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Thursday, April 22, 2010

HHH's Lunchtime GotD - The Complexity of the Nano Geocache

Did you ever contemplate the complexity of the nano geocache? Well not the container per-say but where you can hide one? I mean lets face it, there really is not much to it. A nano container has a lid, a base and a teeny-weeny log book. It's magnetic and about the size of your pinky fingernail.

Because it is so small it can be really tricky to find. Lets take today's Lunchtime Geocache of the Day for example and see just where you can hide it in something simple. Like say a skirt hide.

Yes I know, quit rolling your eyes.. Skirt hides can be really boring but if you include where you can hide a nano in one may spice up your hunt.

So lets go over the easy hides. A skirt hide is usually made up of a light pole that has an apron or skirt at the base which can be lifted. Yes that is where you get the geocaching phrase of "lifting a skirt" - giggle. Anyhoo a skirt hide normally has something like a 35mm film container which sits under the skirt and on top of the metal platform which connects the pole to the concrete base. No biggie to find really and great for a standard park and grab.

To make it a bit more difficult you can hide a nano on the pole itself and five or six feet above the skirt. The poles are metal and the nano is magnetic. This leaves it open but is so small usually undetected. Now back to that metal platform. A nano can sit on top of the platform like the 35mm container but for a bit more of a challenge you can hide it up-side-down under the platform. Pretty good but that is not the best place. Nope, even better than attaching it to the upper inside of the skirt itself. Most of those poles are hollow. Try putting your nano down then up inside the pole itself. This brings on a real creepy factor for me personally. Why, a sense of danger cuz you don't know what is up in there and you still have to reach. Icky.

Before I get a ton of emails I will put the warning everybody was going to send in. Skirt hides are notorious for spiders so remember to wear your gloves before sticking your hands in any skirt hide.

Well that's more than enough for now. Off for a chicken wrap before going back to work..

Have fun and be safe out there.. Nano - nano!

You know I had to say it...

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Nick said...

I hate getting the log back in those caches.

HeadHardHat said...

LOL, yeah me too. Took me a good 4-5 to get it wrapped tight enough..

D. Gudger said...

I'm not a fan of re-rolling the nano logs. I make John do it :) But the spider thing is what freaks me out to the core. I hate spiders (not snakes). Someone around here uses rubber duckies as caches under the skirts.

Reihn said...

When I started Geocaching I wasn't smart enough to carry gloves. I opted for the less intelligent small bottle of hand sanitizer. I've luckily not been bitten, but have some beautiful scars from thorns. BTW HHH, I wanted to let you know, when I bought my 60CSx I used your tutorials to help me through the basics. Thanks for the blogs and videos! Keep'em coming!

Anonymous said...

In NJ our lampposts suffer from hornet or wasp nests.

So far I'm 0 for 3 with them.. I may need to wait for the fall when they start to go away :\