Poorly hidden caches

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Oltymer, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    I found this 5 gal bucket cache and two other similar caches last winter while hiking the ridges looking for hidey holes. Wrote this site off because it is 1/4 mile to any water, and someone else seems to like this spot. This is a very remote area, about 3 miles to any road or building, but near the highest point on this particular mountain where I like to come sit on the big exposed rock point and watch the deer wander by below me. I can see across the valley to Clingmans Dome in the Smokey's which is 125 miles away as the crow flies. I didn't mess with them in any way, they don't belong to me, and they might be booby trapped.

    Sloppy caching, probably figured nobody would be around there at all. If you cache, at least cover them up. The other two I spotted were also shoved into cracks in the rocks without any attempt to cover them. 015.JPG 001.JPG 003.JPG 005.JPG
  2. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Interesting! I wonder if it's some one you know, and they got lazy or just didn't think, or worse, some one knows you travel this area and may be trying to 'Fix You" in some way! I would think your pretty good on OPSEC, so this is a bit disturbing to me, finding something like these, and in plain sight! Smells fishy!
  3. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey+++

    Did you look in there bucket to see if it was actually a cache, or just some random bucket left as litter?

    A cool trick is to leave a decoy cache where it is somewhat easy to find while hiding the real stuff nearby. If the decoy is found, it would not occur to anyone look any further.

    If a hiding spot looks good to you, it probably looks good to everyone else.
  4. yeti695

    yeti695 Monkey+

    Well I would just make a mental note of them. If the SHTF and you are out there, then you can watch it for a few hours or day, then inspect the surrounding area of the cache for traps, then if you feel good check them. It could be something good or just junk. There is alot of just junk floating around the woods here that kind of looks like it might have been placed there in some attempt to cover them up.
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  5. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    I find modern trash around most sites that look promising, gum wrappers, fired cartridges, pieces of plastic, glass, and metal, but this particular one was clean as a whistle, even had ancient Indian stone tools laying around on the surface under the overhang which are usually the first things to disappear.

    In SHTF these caches would of course become booty, but would be removed carefully, and under the same situation I would be very wary within this area in case the cache owner had made it to their apparent BOL. This area has a sizeable deer population, and hunting them from the top of the rock would be a piece of cake as their trail runs parallel to the stone ridgeline about 10 yards below where it connects with the ground.
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  6. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Might be interesting to put a trail camera on the spot for observation...... ;)
  7. svjoe

    svjoe Angry Monkey

    ^^^^^^^^^What he said^^^^^^^^^
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  8. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    Don't have a trail cam but when I get one that is one of the spots I'd like to watch for awhile. I do run across trail cams while I'm out wandering around, and I'll just wave and keep on going. Off course those areas are immediately removed from my list of potential sites. Surprising how much human activity goes on in remote areas, have to be careful nowadays, people out there growing whacky backy, survivalists skulking around, homeless people living in the woods, and people still running moonshine too.
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  9. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Probably stuffed with 100.00 bills, Can't be more than 4/500 thousand in each one?
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  10. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Wouldn't cha paint some camouflage on them? Maybe glue a few leaves on, too! That is so half azzed it's in the realm of really weird!:cautious:
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  11. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Could they be Geocacher's hides? If they are, they contain pretty much worthless trinkets stashed in weatherproof containers.
    (I used to do Geocaching. Lot of fun.) Google it.
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  12. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Only one experience with geocaching, fins. Would they use something as big as a 5gal bucket?
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  13. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Kind of unusual I must admit, but certainly possible. I used to use surplus fiberglass mortar round tubes. Some use Tupperware containers, although those don't stand up to the weather and often end up with water in them.
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  14. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    If I had stumbled on it curiosity may have killed the cat (me).

    I found two coffee cans full of coins way back with 2 paper bills and other paper which traced back to a robbery from a church camp.

    The county mounties gave me a two dollar reward.:)
  15. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    Could be pokemon in them :)
  16. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    My thought was it was trash. You said deer are in the area so I figure someone was hunting out there and could have used this bucket for waste. May have hauled the bucket out there with supplies, used it to store garbage or human stuff and left it. I think if it was a true cache, it would have been buried.
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  17. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Heck, could be anything. Could be body parts!
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  18. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    A coworker told me that when he was very young that he and his grand father found a cash out on the desert . in stead of respecting some one else's investment, they took a torch and cut the door off and stole the whole cashe.
    For this reason he chose not to prep. people are untrustworthy .
    even exposing other people's cashe.
  19. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    That'd be a nice irony. Co worker struck it lucky once, starves to death because he can't strike it lucky a second time, or gets killed trying to filch a defended or booby-trapped cache, instead of relying on his own resources. :rolleyes:
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  20. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Jimmy Hoffa?
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