Friday, September 19, 2008
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Saturday, September 13, 2008
Bison tubes are very popular and can be used in a multitude of ways. They are small, water proof and designed to drive the average cacher completely out of their minds.
They come in every color of the rainbow but the most common colors are silver, black and green.
A bison tube is made of three main components:
- A small ring attached to the bison tube top
- The bison tube top itself
- The tube base which screws to the top
The bison tube ring is very useful for hanging the bison tube cache just about anywhere. You can find bison tubes attached to trees branches, on string, fishing line or chains. This allows the cache to be hidden in very creative places not easy to spot. Want to drive a cacher crazy? Hide a bison tube in a heavy grape vine. I get the heeby-jeeby's just thinking about it.The bison tube top is smaller on the inside than the tube base. This is important to know because if you want to put the log book back correctly it has to fit in the top section first before you can put everything back together. - a helpful hint from HHH
If you would like to print off your own bison tube log sheets, you can go here: http://www.techblazer.com/geocaching-log-sheets for a variety of log sheet choices.
Ideas for ingenious places to hide a bison tube:
- In the top of small bendable trees
- On a chain or string in a fence post
- Any place that has many hiding areas in the search area (grape vine)
- Inside a piece of wood or log (drill hole and insert)
- Covered with pine cone components
So as you can see a bison tube can be a real bugger in the hands of a real ingenious cache hider. They can go anywhere (with permission) and are not easily spotted. For every cacher that loves these as a challenge to find there is another who can't stand looking for them. I personally love to hate them. I will cringe every time I go after one but the puzzle of the placement always keeps me glued to the find. The choice as always is up to you, have fun!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
HHH: I like this new website. Thanks for pulling this together.
One of my favorite caches is in the picture I’ve attached. So as not to create too much of a spoiler, I won’t say where it is or give specific information about the actual cache. A friend and I searched around expecting a magnetic. Finally the name of the cache proved to be the clue and I found it. Now I don’t know what permission the owner had to do this but to me this was a unique and ingenious cache. He took a nut and bolt, fixed them together so that when the nut is screwed onto the bolt fixed to the guardrail structure there is a permanent opening created within. That’s where the plastic sleeve with the log was located.
Thanks Steve, it always amazes me how creative the geo-inventors can be. Thanks for your contribution. -HHH
That said, my first hide wasn't exactly the most elaborate or ingenious, but it's a simple trick that could be the start of something that's in the "evil" class.
Here's a link to the page I presented for review: <http://homepage.mac.com/biff_debris/geo/19-mile.html>
Keep up the good work!
Monday, September 8, 2008
- 1 - 12" x 1.5" PVC pipe
- 1 - 1.5" cap
- 1 - 1.5" elbow connector
- 1 - 35mm canister
- 6 - 1.5" circular magnets / (Velcro strip optional)
- PVC pipe sealant
- Some krazy glue or other permanent glue
I have found that a 35mm canister fits absolutely perfect within a 1.5inch PVC elbow and pipe. Which is perfect for this cache. Simply use some pipe sealant and glue the cap to the bottom of one of the 12" PVC pipe ends. Then glue the elbow to the other end and allow to dry. It should look like a big candy cane when complete.
Now take some krazy glue and glue one of the circular magnets to the bottom of the 35mm canister. Allow to dry. This would be a good time to print out a logsheet for the 35mm canister and get that ready. *** Don't forget one of those little log book baggies to keep it dry.
Place the 35mm canister bottom side first into the elbow and guide it until it falls all the way down into the pipe. Take the last circular magnet and place it on the bottom of the cache into the cap. It should fit just right and you will feel both magnets attract to each other. This ensures the cache stays in place and adds a bit more challenge to the cacher who has to figure out to remove the magnet to get the cache out of the tube.
Place your cache with the cap side down as close to a wall and let the magnets hold it in place on some metallic object like a drain or electrical box. It should look like it is a natural pipe coming out of the ground.
There you have it a unique and clever cache made from scratch.
If you have a clever PVC cache idea, photo or comment please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is your cache area always the same color all year round? Are seasons a factor?
- Is there other objects nearby that may be of other colors your cache should include?
- What is the shade of color that will hide your cache best when people walk by?
Lets go with some basic colors like green and brown for a moment. I have walked many wooded areas and depending on the terrain green can fluctuate from an almost neon (swampy areas), to a rich emerald mixed with all sorts of browns. In North Carolina we have a ton of pine trees and that means the floor is covered with dark brown pine needles and a lot less actual green. Now what? I highly suggest blending a series of colors to match the surroundings. The examples to the left show a series of ammo boxes with the initial spraying of a green background with brown overtones. I used a basic non-glossy Krylon spray paint to accomplish this. When properly dry another blending coat of green and brown softened the harsh lines.
The same principle can work with urban caches. In those cases I have seen many more rust or brick colors mixed with shades of brown. You can also experiment with metallic colors such as silvers and greys. Urban caches tend to be much more of a challenge having to hide the caches much more frequently "in plain sight".
What about textures? Oh there are some really cool textured paints out there. Want your Lock'nLock to look like part of a stone, no problem. How about a 35mm to match some rusty metal, can do. What about an ammo box to look like part of a brick wall? Check out the photo to to the left. This cache was extremely well done and overlooked for about an hour before I made the connection. It was positioned just right to look as if it was part of the wall. This is one of my absolute favorites.
So there you have it, would you like to find that plain 'ole clear white plastic or make something truly ingenious for your fellow cachers to find? Your choice but I would hazard to guess the resulting logs will be much more lengthier and more appreciative.
These of course are some very basic considerations for creative caches. You may have much more to add to this discussion. Please send your ideas and comments to mailto:email@example.com.
Geocaching is a very addictive game where you use a GPS unit and a multimillion dollar satellite floating around in outer space to find creatively designed containers or “caches” hidden all around our planet.
This blog is dedicated to all the Ingenious Cache Inventors out there who love making these wonder boxes almost as much as they do finding them. So whether you spend countless hours with pvc pipe, pinecones and waterproof glue or just appreciate the effort. Read through this collection of photographs, how to tutorials and good old fashion discussions on our favorite subject – unique and imaginative geocaches.