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Traditional Geocache

Mechalumpus

A cache by roymerc
Hidden : 3/3/2011
In Western Australia, Australia
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Mechalumpus [mek'ah'lump'us] noun: A curious 'mechanical problem' geocache found lurking in the Harewood State Forest.

This is not a run-of-the-mill cache, Please read the instructions!


The Harewood forest was clear-felled in the 1890s, but was allowed to regenerate amid the surrounding farming country. It is now a splendid example of what it was like here before settlement — albeit a younger version. Instructive placards dotted along the track detail the history of logging and farming in Denmark.


The problem with big Karri trees from a GPS viewpoint is that they can block our view of the satellites, particularly if the leaves are wet and in a microwave absorbing mood. So getting a close fix ain't easy. To avoid any tears, Mechalumpus is not hiding; he is in clear view, but with a camouflage paint job. You won't miss him.

Mechalumpus is a strong steel safe-box, protected by a few layers of water-proofing and muggle-proofing. Your mission —should you choose to accept— is to crack the safe and reach the inner sanctum. To assist you in this task our agents have secreted a kit of special tools nearby. (Look at the base of an old fence post two metres SE of Lumpy.) How easy is that? The real brain bending starts when you open the tool kit...

This is a kiddie-friendly cache. I tried it out on my grandkids and they ripped through it in less than 10 minutes. My neighbour's two year old was greatly amused by it, although he needed the able assistance of his granddad!

Official parking is off Scotsdale Road at S34 55.646 E117 17.591. Cross the bridge over Scotsdale Brook and head for the picnic table straight ahead. Behind it you will find a rough track heading East. The track tends to fade away as you near GZ, so take careful note of your surroundings. It might be a good idea to set up a 'breadcrumb trail' or trackback on your GPSr. I'd hate to loose you in the forest!

ADDENDUM: The track has taken a beating with many false trails appearing, presumably due to overzealous arrow following. (Hint to beginners: If you are on a trail and the GPS arrow points temptingly to the side, ignore it and stay with the trail -- it will most likely bend back.)
To prevent any further bush-bashing I've marked the trail with yellow and orange flagging tape. (Yellow at beginning and end, orange between).

The mechanism should work smoothly. If you find it difficult to operate, please let me know, and I'll visit it with the oil can!.

Congratulations to Gardengorilla for being FTF!

cheers, roymerc

My 151,200 minutes of Fame! 23rd — 30th August 2013.

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Last Updated: on 6/8/2014 5:42:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time (12:42 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum