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BP Lodge Cradle Mountain Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 09/20/2011
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Geocache Description:

This cache is hidden under the first step where the chicken wire starts on the path to the lodge. The chicken wire forms a basket which holds the cache.

Please choose the weather carefully, and be adequately prepared for pretty much all weather. It gets nasty here!

To get to the lodge, park at Ronnie Creek (having an appropriate parks pass) and follow the Overland Track, branching to the Horse Track on the right. The walk up to the lodge took us just under an hour, and less to return.

If you are staying, can you find on your arrival so that you can dry the log inside if it needs it.

The lodge sleeps 14 and is just wonderful - but you have to be involved with Scouts to be able to stay :)

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History of BP Lodge

BP Memorial Scout Lodge was built to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Scouting for Boys and the Centenary of the birth of its Founder, Lord Baden-Powell. Construction was started in 1957 by the Tasmanian Boy Scouts North West District Association.

The Lodge was officially opened on 26th March 1960 by Lord Rowallan, Governor and Chief Scout of Tasmania. The Lodge was built, and maintained primarily for the training of mountaineering and snow-craft of Scouts in the North West District Association. First preference was always given to Scout groups within this District and even now is still booked heavily by local Scout Groups from late July through to the end of October. Some have even booked the same weekend every year over a period of many years.

Around 1975 because of its location well above the snowline and because of the often extreme conditions that can be experienced BP Lodge started being used as a training facility for teaching leadership skills and snow-craft to those leaders who attended the BP Memorial Lodge High Altitude Courses, which at that time were organised and run by leaders and helpers from the Mersey, Leven and Hellyer Districts in the North West of Tasmania. The BP Memorial Lodge High Altitude Course was later recognised as a well run and informative weekend by Tasmanian Branch Headquarters. From then onwards BP Memorial Lodge became the only location recognised as a safe statewide high altitude training facility for Tasmanian Scout leaders. In many cases the walk up to BP Memorial Lodge from Waldheim was often the first time some scout leaders had actually experienced walking with a fully laden pack in snow and ice conditions.

1957: Construction commenced.
1960: Offical opening
2010: 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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