2012-12-09 51 0
A field just east of Lingfield, Surrey - and within three miles of the neighbouring graticule's hashpoint. Gotta love that Prime Meridian!
For this one in particular, there's also a number of geocaches that, given the wintery trees, may be within sight of the hashpoint, making for a possible hash collision achievement.
Two hashes, only a mile or so apart - could there be a better setup for a multihash? Well, apparently yes: I failed to reach my first target, and had to simply hope the second was possible.
I hopped back onto the main road and drove east. Was the hash accessible? Could I even spot it?
"I think that was it, actually..."
Okay: turn around. Head back. It's a field, and it looks good. But where can I park? Not here... not here... not here either... ah, here we go.
It was a long walk back to the hash. But when I got there: success! Relief! There was a footpath running into the field. That meant I had guaranteed legal access - much better than last time.
Not that it was much of a footpath - and the field beyond was worse, freshly-ploughed mud. But in the service of some random numbers and the Internet, I pressed on into the mire.
There was no real way of knowing the precise location of the hash. I hear some people have 'portable computing technology' which lets them pinpoint their location, but I don't believe a word of it. I picked a spot roughly equally distant from the two lines of trees and took the obligatory ridiculous photo.
(Unfortunately, those trees did away with my chance of a Hash collision achievement; it was a long shot anyway, with the cache in question being about a mile away, but it could have been technically visible...)
There's not much more to say. I extracted myself from the sea of mud, placed a quirky little sign by the field on the off-chance that anyone noticed, and headed back to the car and my increasingly disgruntled wife.
I don't think she appreciated the state of my shoes...
No new achievements, though I suppose this counts as a No Batteries Geohash? But so do all of mine so far...