Barwon - Nocturnal Wander
In Victoria, Australia
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IMPORTANT: BEFORE STARTING THIS CACHE READ THE CACHE NOTES OR BETTER STILL PRINT THEM AND TAKE WITH YOU.
Numbers you must find are at Marker's 1- 2 & 4.
This will be Bushfires 15th Barwon cache and 20th cache placed but will be Geelong’s first night cache. It is a lovely part of the Barwon with a golf course on the southern side and the river is used by water skiers, walkers, joggers, bike riders and fishermen all year round. There is a walking path on both sides of the river.
For this adventure I would recommend that solid foot wear, long trousers, gloves and maybe long sleeves as you will end up in a thorny area. Be careful of your eyes, and the mozzies are dynamite. 1SR and Bushfire have done a test run and made a few slight changes but at night this may be a tough one and 1SR suggested that we give it a difficulty rating of four because of the WPT 1 micro and final cache and the problem of locating the markers at night.
You will need a good torch (Bushfire used a Dolphin with new battery and a P7) to find the markers which are (Orange) and very hard to see in daylight. The markers will all be on trees about head height but you will not always be going in one direction. This means that at each marker you may have to search 360° to locate the next one. The first one may not be where you first look or want it to be!! It will be approximately 47m away but you must take note of what the tree looks like before you leave the START position. This may be your hardest to locate.
Then proceed to follow the reflective trail markers, using your torch at eye height for best results, until you find two, side by side (:) this will be called Waypoint 1. At this location you will be required to find a part set of coordinates, ADD THE NUMBERS THAT YOU HAVE FOUND ON YOUR TRAVELS which will enable you to find GZ and the 200ml Sistema.
GOT ALL THAT, LET'S TRY TO FIND THIS CACHE.
Park in the parking area and then proceed to the START coordinates where you should be at a small wooden landing. Stand on the left of this structure facing the river and you are ready to go.
LOCATE THE MARKER AND TAKE NOTE OF WHAT THE TREE LOOKS LIKE AS YOU HAVE TO FIND IT LATER.
Between the START position and the first marker you will have to answer some questions and this will enable you to place a distance and a bearing into your GPS or whatever means you use to project a waypoint to marker #2 from marker #1
Q1 As you pass the railway line you will spot one Roman Number = RN. (IT IS NOT XV1)
Start looking after you pass the locked gate on the walking track.
Remember the first "digit" of the Roman number as "X" =10
Remember the “X” for later.
Future along the track you will see a large log with large printed blue letters.
Q2 How many W’s are there = M.
Q3 There are three words on the right hand side of the log. The middle word has nine letters. Your job is to use the cachers method of converting letters to numbers eg. A=1 B=2 W=23 etc. Adding all nine numbers together = DEF.
To work out your distance.
RN x M x M + (X x M) + M = --- Metres
Bearing.(Have you read your cache notes?)
DEF x M + W = --- °t
You are now ready to project your way-point but first you have to locate marker #1 and locate the hidden number (A=*)(it is not on the same branch as the reflectors) and then take a reading of your location standing under or near the reflectors and project a waypoint to marker # 2.
As VicRoads and the Government have decided to build a new bridge in the middle of this cache and have removed a number of the marked trees I have decided that this is one way to arrive at the second marker which is on the other side of the bridge. There you will have to find a brass # which we will call (B =*) and once again will be required later at WPT 1.
After locating # 3 you have a long walk to # 4 and once again there is a number to find, this is (C,=*) Number is the right way up now) these numbers are to make sure that you follow the markers and count them as you go.
Continue on until you find two tacks side by side and this is WPT 1 and should be the eleventh marker.
Bushfire has been back down to the river and removed all growth that was hiding the reflectors January 2013.
At WPT1 you have to find a micro, which is inside a larger container, you WILL need one of Bushfires tools to gain entry,(See Image) unless you carry a Leather-man.
After finding the micro add your three numbers (ABC) to those in the micro and you are on your way to GZ.
If anyone has any problems with any of the markers record a note and I will attend to ASAP. This is a high maintenance cache but that’s OK.
PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH MARKERS AS THEY ARE AT THE CORRECT ANGLE. I WILL PUT ONE IN THE CACHE TO LOOK AT BUT IS NOT TO BE REMOVED.
Please take great care of your eyes at GZ as Box thorns are not very friendly and watch where you put your feet and hands.
The following may help your search:-
Torch long beam
List of letters to numbers printed and laminated! I carry one, very useful.
GPS or smart phone to project a WPT I use GCC -Coorinates - Projection
Screw Driver (Ordinary)
Good company & an hour or so for only one smiley.
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Uvag #3 TM 70 101 110 99 101 32 76 105 110 101. NFPVV
Last Updated: on 1/30/2017 5:21:54 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (1:21 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum