You didn't see a trapper named Smiley outside of town did you? (half to herself) He's been gone for too long. Never should have let him go off on that fool quest of his.”— Ardin Buckner
Upon arriving in Klamath, head over to the Buckner House and talk to Ardin. When asking her what's bothering her, she says her fiancé, Smiley has gone missing, his last known location being the toxic caves. Agree to keep an eye out, and she'll mark the location on the map.
Rubber boots are needed to avoid getting radiated and there are many geckos running about that can either be fought or avoided. Smiley is located on the 2nd floor, hiding in a generator room. Talk to him and bring him to the entrance where he'll thank you and disband. Head back to Klamath for your reward.
- 500 XP (doesn't show up in the text window)
- Sulik's freedom or $100
- The Gecko Skinning perk, by talking to him about it. He will also give a 1-6% bonus to the Outdoorsman skill.
It is possible to fail this quest if you wait too long before heading to rescue Smiley. If too much time passes, Smiley will be dead when you reach his location and you will not be able to get the quest reward.