Welcome back to another Boot Camp!
The Keepers of the Order of the BFL have returned for our sixth annual night caching event, held in North Halton.
This year, we are holding the event on Saturday, October 29.
We have an evening full of mischief planned, and we're sure you'll enjoy it.
About the Keepers of the Order of the BFL
The Keepers of the Order of the BFL, or "BFL Crew", are a group of geocachers who head out geocaching every Friday night - year round. We specialize in caching after dark, and we don't let the longer nights of winter slow down our caching adventures one bit. As winter gets near, we get together and host our annual night caching event - usually timed around the end of Daylight Savings Time.
About the Event
Join us for an evening of mayhem as the BFL Crew prepares another round of fun after the sun goes down.
After the launch kits are handed out, the BFL Crew will move to the Command Centre - which is at the posted co-ordinates for this event cache listing. We will have people here throughout the night and we plan to have hot chocolate to serve up. This is a location where you will be able to stop and chat, hang out, get help for the event caches or drop in. The event logbook will be located here, and this is where your "smiley" is earned.
During the weeks leading up to the event, the BFL Crew will be setting up various creative night themed caches. These will be available for you to visit, starting on the event night. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to night caching if you have not cached after dark before; hook up with a group and head out into the dark. Group caching at night is far less intimidating than caching solo at night.
Please do not go to the "Command Centre" before 9:30PM, to allow the BFL Crew time to setup the "Command Centre". The event officially ends at 4:00 AM.
Where is the event?
The event is taking place in the Britton-Hilton Falls forest complex northwest of Milton. The BFL Crew will arrive here at 9:30, and "launch kits" will be available for the area caches. The posted co-ordinates for this event is what we refer to as the "Command Centre", this is where the BFL Crew maintains a presence through the night.
Who is involved?
This year's BFL is being hosted by
||kitten on the hunt
What should I bring?
First and foremost: Be prepared for the weather. We have had nice calm, cool, clear nights for the event. We've also had major winter storms with sleet, freezing rain and tree-toppling winds. You must dress warm enough for an October night and YOU are responsible for choosing what conditions you are comfortable caching in.
Bring a flashlight, and extra batteries. An LED headlamp is recommended, and a BFL is a good second light
Bring your GPS
A good pen or two
If you have an FRS Radio, please bring it, and set to Channel 2
If you have a HAM Radio, we will monitor VE3OD, since VE3ADT is down, and Simplex 146.520
Bring your cellular phone. Note: CDMA networks have spotty coverage at the command centre. GSM/HSPA+ fares much better here.
If you have any of the following, make sure you bring it:
- UV Flashlight
- Laser Pointer
- 2'x2' Waterproof material (Garbage Bag)
Where do I get a Launch Kit? GPX File?
The BFL Boot Camp VI caches follow our annual tradition.
With the exception of the Wherigo file, none of the cache details are revealed before the start of the event.
We will have "launch kits" available at the Command Centre - after 9:30pm (posted co-ordinates for this event cache). Please do not go to the command centre before 9:30, so we can get the organizer's cars in there and get setup.
We will not be offering a GPX file for the event caches.
The caches should be published shortly after the event starts, so those of you bringing mobile devices (iPhone, Internet key) should be able to access the cache information via normal methods - you'll just have to wait until these caches are published.
The launch kit will also be available in PDF form at http://torontogeocaching.com/bfl6/launchkit.pdf starting at 9:00pm on Saturday. The number of caches being released for the event are still being determined. Check back closer to the event date.
Remember, hunting the event caches is optional (but fun!).
To log an "attended" for this event, you must sign the logbook at the command center between 9:30PM and 4:00AM
Mother nature is well known for changing her mind about the weather in Autumn. We have experienced pleasant cool autumn nights, and we've also had full on winter storm conditions - snow, sleet, rain, wind. It is up to you to be prepared for the weather conditions.
You should check at least one of the links below for planning your outing.
We recommend a layered approach to dressing for the event.
Environment Canada Weather
Please contact me (northernpenguin) through my user profile, or visit http://bflbootcamp.torontogeocaching.com if you have more questions.