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Mystery Cache

Columbia Gorge Hiking/Caching Challenge

A cache by LiefPhotos, Hiking Maniac Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/3/2010
In Oregon, United States
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This challenge is for hikers who also like to geocache!

Before you can successfully log this challenge, you must first follow these steps:

1. Create a public bookmark list entitled "Columbia Gorge Hiking/Caching Challenge".

2. Include this cache in your bookmark list, although it does not count toward the 30 caches you need to log.

3. Find (or hide) at least 30 caches from my bookmark list of valid prerequisites for this challenge. Make sure that the cache is in my bookmark list before adding it to yours... not all Columbia Gorge caches are prerequisites for this challenge. I will delete logs that include superfluous (non-prerequisite) caches.

  • These are generally caches with a terrain rating of at least 2.5, although I have made exceptions based upon my personal experience (most notably GC25B03). Basically, they ALL require a decent amount of physical exertion, as opposed to drive-by or stroll-to caches.
  • You do NOT need to have found (or hidden) these caches after the publication date of this challenge... past finds are perfectly OK.
  • Although I have hidden many Gorge caches which are included among the prerequisites, you do not need to have found any of them in order to fulfil this challenge.

4. Add those caches as bookmarks to your public list. For each cache, either indicate the date that you found it ("Found mm/dd/yy" or that you are the owner ("Hidden"). See my bookmark list for examples.

5. When you have bookmarked those 30 caches, you are free to find and log this one. You do not need to ask my permission in advance. However, I will review all entries and delete any logs which do not have the minimum number of found/hidden caches.

6. DO NOT sign the physical log book until after you have fulfilled the requirements for this challenge. I verify log book signatures against the date of the on-line logs. (Some challenge owners allow "pre-logging", but I consider it to be defeating the purpose of this particular challenge.)

The published coordinates are for the parking area. See waypoint below for the actual cache location. Expect a 2+ mile hike in each direction, with 1500+ feet elevation gain. The difficulty/terrain rating reflects the cumulative effort that you will have expended in order to complete this challenge -- otherwise, this cache would merit a 3.5 / 3.5 rating on its own merits. The cache container is a small Pelican case. FTF prize is an unactivated Mount Hood geocoin and a geocaching pin. Expect satellite coverage to be very sketchy due to the heavy tree cover, so I have given you a very clear hint and I encourage you to use it! It is not located along the maintained trail, but no bushwhacking is required. Please be sure to re-hide the container as well as you found it.

If you have completed this and would like even more of a challenge, the Columbia Gorge Hiking/Caching Challenge Part 2 (GC2N5F6) is for you! I also recommend the "Every Month of the Year Challenge".

Here are the intrepid hiking cachers (or caching hikers) who have completed this challenge:

Geocacher Name Date
Qualifying Hikes
before this one
chubby forest monkey 04/11/2010 73
eyekwilt2 04/25/2010 68
Paul_D_K 05/08/2010 43
Warnock3d 05/15/2010 30
AZtravelers 07/06/2010 30
raincat 07/06/2010 32
SLO GUY 07/18/2010 30
travelsister 09/15/2010 31
shawjr 01/08/2011 34
Sasquatch#1 01/29/2011 37
I'mseeking 02/04/2011 35
halfwaycrazy 03/03/2011 43
Crag Climber 03/03/2011 43
verano 03/09/2011 59
longtrails 03/09/2011 53
Devil Hunter 03/30/2011 50
DocDTA 04/03/2011 35
dkestrel 04/03/2011 33
trusttabitha 03/30/2011 69
Zombie Response Team 05/21/2011 36
popup 05/26/2011 51
SJPatrick 08/21/2011 32
beertownbill 08/27/2011 36
MSueZ 10/15/2011 34
silliemillie 10/15/2011 31
OregonPirates 12/10/2011 63
greenwoodturner 01/11/2012 30
lizzie0622 02/12/2012 40
Ceredwyn 02/12/2012 45
irishharmon 04/01/2012 80
mtribe 04/13/2012 48
SnowDad 05/12/2012 40
SnowDad 05/12/2012 40
musicmakers9 08/17/2012 32
NoBucksRanch 08/24/2012 84
MAPANZIGAN 09/28/2012 41
Estacadians 01/25/2013 102
BlueMarble 04/30/2013 35

It is also worth noting that nearly all of the above-listed people have logged more of the hiking caches since completing this challenge. Well done, everyone!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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57 Logged Visits

Found it 51     Write note 5     Publish Listing 1     

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Last Updated: on 5/9/2015 2:52:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:52 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum