Congratulations to Gecko Dad and RUSCAL
I would still like to know which direction the arrows on their GPSrs were pointing that enabled them to make "short" work of the challenge.
The two of them have been at this a lot longer than I have, so I guess their experience enables them to stop a fruitless search earlier and examine the area for additional options . . .
In an area with that many possible hiding places, I don't know when you make that call. However, knowing that the cache owner places caches where there is a view, would have kept me out of that cavern my GPSr pointed to that was littered with all the packrat detritus . . .
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UPDATE: FlagMan DNF'd the cache. So, now I don't feel quite so depressed about not being able to find it. I still can't believe it is rated a '4' Terrain, and a '2' for Difficulty . . . especially if FlagMan couldn't get to it.
PassingWind has a new cache that he has rated higher, but he still doesn't include a hint.
Doesn't he want people to seek, and ultimately find his caches . . . ?
When I talked to NightHunter about the "Indian Peak Cache," he said, "The harder the hike, the easier the find." I agree. Near where muggles might come upon a cache, it should be hidden in a way that it cannot be easily found, but if the cache is in a place where no one but a Geocacher is likely to venture, the cache should be an easy reward at the end of the hike.
UPDATE: December 7, 2005
Well, PassingWind's new cache, although it appeared daunting, has been found. hrtpmpfxr was FTF on "The Devil's Jumpoff, which also had no hint, just like "Indian Head Peak."
His "Found It" log is about one-third the length of my DNF log for "Indian Head Cache" cache, and even shorter than FlagMan's DNF log for that cache.
I guess the quest and the find were uneventful . . .