One evening recently, I decided to add up all the altitude I gained on hiking caches. I was surprised at the how big the total was. I've since passed a milestone of 100,000 feet net altitude gain on hiking caches. I'd bet at least of few others in the area are close to this milestone, and at least one area cacher is well past it. This cache is a chance for those who reach this milestone to log their thoughts.
- You must email me a list of the caches you found or hid with the cache id, low elevation, high elevation, and net altitude gain for each hike before logging your find. To make bookkeeping easier, each hike listed must have a minimum net gain of 200 feet.
- You must amass a total of 100,000 feet of net altitude gain on caching hikes.
- Net altitude gain is the difference between the low and high point of the hike. The low and high point do not have to be the start and the end of the hike. Total altitude gain measured by many trip computers may NOT be used. Your GPS unit, altimeters, topo maps and Google Earth are examples of sources you may use to find the altitude information.
- If the cache is hidden near the summit of a peak and you hike a bit further to get to the top, you may count the top as the high point, otherwise, don't include side trips to other locations.
- Each stage of a multi-cache may be treated as if it was a cache (but see item #7).
- You may only count hikes during which you find or hide a cache, or a stage of a cache.
- If you find more than one cache or stage on a single hike, you may only count the altitude gain once. For example, if Cache1 is 1/2 way up a mountain, and Cache2 is on the top, and you log them both on the same hike, you may only count the altitude gain from the bottom to Cache2; you may not count Cache1. However, if there are multiple caches/stages, and up and down sections on the hike, you may break the hike up into pieces and count each cache/stage as a separate hike.
- If you visit the same area more than one time for different caches, you may count the altitude gain for each separate hike.
- You may only count altitude gained while hiking. Don't count altitude gained on a bike, horse, or vehicle of any kind.
- You may count time hiking on or off trail. Jeep roads, closed paved roads, and roads walked in parks may be counted. Since this challenge is supposed to be about hiking, don't count a walk on city streets (unless it's a short section in the middle of a longer hike).
The cache is hidden near the entrance of Rabbit Ears Canyon east of Las Cruces. Park at the parking coordinates given below, or drive as far as you are comfortable going if you have a high clearance vehicle. Follow the road to the use trail. The trail can be hard to follow near the cache; the waypoints given should help keep you on course. Some minor rock scrambling may be required depending on how you approach the cache.