No prizes for guessing which national park this stash is in.
This stash is not buried. The vegetation in this area takes many decades to recover from damage, please do not dig holes here.
This stash can (only) be reached on foot. Climbing gear is not required. Vehicular access is not possible.
It is unlikely that this stash can be accessed during winter, unless you're willing to dig a lot of snow.
For the rest of the year, normal safety considerations definitely apply: Wear good boots, carry food and water. Weather conditions change abruptly so - no matter how good the weather is when you set off - be prepared for everything from sunburn and rain to sleet, snow and hypothermia. Take someone with you, tell someone else where you're going and when you'll be back, remember to contact them when you do return, carry a mobile phone with a charged battery, carry a compass and map and know how to use them, carry spare GPS batteries (they go flat faster than usual in low temperatures) etc. etc.
This is definitely a whole day outing. Ideally you should have parked as close as possible and started your hike by about 10am. This is easiest if you are staying somewhere in the mountains, but Jindabyne will do if you get an early start. Unless you approach via Blue Lake, most of the walking will be nowhere near any road or trail, so you'll need to be able to navigate across open, hilly terrain; the map and compass are utterly essential and having you or someone in your party with previous experience in the area is desirable.
As of January 2007, the logbook is plastic. This will hopefully provide a logbook that is useful when wet, which seems to have been its usual state since installation. I have placed some felt-tip permanent markers (a CD marker, a "garden pen") in the cache, but suggest that anyone planning to visit it take their own marker with them.
Note that a colony of mildly aggressive ants appears to have located itself near the cache in 2008-2009. Once you've located the cache it would be smart to pick it up and carry it 10-20m away before opening it in order to avoid these guys. (Please note its exact location carefully before carrying it away so you can put it back afterwards.)
A note on the difficulty rating:
- This cache will require significant time to prepare for and to seek, and the final ~90 minutes of the hike in is very strenuous for most people (me included!). On this basis, it rates about a 4 for overall difficulty.
- On the other hand, the recommended scale at ClayJar seperates difficulty in reaching the site (terrain) from the subsequent difficulty in getting at the cache (difficulty). Once you've arrived at the site, depending upon the time of year you could spot the cache in seconds, or you could spend hours digging snow. On this basis it rates a 1-3 for difficulty. As only one team has ever searched while there was snow cover, I've set the difficulty to 1.
Enjoy the walk. This is my favourite part of the world.