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Found it colincactus found Ye Ole Survey Monuments - Challenge Cache

Friday, April 21, 2017West Midlands, United Kingdom

I'm a great fan of the YOSM virtual - I've found 38 of them so far. Its such a shame that it will soon be gone. The most I've found in a day is 5 (on the 10th April with my son Bobcat). As they qualify me for this challenge on their own I'll list them here:

YSM069 Dunstable Down
YSM239 Castle Mound
YSM178 Clipper Down
YSM224 Coombe Hill
YSM032 Bovingdon Down

Today I was driving Bobcat back to Uni in Keele. We had been planning to get this challenge either on this trip or later in the summer when he comes back to Guildford, but then a couple of days ago I realised that it might soon be archived. There was also the problem of whether the cache was actually reachable. I checked with the previous finder - Alancache - who confirmed that it was a long way down and that I would need some sort of tool. He had also kindly contacted the cache owner and she had said that if we couldn't extract it a photo would be fine.

We weren't too sure what to bring and ended up with some pipe cleaners and a wire coat hanger. We found the FBM straightaway but it took us a couple of minutes to spot the cache. Hmm - that is a long way down.

I tried building some sort of contraption from the pipecleaners but it wasn't strong enough. Bobcat tried the coat hanger but that failed as well. Having to do all this while inside a hedge wasn't helping us much either. More than ten minutes had gone by and I was ready to give up - I had already taken a photo of where the cache was and knew that that would be sufficient. Bobcat is made of sterner stuff though and after another five minutes a combination of a different coat hanger configuration and his fingers finally completed the job.

After signing the log we filled in the hole before putting the cache back. So now there is nowhere for it to fall into. Well it took us a lot longer than we expected but it was certainly memorable so I'll award a fave point.

#3130 TFTC

Bobcat with the tools

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A long way down A long way down

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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