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Found it Puttzy found DEATH WISH

Saturday, March 12, 2011North Carolina

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I'm really not sure how to sum this one up. I could throw out a bunch of adjectives: Crazy, stupid, awesome, fun, challenging, rusty, tall, muscle burning. Or I could just leave a quick note and say that you gave me one hell of an adventure for my 1000th find. I'll take neither of those approaches since they are both WAY to short for my long-winded self.
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We approached from the listed parking coordinates and saw baseball fields that were completely depressing, but more importantly we saw the cache in the distance. Yes. Thats right. We could spot the location about .2 miles away. My heart fluttered as I knew I had designated myself the climber for this rag-tag group. As we made the descent through the (thankfully) dead Kudzu. My mouth dried up a little as I made jokes about falling to my death. (which my boss told me I would)
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We arrived at GZ and I immediately hopped up onto the <i>failed apparatus</i> (that's a pun - although it sounds gross/dirty when I think about it now) hoping to see the cache. Bending over backwards and tilting allowed me to place my head in the center of the device and look straight up....uncomfortably. I couldn't see anything but that didn't mean it as there. I decided to let SmithPeaknuckle stand on my back as I rested on all fours to see if he could see it. Still nothing. dang. Guess I'm just going up.
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The first step up was the hardest. Some might say one giant step for man. Not sure who those some are though. Before I knew it I was scaling the rust beast without a safety rope and a small crowd of soon to be happy cachers, if I found it. I got near the top and was thankful to spot the cache within arms reach as I was originally afraid it would be somewhere way to hard to grab. I immediately had a realization. There was NO WAY I was going to be able to retrieve, open, and sign it for all of us with my limited strength and wavering nerves. We decided that the best bet was to throw it to the ground. I did. As the log was being signed, I made my descent to that perilous first step where the container was tossed up to me for my second climb.
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Arms burning, breathing heavy, cache in my mouth, and my mind thinking back to the time as a young kid where I got stuck on my parents garage roof because I was too scared to take the first step on the ladder, I reached the summit for the second time in about 15 minutes. (maybe longer. I kind of blacked out for a bit) I quickly placed the cache container back to the spot where I found it. or at least roughly.
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Back down I come. As hard as that first step was the last step was even harder for me. Thankfully SmithyPeaknuckle guided my foot to a safe spot and I touched down safely. Everyone in the crew contributed on this one. R&R was the photographer, SmithyPeaknuckle was the guidance, FailedApparatus was the log signer, and some other guy stood around a lot. :)
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As I write my final words on my 1000th cache I sit here wondering.....did he really sign my name to that log?
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Thanks for an awesome cache!!!

The crew heading tot he cache

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The crew heading tot he cache log image The crew heading tot he cache

Up there?!?! log image Up there?!?!

Up, up and away log image Up, up and away

I love you crane.  I I love you crane. I'm very attached to you

Goodbye dear friends!! log image Goodbye dear friends!!

Showing a travel bug that went to the top with me log image Showing a travel bug that went to the top with me

Eric helping me touch down log image Eric helping me touch down

beast in the distance log image beast in the distance

Happy to be alive log image Happy to be alive

infoThis is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache.
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