Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Mar. 04 2007,10:50 am
Results: Geodashing Game 68
"We sort of walked and crawled trough a wet and underwood-rich forest
until... there was a nice river. Of course, point was at other side of
the river, 10 meters from us. The point appeared to be on the side of
a wildlife reserve, surrounded by the rivers from all sides. Luckily
we found a tree, a solid one, that had fallen over and crossed river.
After crossing the river we found some ATV tracks - how the ¤%&"#!! he
got there?! Mystery... at least for us. As we got there the snow was
getting wet and it started to rain. Brrr."
That's Geodashing in Estonia with Tsiklistid.
"A short walk in the park behind the Eastern Freeway took us to zero
behind some large houses with this spectacular parkland outlook. We
dodged a young trail-bike rider exercising his bike in the 35 degree
heat, and were quite happy to get back to the air-conditioning in the
That's Geodashing in Australia with Dashing Dog Mac.
"The computer that picked this point can rot in purgatory for ever!!!
I have never seen so many pricker and brier bushes anywhere."
That's Geodashing in Ohio with PLMerry.
"This point is WAY BACK in the 'HOLLER' of Lincoln County, West
Virginia, as the folks at the bar described it to me when I got back.
The road kept getting narrower and more snow covered as I went west.
Rt 11 is also called 4 Mile Creek Rd and it winds along a creek bottom
going up and down all the time. I finally made the turn on to Buck
Fork Rd and was only a short distance from the dash point. At that
point I was once again staring into a mountain side. For a state that
has less population than Pittsburgh I find the area strangely
claustrophobic. I always seem to be in a creek bottom that feels 12
feet wide and everything is 300 feet over my head."
That's Geodashing in West Virginia with Michael Head.
"I drove over 900 miles in two days to visit 13 dashpoints in 6
different states having been to zero on 10 of them. Interestingly, I
crossed a state boundary 16 times during the course of my wanderings."
That's mad dashing across the eastern US with Jack Frickey.
"What a great adventure: 3500 miles; 13/15 dashpoints; and 7/7
That's mad dashing across the northwestern US with Wisk.
Game 68 of Geodashing was won in a runaway by "Llama League" thanks to
a mad dash across the northwestern US by Wisk. Honorable mentions go
to "Home for the Itinerant" and "En Dash!" who tied for second place.
Jack Frickey edged out Wisk for individual honors, well ahead of a
bunch of Geodashing players led by geodasher in third place.
The game saw 137 dashpoint hunts in 7 countries (the US, Canada,
Australia, Estonia, Germany, Spain, and the UK).
A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:
around a small frozen pond and across a field in North Dakota ("I
departed Guam where the temperature was 85 degrees F and returned to
the ambient -10 degree northern plains")
in a clearing 30 meters from the highway in British Columbia, whose
wooded, mountainous terrain makes February Geodashing challenging
in a wide area of park adjoining the Eastern Freeway in suburban
in a wet snowy forest, mainly firs and small birches, in Estonia
in Minnesota's Pondarosa campground, right near the boat launching
area ("of course since it is -20 degrees it is a place for cars and
trucks to drive on the lake for ice fishing")
in West Virginia, near the bank (a steep 12 foot dropoff) of the
Potomac River, with sounds of birds chirping and chunks of ice running
into each other
in Oregon, on the deserted Cascade Lakes Highway, just thin packed
snow and ice with a few hidden potholes, near an arm of large Wickiup
Reservoir invisible through the dense trees
three km up California's Pacific Crest Trail, first through semi-open
sage and live oaks, then uphill through dense chaparral
in line with the one runway of Munich's airport
by a beach house in Lincoln City, Oregon, about 300 meters from the
in Germany, on a steep slope that goes into a river valley close to a
place called Eschlbach, which is more a collection of farm houses
rather than a village
out of reach up steep hills alongside a highway on the Spanish Costa
Blanca, with the muted colours of the almond blossoms on all the trees
along the route
in an almond orchards outside Sacramento, California
between a manicured peach orchard and a rock quarry in Washington
in the middle of a cotton field in the Mississippi delta ("catfish
near a grain elevator in eastern Pennsylvania Amish country
in Utah, near a geologic feature called The Gap, a narrow rock defile
through which the road passes, which has petroglyphs on the rock faces
at the narrowest point
and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range east of
California's Central Valley ("To the east is boulder-strewn field with
a few cows in it and beyond that is one of the area's peaks. To the
west is a forested area and an honest-to-llamas babbling brook.")
Jack Frickey introduces an important lesson in Geodashing:
"I could have (and should have) left well enough alone, but I found a
place to park and decided to dash quickly out into the field and get
to zero. Although the temperature was below freezing, I didn’t bother
putting my coat on for the quick dash. A few minutes later after
zeroing, when I returned and came up empty when I reached for my keys,
I knew I had a problem. Sure enough there on the front seat were my
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
Scout ( http://GPSgames.org )