A northeast Ohio cacher placed a challenge cache called The Geocachers Don't Hibernate Challenge. To qualify for the challenge, cachers must find at least one cache on any 30 days between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. In a lot of areas that may not be a big challenge. In northeast Ohio, it takes a spirited effort.
For us, this is doable. We cache twelve months a year. This year, it has been a little tougher. There are usually multiple warm-ups in the area during each winter giving good caching days and removing the snow base. Besides, the normal average temperature is above freezing by now. This year has been different. We've only had one big warm-up, a few quick passes beyond freezing, and the ground has been covered in snow for most of two months.
Despite the colder weather and lots of snow, we have 17 days with caches found. During that time we've found 74 caches including a mix of multis and puzzles. We've attended two events and found an earthvirtual. We have only resorted to park-and-grabs twice. We've cached in temperatures between -6 and 30 degrees with a few really windy days. I've really enjoyed this challenge. It's been a great way to shorten the winter. With longer days and (hopefully) warmer temperatures, it should be fairly easy to add the last 13 days.
December 25 - Geauga County Ohio - 27 degrees
December 26 - Lake County Ohio - 22 degrees 30-40 mile per hour winds
December 27 - Valley View, Ohio - 22 degrees 25 mile per hour winds
December 28 - Geneva State Park - 22 degrees 20 mile per hour winds
December 29 - Conneaut, Ohio - 29 degrees
December 30 - Warren, Pennsylvania - 30 degrees
January 2 - Union City, Pennsylvania - 28 degrees 20 mile per hour winds
January 15 - Mayfield, Ohio - 29 degrees 15 mile per hour winds
January 16 - Rocky River, Ohio - 21 degrees 20 mile per hour winds
January 22 - Chapman State Park - 6 degrees below zero
January 29 - Lake County Ohio - 22 degrees
January 30 - Twinsburg, Ohio - 28 degrees 20 mile per hour winds
February 5 - Euclid, Ohio - 25 degrees 20 mile per hour winds