The hunt is over!
All 6 of the missing potatoes were recovered and reassembled with their missing appendages! Team #6, Catchmeifyoucan picked up Julienne's feet and shoes on Wednesday completing the quest that has taken each of the teams to various locations across the East End of the GTA. Kudos to each of the rescuers that braved the cold temperatures of this last bitter week! A final recap:
- Yukon Jack & Scallop Savard
in the care of Barnies Band of Gold
Although rushing to the last cache was a team effort with BBoG, LimboManSam and Sliver & Lucy, BBoG capitalized on his portable email technology to report his successful find back to tater headquarters first at 10:40 AM on Sunday, January 19th - less than 48 hours after the official start to the Hunt. This enabled BBoG to get the bonus coordinates which led him to his own personal cache where he was met by one of my Shinny playing Pals: Scallop Savard, complete with skates, Team Canada jersey and a hockey stick.
and his green nose are living with Sliver & Lucy
After nabbing the first potato and getting a big jump on the field with a find of the elusive cache #6, Sliver & Lucy rested on their laurels just enough to allow BBoG and LimboManSam catch up at cache #8, where they narrowly missed reporting their successful find a mere 7 minutes after BBoG.
- Tater Tom
hooked up with LimboManSam
Sam was in a dead heat rush against BBoG and Sliver & Lucy to find the difficult final cache. His report at 10:55 AM on Sunday came in 15 minutes later than BBoG's which is just about the same amount of time Sam spent stopping for breakfast that morning...
- Sam the Yam
has been adopted by Decodoppler and DirtRunner
Although hampered by a Sunday morning meeting which threw the dynamic duo out of contention for coimpleting the rebuild first, the team continued their quest and wound up finally finding the last cache Sunday afternoon.
- Huber the Tuber
happily rooming with CaperGPS
Caper was able to complete his rescue and rebuild on Sunday afternoon after Sam the Yam had been there, but almost lost his cell phone in the process!
was rescued by CatchmeifyouCan
As reported, Catchme successfully completed their mission on Wednesday afternoon after taking time to smell the roses along the way. Sure, they were dead and frozen, but he thought he'd try smelling them anyway.
Final congratulations to all who particpated and all who tried to participate, but arrived a tad too late. Perhaps you'll have speedier steeds for the next Hunt.....Next Hunt?...Did I say Next?...Well it will happen again, but not for a while. Perhaps this may be an anuual thing! Hopefully this has inspired other geocachers to perhaps start a themed multi-cache quest to inject some variety into the sport. Time will only tell!
To all the participants: Be sure to take care of my pals, and keep them away from the race track!
Status of the GPH Caches:
The caches are starting to be collected and some are being transformed into regular, permanent caches. The first being put into place on Tuesday - Spud's Seaside Stash. This was formerly cache #5 of the hunt. More to come. Cache #6 though, is being taken out of service permanently as it caused too many a world of hurt. Besides, the cache itself was crushed!
What the heck is the Great Potato Head Multi-Cache Hunt anyway?
A few of Spud's friends found themselves up to their necks in gambling debts to an unscrupulous crime family. When the trackside taters were shaken down for the money, they were unable to pay. Unfortunately, this was not received well and the 6 potatoes were rounded up and dismembered. Each one of the baked carbohydrates had their ears, eyes, nose, teeth and appendages ripped out. These body parts were then placed in plastic boxes and then scattered across 8 different locations in the area in and around Toronto. The goal of this hunt is for geocachers to find these body parts and reassemble Spud's pals.
After shaking down a mole inside the crime family, Spud has obtained the GPS coordinates to the first cache. This is where the potatoes had supposedly been 'dumped'. The taters looked as if they just came out of the ground; missing their eyes, ears, nose, teeth, arms, feet and their headgear. Also inside was a clue that the geocachers would have to try and solve. Once they do, they'll have determined the coordinates for the second cache. They then take one of Spud's pals and hunt down the second cache where they'll find one of the missing body parts. That cache will then contain another clue to locate the third cache and yet another body part. This cycle will continue until all 6 potatoes have been reunited with their full complement of organs and appendages.
What can be expected if a cacher were to take on this challenge?
1. A heckuva lot of fun
2. Some great exploring through some really nice pockets of the city
3. Quite a bit of traveling! There's 8 caches spread out across the East side of the GTA
4. Some muck, some hills, some slipping, some puddles; its winter after all, so be prepared!
5. No maps! Except for the first cache, you'll be going on coordinates and maybe an encrypted hint or two!
6. This might take a bit...if you're planning on doing it in a day, you're nuts! Besides, yu'll miss alot of great scenery if you rush!
7. The overall difficulty factor for the entire hunt is rated at a 4, just 'cause there's lots to do!
8. The overall terrain factor for the entire hunt is rated at a 3; not too simple, not too difficult!
As the Great Potato Head Cache Hunt is only rebuilding a limited number of Potatoes, sadly there could only be 6 geocache teams participating to actually build them. This does not mean that only 6 teams can try to find the caches, it just means that there's only enough body parts to make 6. Each cache will have a logbook to record your successful discovery! At the conclusion of the hunt, each of the 8 caches will be turned into traditional caches, therefore, when you remove a body part, be sure to leave something for this future cache!