Archive for June, 2008

FTF Fever

Well I have the FTF fever again, and bad. It is tough for me to pass up a FTF even if it is a long way away. We have passed up a few and then gone for others that were a bit closer or that we think wouldn’t be grabbed by the time we arrived on scene.

This past weekend we grabbed our 100th FTF. A feat that we never believed possible up here in the Northland. Number 100 is located on Buffalo Range Rd. which is a rather unique and interesting place. We have a cache about 10 miles or so away and we checked on it after we grabbed the cache. Beautiful country in the spring, but tough going in the summer.

I finished up our 101st FTF this morning. We are trying to keep ahead of 2spirits in the state of AZ for FTFs. At the moment of this writing they are four caches behind us and we know that they have a lot of chances at times to grab FTFs. This keeps us trying to grab all that are within out area.

Until next time, Just Cache It! !

FTF time in the Northland

Well two more weeks have passed. We finished up with school and have been doing some running around. Since our last post we have bagged 9 more FTFs out of 16 caches. That is 56% FTF ratio. All these FTFs recently has caused my Backcountry cacher rating to plumet. I feel though that eventually, since almost all were forest hides, that it will go back up shortly. This places us at number 6 in AZ with 94 FTFs to our credit that haven’t been archived yet. The forest surly has its advantages.

The hardest for us to find was Camp Cornhole which was actually 242ft away from the posted coordinates. The owner tried to tell me that it wasn’t his cache. I explained where we found it and what it looked like and he said that i had found his cache. The owner said that they used two GPSrs to place the cache. Must be using the wrong datum or something. It was found after us by someone who had read our log.

The description above is truly part of the perils of FTF hunting. Some people are not very good at hiding their first or second cache. This makes it really difficult. We travel a long way for caches and it sucks when you get all that way and nothing to show for it. We really like the fact though that no one has been there yet. There are no footprints or sticks pointing the way. We see it as the cache owner intended. That gives great ideas for hides of our own.

Our latest FTF was Peak at the Peaks 2 which the Littlest_Hkr likes, because the cache owner gives hand made bracelets for the FTF prize. It was a quick hump up a hill and then back down. The Potbellied_Pig was just not able to get closer than 400m. That is ok as I need the exercise for sure.

Heading out tomorrow to see if we can snag a couple more FTFs in Sedona. The Littlest_Hkr likes going there as the AM/PM there has Horchata in their fountain drinks. It is good stuff for sure. I guess you might get a quicker update if things go well.

I am thinking of making a Whereigo cartridge. I have just started looking at the thing and have a pretty good idea of what I want to do. We will keep you posted on that as well. We are in the planning stages to grab 7 more AZ DeLorme Challenge map pages this summer as well. I am excited about this as there is so much of AZ that I haven’t seen yet. This will help that for sure.

That pretty much does it for now. Off to sleep.

Summer on the Way

It has been two weeks since our last post. We have been a little busy getting school wrapped up for the end of the year.

Of course, we have been running around grabbing caches as well, just not to the extent we would like. In the last two weeks or so we have grabbed 23 finds and one DNF, of the 23 finds 7 were FTFs. I think that is about 30% for FTFs which is a good couple of weeks for us.

Three of the FTFs were at a location that we had already placed a cache, so we knew the area. We rushed out to grab our old cache up and snag the new ones. It moved us up to 8th in AZ on FTFs which puts a smile on our faces.

The most memorable caches of the last two weeks were:

Twisted Laws of Nature as it is at a wonderful historic location that used to be on the Beale Wagon Road. Cool place for sure.

Wild Bill Hill which was a butt kicking hill with wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks.

Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend as we have looked for this booger a few times (4 or 5) and finally found it. The funny part is that it was where we had looked once before. Go figure.

Hogans Hotel which was the location of the murder of Bob Crane which was sort of creepy, but also memorable as it was #1100 for us.


We are planning on working on the AZ DeLorme Challenge this summer. We are planning on grabbing the squares we have left in the high country of AZ and then work on the hot desert caches in the fall and winter of next year.

There is some sad news at Hkr central, as the Middlest_Hkr had decided to hang up his boots and move on. We wish him well in his future.

Well enough for now. Probably post again in a couple of weeks again. You can always follow our quick posts that we do on Twitter and Utterz. We have also figured out how to post to Blogger using our cell phone and text messaging the posts in, with pictures.

See you on the trail,
Mark
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