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dí76
03-21-2008, 12:57 PM
I am home for the next couple of days on bed rest and was checking out the forumns of gc.com and came accross a neat disscusion about best dnfs. I would be interested in your story about the best dnf. Heres mine:

GCG3E9 Drum n Bass

This was more of a couldn't get there in time instead of a didnot find. This should count for us. We got within 100 ft of the cache. THe snow was so deep and we left our snowshoes at the base of the hill so that we could climb. I thought the snow would be pretty much gone as it was where we were. I'll be back as soon as snow is gone. Hard to beleive one would put them selves trough that for a Mctoy and a log book.

Thanks this one is tough. Dave1976 and Girlmate

We where so close and such a long hike for us. We had to snow shoe in from the main road and then up the hill. Anyone who has seen Souabounge mountain nows the front is a cliff. We attempted this cache in the early days of our caching. I have since learned that the shortest way isnt always the best or the fastest. We had alot of fun attempting it the first time but much more fun when we went back with our geopals. We braved the face of the mounbtain and crawled under logs and through bushes all to get so close and realize that we had to get back to the road before dark, we noticed many bear tracks on the way in that left kinda a scared taste in Mrs. 76 mouth. As I look back that was definatly the toughest and most stressful cache we have ever done. Please folks enjoy this thread and all cachers partcipate in the thread. Happy trails caching season is here.

:)

vicbiker
03-21-2008, 03:15 PM
Last weekend my cousin was here visiting and I convince him to set up a geocaching account. We immediately went out and did two local caches. Next morning I told him we would go do "lets go camping" and "Barrows falls".Luke asked me if we'd need a shovel, but I assured him that I knew right where the Barrows falls cache was and at the worst we might need to kick a little snow away to get to the cache. After all most of us at the winter camp out last year had done the cache in the snow with no problem. Well that was last year, this year the snow was so deep I didn't even recognize the terrain. After a valiant effort we left with our heads hanging down. Luke was real impressed with the old pro teaching him the ropes.:rolleyes: Lesson to be learn,
always go prepared.

Mainiac1957
03-21-2008, 03:55 PM
As I look back that was definatly the toughest and most :eek:stressful:eek: cache we have ever done. Please folks enjoy this thread and all cachers partcipate in the thread. Happy trails caching season is here.

:)

Are we forgetting a little episode called "Hey they are shooting at us!!" at the map 46 cache

dí76
03-21-2008, 03:58 PM
Are we forgetting a little episode called "Hey they are shooting at us!!" at the map 46 cache

It must be the meds... See yah in a bit

Mainiacs right, We where shot trying to finish the delorme cchallenge.

vicbiker
03-21-2008, 05:18 PM
Dave, don't you mean shot at.....must be the meds......any extra meds?

dí76
03-21-2008, 05:19 PM
Dave, don't you mean shot at.....must be the meds......any extra meds?


Yah!! Thats what I ment. Thanks for the laugh. Its the vicoden

hollora
03-21-2008, 07:09 PM
And to think Cache Maine and I did that cache alone during hunting season!

tat
03-21-2008, 07:27 PM
I've had so many, I made a top ten list!

10 ALEXANDER'S CHALLENGE (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=11fc1d9d-edfd-4347-88ed-78406737c1ae) - Most number of tries
9 Super Duper Underwater Hydro Cache 2.0 (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=4f6b5e0c-e94c-4610-a0d0-e672deae2b2d) - Am I going to get run over by a ski boat?
8 Tumbledown challenge (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=52618957-3172-41e9-b09e-ac1e940f6f5f) - Not good timing!
7 You Sank My Battleship! (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=3cd31003-b73f-4ba5-8818-ad0695143186) - I had my foot resting on the cache!
6 slippery or wet (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=d62a394c-0aac-4945-975b-9cba89ade908) - Yes. Wet.
5 Infamous Travel Bug Prison (I.T.B.P.) (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=77aab2f6-538d-4b45-ba3c-01a238f24773) - 3D caching.
4 Dyslexic's Nightmare (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=6c85f14e-2e88-41bc-a263-11f3c7fe467c) - Nightmare: Yes, Fun: Yes!
3 Garnet Mountain (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=474bcc9b-c6c5-4695-ab5b-68ff90135784) - So close so many times.
2 Old 470 (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=459da181-67d5-43f4-b61f-652d896456bf) - The true meaning of DNF!

1 Crop Circles! - This was the puzzle to end all puzzles.

Cache Maine
03-21-2008, 09:05 PM
And to think Cache Maine and I did that cache alone during hunting season!

We did what?

Hiram357
03-21-2008, 09:23 PM
And to think Cache Maine and I did that cache alone during hunting season!

It's not the hunters you need to worry about in that area... :(

hollora
03-21-2008, 09:47 PM
I realized the facts posted by Hiram357 after we made the find and talked with folks.:o Urghhh, who would have thought - it looked quite innocent.:rolleyes: Just a riverside camping area - right?:confused:

The worse part was - there were folks further down in the area beyond the outhouse where & when we started down the trail. We just ignored them, went on our way, did our thing - and fortunately didn't get shot or shot at!:eek:

Sorry - Cache Maine! Next time you can guide! LOL:D

brdad
03-22-2008, 07:00 AM
I've had so many, I made a top ten list!
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2 Old 470 (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=459da181-67d5-43f4-b61f-652d896456bf) - The true meaning of DNF!


What a coincidence - Old 470 is one of my favorite DNFs, too! :D

My all time near DNF is Trev's "Freedom" Cache (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=c0f4c2cf-8252-41c2-9465-2c2d64af5e53) (GC39A9) by Trevelyan's R&R and Guy Nelson (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=20577) (3.5/1), a virtual cache in D.C. 3 of us looked well over an hour for the answers to a simple virt. Just as we all were about to give up, I decided to go back to the posted coords and pretend I had never been there - and there was the answers, right in front of me!

I have logged 36 DNFs. Of those, Hemlock (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=e2af78f1-4511-4451-925a-cd16ecd90bff) (GC2533) by Rixport (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=26962) (1.5/1) is probably the most memorable for both Lee and myself. We had to wait a year and a month to redeem the DNF. A lot of people seemed to have difficulty with this one, and we were no exception.

The DNF I have to have the most thanks for is Coe Park Cache (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=bbff060d-017b-45b8-a676-29ad91118275) (GCGKDP) by N1AAQ (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=132576) (3/2.5). It was actually a DNF for msteelee, not me - for me it was an FTF. But her not finding it and thinking I was going to give her a hint was a key part to us meeting!

tat
03-22-2008, 08:24 AM
...Hemlock (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=e2af78f1-4511-4451-925a-cd16ecd90bff) (GC2533) by Rixport (http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=26962) (1.5/1) ...

How could I forget Hemlock! After I found the cache, I couldn't figure out how to put it back so it wouldn't be so obvious! How did I miss that so many times!!

Medawisla
03-22-2008, 07:56 PM
My favorite is the 470 in Waterville as well!:p That was Hiram's and my first cache, we had to go back a few times. I don't know, being the first, whether Hiram really posted a DNF.:eek: Official or not, it goes to show that thoughtout caches are worth a DNF or two, since we kept caching even after that start!:rolleyes::D

My current DNF is #3 in the Messkalonskee trail series. I was sitting right on top of the cache!!!

WhereRWe?
03-23-2008, 07:21 AM
My favorite is the 470 in Waterville as well!:p That was Hiram's and my first cache, we had to go back a few times.

I think "Old 470" is probably at the top of the favorite DNF list for many people. We go by the site quite often, and I think we stopped 6 times and had several hints from Brdad before we finally found it! LOL!

Hiram357
03-23-2008, 05:55 PM
My favorite is the 470 in Waterville as well!:p That was Hiram's and my first cache, we had to go back a few times. I don't know, being the first, whether Hiram really posted a DNF.:eek: Official or not, it goes to show that thoughtout caches are worth a DNF or two, since we kept caching even after that start!:rolleyes::D

My current DNF is #3 in the Messkalonskee trail series. I was sitting right on top of the cache!!!

Nope, no logged DNF, because although we went back 2 times, it was all in the same day, walk to the train, didnt find, walk home, check web page again, (and read it fully) then went back again... finally found (but I did mention in the log that it was found on the 2nd try):D:D

Mainiac1957
03-23-2008, 06:57 PM
I guess my best DNF has to be last fall when we were vacationing in Vermont. It was ...If You're Not Paying Attention
(//http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=9831965a-6c46-47dc-b57c-9d347965b33a) That's the one I climbed into an open USED grave twice and still came up empty. That is extreme caching.:rolleyes:

hollora
03-23-2008, 09:57 PM
Sounded ghostly to me!

kymeejay
03-24-2008, 10:50 AM
(http:////http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=9831965a-6c46-47dc-b57c-9d347965b33a)That's the one I climbed into an open USED grave twice and still came up empty. That is extreme caching.:rolleyes:
It has been experience that not many used graves are empty...:eek:

Mainiac1957
03-24-2008, 03:44 PM
It has been experience that not many used graves are empty...:eek:

Trust me...this one was USED and EMPTY:eek:

Team2hunt
03-24-2008, 05:32 PM
I was the first to get to the cache after it had been published. I searched for several minutes til I noticed the owner watching from his truck. " Trust your GPS he told me ", and I did. Soon after I dismantled and ruined, ( I'm sure ) the nearby rain gauge, and then proceeded to turn over every rock within 10 feet. I even looked in the mailbox. I returned 8 more times over the next few days. Finally the light came on and I found it with 1manteam. Since the find I have taken 4 cachers to the area, so I could watch them suffer, just like I did. Unfortunatley for me they all found it quite quickly. Grrrr......must be karma. :rolleyes:

vicbiker
03-31-2008, 09:07 AM
I was the first to get to the cache after it had been published. I searched for several minutes til I noticed the owner watching from his truck. " Trust your GPS he told me ", and I did. Soon after I dismantled and ruined, ( I'm sure ) the nearby rain gauge, and then proceeded to turn over every rock within 10 feet. I even looked in the mailbox. I returned 8 more times over the next few days. Finally the light came on and I found it with 1manteam. Since the find I have taken 4 cachers to the area, so I could watch them suffer, just like I did. Unfortunatley for me they all found it quite quickly. Grrrr......must be karma. :rolleyes:This one has been a thorn in my side for a long time now...always to busy to get a real good chance to look....I also dismantled the rain gage...sorry about that.....always seem to be going through Windham at the wrong time of day. Then you read a log such as "saw this one turning into the parking lot"....GRRRRRRRRRRRRR....one day when I down in the area will have to get up early...go over before the crowd gets there.

Haffy
03-31-2008, 09:14 PM
The funny thing about this cache was I was there about 15 seconds and went right to it...;)

vicbiker
03-31-2008, 10:04 PM
The funny thing about this cache was I was there about 15 seconds and went right to it...;)Haffy what suppose to be funny about that!!!:rolleyes::D

Haffy
04-01-2008, 07:38 PM
Funny reading about all the others who have been back there numerous times and not found it.....lol :D;)

Beach Comber
04-04-2008, 02:34 PM
My favorite DNF's are my own caches - hehehehe Sad that I go to my own cache with a fellow cacher and can't find it. :o:rolleyes::eek:

But then again there is Old 470. I got frequent flyer miles fiingind that one - LOL - thank goodness gas prices weren't what they are today when I was on a mission to find that one!

Team2hunt
04-04-2008, 03:45 PM
I had just adopted the Hacker's Hill cache when we went to look for it. I had logged it when it was still in the original position. This time it was a DNF. Hmmmmm....now what to do. So I just waited for someone to log a find and then made the trip. :) It's such a beautiful place I didn't mind the extra trip.