[GeoStL] Re: What is a 5 by 5 (stars)

  • From: Dave Diederich <d-a-v-e@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 18:05:42 -0500

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From my own experience, I can tell you that a cache located on an island will 
get few finders.
It sounds like you are going to spend a considerable amount of time, which 
could have limited results.
But please don't let me discourage you if you have your heart set on this.

Joe Taylor wrote:

> -
> OK I am finally planning a cache hide that I think might make a 5/5.  So I 
> went to the 'hide a cache' site and done the 'rating system questions'.  it 
> lead me to be a 5 terrain 4 difficulty.  I will list to y'all what I 
> selected, then show you my addition that may make it a 5 star.
>
>
>
>  - Specialized Equipment.
>
> Trip requires to go and measure the beggining tunnel of a cave (just to the 
> first 'T').  Therefore you will need a flashlight and a Large Tape Measure.  
> I will supply them at a nearby cache location (already in existance).  The 
> Final Cache location itself will be on an island on Kinkaid lake (in southern 
> IL)  I can use my inflatable Kayak to get on there.  It may be very difficult 
> for a large boat to get close enough, and that they would need mud boots to 
> get on the island.  (An inflatable raft would do perfectly)
>
>
>
>  - Can be done in one day, but will be a 5 stage multi.  One of those being 
> an Actual Cache site as a Bonus Log.  (Site will hold equipment needed for 
> the cave visit.  It is a 1/1 cache).  Driving will be 15 miles from stage 1, 
> then after stage one, driving is within 5 miles and close within each other.  
> First visit will require to take note of a number and it will come in for 
> later use in the cache.
>
>
>
>  - Hiking distance, will be a 1 mile hike round trip, and then the cave site, 
> can either be very short of a half mile (there are two ends of the cave - 
> more detail on how I can intensify the difficulty)
>
>
>
>  - Trail condition, moderate.  A begginner hiker may get confused and thrown 
> offtrail, but an experienced hiker should have no problem keeping the trail, 
> (of course with a Coordinate, you dont really need the trail, but that will 
> require steep climbing)
>
>
>
>  - I done all that and if made it a 4D/5T
>
>
>
> To make it even harder, I could lead cacheres to the other end of the cave.  
> But the outlet is the size of a car tire, requires crawling on hands and 
> knees as well as a drop down anbout 2 foot.  Once inside you will have to 
> scale a crevice, and measure to a reference point I will give. (SEE MY 
> PROFILE PIC - That is what I am referring to).
>
>
>
> The Cave is a legal hiking area by the Shawnee National Forest, but I can not 
> place an actual cache there.
>
>
>
> To make a 5 difficulty, it said it would need special skills.  I am thinking 
> about Writing the whole page in French, and writing it backwards, so they 
> will have to reverse the words and then translate it.
>
>
>
> As well as give straight coordinates and no (driving) directions, will 
> require the user to take the coordinates and study maps and topography.
>
>
>
> What do you all think, will that qualify for a 5/5?
>
> Joe Taylor
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