2009-05-05 -41 174

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2009-05-05 -41 174 juggling2.jpeg

Tue 5 May 2009 in Wellington:
-41.2081079, 174.9413996

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[edit] Participants

tjm1983 and a Ninja Geohasher who helpfully took some photos

[edit] Plans

After many long months, watching this mostly-water graticule, I was surprised to discover a hashpoint apparently in Lower Hutt, where I live. My hopes rose. I zoomed in. The hashpoint looked like it wasn't just in Lower Hutt, it was actually close to where I live. My hopes rose. I zoomed in more. It really was close to where I live, and might even be on a residential street somewhere. My hopes rose. I zoomed in more. It was on a hill, not a residential street. Those hills are covered in prickly gorse. My hopes fell. I zoomed in more. It was right next to a firebreak on the hill, not far above where the firebreak joins a residential street. I've walked past it several times before. My hopes rose. I started re-reading the Achievements, deciding how many I could plausibly get. A Couch Potato Hono(u)rable Mention seemed likely, for a start.

[edit] Expedition

This was my first attempt since 2008-09-22 -41 174. I've now obtained a Neo Freerunner, but we decided to try for a No Batteries Geohash anyway, based on maps and local knowledge. Since it was so close, we carried a camera and tripod, too.

We stood around discussing where exactly the hashpoint might be, chose a spot, and took enough photos for a complete panorama. The ninja also took a photo of me juggling. Then, I turned on the Freerunner to see how close we were. About 14 metres. Is that close enough for a no-batteries success?

I walked back down the hill a little, till the Freerunner was oscillating between 0 metres and about 3 metres. The ninja took a photo of me at the right spot, I planted a sign there, and took a photo of it. On the way home, I took a few more photos, and kept a tracklog of part of the journey back. At home, the Freerunner indicated we were about 475m from the hashpoint, but it reckoned we'd walked about three times that far.

[edit] Tracklog

Tracklog at openstreetmap.org (shows only the track (no background map), but you can download a gpx file, if you want)

[edit] Photos

[edit] Ribbons

Landgeohash.png
tjm1983 earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (-41, 174) geohash on 2009-05-05.
2009-05-05 -41 174 waving.jpeg
Couchpotatohm.png
tjm1983 earned the Couch Potato Geohash Honorable Mention
by living near the (-41, 174) geohash on 2009-05-05.
Walk.PNG
tjm1983 earned the Walk geohash Achievement
by reaching the (-41, 174) geohash on 2009-05-05 on foot.
Virgin-graticule.png
tjm1983 earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement
by being the first to reach any hashpoint in the (-41, 174) graticule, here, on 2009-05-05.
Circusgeohash.GIF
tjm1983 earned the Circus Geohash Achievement
by juggling at the (-41, 174) geohash on 2009-05-05.
2009-05-05 -41 174 juggling2.jpeg
Compass.jpg
tjm1983 earned the No Batteries Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (-41, 174) geohash on 2009-05-05.