Before you can successfully log this challenge, you must first follow these steps:
1. Create a public bookmark list entitled "Columbia Gorge Hiking/Caching Challenge".
2. Include this cache in your bookmark list, although it does not count toward the 30 caches you need to log.
3. Find (or hide) at least 30 caches from my bookmark list of valid prerequisites for this challenge. Make sure that the cache is in my bookmark list before adding it to yours... not all Columbia Gorge caches are prerequisites for this challenge. I will delete logs that include superfluous (non-prerequisite) caches.
- These are generally caches with a terrain rating of at least 2.5, although I have made exceptions based upon my personal experience (most notably GC25B03). Basically, they ALL require a decent amount of physical exertion, as opposed to drive-by or stroll-to caches.
- You do NOT need to have found (or hidden) these caches after the publication date of this challenge... past finds are perfectly OK.
- Although I have hidden many Gorge caches which are included among the prerequisites, you do not need to have found any of them in order to fulfil this challenge.
4. Add those caches as bookmarks to your public list. For each cache, either indicate the date that you found it ("Found mm/dd/yy" or that you are the owner ("Hidden"). See my bookmark list for examples.
5. When you have bookmarked those 30 caches, you are free to find and log this one. You do not need to ask my permission in advance. However, I will review all entries and delete any logs which do not have the minimum number of found/hidden caches.
6. DO NOT sign the physical log book until after you have fulfilled the requirements for this challenge. I verify log book signatures against the date of the on-line logs. (Some challenge owners allow "pre-logging", but I consider it to be defeating the purpose of this particular challenge.)
The published coordinates are for the parking area. See waypoint below for the actual cache location. Expect a 2+ mile hike in each direction, with 1500+ feet elevation gain. The difficulty/terrain rating reflects the cumulative effort that you will have expended in order to complete this challenge -- otherwise, this cache would merit a 3.5 / 3.5 rating on its own merits. The cache container is a small Pelican case. FTF prize is an unactivated Mount Hood geocoin and a geocaching pin. Expect satellite coverage to be very sketchy due to the heavy tree cover, so I have given you a very clear hint and I encourage you to use it! It is not located along the maintained trail, but no bushwhacking is required. Please be sure to re-hide the container as well as you found it.
If you have completed this and would like even more of a challenge, the Columbia Gorge Hiking/Caching Challenge Part 2 (GC2N5F6) is for you! I also recommend the "Every Month of the Year Challenge".
Here are the intrepid hiking cachers (or caching hikers) who have completed this challenge:
It is also worth noting that nearly all of the above-listed people have logged more of the hiking caches since completing this challenge. Well done, everyone!