Gaos: Devil-Bat of the Night Cache
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Welcome to Gaos: Devil-Bat of the Night Cache.
The given coordinates are for the parking for this night cache located in Stormville, NY. Parking is at the dead end of Old Stormville Mountain Rd. There are nearby homes, so please respect their privacy by arriving and leaving quietly.
You will need a flashlight to see the reflective glints attached to trees to form the trail. I tested it with both regular and LED flashlights and they both work fine. Once at the parking area and looking straight ahead to the fence, turn to the left. You should see the beginning of the glint trail. Follow the trail to the cache. While following the trail, you will intersect a white marked trail that you will follow along with the glints until such time as the glints tell you to leave the trail. Once you find the correct glint pattern, you are at the cache site. After finding the cache, look uphill facing northeast to find the trailhead for a shortcut back to the white trail. There are glints all along the way and you should never have to guess where to go. You should be able to see the next glint from the preceeding one or just a few strides past it. The key to the different glints is below.
Start of the trail: Double glints Over/Under
Basic trail throughout: Single glint
White trail intersection: Double glints Side/Side
Leaving the white trail: Double glints Side/Side
Cache site: Triple glints Triangle pattern
Short cut return trailhead: Single glint trail
Back on White trail: Double glints Side/side
Leaving White trail to car: Double glints Side/Side
The entire trip is not a long one and can be done easily in less than an hour. This cache is very winter friendly and should be found without problem even in several feet of snow if someone where that crazy to want to attempt it. The terrain rating is for the general terrain. Please realize that if you are going to attempt this in the winter, snow and ice can easily raise the terrain rating to a 3.5. There are no dangerous sections on the route, but ice and snow can make some of the hills very slick. The cache is a 30cal. Ammo can inside another container. Once at the parking coordinates, GPSr’s are really not necessary, but having a track going is always recommended at night. There is an emergency flashlight in the cache just in case. It is a winding type that always should work if you are caught out here and the batteries in yours fail. Please leave this flashlight with the cache unless you need it. If you do have to take it, email me that you did so.
For those who are wondering, Gaos is a huge bat-like monster from Japanese films. He can’t stand sunlight and only comes out at night to feed. His food of choice...human blood! It is said that on certain nights his horrifying screech can be heard for miles. Keep this in mind as you wander through his back yard as he could be lurking and waiting for his next meal!
On a lighter note, the original contents of the cache include:
A Bat TB, Shrek TB, Appalacian Trail Geocoin, an autographed Nascar trading card signed by 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick, a Rusty Wallace Pez dispencer, assorted swag, and a log book. There is also an engraved, non-trackable FTF coin for the first finder to take. Thanks and I hope you enjoy your night.
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