Joined: June 2001
||Posted: Feb. 09 2003,8:53 pm
"A single track that was like going down a green tunnel. A very slippery surface so I put 4x4 on just in case and with plenty of luck, the track twisted just exactly right until I reached a hairpin curve at just over 80 m from the target. A steep slope up on a boiling day taking me into deep woods - forget it kid!!! I came. I saw. I left. Slipping and sliding back up the track and soon I'd managed to regain the road."
That's Geodashing with David Brew in Brazil.
"It didn't look all that difficult to hike across open desert and up to the ridge 1000 feet above. It would just take time. About the time I was suited up (boots, daypack, & GPSr in hand) a truck came from the house across the road to the gate. A man got out and told me that I was on private property and shouldn't be there. I told him I certainly respected private property, but there was no indication of that on the gate so how could I know. He acknowledged that and asked what I was doing there. I explained as quickly as I could. He wasn't impressed. He said there was some Forest Service land up where I was going. When I asked how to get there, his comment was, 'A helicopter is nice.'"
That's Geodashing with Jack Frickey in California.
"It was like Lord of the Rings. The first trial was to descend into a valley down a steep slope covered in hard shiny dried eucalyptus leaves which gave little traction. When I reached the floor of the valley there was an almost impenetrable undergrowth of ferns and other dense vegetation. The arrow on the GPS then lead me up the other side of the valley. At the top I was still 80 metres short of the dashpoint which was further on through more dense scrub. I decided that was near enough and then found a very narrow kangaroo track which started off in the direction of the car. Several times I heard the familiar "rustle..rustle..thump..thump..thump" of kangaroos or wallabies which I had disturbed along the way."
That's Geodashing with Geoffj3191 in Australia.
Game 19 of Geodashing was won by GeoTerriers, their third win in a row. Second place went to En Dash! and third place went to Team GPS. Individual honors went to independent Jack Frickey.
Game 19 saw 134 dashpoint hunts in eight countries (US, Brazil, UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Australia, and New Zealand), including the game's first ever visits to Brazil and Luxembourg.
A sampling of spots where Geodashing players found dashpoints:
at an elevation of 123 feet below sea level in a hayfield outside Brawley, California (unofficially, the lowest dashpoint ever)
several hundred feet up an almost vertical cliff in California's narrow Thompson Creek canyon
at the end of a slick and muddy train in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve in California
on the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range in Imperial County, California
in New York, at the entrance to the Crossman Arms Corp., the world's largest producer of air guns
at the end of rabbit tracks in a snowy corn field near the village of Jehanster, Belgium,
at the end of a long walk in a snowy woods in the Pennsylvania State Gamelands No. 57
on a birch-lined New Hampshire road, past lakes with icehouses (-5 degree F weather) and snowed over pastures with white-tailed deer leaping about
on a farm in Brazil, 1.8 km on the far side of a locked gate, a seriously muddy track and several large and noisy farm dogs in the way (zero points)
at the top of a hill in Utah's desert country, marked by a vertical post held in place by a pile of rocks (don't you wish all dashpoints were as well marked!)
in a hops field in Washington
in a hilly area of cedar forest in the Texas Hill Country
in a Chevron oil field, marked by signs warning visitors of hydrogen sulfide gas (zero points)
on a magnificent windy road around New Zealand sounds
in Victoria's Rushworth State Forest, home of gold-mining ghost towns
and in a flock of sheep beside a double dam in Tasmania, halfway between The Nipples and Front Springs Hill
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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