First rule of geocaching... BE SAFE!!

Post date: Jan 30, 2012 9:11:20 PM

On Saturday, January 28th, 2012, a few members of YoGO joined geocachers from USCGA (Upstate South Carolina Geocaching Association) and other areas as well as a few non-geocachers to go on an extreme geocaching adventure. We went after a cache called Bradley's Bottom and a few others in the area including the Earthcache Big Bradley Falls. To get to these caches, there is a hike followed by two rope-assisted descents. The first one is about 30' and uses a rope with knots in it. Many people can go down and back up without the assistance of harnesses and other equipment. However, the second portion is about 100' and does require special equipment and several experienced people.

During this adventure, there was a near accident. I put my harness on incorrectly and almost fell. Due to the experience and quick reactions of those around, a potential tragedy was avoided. In the end, everyone came out of there unharmed with some incredible stories to tell.

I forgot that the number one rule of geocaching is BE SAFE!! I got lucky. I may not be so lucky next time. So please learn this from my mistakes. Don't try something you are unsure of without assistance by folks with experience. While it is fun to get 5/5 caches, BE SAFE!! No geocache is worth getting injured or worse.

Now go find those caches but do so safely. :)