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  1. This cache ate me alive! I should've learned my lesson not to just take off toward a cache without doing some minor planning. I left Kaysville on Bus 70 and got to the mall at about 7:00. Closest cache was this one, so I started walking, the cache was about three miles away. I walked on highway 193 for a few miles, it was pitch dark, no streetlights, I couldn't even see where I was stepping, but I could feel it, and it was probly about a half inch of sick, wet mud. My shoes got to be about eight pounds each with all that mud sticking to em'. I then realized that I had packed everything I would possibly need except a flashlight. I had no Idea how I was gonna be able to find the cache with absolutely no light, not even the moon. I would occasionally check my heading, and then put my freezing hands back in my pockets. Finally reached a gas station on Fairfield rd. and highway 193, stopped to warm up and call my dad on the cell phone. Five minutes later I was back out in the cold. Walked the rest of the way up 193, then turned into a resedential area, passed a fire station, and kept walking, I was getting close. A corner was coming, and I thought to myself, It's gonna be in there, there's gotta be an entrance to the park in there! The corner came, and was only a coldasac! I knelt down and ripped open my backpack, and pulled out my geocaching folder. With the glow of my palm pilot I was able to read the coordinates to the park entrances and I entered them into the GPS. They were quite a waise away! It was really getting late. I pulled out my cell phone to call my dad again, the screen flickered and died. The batteries were drained flat. I pulled out the ham radio to use the autopatch, but what do you know, with my terrible luck I was barely able to rattle off the first two letters of my callsign before the radio died too! Digging in my backpack for another battery pack, I found a pepsi, but no batteries! I sat back on the curb and downed the pepsi with one go at it. By then I had had it! I wasn't sure what to do, I would have to walk the two and a half miles back to the mall to catch the bus back home! But there was no way I could get there before I froze to death. I threw my backpack over my shoulders and headed back to the gas station. The asian couple was kind enough to let me use their phone, and I convinced my dad to come save me. I sat on the corner for 20 minutes, rocking back in forth to keep from turning into an ice cube. Total travel was 5.68 miles, on foot, with no coat! I'll get this one though, I havn't given up!

  2. I was lucky to make it home alive after this cahe. I got a Vista for Christmas yesterday, and wanted to try it out by grabbing a quick cache. Well thats what I thought it would be. I live on the east side of the freeway, and I for some stupid reason assumed it was on the same side of the freeway as me, I could have found out for sure with the Maps on the GPS, but I was really not thinking straight today. So I started my walk, I'm fourteen so I cant drive! It was freezing cold! After walking about a mile and a half, I reached the freeway, and realized it was on the other side, so I had to walk another 3/4's of a mile to get to an overpass. I got over on the west side of the freeway, and found a small dirt road heading toward the cache. Then I ran into a steep little gulley with train tracks in the middle. I slid down, ran over the tracks, and up the other side of the gulley, and ran face to face with a chain link fence. I managed to crawl over it with only a deep gash between my fingers from a spike at the top. I got over and headed toward the cache. Finally found it. But then I had to get back, which was worse. I walked aside the freeway for a while, then decided I was gonna have to cross the gulley again. I got down one side of it ok. But I tried climbing up the other side, but couldn't! It was too steep and I just slipped every time I tried to get out. So I was trapped between a freeway, and a stupid hill I couldn't climb. I thought I was gonna die.

  3. I'm not into ham but I'm curious what equipment could be used while in the woods in case of emergency and for commmunication.


    For sure ham is the best choice, FRS does not have good range, up at 460 Mhz, they say an FRS will go two miles, that's if you're lucky, up in the mountains you might get a quarter to a half a mile. And don't go trusting FRS for saving you in an Emergency.



    same thing as FRS but you might get 2 or 3 miles out of it.



    maybe, but it's clear dowm at 27 Mhz. not to good for going through hills.



    huge choice of frequencies, radios, and antennas,

    emergency ham operators are stationed in some mountains, APRS gps tracking, and whatever else you can think of, really!


    last saturday I was hiking to spanish fork peak(ele.10,192) here in utah, and the whole hike

    I was talking to other hams in califonia, las vegas, washington, england, africa, japan, mexico,

    and lots of other places including lots of local talking. and all of that was on my VX-5R, about 3"

    by 5" with a little 2" antenna.

    sound fun?

    now you see if I had got hurt or some other hiker

    had, I could call up for search and rescue, give the directions, conditions, GPS coordinates, and whatever else.


    Do you need a special license?


    one, easy test, multiple choice, 35 qestions, 74%



    What's the cost?





    Can you make phone calls home using it?



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