After a great start caching this morning we decided we would "look" at Dozers domain. A quick drive to the parking coordinates, switch out the water bottles and we started off on the first stage. This one got a bit crowded as all four of us climbers were in the tree at one point - there were a couple of hard parts due to feet holds not quite there but we eventually all managed the first stage and then a hike to the second stage.
After getting some american phrases taught to me for stage 2 we eventually found it but I had no idea what everyone was talking about to start with.
Stage 3 was awesome with a little bit of butt scooting but wasn't as hard as I thought it could have been - the photo is now my backdrop to the computer to show all the work colleagues what they should really be doing on a Saturday afternoon.
Stage 4 was harder as my shoes were wet - the first attempt was aborted due to slipping on the wood but after squeezing the water out, rubbing the shoes on the trees I was ready to climb again. This time I went a different way up at the start which was much easier. The branch at the top doesn't seem to sway when you are on it as much as it looks like from the ground - this was quite a comforting factor but I still made a hard job of coming down that last bit - but better safe than sorry.
However by this point we'd been caching for about 5 hours, done several tree climbs and I was too exhausted to do any more.
I did was Dan do the next two stages - the firemans pole took a long, long time but it was amazing to see him finally get up there, and then AlphaMonkey just shot up the tree...like...well...a monkey really.
We walked to the last stage....and laughed. With all that tree climbing there was no way we were going to do the final today - but we'll be back....
Again, another great cache - one that will push you to your limits - I'm really pleased to have made it over half way - and technically I did touch the next stage ...... :-)
After getting back to the car, it was time to say goodbye, down another bottle of water and then head home for lunch at 250 - that burger never tasted so good and according to my pedomoter, I easily justified eating all those calories.