Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Mar. 05 2008,5:02 pm
Results: Geodashing Game 80
"My son has been visiting Qatar from South Africa and we decided to
venture south into the southern desert yesterday. The weather was
terrible - dust storm with a very cold wind blowing from the NW. He
thoroughly enjoyed the dune bashing in the 4x4. After traversing the
sandy desert it gradually changed to rough rocky desert conditions. We
had a fairly direct tracking to the DP and came accross GZ in a slight
depression in very rough terrain. We then sat in the car to eat our
lunch - the wind was far too cold to stand outside!"
That's Geodashing in Qatar with cincol
"It was snowing hard. Heading south on I-270, the snow turned to
freezing rain. Now the temp was 25 degrees F and raining. I could
hardly keep the heat high enough to keep the front windshield from
freezing and Alton Rd was a sheet of ice. Here I am in suit and tie
with GPSr in hand walking along the bank of Clover Groft Ditch trying
to get within 100m."
That's Geodashing in Ohio with PLMerry
"I only had to go a little over 100 feet to reach scoring distance,
but there was a lot more water and it was thick with thorny vines that
literally would grab hold of me and hold me back. I managed to
penetrate to within 310 feet when I stepped into water over the top of
my boot at the same time the brambles tied up my leg and I went head
first into the drink."
That's Geodashing in Virginia with Jack Frickey
Game 80 of Geodashing was won by team "GeoTerriers" by two points over
team "Llama League." Third place goes to "Team GPS."
Jack Frickey took individual honors by a mile (kilometer?). Honorable
mentions go to YLO_RLR, Dashing Dog Mac and Madam Dash.
The game saw 99 dashpoint hunts in 12 countries (Australia, the US,
Qatar, the UK, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, Finland, Canada, South
Africa, Belgium and Mexico).
A sampling of waypoints visited by Geodashing players this month:
in a paddock near Gostwyck, Australia, scored on February 1, the first
dashpoint of the game, and only 245 meters from from a previously
in a new estate near Melbourne, clustered around a series of water
courses, lakes and bridges, visited on the second of the month by
three players who honored "The Heath Treaty" to wait for the weekend
in muddy fields of an animal research site in Nebraska, the
home of a long-abandoned WWII ammunition plant
at the end of the runway at the US Military Base at Al Udeiid outside
in a frozen wheat field in North Dakota, within site of the Minot AFB
in front of a small boxy two story frame house with white siding on
Long Island a few miles east of JFK airport
near the busy intersection of Grove and Lyons, few miles west of New
Jersey's Newark airport
on farmland within view of the UK's Jodrell Bank radio telescope
in Seattle's Harbor Island, a vast international shipping complex
(constantly abuzz w/ all manner of mega trucks whizzing to 'n fro)
near a holiday camp in Brazil where children were playing soccer
on a frozen and deserted golf course in Hartford, Connecticut
on a frozen Illinois farm, where the snow-covered fields were so
bright they hurt the eyes
on a frozen Illinois farm ("CLOSED FOR THE SEASON") where the
bleak winter landscape of flat prairie land covered in snow was only
broken by the stubble of corn stalks poking through the snow like 5
o'clock shadow on some weary office worker
in a muddy field just north of Trans-Canada highway in Alberta
in a quiet grassy field in Washington, with blackberry vines, small
fir trees and a line of leafless maple trees
down a rugged gully and on the top of a ravine in the beautiful Brisbane
Ranges west of Melbourne
two km straight up Bear Creek Butte in Oregon where the snowcapped
peaks shined like diamonds against the dark blue sky
in the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, in flat and very,
very green land among scattered sheep ranches
near a granite outcropping four miles along narrow forest service
roads in Virginia's Rich Hole Wilderness of the George Washington
and on the frozen surface of Finland's Lake Kivijärvi, visited on foot
though others were speeding snowmobiles over the ice
Binky del Mar's story of "Don't you hate it when..."
"Unfortunately (for me!), the dash was located in a very muddy field
which prevented me from getting to zero. I settled for 98 meters and
then we went to nearby Target for some new shoes!"
YLR_RLR's own story of "Don't you hate it when..."
"What grand plans I had...and then I forgot to bring the maps, then I
forgot to upload the GPS maps onto my GPS for the Eastern Colorado
region, and I started out half an hour later than I wanted to."
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 )