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cache type GPS-O (Durand Eastman Park) cache size

by mafg
(Finds: 2   Score: 10.5)   (Hidden: 11   Score: 62)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 43° 13.753'   W 077° 33.702'
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Rochester ,    New York    14622
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 12 Jun 2003
Waypoint (Landmark): N006A2
Open Cache:    Personal use only
Cache type:    Virtual
Cache size:    Virtual

Difficulty:   gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain:   gps gps gps gps (hard)
Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!

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GPS-O Anyone?
Durand Eastman Park

The "O" stands for Orienteering ----- and I hope you know what GPS stands for!


Together, the GPS and the "O" mean that you use your GPS to negotiate an orienteering course as you search for specific permanent controls (markers) based on Latitude and Longitude coordinates.

Various orienteering organizations maintain permanent orienteering courses in many cities. For example, the Rochester, NY Orienteering Club has permanent courses set up at Durand Eastman Park, Letchworth State Park, Mendon Ponds Park, and Webster Park. The courses are set up so that a person can take a topographical map, with the location of several controls indicated on the map, then go out and physically locate the controls. They then mark their course punch card (provided with the map) with the letters that are on each control. The orienteer then sends his completed course card to the club and the club issues him an award.

To complete the course, the orienteer has to be able to read a topographical map and use a compass to orient his map properly. Between the compass and the identification of landmarks on the map, he can find the location of each control. Some of the controls are easy to find (on or very near to a trail); some are of a medium difficulty (off trail but on a distinct land feature), and some are still more difficult to locate (off trail with no specific features).

This is a unique opportunity for GPS'ers to become familiar with traditional orienteering while still using their GPS! Through the cooperation of the Rochester Orienteering Club, you will be able to obtain a topographical map of the course in Durand Eastman Park, Letchworth State Park, Mendon Ponds Park, and Webster Park. These courses have had the Latitude and Longitude recorded for each of the controls. You could use any other maps you have available, but the club maps are very detailed and therefore probably more helpful. The club also has a clue sheet, for each of the points to be found, and a course punch card to document your progress.

The maps, and other course materials, are available on-line under the course link below or you can purchase the materials at The Map Shop, Northfield Common, 50 State Street, Pittsford, New York 14534, (585) 385-5850.

GPS Location of The Map Shop
N 43 05.404 -- W 077 30.614


As mentioned above, those who complete the course without a GPS are recognized by the club with an award. If you use a GPS, you are not currently eligible for an award.

So Ö get your GPS, a topo map, a list of clues, your course punch card, and let's do a GPS-O!


DURAND EASTMAN PARK - WAYPOINT INFORMATION(Recorded with a GPSMAP 76S using an external antenna)
Waypoint
Map Datum - WGS 84
Accuracy of Reading
Latitude (ddd mm.mmm)
Longitude (ddd mm.mmm)
Control #1N 43 14.018 W 077 34.345
19 Feet
Control #2 N 43 13.884 W 077 34.401
21 Feet
Control #3 N 43 14.290W 077 34.209
25 Feet
Control #4N 43 14.231 W 077 33.966
18 Feet
Control #5N 43 13.802W 077 34.508
16 Feet
Control #6N 43 13.584W 077 34.774
22 Feet
Control #7N 43 13.655 W 077 34.871
17 Feet
Control #8N 43 13.387W 077 35.128
19 Feet
Control #9N 43 13.423 W 077 34.835
22 Feet
Control #10N 43 13.255W 077 34.435
23 Feet
Control #11 N 43 13.308W 077 34.280
25 Feet
Control #12N 43 13.583W 077 34.254
18 Feet
Control #13N 43 13.880W 077 34.092
27 Feet
Control #14N 43 13.713W 077 34.020
18 Feet
Control #15N 43 13.833W 077 33.907
17 Feet
Control #16N 43 14.015W 077 33.856
21 Feet
Control #17N 43 13.739W 077 33.607
22 Feet
Control #18N 43 13.930W 077 33.720
23 Feet
Control #19N 43 13.663W 077 33.541
22 Feet
Control #20N 43 13.688W 077 33.316
17 Feet
Control #21N 43 13.517W 077 33.414
17 Feet
Control #22N 43 13.787W 077 33.257
22 Feet
Control #23N 43 13.889W 077 33.491
22 Feet
Control #24N 43 13.956W 077 33.338
30 Feet


HOW TO LOG YOUR VISIT:

Due to the length of this cache, you may log an entry when you have found 12 or all 24 controls. Your log entry must include the control numbers (not the letters) that you found. In order for the log to stay on the cache page, you will have to verify that you have found the controls by e-mailing me the control numbers and the corresponding letter for each control. Posts to the cache page which are not followed up with an e-mail verifying the results will have to be deleted.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE DO NOT POST THE LETTERS OF THE CONTROL NUMBERS WHEN YOU LOG YOUR VISIT. ONLY POST THE CONTROL NUMBERS THEMSELVES. THE LETTERS GO IN THE E-MAIL TO ME AND ON THE PUNCH CARD THAT YOU SUBMIT TO THE ROCHESTER ORIENTEERING CLUB, IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO SO.

I would also suggest that you take a compass with you in case you loose satellite signal.

I hope you enjoy this cache!

Waypoints:
    Right click on the link to download the coordinates in EasyGPS/ExpertGPS format.

    You can find out about and download here.


Instructions:
    Click hereto view the instructions, the hints, and the course punch card in PDF format.

    If you don't have a PDF viewer, you can download here.


Map Detail
    This is a USGS topo map that was generated using Topo! software. The controls are identified by a marker, but they are not numbered. This should help you to navigate around hills, lakes and other obstacles.

    Right click on the link to save the Durand Eastman Park Map to your computer.





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Note 18 Mar 2005 by  strikeforce_sunset   (Finds: 45   Score: 177)   (Hidden: 6   Score: 23)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Just posting a note and a pic, to GregP100 to let him know that we found control #5.
It will cost dearly to reveal that all so special letter.
We found it right near a Navicache find we went after. I didnít realize just how many controls we passed as we cached. I should have taken pics and coords of each. Oh well.
Have fun. Strikeforce1 *out-and-about* with the Great WhiteUrkel in Rochester
SF1

   camera Control #5 w/o spoiler
I found it! 03 Jan 2004 by  GregP100   (Finds: 58   Score: 258)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Completed controls 6-13. Which almost finished the course. 23/24.....
2nd time looking for Control #5. Spent an enormous amount of time looking AGAIN !. Contacted the course owner and he replied that he will check #5 when the weather breaks.

On to Mendon and Letchworth.............

GregP100@aol.com Hilton NY


I found it! 11 Oct 2003 by  GregP100   (Finds: 58   Score: 258)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
This one was fabulous. Each co'ord was at a point of interest and the hike was amazing. Found 16/24 (Control # 1-4 and #13-24)today on the east side of the park. Will get back (don't know when now that we're into hunting season) to finish the last 8 (Control# 5-12)on the westside. I understand they're setting these up in Mendon and Letchworth. That's Great ! I can't wait !
[Modified 2003-10-19 06:31:29]

I found it! 13 Jun 2003 by  Garford Gang   (Finds: 17   Score: 72.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Went out with Peppermill 6-Pack to see how many we could find before my boys got home from school. Managed to find 13 - 24 on this WET day.
I found it! 13 Jun 2003 by  WMSFresh   (Finds: 140   Score: 612)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 24.5)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Great day to have 1/2 day off of work. Gotta cache rain or shine, and it did both. Went w/ my sister from Garford Gang, 1st 6 markers were done in the rain, 2nd 6 markers after it stopped (total time spent approx 2.5 hours). Did markers 13-24, had alot of fun, specially the part watching my sister slide down the hill Will definately be back to finish up soon. Thanks for excuse to get us out caching today.

The Peppermill 6-Pack
WMSFresh(BR)


I found it! 13 Jun 2003 by  Wheelygood   (Finds: 103   Score: 582)   (Hidden: 21   Score: 92)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Logging in to claim first to find all 1 - 24 controls. I started out mid afternoon once I was convinced the rain was through. I started at #8 and ended with #18. I parked in 4 different locations and drove 3.5 mi. I hiked and biked another 9.73 mi. I saw a lot of wildlife, including a couple fawns, 2 woodcocks, 4 different species of butterflies and many song birds.

I logged in a couple navicaches while I was in the area as well.

It was a great afternoon and a wheelygood way to commence Father's Day weekend!

Thanks for the work you put into this one.
Wheelygood

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