Everyone has a favourite geocaching find. It might be the contents inside the cache, or how impressive was the hide, but every we all have a special one. I’ve written about the Assault On Phoenixville Tunnel, which hooked me to this pursuit, but there is another cache which I found to be even more impressive. I’m talking about The Cache Over The Cliff. The real name of it will be kept private to respect the cache owner, but I do want to talk about it.
This particular cache led me down a trail in one of the local parks, last spring, next to a stream. The trail soon turned difficult as the stream was eating into the trail. I was forced to climb over several tree trunks which put me dangerously close to the edge of the water. I back tracked around the ground zero coordinates for an hour until it occurred to me I had to go up…to a trail sixty feet over head. I ascended the hill until, at the half-way point, it dawned on me the better option would be to just walk back a mile and find the point where both trails diverged.
Another hour passed before locating the cache. I could see it from the upper trail: dangling from a cord secured to a tree over looking a cliff. And a good 60-foot drop. fortunately, the CO had provided a guide rope to enable anyone seeking the cache a secure way to reach it. I’d had enough sense to bring my rope and secured it to another tree above the cache.
I manage to repel down to the drop and reel in the cache, a standard ammo box, up to me. Inside I found a variety of items left by the CO and the other cachers who’d managed to reach it. Most important was a mounted photograph of a young woman. A note left by the CO told as to how this was a special place to her. She’d passed on and the cache was dedicated to her.
I had no trouble adding the cache to my favourites list. A few people have braved this one and posted reports on the Groundspeak page. But not too many.