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Photo Essay: Xtremely Addicted

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Geocaching may be the most extreme sport ever invented – if done right. My name’s Handy Andy Pandy and I’m here to show you how to xtreme cache! Don’t try any of this at home (unless you’re awesome) …

Xtreme caching takes a lot of preparation and equipment, especially if you plan to photograph your adventures. Keen not to waste any time I grab my camera and tripod, my caching gear and my beautiful girlfriend Rani and we hit the streets.

Xtreme caching often begins with to a phone/GPSr like this one. As long as it works, you don’t need anything fancier! We plug in the co-ordinates of our first cache located down at a local jetty, a 10-kilometre jog away.

Searching for an xtreme cache whilst holding on for dear life out at the end of the jetty. One slip and it’s game over.

Awww yeah, cache in hand. They don’t come more xtreme than this! One jetty excursion wasn’t enough though; I’ve got to make my way back out there to put the container back.

No time for a casual bushwalk; it’s a mad dash over rocks and through trees to get to the next cache.

Stopping for a quick break before attempting the next cache. Even in the middle of winter, xtreme caching can get pretty sweaty. I’m going to need my wits about me for the next one.

After a long climb up this huge tree, the cache is only just out of reach. It takes me a few attempts but eventually I grab it.

Grabbing a cache underneath a park bench may not seem so xtreme, but add a bunch of muggles and a park ranger into the equation and you’ve got to be a sneaky, little ninja to grab it without being seen.

Cache in hand, logsheet signed, screaming like a pair of mad ducks. Just another day in the life of an xtreme cacher.

Just because the sun’s gone to bed doesn’t mean an xtreme cacher has to. With so many places for a cache to be hidden, you need to have owl eyes to find ’em at night. It takes us half an hour of looking but eventually we find it. Then it’s home to bed; we need to rest up to do it all again tomorrow.

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‘SAY CHEESE, ANDREW’

Andrew Wells found geocaching only two months ago but the 25-year-old Australian is already hooked.

He and girlfriend Rani live in Melbourne, where Wells (better known by his nickname and GC handle: HandyAndyPandy) works from home as a social media researcher – though he admits to spending “more time photographing than working”.

“I first picked up a camera one year and one month ago and I never leave the house without it.”

It’s a passion that ties in perfectly with his new geo-addiction; which the couple first heard about on the radio. “It seemed almost too awesome to be true but, from the moment we signed our first geocaching log, we were pretty hooked.”

*You can see more of Andrew Wells’ exploits on his HandyAndyPandy blog.

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  1. Handy Andy Pandy

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to do this article – I haven’t had this much fun in ages! I’m really honoured/flattered that you asked little old me to do photos for your site!

    Andy

  2. ErikaJean

    Lovely post. I Xtremely enjoy the Xtreme park bench cache picture myself.

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