Once, while reading Land Rover Monthly, I read an article about Geocaching which is a high tech treasure hunt. You use a GPS navigation receiver to find a "treasure" that some one has hidden. Sometimes the internet page tells you where the cache is and some times you have to solve clues to find the next coordinates. You can read all the details at It sounded like fun so, hving bought a receiver ready for the Libya Desert Challenge, I decided to try it.

tl_files/hogarth/Photos/1_002.jpgThe day I arrived back from the USA where I had bought a receiver I had a look in the Internet. The nearest cache I could find appeared to be in the mountains near Jungholz so I set off for there. The weather was beautiful but I was suffering from jet lag after the intercontinental flight which made the uphill walk a little strenuous. Using the GPS device made the whole searching ridiculously easy once I had worked out how it works. You just follow the direction that the arrow shows you as nearly as possible while avoiding rocks, trees, streams and so on. A few times in the middle of thick forest I lost the signal from the GPS Satellites but as soon as I found a clearing it came straight back. Once I reached the site of the cache I was glad of the photo in the Internet as my device seemed to be taking me to somewhere about 3 metres away. With the photo it was easy though and I soon had the box out. The photo shows the box and contents. After signing the log I re-stashed everything and enjoyed the peace for half an hour before descending to a mountain hut for lunch. On the way down I spotted a deer grazing but it disappeared before I got my camera out. Great fun!

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