We were going to a new area today and there were approx thirty caches to load, a bit tedious if doing them one at a time by popping in the cache reference number. It is a good way of working offline as it saves all the information that is on the website so gives you all the information, details, hints and pictures to look at.
But it can be done by downloading another app onto your phone through their website that works much easier.
Trimble Outdoors is a complete outdoor trip planning and off-road GPS navigation application that works with GPS-enabled cell phones. You can send this cache to your phone as a Trimble Outdoors GPS trip:
so I set about loading them all onto my phone through this app.
Our destination was Gartmorn Dam
Today Gartmorn is a peaceful retreat for people walking, cycling, horse riding or picnicing. An orienteering course is also available
We arrived at Gartmorn Dam and were ready to set off on our adventure. The website mentions a visitor centre with toilets and there is a bird hide as well with keys available from the visitor centere, but on the two occasions we have been the centre has been shut. We had chosen the three mile route with caches available all the way round. But sadly my GPS would not pick up, and I could not get my data to log on either, to many trees around us and surrounded by hills.
Luckily I had foreseen this and had written down the names of the caches in order and the hint, hoping that would help if need be, so we resorted to the paper copy.
From the names of the actual caches we were able to find seven of the nine on the route.
|pump it up - was at the old pump house|
|under the bricks|
|the old train station|
|this was under a hut, got a bit muddy gong for it.|
|little and large|
|the view from little and large|
Some were down slopes and in trickier places, like this one under the trout bridge.
|nice solid bridge slats to hold onto.|
We also saw some wildlife
|a nesting swan|
and some interesting items
|a strange totem pole|
and we gave up on this one, will need coordinates to get some idea of where to start.
|clue for this stretch - the base of a tree|
We had an enjoyable evening, the weather was lovely, the walk very peaceful, and it proves it can be done with pen and paper. We walked the three miles in approx 2 hours, but we will have covered more then three miles time we walked and looked and walked back again, off the trail and back on.
I am also linking this up as a contribution to the Thinking Slimmer 838 challenge
ON your marks, get set…GO! The Slimpod 838 Challenge is off and running (or walking, cycling or swimming actually). The idea is that during the month of May Slimpodders complete a virtual John O'Groats to Land’s End relay.It’s called the 838 Challenge because that’s the number of miles between the most northerly tip of the UK and the most southerly point.This is how easy it is to take part in our fun challenge: We’re going to set up an 838 Challenge thread on our main Facebook page. Click here to go to the page >>If you do any kind of distance exercise (walking, running, cycling, swimming) then post your distance covered on the Challenge thread each time you do it. If you count steps then we’ll use 2,000 steps = 1 mile.
I did two miles yesterday, and three, maybe more, with this walk, so thought I may as well add them on.