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Winter caching woes

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When the cold winds are blowing and the snow is falling, I find it hard to be motivated to go looking for caches. Between the cold wind sneaking its way under your clothes and chilling you to the bone, to caches buried so deep under ice and snow that you need to wait months for it to melt, winter caching can be the bane of any cacher.

I personally have been left with did not find logs after a few memorable trips while caching in winter. One that comes to mind, was for a 1/1 park and grab. While it would have been a simple cache on an average day, that day it was buried under several feet of drifting snow. I also got quite a surprise as I walked toward ground zero in hopes of still making a miracle find... the snow drift I walked upon gave way and I fell waist-deep into the snow.

Snow Branch Twig Tree Slope

After digging my way back out of this hole and shaking off all the snow, it was not the day to go looking for this cache. It had earned the DNF for the day and it was time to move along.

I have seen many pictures over the years of lamppost caches in parking lots buried under snow piles up to 20 feet deep. Or caches that have been iced over by runoff or even sea spray.

What is the worst snow caching experience you have encountered? Were you able to return and get that smile later?
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I personally am a big baby about being cold and do not like to venture out in it. I find winter is a great time to work on solving puzzle caches, make swag and work on creative containers. I also like playing the Cache me if you can board game from DPH games. It's a lot of fun. My kiddo and snuggle muggleenjoy it too.
When I was in the US, most winters were still ok for caching. As long as the snow wasn't too deep, you could usually still find a few. It was only a rare occasion (as shown in my picture) that the snow got too deep to make a real attempt at finding the cache. I recall several hikes miles deep into the woods in 1-2 feet of snow just to find a cache.

However, since moving to Estonia, we get freezing temperatures for months, with strong winds coming off the sea and lots of snow. I have tried some winter caching here, but usually just give up because it is too cold and/or the cache is buried or even frozen in place. Now, if I go caching it is usually in fair weather.
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