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Found it colincactus found 3 Corners T/D grid Challenge

Saturday, June 1, 2013South East England, United Kingdom

Joint {*FTF*} at 1:20pm

I saw this challenge when it was published a couple of weeks ago. At first sight it seemed very do-able. We had a 5/5 in the bag as we'd qualified for Mario's 365 challenge and we were planning to pick it up soon anyway. The 1/1 would be easy, so all we had to do was to find a D1T5 or a D5T1.

However a quick search shows that these are very rare combinations. The 365 challenge is near West Meon in Hampshire, and the nearest D5T1 that neither Richiecactus nor I had done was "Tedious, more than just a tribute" in Crawley. The trouble we had was that its a tricky hide - if we couldn't find it we would've wasted our 5/5. There were others (one in Shoreham that RC had done but I hadn't, and one near Mottisfont where we had the reverse situation).

We considered trying to complete the challenge last weekend but events conspired against us. I even tried to convince RC to go for the FTF himself (if he couldn't find the Mottisfont one he could use me for a PAF).

I watched this cache throughout the week and by the end still nobody had claimed the FTF. Where were all the extreme cachers? So we decided that we would do it ourselves and that our best bet was to go for the D1T5 - Sweet Colossus near Midhurst. We had tried to get that last December but had failed. However now we had a challenge to complete and we knew what we had to do.

We met up at 9am and set off for Mario's 365 Challenge GC254H4. On our previous visit in April it had been muggled, and we'd be going straight back home if it wasn't there this time. I held my breath as we approached, and happily there it was. 10am and one down

Then off to find a 1/1. We were heading to Midhurst along the A272 so we decided upon GC3YP65 Church Micro 3009 Stroud and that was an easy find too. 10:30 and two down.

Then on through Petersfield and Midhurst to get to Sweet Colossus GC42A46. I'd noticed an easier tree climb nearby that was called "Up You Go", and we did that first as a warm-up. Then feeling more confident we tackled Sweet Colossus and this time we succeeded.

By now it was past midday. We continued on to Holmwood to finish off the challenge. I've been here a few times now for other caches so I knew where to park. It's a bit soggy in places on the common at the moment, but we managed to get to the GZ with too many problems. There are still loads of bluebells (so late this year - its now June).

It took us a couple of minutes to find the cache. We searched all around an oak & holly and convinced ourselves that the cache had been muggled. Then I noticed another pair and of course it was there.

We opened the cache box, unfurled the log and were really pleased to be first. I took the earrings and left a little World Cup statuette of Bobby Moore.

We checked the mileage when we got back and found that we'd done exactly 100 miles on the round trip. I'd be interested to see how much other people do.

Here are the 3 corners we did today:
1. D5T5 A Year, Lost! - 365 days of caching! view log
2. D1T1 Church Micro 3009...Stroud view log
3. D1T5 Sweet Colossus view log

#1386 TFTC (+fave point)

infoA Mystery Cache is the “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges.
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