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Geodashing: Sep14   Print  E-mail 
Contributed by Scout  

Results: Geodashing Game 159 (GDCH)

"I stopped at a house about 800 m away and said, 'I'm a keen
bushwalker who likes to use my GPS to find interesting places. I have
already found the Belbora Trig just over on that hill, and a couple of
survey markers, and is it okay to take a walk up the hill?' SURE, was
the answer, so off I went. After finding my way through a maze of
cattle mustering fences and a small leap over a running creek it was
then the challenge of getting up the hill. Almost all of it was 45
degrees UP. Got to about 120 m away and found a 4-strand barbed wire
fence, but it must have been hit by falling tree at some stage, so I
was able to easily get through. Then there was a battle with the
lantana. I was wearing shorts, so the legs got badly scratched. The
point was in a thick stand of scrubby bush. I would rate that as
Terrain 3.5; so maybe 3.5 points for the Laid Back Dasher - please! ;-)"

That's Geodashing in New South Wales with Grahame Cookie

"We found a convenient scenic pullout at 1.2km from the DP with a
faint trail heading in the right direction. So we went back and laced
up boots and got ready for a hour or so of bushwhacking with a storm
threatening. Initially the hike was easy, along an old jeep trail,
across a meadow, then around a steep hill. At about 700m we hit a huge
boulder field. We got our first taste of climbing just beyond the
boulder field. We reached a crest and had great views down into a
valley. We still had 500m to go, mostly straight down the steepest
descent. We worked our way following contours and descending more
slowly, out to a point where it was down in all directions. We still
had to go down the steep slope a bit further for scoring range, but
then reversed to head back, now showing about 1.1km to the car. Both
of us were huffing and puffing going uphill and I noticed we were
around 10,300', eventually climbing back to about 10,700' feet."

That's Geodashing in Wyoming with Douq Millar and deodasher

"This dashpoint was in a stand of about 10 year old pines on the west
side of a gravel surfaced, section line road. To get here I drove
about 28 km on dirt and gravel roads, about half through hilly and
wooded land and the rest on flatter farmland, where the road ran
mostly straight south along section lines. My total hunt covered 480
km and took 7.4 hours. The last 15 km or so were driven through a real
gully-washer rain storm and I got my sweatshirt soaked getting from my
car to the hotel."

That's Geodashing in Minnesota with Tom Arneson

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Game 159 (GDCH) of Geodashing was won by team GeoTerriers, their
second win in a row. Honorable mention goes to Llama League.

Individual honors go to Douq Millar, with scores from Maine to
Colorado with some exciting off-road adventures in Wyoming. Honorable
mentions go to SoccerFanatics, deodasher, RogBarn and sfcchaz.

The game saw 47 dashpoint hunts in five countries (Australia, US,
Croatia, Austria and Estonia).

==================================

A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:

in a house down a narrow street in Zagreb, Croatia

in a house in South Melbourne, a very desirable inner Melbourne area,
with many restored Victorian terrace houses

inside a two story, tan stucco apartment building named "Central Park"
in Glendale, California

down a quite drivable hardpack access road to the elecrical power
lines in this area south of Baker, California ("Although online maps
show a lovely blue 'lake' there is, in fact no water visible")

on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota, near Lake Itasca,
the source of the Mississippi River

a few steps into a Minnesota woods (oak, aspen, ash, birch, and pine).
("The leaves are still green here, although I saw a few trees turning
color")

just off the sidewalk near some evergreen trees in Maryland's
Severn-Danza Park, home to the Chesapeake BMX Super Track

in a cornfield in rural Illinois, just 26 kilometers from the very
first dashpoint report ever filed, by Markwell in June, 2001

in a fallow cornfield in Alabama ("which looked far different than the
lush green crops visible on the Google Street View, although much of
the rest of the scenery, from the red barn to the silver silos, looked
eerily similar")

on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania ("They have a huge white barn, two big
dark blue silos, and a pretty white frame house with a wide front
porch")

in an already furrowed field near Oxnard, California, with plastic
sheeting covering the tops of the furrows, indicating they are going
to set strawberries

on a residential street of neat weatherboard cottages in Woodend,
Victoria, where large numbers of people have moved to commute by train
to Melbourne (and not far from Hanging Rock -- anyone remember the
movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock?")

in front of the beige house with baby blue trim in Tucson, Arizona,
just north of the aircraft "Boneyard" where thousands of aircraft are
stored in the dry desert air

in the woods in Maine, down a gravel trail to nowhere that ends in
woods ("Oh, yes, there was a small sign with #53, probably a cabin
further up the road")

in the woods outside Boston, with a lake and large and beautiful
homes, near Hopkinton where the Boston Marathon starts

close to the road in Austria near the border to Czech Republic, by
some stakes to be used to build a snow fence to protect the road in
winter

inside a fenced pasture in Wyoming ("We stopped briefly taking in the
emptiness of the country after the tedious drive on I-80.")

just outside Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose, accessible via the
Vista Loop trail ("the views of San Jose were pretty spectacular,
making the mile-long hike -- uphill, both ways, I swear! -- well worth
it.")

and out of reach on the Nellis Small Arms Range Complex north of Las
Vegas, behind a locked gate and ample signage warning that the area is
patrolled by military working dogs

==================================

Thanks to all the Geodashing players, whose many great reports are
quoted here, not always with proper attribution. Complete, original
reports are available on the Web site.

==================================

About Geodashing: Geodashing is a game in which players use GPS
receivers on a playing field that covers the entire planet. The
waypoints, or dashpoints, to be reached are randomly selected. The win
goes to who can get to the most dashpoints; that is, if you can get to
them at all! Each game has a new set of dashpoints making each game
different and unpredictable. For more information and to play, visit
http://GPSgames.org .

 

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