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June 27, 2006 at 2:35 pm #419
my name is Enrico and I am from Germany. I would like to know whether there is anybody who is going down and who could drop my travelbug in a cache near to the station.
The Geocache has been officially approved through the McMurdo Station Manager (September 2005) and it is buried at a trail marker near “Roll Cage Mary”
(The trail from Hut Ridge Point.)
How likely is it there will be time to pick up the TB in Cheech in a cache near to the airport?
Thanks for your help and greetings from Dresden/Germany
June 28, 2006 at 5:10 am #3131
Enrico, I’m part of the group that placed the geocache you are referring to. It’s called Goodview and is relatively easy to find. It also has a great view as the name implies
Here is the Goodview link. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx
The station management asked that we make sure it is in a place where nobody can get hurt searching for it. So anyone coming down with a GPS look for Enrico’s bug in Cheech and bring it down to Goodview. I’m supposed to be checking on it now and then, but it’s too darn cold and dark to be out hiking too much in the winter.
I’m sure there are people with gps receivers coming down in August. If nobody finds your bug then, I’ll be coming down again in October. Our only problem is that sometimes when traveling to Antarctica we are only in Cheech overnight and may not have time to search out a local geocache.
For those of you who don’t know about Geocaches, It is a new up and coming hobby around the world. People hide boxes all around the world and post the GPS latitude and longitude coordinates on the Geocaching website. http://www.geocaching.com/ .
It’s a fun hobby. whenever you travel you look on the website to see if there is a geocache in your area. Then get your trusty GPS and see if you can find it. It’s an interesting way to see areas you would never normally see. Some geocaches are boxes of goodies, some are just photo ops. Enrico has a travel bug. The idea is you post where you want the travel bug to go and then whenever someone finds a cache with the travel bug in it, they get it and look up the requested final destination on the website and bring it with them, eventually dropping the bug in another geocache closer to the requested location. Eventually the travelbug makes it way around the world. At anytime you can look on the website and see where it is. Enrico where is your bug now?
MikeJune 28, 2006 at 2:36 pm #3132
actually the TB is still in my hands after its return from Port Lockroy on the other site of the white continent.
I just have asked Kimber (probably you know her) what about using the Stargate cache network to transfer the TB to New Zealand or to the States. Unfortunately there is no gate at Cheech but near to the Airport is a TB hotel (GCMWF1)
At first I can imagine that someone who was travelling 14 hours and perhaps more does not have the mood to look for a cache in Cheech and second I think if you have got the chance to go to the Ice your thaughts are already there or you think about your family.
I have read in a book that it is sometimes not so easy to fly down due to bad weathercondiditions (Boomerang) and perhaps then there will be the time to have a look for the TB hotel.
So far I have not took a decision whether to send the TB directly to a lucky woman or man who scheduled for the trip or trying the traditional way just cache by cache.
EnricoJune 29, 2006 at 1:43 pm #3133
Kimber should get it down. I’ll be coming a few days before her so if she wants help tell her to get in touch with me.
MikeJune 30, 2006 at 2:25 pm #3134
thank you for your explanations. I am going to send Keo to Kimber and then I will see how long the TB has to stay or perhaps I should say how long Keo can enjoy being in Antarctica.
Greetings from Dresden/Germany
EnricoJuly 1, 2006 at 2:59 am #3135
Enrico, once down here we can probably find a geocacher to get him back to Cheech. He just has to get here in the first place.
MikeJuly 31, 2007 at 2:40 am #3136
Kimber was so kind to drop my Travel Bug as well as another at the cache close to station. Last year there were some cachers finding this cache but noone took one or some of the bugs to give them a chance to leave Antarctica. So, if you know someone , who is a bit addicted to Geocaching let her/him know that there a couple of TBs waiting.
Best regards and have a safe season
August 2, 2007 at 11:05 pm #3137
Enrico, I’ll see if we cant get someone to move them this year. I’ll be down from August to Feb. If they haven’t moved by then I’ll bring them back to Cheech.
MikeAugust 3, 2007 at 12:22 pm #3138
that would be great. I also will post a note on the related cachepage. Probably this will help to attract some attention, too.
Greetings from Germany
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