An evening of caching with a hole lot of success!
We left the car at 6:45pm and set off up the hill. It was a lovely evening, and we had a quiet walk through woods and fields.
We had some initial trouble locating MC1, but Simon proved to be in excellent command of The Force. Not far from MC3, we found an interesting assemblage of woodlice; but, as we'd left the field guide at home, we could only identify them as far as "spotted". The crater at MC4 was interesting, as was the dolomitic limestone at IW4, which we would have missed had we not known about it. As we neared the final cache, Simon recognized a tree in one of the wide clearings that he used to climb on family outings years ago.
We didn't take time to reminisce, however, and we reached the viewing platform just as the colours of the landscape were fading away. The views were misty, but we could see across to Castell Coch and out over Cardiff. E couldn't quite grasp the scale of the huge quarry below, but it reminded her of a Hitchhiker's Guide magician who once made an entire mountain disappear. (We looked, but saw no suspicious extra moon in the sky.)
The final cache was discovered straight away at 9:00pm, but it took a small struggle to free it. After making our swaps (one small puzzle for another), we swiftly made our way back via the suggested route, pausing only to make a curious but cursory inspection of IW12. We stepped out onto the road at 9:30pm, with no twilight to spare.
Afterwards, we drove up Garth Mountain and ate our neglected picnic dinner (midnight snack?) in the car, listening to Colin & Cumberland ("That's a good dog -- ci da!") on Radio Wales.
We thought all the micros were quite clever and that they were hidden with a good measure of rational thought. We did have some trouble with GPS reception, but our trusty Silva compass proved a handy tool.
Thanks for this excellent and very well laid out cache!