The top half of my "Finds By Placed Month" grid (i.e. pre 2006) is very sparse. So a few weeks ago I resolved to fill up as many slots as I could before any more of the old caches disappear. December 2001 was a high priority to do as there is only one cache within a 100km radius of my house for that month, and that cache of course is Cobham's Quest.
I'd been planning to go to Cobham to find the cache this weekend, and then by happy coincidence yesterday Andy R published a new puzzle not too far away. So I solved that one first and we picked up the FTF earlier this afternoon.
Then on to find this cache. We'd spotted the fallen tree from a long way off. Bobcat followed the instructions in the detailed hint but couldn't find the cache at shoulder height, so I ignored all that and found it on the ground on the other side of the tree. After 11 years you can hardly expect to find the cache exactly where it was first hidden. The log was quite wet but we managed to sign it.
We then returned to the car. There were a couple of lost-looking paintballers parked next to us. They were very pleased to find that we were the perfect people to ask directions from: we knew exactly where they wanted to go and could show them on our OS maps.