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Leatherman's Circuit - Helicker's Cave Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 05/07/2006
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Geocache Description:

This journey is part of a cache series commemorating the travels of The Leatherman in the late 1800s.

The Leatherman once roamed southwestern Connecticut and southeastern New York from 1858 to 1889. He traveled a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers. Approximately every month he would repeat his journey. The man spoke primarily with grunts or gestures and dressed in crudely stitched leather from his hat to his shoes. The suit was made of soft-tanned calfskin leather and weighed about sixty pounds. He would sleep outside year-round mostly in caves and rock shelters around Connecticut and New York. More information on The Leatherman can be found at this link.

During one of the twelve days The Leatherman spent trekking through Westchester and Putnam Counties in the course of his thirty-four day loop, the tramp stayed in a large cave, known as Helicker's Cave, located off of old Route 22 in Armonk, NY. Pictures of the cave itself have been uploaded to the cache page for your reference. You can click on the pictures on the cache page for a larger version as well. It is not known with certainty at this time whether the cave is on public property, private property or DEP land.

The cache itself is on public property, hidden in the Betsy Sluder Nature Preserve. The trailhead and available parking are at N 41º 07.243 W 073º 43.032. The cache is a short bushwack off of the yellow trail, near the boundary of the park. You can pick up this cache on the way there. Bring bug spray - the skeeters have a ferocious thirst. Please park at the trailhead and not on private property when seeking this cache. The cave is about two tenths of a mile ESE from the cache. The coordinates for the cave are in the cache's logbook as well. Visit and/or explore the cave at your own risk.

PLEASE rehide the cache as you found it, if not better. Thanks. This cache was made possible with the help of Miles Stone and The Researcher.

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