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In Kuopio, Savolanniemi peninsula, near a radio mast used by the military.
- Mrs. Tilley
- Tilley's daughter, 37 days
- Tilley's brother
- brother's wife.
My brother and his wife were supportive of the idea of going to the geohash. So we packed a camera, a gps device, the xkcd-marker-paper, a few flashlights and the baby (she was the only of the above-mentioned to protest the packing) and set out. We drove through the suburbs and nearing the hashpoint located quickly the nearest place to leave our vehicle. As though the road to the radio mast was ploughed, there was a sign "no motorized vehicles". The baby was currently sleeping, so we didn't take her out of her safety crib, but proceeded on foot carrying the baby.
After walking about 400 meters we were almost at the radio mast, and our gps arrow pointing to the hash point started to veer off to the right. It was time to go off road. There was some 30 cm of loose snow in the forest, which made it difficult see where to set foot, as the ground was quite uneven. The darkness was not complete, as the lights of the nearby settlements reflected from the cloud cover and snow. I myself ploughed ahead with the crib of the baby in one hand and the gps in the other, the rest of the gang following behind. My brother and his wife didn't know beforehand that they were going to trek in a dark snowy forest as a part of their visit, so they of course didn't have that much of a outdoor-oriented attire, or most importantly, footwear. (Have to wait for a few months for that hobbit achievement in this latitude...)
After about 70 meters of trudging in the forest we located the hashpoint, and stopped to take the group photo. Baby protested stopping, so we didn't have much time to set out the "perfect" shot, for example the baby herself is almost unseeable in the picture, so you just have to trust me a little bit here. Anyway, she was so deeply buried in her way-too-big winter coverall you had to look very carefully to even see her on the spot, as you can see left in the other picture, where my wife is checking that everything is ok.
| Tilley's daughter earned the Frozen Baby Achievement
| Tilley and Mrs. Tilley earned the Youngest Geohash honourable mention