View Full Version : New to the site......requesting some help.

04-26-2010, 07:28 PM

I am new to joining the forum/site. I have been a long time fan of geocaching, and have found my fair share of caches in the past.

Recently, I have also entered the hobby of high altitude ballooning. We launched a 1000g weather balloon on 4/24/2010 in North Texas and it ended up in northern Arkansas. It traveled over 4x the calculated distance.

I am writing to request your help, and permission to utilize, the geocaching community. With combined efforts to help locate our lost payload from our High Altitude Balloon project. We are offering a reward to whomever finds it.

We will not post any further details without admin or Mod permission.


David Jones

04-26-2010, 09:42 PM
Hope you find your payload. :)

04-28-2010, 12:59 PM
Sounds like a FTF to me....Give us some coords!

04-28-2010, 01:09 PM
Would this be considered a new kind of cache? Hmmm, FTF on a First of Kind. Hehe. I agree, send some coords and info.

04-28-2010, 01:31 PM
Mods, please send the guy a note so we can get more info?

04-28-2010, 07:21 PM
You have the permission of the ArkGeo Board to post further details on this. It looks as if this will generate some interest. In the future if you need any help don't hesitate to ask. Thank you!!!

04-29-2010, 05:46 AM
0k lets get new Batteries into gps and i will be ready to help lo0k :D

06-21-2010, 07:30 PM
Well, I did my best Saturday. I went straight to the coordinates and spent about two hours fanning out in different directions, especially NE since that was the direction of drift. Two hours of nothing. There were no signs of a balloon, parachute, orange painted styrofoam box, cords, nada. I'm guess one of two things. Either someone already picked the whole lot up, or it drifted much farther than anyone thought. It was a fun and challenging adventure that cost me money and time, yet all I got in return was chiggers, ticks, thorns, and heat exhaustion. LOL

Oh well, I'd do it again if I had the chance. I'd just use MORE bug spray and drink more water.

07-12-2010, 03:46 PM
Where was the coords posted?

07-12-2010, 05:57 PM
Yeah, I'd like to know what they are too......... :D

07-12-2010, 08:18 PM
They were posted on the regional forum on the main forums for geocaching.com

I don't remember the link, else I would link it here.

07-12-2010, 08:29 PM
Could this all be a hoax? Has anyone confirmed the validity of the request? Or was it confirmed on the Geocaching.com Forums?

07-12-2010, 11:33 PM
HERE (http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=247946)is a link to the forum posting on the GC.com forums. And ANOTHER LINK (http://docs.google.com/View?id=dfd95hfs_187686srf8)with more info.

If you notice on the info page it shows that the coordinates was "the last recorded GPS transmission from ~ 2,000 feet. Land level is ~ 700 feet above sea level." That means it was still 1300 feet above the ground at that point so it must have traveled quite a bit further before coming down. If we knew the correct altitude,latitude, and longitude of where it began it's descent we may be able to figure approximately where it came down. But looking at the provided info it could be anywhere from the spot given to somewhere around Perryville or even as far as Conway. Having been in that area a few times I can tell you it is some pretty rugged country with very few roads and lots of thick woods of mostly pines.

It could be a while before anyone locates that thing.

07-15-2010, 07:44 AM
Let's see now, I had several caches approved on the same day last week........ Looks like Chuck Walla has some time on his hands soooooooo..since he knows the state like the back of his hand............... Frank?????........ :wink: