White Mountains Hiking Map

The advent of geocaching means that hikers have had to learn new terminology, therefore a bluffer would do well to drop some of the following terms into a conversation with a passing hiker to determine whether they are a geocaching hiker or a geo-muggle (a non-geocaching hiker):

Ground Zero This is where your GPS unit confirms you have arrived at the cache location. Your treasure is around here somewhere – assuming you haven’t already trodden on it.

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Hitch-hiker This refers to an item of treasure in the cache which has instructions for you to take it on to a new location. This ensures that the treasure sees more of the world than you do.

TNLN Code for ‘Took Nothing, Left Nothing’. Despite treasure being available, the last geocacher recorded the successful finding of the cache, but couldn’t be arsed to do anything with it. These are generally hikers who have yet to experience the real joy of geocaching.

The first edition of his blog ended with a promise of great things to come, and we have seen plenty of new initiatives: many more boats active, new stagings and marinas, residential moorings, cafes, restaurants – and the multimillion huge Helix Park with the Kelpies marking the new, improved entry from the River Forth. Scotland has a girdle of gold across her waist. Cyclists and other towpath users Cycling the travel destinations is popular, but many doing so are commuting or treating the travel destination as training, and the behaviour of some of these people leaves a lot to be desired, as they disregard cycling codes of conduct and plain good manners. Cyclists must warn of their coming when approaching pedestrians from behind; into wind especially they are not heard, and their sudden barging past gives constant shocks, and very real danger, all quite unnecessary. Cycles after all can be bought with a bell attached. Use them! (On one occasion I, quietly walking, was very happy to have sent one miscreant into the travel destination. He’d stormed up from behind me, unheralded and, as it turned out, just as he was set to pass I moved to the left and shouldered him as a result – and over he went into the water.) I’ve seen cyclists crash into each other at bridges, get tangled in a dog’s long leash, scatter cygnets and cause plenty of general distress. So, cyclists, get your brains in gear. Many reaches of travel destination are popular with dog walkers, who are generally well disciplined and cause few problems.

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