots of time to think about it.



Would digging through the snow count as something you're not supposed to have to do when caching? I mean it does state that you should not bury a cache. If you did then it would cause people to have to dig to find it.

As I drove home I saw a group of people with snowshoes on and they were beginning a hike through the woods at Lackawanna State Park. I then wondered if they would try and find my cache, which was hidden way up the trail.

Okay, enough of the thinking. Would anyone like to comment on caching in the snow? I'm very curious about this. I have not done to much caching in the snow, but I did hide one when there was snow on the ground. It actually was quite funny the way it happened.

I was hiding my cache known as Whitetail Hunter; it's a multi-cache. I had hid the first part with no problems.  Then I walked off to where I would be placing part two. Once I had it hid I walked around the area frontwards and backwards making all sorts of tracks. I didn't want anyone going for the first to find to have it too easy. Then I left for home.

Later that day I received the email that someone had found it. What he wrote in his log was very funny.

 "FTF Hoo-Hooo! (Sorry, person who was there earlier in the day and DNF.) Part 1 coords were right on the money and a very clever hide, Had some trouble at part 2, though. Coords brought me to what looks to be a great spot for a cache-except it wasn't there. Had to expand my search and about 40 feet from GZ was the trophy. Really nice trails on this end of the park and there are several ways to get to part 1.
I took the Turkey Hill (blue) trail that runs into the Abington (orange) Trail that then takes you there. Didn't take anything but left a dream-catcher and some American Indian pins."

It's funny because the person who was there earlier was me. I laughed so hard I thought I'd fall over. When I eventually met the cacher I told him about it. We had a good laugh. 

So caching in the snow can be fun. Maybe I'll get out soon and try to find some. I really don't want to give up caching until spring, but I don't want to have to carry a shovel with me either. 



What are your thoughts? 

Now if you do go out in the snow to cache here are some things I suggest you take along with you just in case you need them: 

1.  Walking stick or ski pole
2.  Good hand warmers, a muff, and especially good gloves
3.  A warm hat, scarf, or hoodie
4.  Something to drink and keep it inside where it won't freeze
5.  Snowshoes if deep enough to need them
6.  A lighter or matches (you never know if you'll need them)
7.  A healthy snack to munch on and keep your energy level up
8.  Rope
9.  Poncho
10. Map

These items may not all be necessary, but they may come in quite handy if something should happen. I'm sure you can add to the list, but these should at least get you thinking. 

Cache Safely this winter
Big Al

3 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I love caching in the snow and we do it a lot - or would if we were actually GETTING any snow in Chicago this year, but I digress... I like to do caches in the woods in the snow because its such a great time of year to be on the trails. Yes, we do have more DNF's due to snow cover and low caches being frozen in, but that's ok.

If it's super cold out, we'll go do some in parks or maybe do a couple PnG's just to get out. The snow doesn't bother us at all!

DctrSpott said...

Placing backcountry caches out in WY has made me take special consideration of snow conditions, which can be as much as 9-10 months of the year, particularly for backcountry caches. Placing a cache high in a tree, in a rock face, or in the ground may make it inaccessible or damaged by the elements during the wintertime.

Since many caches suffer from this downfall, taking extra effort to make caches is a must for the professional hider.

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

Love snow caching, tho I don't get to do it as often as I like. My current blog post (debaere.blogspot. com) is about my last snow caching adventure.

Post a Comment

Thanks for your comments, you mean a lot to us at CacheCrazy.Com!

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...