Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Jan. 11 2003,1:04 pm
Results: Geodashing Game 18
"I tried a direct approach along some tractor tracks which I thought was the track on the map. I got 30 yards and ran out of grip. Stuck axle deep in mud even with low gearbox and diffs locked. Luckily I banged it in reverse and still with all wheels spinning, I had to saw the steering wheel to get grip and get out of the sticky mess."
...Geodashing with Wanderer. Getting there is all the fun.
"We had 200 metre walk ahead of but it seemed to be much further in this heat. Very quickly over a hot gate and walked to 46.3metres toward a stand of gum trees. Further on there were some cows sheltering in the shade of another tree and the distant farmhouse and sheds were shimmering in the heat haze. We didn't stay around too long in the searing heat and sun. Ian's promise to stop at a winery on the way home was too enticing and we were longing to get back into the cool of the car."
...Geodashing with Dashing Dog's Mum. Getting there is all the fun.
"I continued to follow the snowmobile tracks as far west as I could, but the dashpoint was over a mile north of and over 500 feet above the road they were following. Now I was dealing with 6 or 8 feet of new snow up a steep slope in many places. Even with my large snowshoes, I was sinking in 18 inches or more. That meant each time I lifted my foot to take another step I was lifting a heavy mountaineering boot, a large snowshoe and a lot of snow...at 7500 feet. Every 10 steps or so I would stop to rest. Many times I wondered if I could make it and if it was worth all this effort. The things we do for this activity."
...Geodashing with Jack Frickey. Getting there is all the fun.
Game 18 of Geodashing was won by GeoTerriers by a large margin, their second win in a row. Second place went to Team GPS. There was a tie for third between En Dash! and Dashing HAMsters. Team Euregio finished fourth, just two dashpoint visits out of second place. Individual honors went to Wanderer of GeoTerriers.
Game 18 saw 171 dashpoint hunts, six short of Game 17. There were hunts in eight countries (US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Australia, Belgium, Germany, and Bahamas), including the game's first ever visit to the Bahamas.
A sampling of spots where Geodashing players found dashpoints:
across from a poppy plantation in Tasmania
on an a'a lava field on Hawaii's Mauna Loa
in undeveloped sagebrush at about 7,000 feet elevation near Utah's Sevier River, a Great Basin river with no outlet to the ocean
on the bridge that Peachtree Street takes over US Interstate 85 in midtown Atlanta, Georgia, US.
near the UK's Rose Castle, a possibly 17th century house/castle with ramparts and a tower.
just outside the village of Langendorf, near where Chlodwig king of the Franks defeated the celtic Alemans in 496 A.D. (three points for Chlodwig?)
up a Nevada canyon (appropriately named "The Canyon") near the monstrous open pit Nevada-Empire Mine
in flooded rice fields in California with thousands and thousands of swans just hanging out
in the aptly named Paradise, Victoria, Australia, with rolling lush green hills, temperate rainforest and the Barham River gently meandering its way to the coast
in a bushfire-burnt section of low scrubby undergrowth, with stunted blackened trees, in Australia's Angahook Victoria State Park.
on marshy, reclaimed land in the UK, about 1 km from the sea defences wall
in a snow-covered field in eastern Washington, shared by three deer
in a field by an antique, rusted away, hay turning machine near Linum, Germany, home of the biggest stork population in all of Germany
across 500m of rip-rap covered causeway on a lake in western New York state
through 390m of knee-deep snow in a corn field in Pennsylvania
by the UK's Claerwen reservoir, most of the way up the side of Craig Dyfnant, a 520m hill, with a very nasty approach up some loose scree
in the Winnipeg floodway, a wide grassy channel that diverts overflow from the Red River, and, with the Great Wall of China, one of the first man-made structures observed from space
and just over the shoulder of Bald Mountain which quietly watches over Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River valley
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 http://Geodashing.org .
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