+travisl Posted August 5, 2013 Share Posted August 5, 2013 (edited) Note: circumstances may change after this initial posting. Look for my posts (with the icon) in this thread for all the important details and changes. (Link to dinner event cache.) Rivers, waterfalls, parks, and pine forests: the eastern Cascade foothills welcome you to Bend. There's so many caches, it was challenging to narrow down a route. I've focused on the core of the city for just one day, but there's enough for you to spend a week. So fill up the tank, toss down some breakfast at way-too-early o'clock, and start on the route. Sunrise on Saturday, September 21, is at 6:30 a.m., so let's start near the end: GC47KAN Nuts For Power. From there, move at your own pace and get as many as you can. Dinner's at 7:30 p.m. at Izzy's, 2940 U.S. 97, N 44° 04.776 W 121° 18.270. See its event page for details. A headcount ahead of time is always helpful; please log your "will attends" on the event page. Note that several caches on the route map may be marked with a "do not enter" icon (). Those cache owners have justifiably asked for their cache to not be on the route, and for the cache to not be sought this weekend. The cache is, in the owner's opinion, in a sensitive area, whether it's environmentally sensitive, socially sensitive, or physically fragile. Just don't get it. It's not like there's a shortage of caches in the area. Rules: 1) Follow all traffic laws, and drive safely. This is not a race; there are no winners. The only loser will be someone who gets hurt. 2) Respect private property, even if the cache owner didn't. Post your DNFs proudly. 3) One logbook entry for "BCM" is fine for most small and micros. Don't go filling up the logbook just because you want to mark your territory. 100 people's names and dates will fill up most one-sheets. Be kind and bring extra paper to add to caches with full logbooks. 4) As with all cache machines, if you find the cache, you'll be the one who has to re-hide it. Hide it as well as you found it. Handing it off to someone else and pointing down saying "it goes there" isn't good enough. Don't be a jerk. The extra 45 seconds isn't going to ruin your day. If you’ve already found a couple of these caches, that’s fine - give us a chance to find the cache, and then we may turn to you for a hint. Suggestions and ''Count me ins'' are welcome on the event page. ---- The Bend Cache Machine FAQ: When is it? When is the start time? Saturday, September 21, 2013. Start time is 6:30 a.m. at GC47KAN Nuts For Power. Will it be one large group, will we be split into teams, or what? We'll start as one large group, but after a dozen caches or so, the large groups will likely fragment, and on a long day like this, you'll probably be on your own by the time most people in town are waking up. Is anything going on before, during, or after? Friday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m., will be a pre-event dinner. Location will be announced later in this thread, once I figure it out. The Deschutes Brewery pub is on my radar, but I'm still working on it. Saturday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m., dinner will be at Izzy's, 2940 U.S. 97, N 44° 04.776 W 121° 18.270. Please let me know how many of you are coming by logging a "will attend" on the event page. Sunday, September 22, is up to you. If you're into power trails, check out the March Triangle Madness power trail, the Millican Road power trail, and, if you have a few days, the Pine Mountain power trail. A cache on your map shows the wrong place to park. Hey, that road doesn't exist! What's with making us ford a river? Thanks for catching that! Let me know, and I'll fix the route. I've never been to Bend, so I'm counting on advice like yours. If dinner's at 7:30 p.m., why does the route run way past then? Is this a two-day event? The extra time is a buffer, in case you're so good that you'd run out of caches before you run out of daylight. I don't expect anyone would be able to hit all of them between sunrise and sunset. Of course, if you wanted to hit them after dinner, or on Sunday, I'm sure you'll be able to find folks to join you. It sounds fun, but I've already found some of them. Then come laugh at us, or guess when we'll be at the caches you haven't hit yet. You don't have X cache on the route. Why aren't we getting that one? I try to avoid most multicaches, most puzzle caches, caches that appear to be overly time consuming, and caches that the owner has asked us to avoid. Also, with so many caches to find, I've passed some nearby caches in order to get higher-favorited caches later in the rout. You have X cache on the route, but it's disabled/archived/a two mile hike. Let me know, and I'll remove it from the route (if archived) or will check with the owner (if disabled). X cache is in an environmentally sensitive area. By all means, let me know. I don't want to send 100 people there to stomp all over it. I disagree with the whole idea of cache machines. I don't want you finding my cache. Sorry to hear that. It's too bad you've got a neat place to show us that we won't be able to see. Let me know, and I'll remove it from the route. What's this gonna cost me? Nothing for the caching. Or, at least, nothing more than it would cost than if you did the trip solo (e.g., paying for your own gas, hotel, and dinner). I'm not collecting any money for this. Lunch? Breaks? Bathrooms? There's no breaks in cache machines! Just hold it. :-P Or find something on the way. Rain? Snow? Landslides? Flooding? Probably, yes. Do what you safely can, and skip ahead when reality or your capabilities don't match the plan. Be prepared and flexible. What do the map symbols mean? Turquoise lines show my suggested route, but if there's a brown trail or grey road that I've drawn in, ignore the turquoise. And there's these symbols: Edited August 5, 2013 by travisl Quote Link to comment
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