Ground-zero hunting technique
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Just a few random thoughts for now: edscott
- Mark the spot and keep track of where it is. If it is truly the center of your search, then don't let your focus continue to drift in one direction unless there are definite clues that take you that way.
- Look for that flattened patch of leaves or bare scuffed soil where everyone stands as they open the box, and where they sit to write in the log.
- Look for the path from the closest trail to the flattened patch of leaves.
- Look for that tree... rock...stump... that just screams CACHE to you. It probably did the same to the hider, too.
- Look for an unusual grouping of natural objects. Nature is not very concerned with order and neatness. Sticks seldom fall into hollow trees or under rocks and lay there in nice piles all the same size, and all the same length. Rocks seldom pile themselves into small cairns.
- Look for no moss or lichen. If a group of rocks are moss or lichen covered except for one, that one has recently been turned over so that you are seeing what used to be the underside Could have been turned over by a previous searcher, but maybe for a good reason.
- Look for the broken branches in the evergreen tree, the bent lamp post skirt, the extra bolt.
- Look up. Things are not always on the ground.
- Look back. We tend to think we didn't go far enough when we don't find it. Maybe you already passed it.
- Look around. Circle the ground zero at an ever increasing distance while looking for all the above clues rather than making straight line plunges away from ground zero and back. You should find the bare spot or path to it much more quickly.