Rund um den Henninger Turm
The Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop (until 2008 Rund um den Henninger-Turm, sometimes called the Frankfurt Grand Prix in English; in 2010 Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt) is a semi classic cycling race around Frankfurt am Main with the start and finish on Darmstädter Landstraße outside the Henninger-Turm (Tower), a grain silo belonging to the Henninger brewery which backs the event. The race takes place on a complicated route in the Taunus mountains west of the city with around 1500m (5,000 feet) of climbing. The climbs of the Ruppershain, Feldberg and Mammolshain have been regular features; the Mammolshain has a 26% gradient and is climbed twice in the race. The race concludes with three laps of 4.5 kilometres in the centre of Frankfurt.
This cache is in tribute and spirit of that race as well as the place I call home: The Taunus. The challenge of this cache is quite unique to world of Geocaching. In fact I only know of one similar cache and guess who placed this one. It's called BI 29.
It all started with a nice BBQ in our driveway and some beers. It was winter and there was a little bit of snow in Niederjosbach. That's not uncommon however this time it was uncommon cold. So there was enough cold snow on the hills around to go snowboarding and we - that would be Markus and I - thought of ways to utilise this. Well one idea led to another and in the end the idea of the cache was born:
With BI 29 you basically have to race down a meadow. There is no path, no road no nothing. The distance between start and finish-line is about 420m and you got 52 seconds. Therefore you have to have an average speed of at least 30 km/h. That doesn't sound too fast but there are three major obstacles: a drop of 1m in the middle of the track, a small creek as well as literally no clear space after the finish-line. There are just trees. We did that race on a snowboard - unfortunately it was the last winter-weekend of the year and after that the snow was gone. All the cachers had to think of another way and until now there are only a few people finding that cache by fair means. Their ideas were as creative as they could be and the first to find was actually a dog. Sampo was showing quite a performance. Of course there were also mountainbikes involved and a full-scale Bell 206 helicopter is worth mentioning.
The basic idea is pretty much the same. We have an area which is easily accessible however you have to race from one zone to another. And just to make it a little bit more interesting you have to pass two additional gate-zones on the way. Did I mention none of the zones is accessible by car? Oh too bad.
- The aim of the game is to exit the start-zone, pass to gate-zones and get to the target-zone within 480 seconds. That's 8:00 minutes. If you do that on foot, try to be part of the next olympic team. That's about world-record time.
This is how the cartridge works:
- The clock starts ticking as soon as you leave the start-zone
- On the way to the target-zone you have to pass two gate-zones
- Enter the target-zone in time (If you exit it right away - don't worry. Just return to the zone - the clock stops while entering for the first time.)
- Within the target-zone you will see the coords of the final cache
In addition to this there are some things you should consider:
- Turn off the Demo-Mode and turn on the GPS (seriously!)
- Turn off the battery-save mode since you might miss the zones with it. In this mode a signal is only used every five seconds instead of one second
- Make sure you have a fully charged battery
- Turn on tracking in order to relive your victory afterward
If you have any questions about this cartridge, wherigo or anything just feel free to send me a mail. I am more than happy to help. Before you ask: Yes I did the trip myself and ended up with a time of 5:57 minutes. Unfortunately for you these were close to perfect conditions: dry, sunshine, tailwind and only a few people on the cycle-track. Btw.: This is the Wherigo-cache with the lowest GC-code. Worldwide.
||WARNING! Always keep in mind that you are not alone on this track. Depending on weather, daytime, holidays etc. the track can be more or less crowded. DO NOT attempt this cache unless you are 100% sure that you can avoid any risk of a collision with other boats, bikers, pedestrians or any animals.
I am not against group raids as long as it is by fair means. If you want to team up please do so but play your part of a team which could be:
- Riding a tandem
- Navigating while your buddy is steering the plane
- Doing your job within a sailing-crew
- Drafting in turns on bicycles
That is all ok and I wouldn't mind if all of those guys log their find. Everybody played an essential part in that race. On the other hand I can think of some foul-plays where your smiley is in severe danger of being deleted:
- Being a passenger on a boat
- Let your buddy ride the bike and wait for him in the target-zone
- Hire somebody to get your GPSr fast enough from A to B
If you really want that cache of your chest / out of your home-zone, please spare everybody the embarrassment and just contact me. I'll provide you with another way of reaching the final box under the condition that you don't claim in your log that you went through all the trouble (means you have to include the words "I cheated"). I know this sounds very harsh but I just want everybody to play fair on this cache. It is disappointing to see an opportunist finding the cache without any effort where you on the other hand tried really hard to get your smiley.
So team up! Do your part of the job and find the cache!
Wherigo Cartridge Speeeeed
YouTube Video BI29
Viel Spaß *gg*
P.S.: Hacking the cartridge - which is easy - is cheating as well :o)