Gauntlet 2012 - Sticks & Stones
In Minnesota, United States
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Just when you thought it was again safe to go back to the forest and hills, another Gauntlet is thrown down. A seven-stage multi-cache (more or less, depending on how talented you are), an overall (round-trip) hike of about 2-3 miles (again, depending on how skilled you are) from the parking area on the east side of Rice County Wilderness Park. Few will make the effort, how many will finish the journey?
Lots of sticks in the woods. Lots of stones. Put them together, and you can call me whatever names you want, but it seems like a natural. A physical and mental challenge. The trek may shorter that other Gauntlets (I'm not sure), but oh, those lovely hills. A really nice trail is available for part of the journey. The rest of the way, not so much, though the trail-less parts do not have thick brush. A number of other caches are in the area, lots to find if you haven't been here before.
The hills and trees can create gps signal bounce, so be patient. The stages are meant to be found, even in difficult areas.
5/14/12 - It seems that cachers are getting the correct coords at stage 4, and yet are having difficulty locating the next stage. Go to the coords you get from stage 4, stand (or sit, if you prefer) on a stump and think, look around, think some more, and find it. Consider this stage as the "find it" challenge part of this Gauntlet.
Many cachers say they are not in it for the numbers. Here's a chance to prove it. One smiley, a lot of effort; you will remember this one. So, what say you - local cachers, those from outlying areas, Twin Cities, Timbuktu, wherever - it's out there, waiting....
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 4/21/2013 8:46:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time (3:46 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum