2012-02-29 59 9

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Wed 29 Feb 2012 in 59,9:
59.7230499, 9.5646499

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In one of the mining areas near Kongsberg, Norway

Today's battleship location is: F 8


  • relet 05:43, 29 February 2012 (EST)


Hit the hash in the evening, leave in the morning.


Live news[edit]

  • A small creek quickly turned into a non neglectable canyon. -- relet @59.7176,9.5631 20:56, 29 februar 2012 (GMT+01:00)
  • Back in Kongsberg, missed the bus after five hours of sleep in the forest, but caught a train and a connection that should get me to work on time.

If my shoes weren't completely wet, I would have thought there is something wrong with this expedition. -- relet @59.6720,9.6511 06:04, 01 mars 2012 (GMT+01:00)

The aftermath[edit]

After reaching Hønefoss 07:57, taking a long hot shower, tending to my feet, and clocking in at work 08:51 this feels like an all-around success. That is all the more impressive to me, considering how many moments of sudden motivation drop there were during the walk. Arriving in a small, but bustling town, with no bus leading back, I felt like I wouldn't even reach the end of civilization to find a place to camp in peace. With the snow wet from rain, I questioned the idea of camping per se. Stumbling onto a three star youth hostel... walking along a dark windy road with just a tiny reflector on my arm (why, I won't use the precious batteries in my headlight, won't I?!)... seeing that it all goes *uphill*... on ice... taking the wrong turn and ending up on a farm at night... fortunately, there's always this "well, at least you can take a look and turn around afterwards" thing that makes me keep going.

At about 800m distance I noticed the hash would be on the other side of a pretty impressive stream. Now I had the option to follow the road further on, or follow the other side of the stream along a steep, icy, densely forested hillside. That would yield a new record stupidity distance of 800m. Unquestionably, I decided for the latter. With me climbing further up, the creek soon turned into a rather impressive canyon, and I decided that I may not have taken the wise, but the right choice. A lot of stumbling and retarding moments later, I discovered the hash on the top of a small hill, in the snow. I was tired like hell, my shoes were wet, and it was at least an hour later than I had hoped for. I would also have to take that way back tomorrow. So I rolled out my sleeping bag, ate a quick midnight snack, and fell asleep.

The way back was quicker (It went downhill, and I found a snowier, but straighter path. Since my shoes were wet anyway, I could just as well follow the open patches of snow instead of sticking to the forest), but I still managed to miss my 05:36 bus by ten minutes. I hadn't considered that most of the 8km walking yesterday were not that last uphill part, and still took a good bit of time. Fortunately, that made me find a faster and cheaper connection that would reach my place a whole five minutes later.



Unexpected cliffs. Yes, there is water below. 
Stupid grin, and a headlight. 
Camp-"Sod Awesome, I just want to sleep!" turning into Camp-"Sod Sleep, Why does it have to start drizzling now?" 


This user earned the Camping geohash achievement
by camping in a sleeping bag 0 meters from the (59, 9) geohash on 2012-02-29, from 21:57 to 03:30.
This user earned the Leap geohash achievement 2012
by leaping to the hash point on leap day of the year 2012.