leftover Posted August 19, 2007 Share Posted August 19, 2007 Alright let me start this off that I'm a solo female cacher, and where I live the most dangerous thing I can legally carry is a pocket knife. If you want to discuss carrying firearms while caching, check out this thread. If you want to see what already has been discussed back in 2005 about women caching alone and lots of firearm talk in between, check this thread out. Now that that's out the way, here's what I've come up with as a list of things I now carry. (after looking around that previous thread in 2005 and other threads here in there). 1) Phone - this is more if I fall and break a leg I'd think 2) miscellaneous first aid items - as above 3) pocket knife - You never know when you might need one, not that my dinky little thing would do anything against an attacker, who is probably carrying a larger illegal knife. 4) Whistle - started carrying this one after seeing it mentioned, good way to call for help without yelling yourself hoarse 5) Dogs. Unfortunately mine are tiny (poodle, and a cocker mix) and old (11 and 14 respectively). If I get further into the sport I may consider purchasing a larger outdoorsy type dog like a German Shepard to take caching with me. As it is now I take these grandmas only on the easier caches. As for walking sticks, the areas I'm caching (hiking type woods) there are plenty of sticks available, nice and sturdy. The most dangerous thing I could come across around here is a bad fall, a lynx (terribly shy creatures), or ...dundundun.... another human. I don't think I'll ever have trouble, but it's best to be mentally prepared. If listening to my ipod I leave one ear bud off. Look around at all times and keep in check anybody who seems suspicious. Trust my gut feelings at all times. If actually attacked I hope to keep my cool and yell my head off, blow the whistle, and run the heck away. I'm not terribly small or dainty, so if I got tackled I could hopefully land a blow that will get me some time to keep running/yelling. Though if jumped by a 6 foot 3, 250 pound mass I have no idea what I'd do. Try and dodge I guess Maybe I'm being paranoid, but any advice that people have for appearing to be a less than enticing target would be appreciated. I'm not scared enough to stay home, but it always helps to go in with more ideas than less I might consider taking some sort of self defense class as well, though I'm hard pressed to find time for geocaching between work and college as it is! Maybe I could squeeze it in on weekends I don't have school Barring all this, if any other experienced solo female cachers (or men too) have any advice, stories, or anything else lets start up a new topic without everyone resorting to firearms. Remember, I can never legally own one where I am, so its a moot point. Quote Link to comment
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