BCP021 Red Deer
We'd been warned about this cap, noted the high number of DNFs and knew about the locked gate obstacle. Today we decided to check it out for the first time and were delighted to find the gate open and a team just leaving the area! Well that was a good start right there, but we knew we'd need our luck to continue.
We had barely gotten to GZ when a city worker drove his maintenance vehicle over to let us know he was about to lock the gate. We explained our purpose and he said we could exit through the field house if necessary. Our luck was holding!
So the search began. The GPS was jumpy, the sun was very hot and the breeze was negligible. After prodding a few promising spots, we deployed compass and a metal detector app. As the length of our search crept closer to the total 20 or so minutes, there was increasing talk about giving up and coming back with a metal detector on another (cooler!) day. We pocketed the GPS and concentrated on an area straight out from the orange paint on the chain link fence. Finally the phone app got very excited and the screwdriver agreed with a promising "clunk"! The dry ground was very hard and grass roots were a hindrance, but enough turf was peeled back to get what we needed. There were high fives over the cap and an appreciation of our good fortune! The cap is approximately 10.5 ft / 3.2 m from the orange mark on the chain link fence between two dandelion plants.
Exiting the field house, we found the worker having lunch with two others. One had found a few caches and all were aware of people searching the field for something. We answered questions and explained how this unique cache worked and that there was not a traditional cache hidden out on the field somewhere. We thanked them for letting us search and left them to their lunch.
Thanks for a challenging and satisfying cap, outforthehunt.