This entire series is great, but this particular cache was just amazing. Took about a week of working through and bouncing off ideas with Funky at work before getting this one finished. We finally got the chance two weekends ago to get out and got a nice early start on this one with Funky and sql_geek.
Met up at the parking area and sql made a quick find after a short hike to GZ. The hike back uphill was a workout for my out of shapeness, but we got back to the cars quickly and arrived at Stage two a few minutes later. Searched where the GPS had us but were not coming up with anything so we took a quick look at this stages hint and got on the right track. I pointed out a likely spot next to sql and he was able to lay hands on Stage 2. We all had that nice feeling on a quick find for about 5 seconds until we saw what it actually was. Luckily Funky had a fantastic, "Wait, I know someone that can help us.", moment. It's a moment when you're glad of a team effort. We got a very quick reply and were on to stage 3 with lots of morning still left.
Stage 3 was a very quick find as it could be seen upon approach, one in which we hid it a bit better than it was when we left. Once we pulled the container from it's protection, that's when the morning decided to slow down. The most awesome container I have seen to date, and the work that went into turned the whole experience up a few notches from it's already high level. Unfortunately for us this took us about an hour to finally get that "Yes!" moment. Which was then followed by, "There's more?". We quickly pieced that second part together and hit a slight snag with ordering. Since it left us with two possibly options, we decided to just get a move on and check both. Placed everything back the way it should be and hid it better, and made our way back to the cars.
Another short drive had us to our first choice of GZ for Stage 4. After searching for about 20 minutes, we decided that we probably chose wrong. And we all agreed that the area didn't have the same 'feel' or scenery as the rest of the hides and decided to back in for the other set of coords. Got to this area and felt much more confident as the area has the same look, and it's position to other stages made sense. We spent a short time looking but came up empty handed at first. As we were talking, Funky kept venturing further from where the GPS took us and he made the find. We grabbed the information needed and discovered a slight malfunction of something that was needed to use further along. This led to a 3 hour or so detour going everywhere we could think of to procure it. Once grabbed, it was after 4 getting back to the Stage 5 area and about 2 hours later decided to call it a day.
Came back today with Funky and Mike Hoffman to try to finish this up as sql_geek could not make it. Almost before myself and Hoffman could get in to help look there was an amazingly fast find by Funky. We were all excited to have found that so quickly and be able to have that extra time to lend to Stage 6. Searched so many places in and around GZ, which took a lot of work. Made a call to our inside agent, and got a clue to narrow down our searching. Luckily for us more rounded in the middle, Hoffman was able to squeeze into the necessary space. Clues were found, the right area seemed to be obtained, but the information eluded us here. Another call to our double agent had us in the right direction again.
And with that, we happily marched to Stage 7. And I cannot possibly imagine anyone wanting to hike this in the summer...ever lol. Funky thankfully came up with another quick find and we were able to put pen to paper for my first 5/5.
Thanks to the CO for just an amazing and devious adventure that puts so many other 'difficult' rated caches to shame.