2013-05-13 43 -116

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2013-05-13 43 -116 towards hashpoint.jpg

Mon 13 May 2013 in 43,-116:
43.5722309, -116.0394874

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In the hills NW of Lucky Peak Reservoir.



It was a beautiful day, and the hash wasn't too far out of town. So I planned to try to reach it after work.


I got off work a bit after 5pm, and set out towards the hash point. I had identified a trail near the hash which had a flat space for parking by the road from satellite imagery. The drive up to the spot where I parked was uneventful. While it was about 90°F in town, at this higher elevation the thermometer in my car was reading 78°F, so it was warm, but not too hot. It was a sunny day with a light breeze. Wildflowers were blooming all over. There was a nice trail (looks like it used to be a jeep trail, but a sign at the base prohibits motor vehicles now) which went about half way to the hash before turning and going the wrong direction. And even after leaving the trail, most of the vegetation was short grass and widely scattered sagebrush and bitter brush, so the going was fairly easy. The terrain was a bit steep in places, but mostly not too bad. I passed post lines of several former fences, but none of them had wire up anymore. It only took about 15 minutes to reach the hash point. I left a crude marker crafted from sticks found near the spot. Maybe if someone finds it they'll be curious enough about what 'XKCD' means to google it. I only had about 50m of total elevation gain on my hike, though it felt like more when I was doing it. The walk back went quicker than the walk up, on account of it being mostly down hill, though I did stop once I found a data signal again to post news of my success here.


A partial tracklog showing much of the hiking portion of my expedition can be viewed at: http://goo.gl/maps/avmN4



Eldin earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (43, -116) geohash on 2013-05-13.