Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: CAMO CACHES
started by: 300mag
Posted by 300mag on April 02 2002,5:15 pmI have seen a camo cache made as a log. The owner had sprayed some expanding foam on a pvc tube and painted it. It really looked nice. Anymore idea's? ?
Posted by mikechim on April 02 2002,10:24 pmI saw that too, truly impressive.
Posted by GeoRockers on April 07 2002,12:02 amOur caching group ran into 7 other cachers trying for a first to find at a newly posted cache... and it skunked all of us... 10 seasoned cachers... searching for a long time.
The failed to find logs only spurred on others from the neighboring communities.
Worse yet... it turned out all of us had picked up the cache... but never knew it.
We went back early the next day with some newbies... during the search, more cachers showed up with metal detectors, trying to get the first to find...
Wouldn't you know it... our newbies, on their 2nd cache hunt, actually found it.
Janis picked up the cache... the same one all of us had picked up the night before... and said "Nope, its not under this rock."... when Sean, who was 20 feet away said "Are you sure?" Sean spotted the lid of the cache...
The cache was camoflauged... as a rock!
The cache container (5 cup rounded tupperware) was allowed to dry in cement, held in place by a couple of screws.
The cement was colored with gray cement dye.
The camoflauged container was in plain site, near the base of a tree, with a slight coating of dirt and a few leaves... what fooled all of us was the weight... it felt right... we all lifted it up to look at the ground *underneath* the rock... but we never thought about actually looking *at* the rock.
Needless to say... this was a great lesson about mind set!
Posted by GeoRockers on April 08 2002,12:05 amWell, we just found two caches that were as well camo'd as the one above, but using different approches.
Choberiba recommended the caches to us when we met him in Monterey last year...
The open mind set really helped out with the search.
I would describe them here, but I don't want to ruin the search for other cachers in that area... but if you e-mail me, I'll return your e-mail with the descriptions and the photos within a few days.
These caches rank within the top 5 of all the caches we have found.
Posted by 300mag on April 09 2002,4:46 pmPretty cool stuff this is something I might also try this summer
Posted by Rob on April 12 2002,9:03 pm
I think I mentioned this somewhere else on the website but Iíve been using a product from Rust-oleum called Stone Creations. It gives the ammo box a look and texture of stone. †So far Iím pretty happy with the results. Iíll try and upload a photo this weekend.
Posted by Rob on April 15 2002,9:36 pm
OK here it is. It's much more rock like in real life. No, really! It is. †
< http://www.creekbed.com/holder.htm >
Posted by DxChallenged on April 16 2002,3:11 pmI'm putting together our soon to be "The Hobbit (birthaday) cache".....I want to make it something special so each prize is in it's own cloth bag and the container I also used a rustoleum product.........shinny gold.......sprayed geocache in gold and then a thin spatter spray over the rest of the ammo box........looks "Really Cool Mom" as butterfly girl (her cache..her birthday is when it will be posted) would say........
Also think that it will have a nice...upscale camof. quality to it
Posted by welch on May 07 2002,8:27 am
i read about some guy who had been boring holes into trees with some sort of portable drill and plugging 35mm film canisters into the bore, i guess they were kinda hard to find, unfortuanly the guy was drilling into live trees, which will of course cause problems for the tree, so i wouldnt use this method.
Posted by Hinge Thunder on May 07 2002,11:51 amHere is a cool idea to camouflage your cache!
< http://www.geocities.com/lenopam/ >
Posted by YardBoy on May 07 2002,12:22 pmHate those GeoCities "pop-ups"
and let's have a poll on the authenticity of those stumps
Posted by Hinge Thunder on May 07 2002,12:24 pm
What do you mean?
Posted by Rob on May 07 2002,2:57 pm
I also heard about a guy who was hanging bird houses in the woods that were actually geocaches. I have to admit I gave it a second thought. Then again, heck, if youíre putting up a bird house, you might as well let the birds use it and find another hiding place for your cache.
Posted by Quinn on May 07 2002,4:01 pmI also hate those darn Geocit pop-ups...they drive me nuts trying to close them all the time.
I do like the stump idea though, that looks pretty neat even though at first it was created as a joke. It would look even more real if they took away some of the shine it seems to have.
Posted by YardBoy on May 07 2002,5:04 pmNo offense, one NaviCacher's opinion, etc. The "stumps" just don't look authentic enough (especially at a best $20/NaviCache) & I was seeking a balanced poll of other opinions.
Posted by GeoRockers on May 07 2002,10:39 pm
His link originally had the ingredients... He wasn't really offering it for sale.
It's made with self expanding foam sealant, available from Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. Two cans for a 5 gallon bucket.
Make sure you use gloves when applying the foam... and paint with a flat paint instead of glossy paint.
Some of these stumps have been stepped on and damaged... when they are left out in a damp environment... the moss really makes it look real!
Posted by Hinge Thunder on June 02 2002,12:19 am
I don't know. Sounds pretty far fetched to me.