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Fort Cumberland CITO & More Challenges

Trad: 6 Challenge: 6 Letterbox: 3 CITO: 1
Walked: 10 miles

My first cache of the day was another 5/5 Challenge, this time the 365 Days – A Year Lost! Having just completed a 400-day streak, I was more than qualified. More cows, but they were behind a fence and once the muggles at GZ had pushed off, I made a quick find.

A Year Lost!
A Year Lost!

After bagging another Challenge close by, I headed to Portsmouth to Fort Cumberland for the CITO event there. Shifty insisted on coming along too, as did Larry The Litterpicker, ever helpful at a CITO event.

Shifty & Larry At The TB Table
Shifty & Larry At The TB Table

The attendees were happy to pose for a group shot after our work was done, and then I headed off for more Challenges around Portsmouth which I had earmarked for my attention.

Successful CITO
Successful CITO

After picking up some nice DTs on challenges, I then headed off for some more Loop 2 fillers – mainly trads – which I had noticed in the area. I bumped into som CITO foilks at one, and we had fun wading in a very dry ditch before finally finding what we had come for.

Another Challenge completed was the 3 Caches In 3 Continents Challenge. Well, having found boxes in the UK, US and Japan, that will qualify me very well. And it was a great little box with a bear passport inside!

Passport For A Bear
Passport For A Bear

I found another trio of trads last thing, but before that I had earmarked three letterbox caches in the Whiteley Walk series, one of which would fill my Loop 2 D1/T4.5 square. It promised to be swampy, but I had the waders in the car and I was itching to use them! It was a slippery and sweaty walk to this one, but I picked up another couple along the way. Then I arrived at GZ!

I suspected I knew where it would be, but there was about 20ft of evil smelling swampy water to cross first. I found two substantial sticks which were kicking around to use as depth feelers and steadiers, and gradually glooped my way across! Yes, there’s the box… And after signing the log, I was most relieved to get back to dry land without having fallen over. Job done! And much fun had in the process.

Caz Has Crossed The Swamp
Caz Has Crossed The Swamp

I bagged up my swampy waders and headed back to the hotel for a rest, having found 16 hides today. Phew.

Day #313 – Brainiacs Or Maniacs?

Trad: 11
Walked: 7.3 miles

I was out today with my co-conspirator Kitty!! We decided to revisit some of the hideous DNF’s we had had on Run Around’s Takely Trail a few weeks ago. Thankfully, we managed to turn all but one into a nice smiley – phew!

Grassy Hell!
Grassy Hell!
Slithery Dude
Slithery Dude

Satisfied with that achievement (for the moment), we headed towards Braintree to look for Up The Wood – a cache up a tree. Neither of us are keen climbers, so we had come prepared – a stepladder and Larry The Litterpicker solved the problem quickly!

Larry Helps Up A Tree
Larry Helps Up A Tree

Those were all really just hors d’oeuvres to the main event – Brain Tunnel by flossregularly. This had been on Kitty’s wishlist for ages, but it hadn’t really registered on mine for some reason. But I was very keen when she suggested an expedition in our waders!

Ready For Action!
Ready For Action!

We had seen how easily it was to fall flat on your face from previous finders’ photos (Infinson, I mean you!) so we found ourselves two big sticks to steady our progress. The bottom of the river Brain was very silty and we made slow progress along the spidery tunnel. I was just concentrating on keeping upright, but Kitty was imagining all sorts of horror below the water as we slowly picked our way along!

Kitty Signs The Log
Kitty Signs The Log

Eventually we spotted the telltale glint in our head torches, and found the cache. Huge care was taken not to drop anything in the water! I looked quite frightening but was glad I could get a photo to prove I went down there.

Apparition In Brain Tunnel
Apparition In Brain Tunnel

It was with much relief that we emerged, blinking, into the daylight once more, euphoric that we had survived in the silt and stayed upright. It was still quite a job to pull ourselves up the slippery bank, I nearly fell back in but just about retained my dignity!

Made It Out Alive - Relief!
Made It Out Alive – Relief!

It was great fun, and all the better to be living on the “edge” of our comfort zones again! This one didn’t fill in a new DT square for me, but it was still a hoot.

Day #167 – A Load Of Rubbish!

Trad: 8 Puzzle: 1 Multi: 2 CITO: 1
Walked: 4.5 miles

A few weeks ago I noticed a CITO event had been published for today, and since I needed another two to qualify me for two different challenge caches, I made a note to attend this one in Stowmarket. I also invited along my lapsed caching friend Leeky who lives in the town.

Most cachers were issued with binbags and litterpickers to borrow, but I brought along my own buddy, Larry The Litterpicker who visits all the CITO events I go to. He had a bit of a fight with Leeky over ownership of one bit of rubbish…

Larry Fights With A Friend!
Larry Fights With A Friend!

We collected a big bagful each, and had a nice natter while walking around the Cedars Park estate. We also found three caches while we were out and about wombling.

Larry's Bag Full Of Rubbish
Larry’s Bag Full Of Rubbish

Leeky was pleased to have found a hubcap – better in the bin than littering in a hedge!

Leeky Found A Hubcap!
Leeky Found A Hubcap!

We went for a rewarding lunch in ‘Spoons in the town (and found another couple of quick cache and dashes before the rain started).

Leeky returned home but there was still some daylight left, so I picked up a few more caches in the area, including a puzzle which I had solved a few weeks ago in preparation for today’s visit. I was a bit worried by the Tree Climb attribute, but decided to go take a look anyway. Larry was a great help, just reaching the cache for me without my feet leaving the ground! Hurrah for Litterpickers!

Larry Helps Out Up A Tree
Larry Helps Out Up A Tree

After a final two Church Micro finds in nearby Stowupland, I drove to Colchester to stay with Mum and Dad overnight, which will save time tomorrow when I go to Mistley for the first of BEASTMARSTA’s 2016 Flash Meets.