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: