Cache No. 700
We had been looking for a Cache worth for our 700th cache and thought this one should be just right! As we are also preparing for a hike on the swedish Kungsleden this summer and also have a "guest-dog" right now, we decided to take a heavy rucksack for training and another rucksack to put in our dog Charly on the difficult parts.
We started this morning at about 9:30 with a nice breakfast near the channel. Then we shouldered our backpacks and found WP1 quite easily. We wondered whether the coordinates could be right as we had to walk the same way back along the street... We couldn't believe it and followed the street uphill, but weren't able to find a path towards WP2, so we had to walk all the way back. At WP2 it didn't get much better, as we searched and searched but could not find anything, although we could already tell all the details on the spoiler picture by heart But finally, after almost an hour searching we found the metal plate! However it would probably have been better if we had not used the spoiler picture, because we had a look at completely different details of the cave than we should have. But nevertheless it was real fun to look around here - although it somehow started to wear off in the end .
After we had managed the first "jungle" and cave part we didn't have any major problems in finding the waypoints. Only the sun burning down on us and the heavy load were making it difficult to move on quickly.
After WP9 we finally got some shadow again, but were forced to walk slowly anyway because the owergrowth was a bit much for Charly. The first climbing part proved not that easy with the heavy backpack and a pair of walking sticks - but Charly was enjoying himself and almost ran up the hill on his 4 legs!
On the way to WP11 we decided to use the ropes instead of the walking sticks, which was much easier. We really enjoyed the view from here, so we decided to take a midday break and cook something on our gas cooker. While the food was getting ready we found the plate and calculated the next waypoint. After we had eaten and cleaned everything up again we went on towards the difficult part of the path.
The roping down proved quite easy until the last part... This was really more difficult than we had expected after watching the video on youtube. With a 10 kg dog on the back of Mrs. Revealer and the 12 kg backpack of Mr. Revealer it was really hard work for our arms. But we managed it anyway without injuries and felt really proud afterwards!
The remaining waypoints were easy to find and we finally arrived back at our car, were we packed away the backpacks and calculated the final coordinates. Without the additional weight the last meters were really easy compared to before and we arrived at the cave. Of course the batteries of our lamp gave up right at this point... Luckily we had a backup with us and not in the backpack now waiting in the car... Therefore we could continue searching and were successful a few seconds later! The track showed us 16.3 km and 1083 meters uphill (after cleaning up the data using SRTM data) for todays wonderful hike.
Thanks a lot for showing us the many caves and the extreme landscape created by building the channel! We had lot's of fun the whole way despite today's heat!
The Revealers and Charly
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