Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Feb. 04 2008,6:23 pm
Results: Geodashing Game 79
"When I got up this morning my outdoor thermometer read -19.5C. I then
read the Geodashing archive for the last few days and saw Geoff's
report of dashing in 40C temperatures on Dec 31 and decided to go
after the nearest DP. BRIM was in a snow covered field about 120m off
the road, so it took a short walk to get within scoring range."
That's Geodashing in Minnesota with Tom Arneson
"We traveled west on I-70 and north on 270 toward Boulder. We passed
through it to get to the Boulder Reservoir. We were near the
dashpoint when we noticed a every car on the road with us was turning
toward the reservoir. There can't be THAT many geodashers around here.
We passed a registration sign at the parking lot for the Reservoir.
... We later found out (online) what they were doing...the Polar
Plunge into the Boulder Reservoir."
That's Geodashing in Colorado with YLO_RLR
Game 79 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers."
Honorable mention goes to teams "Llama League" and "En Dash!".
RogBarn took individual honors. Jack Frickey, Dashing Dog Mac and
Madam Dash get honorable mention.
The game saw 109 dashpoint hunts in 12 countries (Australia,
the US, Germany, Qatar, Finland, South Africa, Japan, the Netherlands,
the UK, the Czech Republic, and Canada).
A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:
in a neighborhood of country estates in Cranbourne South, Victoria,
Australia, scored on a summer morning on New Year's Day while players
in the rest of the world were still getting ready to attend New Year's
along the eastern banks of Diamond Lake, north of Chicago. ("The lake
was frozen solid on this blustery day and some of the outside vestigal
decorations on the houses are still clinging due to the residents not
wanting to freeze their tails off.")
at the base of a 20-foot cliff near the west bank of the Sevier River
in Marysvale Canyon, Utah (home to the Big Rock Candy Mountain, "where
there ain't no snow, where the rain don't fall and the wind don't
on a sandy plain covered with junipers, brush and scab rock between a
line of volcanic buttes in Oregon's Badlands area ("one of the best
hiking and exploring areas anywhere")
in a beautiful winter forest in Germany, close to a little creek, with
partly frozen surface ("As the weather is getting warmer, the snow is
falling down from the firs in this forest, which gave strange sounds
on a sidehill above Tumalo Creek in Oregon's Skyliner Sno-Park, Bend's
first downhill ski area with a rope tow, particularly popular with
skiers and snowshoers on this snowy day
in a forest near Rautjärvi, Finland, with only a thin layer of snow on
the ground, near a late-freezing lake ("it was fun to listen to the
eerie screams of the lake as it was icing up.")
in a large, dormant corn field near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, just
past a historical marker denoting a field hospital for the Army of the
in flat open grassland with a few small acacia trees next to the R24
highway between Rustenburg and Krugersdorp, South Africa
on flat terrain with a few rocks, 800 meters due west of where the Ras
Laffan oil pipeline crosses the Dukhan road in Qatar
not far south from Washington, DC, in the backyard of a house "old
enough that there are actually yards to go with reasonable sized
in the first handicapped parking space for the First Presbyterian
Church in Herrin, Illinois ("like almost all towns in southern
Illinois, they have seen better days.")
in the Mississippi River, on the Missouri side, scored from the new
bridge leading to Cape Girardeau, Missouri
in a desert setting in Arizona, in the middle of a cactus plant with
"long, spindly arms that stretch to the sky"
in a harvested soy bean field in Michigan, scored on a cold and windy
January day by a far-from-home David Mower
outside a Kokka coffee shop in Shinjuku, Japan, amid Tokyo's densest
concentration of skyscrapers
in a chicken farm in the Netherlands
on a golf course in Pennsylvania, home to more deer than golfers this
up a very steep and wet slope on the border of a forest in Tösstal in
the upper part of canton Zurich in Switzerland
and on the edge of wildlife refuge in Illinois, home to hundreds of
bald eagles flying in search of fish in the open water of the
How is your New Year's resolution holding up? mmpc told us his:
"I had some free time on New Year's Day and used it to claim this
urban drive-by dash point. My New Year's resolution to score a dash
point on every day of the year is safe for another day "
Michael Head advises against procrastination:
"When I first looked at this point on thursday 1/3/08 it was 20
degrees and there was packed snow on the trails from the snowmobiles.
Today when I finally had the time to go, it was 60 degrees! and
melted, muddy sloppy. I was able to get withing 23 Ft of the point
which was on the wrong side of a small stream full of snow melt
runoff. If I had gone last Thursday I would have benn able to walk
right to it."
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 )