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One Paddle Short
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Last year we set up a snowshoe/ ski/ hike to Marsh to the Phillipine Islands. We had some hot cider before taking off on a mile plus hike. It was a great time and though it's hard to believe we were the last ones there- and that was January 3rd.

Later my wife and I managed to screw up a snowshoe hike to Eagle Source and never got back. So, we're planning on going back sometime in the after Christmas to New Year time frame. We'll bring the cider and snacks and, if you read my log, a better plan of attack than last time. I know what to NOT do this time. Smile

We'll figure out an exact date and post it later. But, just a heads up if you'd like some help breaking trail back to this deep woods cache.
 
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RSplash40
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Well, its just about a mile in from a generous spot on yellow birch road that looks like legal parking. Wish there was a site to zoom in further on aerial shots.
 
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benny7210
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This sounds like a physical challenge that I would like to take on. I also need a 4.5/1 star cache. The only question would be if the date that was picked conflicted with family plans. So depending on the date, this sounds like a fun outting. Thanks OPS.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This sounds like a physical challenge that I would like to take on. I also need a 4.5/1 star cache. The only question would be if the date that was picked conflicted with family plans. So depending on the date, this sounds like a fun outting. Thanks OPS.

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cheezehead
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top

RSplash40 wrote:
Well, its just about a mile in from a generous spot on yellow birch road that looks like legal parking. Wish there was a site to zoom in further on aerial shots.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:21 am Reply with quote Back to top

That's the right number, but it doesn't look like the right area.
 
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One Paddle Short
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:17 am Reply with quote Back to top

I don't think there is any access off Yellow Birch road. We drove up that road last year and it all looked like private property to me- no obvious access in any case. We'll be coming in off Atkins road like we did last year. We're just going to go around the tree tripping, wall of wood, keep turning right and never get out of thicket of *ell that we went through last year.

I also agree that the topo photo above is not the correct area. I know the area pretty well after my last trip there. Embarassed

I'll see if I can find our track file from last year. It is a little amusing (now that we're out of the swamp).
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:20 am Reply with quote Back to top

I checked the coords 3 times. Something funky with the program I guess cuz I typedit one of the other caches on the area and it seemed that was wrong too.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:21 am Reply with quote Back to top

Timberline Echoes might remember the name of the road, it might even be in their log. We parked at the same spot, at a trail gate. That thicket is unavoidable, but we zigzagged our way through it until we came out into the swamp.

To this day, Trekkin' will say this was his favorite cache. Even though he cusssed ans swore at his snowshoe issues (using his 1750s bindings).

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RSplash40
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:45 am Reply with quote Back to top

One Paddle Short wrote:
I don't think there is any access off Yellow Birch road. We drove up that road last year and it all looked like private property to me- no obvious access in any case. We'll be coming in off Atkins road like we did last year. We're just going to go around the tree tripping, wall of wood, keep turning right and never get out of thicket of *ell that we went through last year.


Unfortunately my vilas county plat book doesn't bleed over into forest county enough to see either. Couldn't find any online db either like marathon has.

Anyone else have a forest county plat book?
 
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Team Honeybunnies
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

I'm in for this one one way or another. I'll have to see if your chosen day works for me, but I'd love to. If we're voting on days, Sundays work best for me. Pretty much an 8 to 5er. I was always surprised you had to turn back on this one as I consider you to be pretty determined. Must have been a real experience! The best kind...
 
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One Paddle Short
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:22 am Reply with quote Back to top

If someone can host an image I'll send them our embarrassing track log to post here (I have it as a jpg but don't have any place to host it). We got into the thick swamp and I had my trekking poles to keep from tipping over- which prevented me from keeping the GPS out all the time. I just kept turning right over and over in the thicket discovering it every 20 minutes or so when I'd pull out the Garmin. It was strange and disorienting to pull out the GPS and see I'd done it AGAIN. I can see how folks who are lost end up going in circles.

Anyway, we can avoid the worst of the swamp- I know because I managed to find a better route on our way out (and I have the saved file so I can download it and follow it back- I can also share with anyone who plans on attempting this with us). We could have pushed through to the cache but it was getting later in the day and we were exhausted. It is very hard work to bust through snow that you're sinking into up to your knees in most places even with snowshoes on. Add in tripping and falling because of unseen logs and branches under the snow and the disorienting feeling of turning away from the cache. I also had some health issues at the time that took a toll and those prevented me from going back last winter. My wife and I broke trail though that snow for almost two and a half miles as we didn't return on our own tracks.

So, this one is on our list. We can try to work out a day that works for most folks too as we have the luxury of time off during that time frame.

Looking forward to getting back to this one!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:58 am Reply with quote Back to top

Send me the pic, OPS. Pretty sure you have my email...
 
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Timberline Echoes
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We parked 1 1/4 mile East of the cache, at a service gate road. That road only went in about 1/4 mile and when the road veered north we began to bushwhack through the hardwoods and then 1/2 mile of swamp.

If we are around when you guys do this we could meet you all for a celebratory dinner somewhere after... it is a great one.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

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If we are around when you guys do this we could meet you all for a celebratory dinner somewhere after... it is a great one.


Sounds like a great idea. Of course it would be easier to work out the timing if you folks just hiked along with us. Rolling Eyes Shocked wink
 
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