Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Crawling with Nano's

Today we have a quick but fun cache design for kids. This plan was brought up in a previous post, but without build details.  This ended up being a prize for a kid at a recent event in my area.

Needed Supplies
  • A fake insect
  • A nano
  • Weatherproof paint
  • Weatherproof glue or epoxy
  • Drill or dremmel

Once you have the supplies, figure out how you want to place the nano into the insect.  In this example, an Ant was used.  You'll need to drill a hole to fit a nano.  Drill it deep enough to fit the nano but allow room to grip and unscrew the lid.  Using a weatherproof glue or epoxy (something that can handle cold temps and possible moisture), apply a small amount of glue to the inside of the hole.  Then push the bottom of the nano in and get it set in place.  Allow time for the glue to dry.

There you go.  A quick, easy cache build.  Find a good place to put it and enjoy the logs.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WOW Factor

Time to get back to this blog.  I got burnt out of blogging in the last quarter of 2010.  But I saw a cache that I just had to post about.  And this cache features something I might consider the WOW Factor.  It's not a new concept, but the WOW Factor basically means a cache that makes your jaw drop.  It's cool.  It's creative.  It's something you want to show your friends.  It's the cache you don't forget.  A previously featured cache, Dr. Who is an example of a WOW Factor cache.  So is this one.  By the way, I'm not providing the name or GC Code for this one as I haven't talked with the owner.  But at the moment, it is an archived cache so you'll just have to do with drooling over what you missed.

Now, you might be asking yourself, "Why was THIS archived?" The exact answer hasn't been made public as far as I'm aware, but it wouldn't be hard to guess. The partial burial is partly to blame. If permission was obtained, burial would likely be allowed. This one probably doesn't have the permission of the property owner. At least, that's my guess. There are indications that if that is obtained, it might be unarchived. This one deserves to be seen. It's unfortunate that it got archived, but it's also a good example of why permission should be obtained before placement of a geocache, especially one of this caliber.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Nano Chain

For today's post, we are going to look at an interesting way to hide a nano that can totally confuse the finder.  I've mentioned this on Geocaching Podcast before, so I felt it was a good time to present it.

Materials Needed:
  • One Nano cache
  • One 1/2 inch Quick Link
I'll leave the nano-shopping up to you and focus on the Quick Link, also sometimes called a D-Link.  You can find these in most hardware stores.  Just find the section of the store that carries chains and you'll usually find these next to it.  Outside of caching, they are typically used to connect two chains together, among other connecting uses. Here is one that I've used:

Once you have both supplies, the rest is easy.  If you look carefully at the image above, in the little oval on the right side, you'll see that the Quick Link opens by unscrewing a piece in the center.  Go ahead and get out your new Quick Link and do the same.  Once open, place the nano inside the section you just screwed open, and now screw it shut, sealing the nano inside.  Voila.  You have a camoed nano.

Now you just need to find a place to hide this.  Near chain link fencing can work well, provided you can find a way to conceal it.  I once had one of these hidden at a tennis court.  It was placed right at the base of one of the corner posts, nestled between the post and a piece of metal.  It blended in rather well.  Even better, if you can find a location that has an actual chain with links about the same size, you can attach it to the chain.  That would up the difficulty just a bit (just make sure you have permission for either placement).

If you want, you can try modifying it by painting the Quick Link to match the color of it's surroundings.  Sand it just a bit to roughen up the metal so that the spray paint will flake off slower.  You might find yourself occasionally repainting it.

A quick, easy to make nano cache that will leave finders baffled if they've never found it before.  Oh, and here is a photo of what it looks like: