Voulez-vous cacher avec moi (ce soir)?
In New Hampshire, United States
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Attention: This is a NIGHT CACHE.
For sparkly and glittery night life in Paris, you can head to the Moulin Rouge. Here in the New Hampshire Lakes Region, you need only take a companion on this little adventure.
This cache was placed as a part of the Night Caching event, and as such it is designed to be a night cache. It may be possible to do it during the day, but it would be frustrating, and you'd miss out on the fun. There are a few parking places at the coordinates above; more parking can be found at the provided waypoint just down the road.
You'll be following a trail of FireTacks for a mile and a half in total. FireTacks are 3D multi-directional reflective trail markers that are camouflaged during the day, yet incredibly bright when illuminated at night. A headlamp is highly recommended; if a flashlight is your illuminator of choice, you'll have better results holding it at eye level. (And, now having had the honor of watching five veteran cachers walk the trail with their LED headlamps, I'd like to add that, while LEDs certainly work, a good strong xenon bulb is much preferable.)
So here's what you're going to do: begin at the posted coordinates, and just start following the FireTacks. There is no need to leave the trail until the the final segment. For the most part, there will always be a tack visible ahead… sometimes you’ll need to go on faith for a bit. Each trail intersection is marked with two tacks. When you arrive at an intersection, there will always be another tack visible further up the correct path to take.
Now here’s the important part: On five separate occasions in the course of your walk, you are going to pass a tree with three silver tacks in a triangle. Behind each of these trees, there will be a reflective letter. Be sure to note all the letters you see, in order. (The fourth and penultimate letter is a bit off the trail, but you'll see it.)
When you get to the fifth letter, you're almost there. If you have the technology, project a waypoint 254° magnetic, 219 feet away. You don't really need the technology though. Just do pretty much a 90° turn to the right, and head along what will become an obvious line (NOT the trail) for a couple of hundred feet, and beware of getting a sharp stick in your eye.
Assuming you've collected your five letters, you should have no problem getting the cache.
Once you're back on the trail, no need to backtrack. You'll be in familiar territory in no time.
A few notes:
- If you’ve never hiked at night, be ready to experience something new, interesting, and perhaps a little out of your comfort zone. The woods are a different place at night, beautiful in a more mysterious way. FireTacks will work in any weather, but if you want more natural light, do this cache on a clear night around the full moon. Click the weather banner below for detailed lunar info.
- I last checked the trail September 5th, 2009. There were just a couple of extremely muddy (but still navigable) patches along the way. Note that while never steep, the terrain is still sometimes a 2.5 to a 3 at night.
- The title says it all—this cache is meant to be done with someone else. You’re welcome to do it alone, but safety first. And speaking of safety, I highly suggest you bring an extra light source and extra batteries, and that you leave the cache page or some other note of your estimated return time on the dash of your car. A pretty comprehensive list of night-caching safety tips was provided by solid-rock-seekers for the event. Here’s that link.
- This trail system boasts two other caches better done by day, but certainly doable by night for the truly adventurous: Wister Point—Squam Lake and Dog Cove Rock (NEFF GeoChallenge!).
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Last Updated: on 4/29/2013 7:03:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (2:03 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum