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Mystery Cache

Washington DeLorme Challenge

A cache by Moun10Bike
Hidden : 9/27/2005
In Washington, United States
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


July 2006
Just in time for skyrocketing gas prices, here it is: the Washington DeLorme Challenge!

The Washington DeLorme Challenge

Submit Your Data!

The map of the pre-2007 version of the Washington DeLorme Atlas can be seen here

Washington DeLorme Challenge Participants
Last Updated: 11/24/2014 12:21 PM
FINISHERS:
Cacher Page Completion Date Cache Logged Date
blindleader October 18, 2005 October 21, 2005
GeoRoo November 11, 2005 November 15, 2005
ruck November 14, 2005 November 16, 2005
rocketglider November 15, 2005 November 19, 2005
Barnabirdy(s) April 25, 2006 April 28, 2006
Mr. Gadget #2 May 20, 2006 May 28, 2006
The Navigatorz June 4, 2006 June 5, 2006
Patudles June 2, 2006 June 8, 2006
Colbridge June 12, 2006 June 13, 2006
LLCOOL July 1, 2006 July 2, 2006
FluteFace July 4, 2006 July 5, 2006
Logbear July 4, 2006 July 5, 2006
lucyandrickie July 8, 2006 July 9, 2006
cachedin July 19, 2006 July 23, 2006
Half-Canadian July 21, 2006 July 23, 2006
Team Jac'd July 31, 2006 August 2, 2006
Terrible Ts August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006
Prying Pandora September 7, 2006 September 8, 2006
Plaidguy September 7, 2006 September 8, 2006
hydnsek September 10, 2006 September 11, 2006
Right Wing Wacko September 17, 2006 September 22, 2006
ohjoy! October 13, 2006 October 15, 2006
Yellow Alligator October 10, 2006 October 22, 2006
liwolf October 18, 2006 October 22, 2006
Lookout Lisa October 10, 2006 October 22, 2006
ZillahBillies November 10, 2006 November 14, 2006
Lowrider71 December 11, 2006 December 29, 2006
tolmaus October 8, 2006 December 31, 2006
WR7X March 18, 2007 April 1, 2007
masterpuzzler May 8, 2007 May 20, 2007
NBJPoppa June 15, 2007 June 15, 2007
Willie & Wilma Bobo May 27, 2007 June 16, 2007
Moun10Bike June 16, 2007 -
idajo2 June 10, 2007 June 17, 2007
sciuchetti July 2, 2007 July 7, 2007
dshifter August 10, 2007 September 16, 2007
sloni12 August 21, 2007 September 16, 2007
TeamIDFC September 16, 2007 September 24, 2007
MeowMixxer September 16, 2007 September 24, 2007
Pink Pachyderm September 16, 2007 September 29, 2007
Square Bear September 16, 2007 September 29, 2007
Jackknap October 3, 2007 October 14, 2007
KestrelAerie October 14, 2007 October 19, 2007
Truered06 October 14, 2007 October 19, 2007
5Tucks November 4, 2007 November 25, 2007
Puppers November 26, 2007 December 8, 2007
rockitbiker December 3, 2007 December 9, 2007
Jaded December 3, 2007 December 9, 2007
Three Bottles November 12, 2007 January 5, 2008
Allanon August 4, 2008 August 12, 2008
w7wt August 4, 2008 August 17, 2008
pwezzr2 August 4, 2008 August 23, 2008
lindlib August 4, 2008 August 23, 2008
ISplash July 9, 2008 September 19, 2008
ogeo July 9, 2008 September 19, 2008
swaninwa September 15, 2008 September 20, 2008
wasian September 28, 2008 October 5, 2008
dsvaughn October 6, 2008 October 6, 2008
troublejv October 6, 2008 October 6, 2008
JerEvie September 14, 2008 October 10, 2008
Dasindog September 15, 2008 October 18, 2008
runhills September 12, 2008 October 21, 2008
jholly October 29, 2008 November 13, 2008
Innkeepers May 18, 2009 May 18, 2009
MtnGoat50 July 10, 2009 August 24, 2009
The Jester (and bloomingidiot) July 9, 2009 August 26, 2009
Aeolus September 2, 2009 September 4, 2009
Shaggy, Scooby & Velma September 2, 2009 September 4, 2009
AndrewRJ September 12, 2009 September 13, 2009
goblindust September 21, 2009 September 27, 2009
TheBlueFox September 23, 2009 September 27, 2009
Team Sagefox October 14, 2009 October 17, 2009
northbranch September 30, 2009 October 30, 2009
2Cougs October 23, 2009 February 21, 2010
scottslaird October 27, 2009 February 21, 2010
ZoeyGreenCache & The Cacheman April 25, 2010 April 26, 2010
The Quicksters October 19, 2009 May 22, 2010
TySu June 14, 2010 June 17, 2010
FunnyNose July 8, 2010 July 10, 2010
lamoracke July 12, 2010 July 18, 2010
GeoCyclingMan July 1, 2010 July 31, 2010
BonnieK July 1, 2010 August 14, 2010
DuHawks July 26, 2010 September 3, 2010
M&D July 21, 2010 September 4, 2010
brodiebunch September 6, 2010 September 11, 2010
2Lashes July 21, 2010 September 19, 2010
Toni & the hubbE July 22, 2010 September 30, 2010
eastwa October 5, 2010 October 5, 2010
bolosky October 29, 2010 October 31, 2010
mkibbey2 November 14, 2010 November 16, 2010
Tobias & Petronella November 20, 2010 November 27, 2010
ZSteve September 29, 2010 March 26, 2011
2cute2blost June 21, 2011 June 25, 2011
JessFoxx June 21, 2011 June 25, 2011
crouchcrew July 18, 2011 July 21, 2011
TrekkingSloth July 14, 2011 August 19, 2011
1salmonfisher June 17, 2011 August 21, 2011
cachingclutes September 9, 2011 September 15, 2011
Fuzzywhip September 15, 2011 September 15, 2011
Bigawop August 25, 2011 September 18, 2011
woppawife August 25, 2011 September 18, 2011
acfunk October 9, 2011 October 7, 2011
Helen & Theo October 11, 2011 November 6, 2011
Kiersolvd May 1, 2012 May 5, 2012
Night*Cacher August 13, 2012 August 12, 2012
Trevor and Kate July 1, 2012 August 18, 2012
Wiildrose August 22, 2012 August 18, 2012
LandRover July 15, 2012 September 6, 2012
Janomi September 8, 2012 September 3, 2012
quadsinthemudd August 1, 2012 September 16, 2012
Unkle Fester November 3, 2012 November 23, 2012
JustMike January 14, 2013 February 18,2013
Chief Charlie & Happy Feat December 9, 2012 April 23, 2013
Perky April 10, 2013 May 5, 2013
PDXJim June 1, 2013 June 15, 2013
Cheeseman52 June 24, 2013 June 28, 2013
Scouting4Ever June 18, 2013 July 16, 2013
Bubblegummers July 26, 2013 July 26, 2013
WanderingPosts August 1, 2013 August 9, 2013
Frisky Biscuits September 08, 2013 September 25, 2013
benandjayme October 7, 2013 October 13, 2013
rambudo June 24, 2013 December 18, 2013
WatchDOGSMike October 29, 2013 December 31, 2013
Rainnstar January 28, 2014 August 16, 2013
kennelbarb December 24, 2013 February 3, 2014
rakis2 May 4, 2014 May 21, 2014
Weightman March 13, 2012 June 5, 2014
crs98 June 21, 2014 August 23, 2014
Telex June 14, 2014 June 22, 2014
jim and jan October 26, 2014 November 8, 2014
shutle64 September 10, 2009 ???
LEGI0N September 25, 2010 ???
scooternerd February 8, 2012 ???
FugeFinders July 22, 2013 ???
KCSearcher August 25, 2013 ???
travelersx2 September 18, 2014 ???
CURRENT ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS:
Cacher Last Update Pages/Blocks Complete
2nd Son September 17, 2014 42 of 90
ABQRaz July 15, 2014 20 of 90
Adamshome March 18, 2014 48 of 90
Alicia_A_A August 10, 2014 48 of 90
Allondro October 2, 2013 33 of 90
antlerridgeroad October 26, 2014 57 of 90
B+L May 6, 2014 59 of 90
bajabetty April 4, 2013, 2013 53 of 90
Beach Bum Doggies May 22, 2013, 2013 35 of 90
Berta, Nick and Zoey November 14, 2011 55 of 90
BigDumbFun January 6, 2012 14 of 90
boringgirl August 20, 2012 32 of 90
brentley13 February 7, 2014 24 of 90
BrettXY June 28, 2013 18 of 90
Brewman65 December 12, 2013 64 of 90
brynnes (SonicSquad) August 7, 2013 8 of 90
budda63 December 26, 2012 29 of 90
bue_digre April 22, 2014 13 of 90
BWelcker September 01, 2013 14 of 90
c15art July 5, 2013 15 of 90
CacheDFish June 18, 2012 67 of 90
Cacheikers December 17, 2013 88 of 90
CaptCosmic August 22, 2013 71 of 90
christinef9 April 18, 2012 18 of 90
Corvettekent September 7, 2014 84 of 90
CP grower May 14, 2012 16 of 90
diroka November 18, 2014 40 of 90
DiscGolfBirdie July 3, 2014 69 of 90
DiverVan March 29, 2013 35 of 90
DT3 October 12, 2014 9 of 90
dutchgoers October 1, 2012 89 of 90
dyelir October 27, 2014 32 of 90
Emma&Roo June 24, 2012 43 of 90
EraSeek June 24, 2014 65 of 90
Eurotrekkers2 September 9, 2014 79 of 90
faurenlink May 29, 2012 27 of 90
FobesMan August 17, 2013 69 of 90
freebird422 September 08, 2013 35 of 90
fritts22 March 6, 2013 11 of 90
GaryJL November 20, 2014 69 of 90
Geek&Gopher May 30, 2014 48 of 90
geodeez July 16, 2013 28 of 90
Green Bean Bonkers September 10, 2012 62 of 90
grossi April 30, 2012 66 of 90
gustav129 June 14, 2012 8 of 90
Hawkeye747 March 19, 2013 45 of 90
hiker201 May 23, 2012 5 of 90
HockeyHiker19 August 24, 2014 36 of 90
Hoddevik September 24, 2012 80 of 90
hippychick1620 May 23, 2013 53 of 90
ihavecats August 20, 2012 83 of 90
IslandCougGirl August 28, 2012 45 of 90
jakomen July 5, 2014 61 of 90
jcacher15 February 16, 2013 38 of 90
jcar January 1, 2014 71 of 99
John -E- Cache September 16, 2012 13 of 90
johntherabbit November 11, 2014 60 of 90
k7-wave June 23, 2014 85 of 99
Karamazov September 6, 2012 33 of 90
kickerv July 11, 2014 38 of 90
kklondike explorers September 6, 2012 64 of 90
KokiNut July 31, 2012 56 of 90
Krusen4Kache July 22, 2014 69 of 90
LadyCosmic August 24, 2013 68 of 90
LanSearch November 7, 2014 76 of 90
lfppdf8&mybetterhalf May 21, 2012 19 of 90
Limejoy January 2, 2014 19 of 90
Louie Bliss October 1, 2012 32 of 90
Love September 10, 2014 47 of 90
luckykatz May 16, 2014 54 of 90
malaika54 November 12, 2014 61 of 90
Max_W_A August 10, 2014 37 of 90
Maxa&Co September 1, 2014 43 of 90
mc3cats November 18, 2012 76 of 90
Mcushla July 20, 2014 2 of 90
McGeesters April 4, 2012 47 of 90
minimomma and icnu June 29, 2014 67 of 90
mkbrad August 17, 2014 17 of 90
monsterbox April 5, 2013 31 of 90
mootpoint September 21, 2014 89 of 90
mtcrazyskibum September 2, 2014 32 of 90
Muddy Teapot October 5, 2012 19 of 90
neverendingseeker August 2, 2013 11 of 90
ORMEOFONE July 4, 2014 35 of 90
PacificNWtennisGal September 21, 2013 28 of 90
Pandafromisland November 16, 2014 12 of 90
PaneledZero August 29, 2012 41 of 90
Papa EGTH August 27, 2014 33 of 90
PastorDIC August 28, 2013 43 of 90
Peach&Pete November 8, 2014 74 of 90
PNW_Native September 10, 2014 50 of 90
qtbluemoon May 16, 2013 4 of 90
Raine May 12, 2014 19 of 90
Rock Chalk October 27, 2014 18 of 90
Rolling Oldies August 7, 2014 78 of 90
samm99 August 25, 2012 61 of 90
scareway August 5, 2014 82 of 90
shrimala July 16, 2012 24 of 90
snoholoufers November 24, 2013 25 of 90
soilsqueezer May 27, 2014 68 of 90
stargazer257 August 17, 2014 81 of 90
Sunshine Geo August 5, 2014 78 of 90
SuperDudeSam May 30, 2012 47 of 90
superhoser May 19, 2014 57 of 90
Super Ninja June 19, 2014 17 of 90
TeamIngalls March 5, 2013 22 of 90
Terpnurse July 31, 2013 86 of 90
thaweaz March 9, 2012 1 of 90
The4Musketeers April 4, 2012 48 of 90
TheScottFamilyFive September 12, 2013 29 of 90
TheWinterTrio July 27, 2014 85 of 90
TravisL April 1, 2012 78 of 90
tumbleweed2 September 23, 2013 87 of 90
two bison September 20, 2013 23 of 90
verano February 9, 2014 57 of 90
verygeeky April 10, 2013 30 of 90
WafflingLlama October 27, 2012 48 of 90
waltergps April 5, 2013 64 of 90
wasurf April 6, 2014 53 of 90
We R Here November 10, 2014 80 of 90
WellJointed June 17, 2012 74 of 90
xplore19 April 1, 2012 22 of 90
yakimacacher August 19, 2013 60 of 90

What is the DeLorme Challenge?

In 2004, Haicoole unveiled the California DeLorme Challenge cache. During a caching adventure with Lil Devil in May of that year, I learned about this cache and the fun that Northern California Geocachers were having with it. I immediately began planning for a Washington version. Well, here it is finally: the Washington DeLorme Challenge!

The DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer is published for all 50 states. These maps are a favorite among travelers and outdoorsmen and are available at many locations, including online directly from DeLorme. The goal of this cache is simple (ha!): to find a cache on each and every block of each and every page of the Washington State DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer.

The image above shows the geographical extents of each of the pages of the Washington DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer. (Note: the boundaries of the pages changed with the 2007 edition of the Atlas; the map picture above reflects this latest version.) The final cache coordinates are listed below in the additional waypoints section, but the final container can only be logged after successfully finding a cache in each page of the Atlas.

In order to claim this cache, you must first send me a file containing all of your finds. (.GPX is highly preferred, although .LOC format is a close second). If you send your file in non-GPX format, then please filter out your non-Washington, locationless, event and CITO caches ahead of time for me.) I will review the list and generate a image showing their locations (similar to those linked to from the bottom of this page) in order to verify the list. Once everything checks out, you are then welcome to go after the final cache! The find cannot be logged until the physical container is found and the logbook inside signed.

Based on feedback from and incidents seen with DeLorme Challenges in other states, some guidelines need to be laid out:

  1. As mentioned above, the posted coordinates are not the actual coordinates for the cache. They are a good place to start, though (the main Soaring Eagle Park lot). The actual cache coordinates are shown in the additional waypoints section.

  2. Generally accepted rules, guidelines and conditions for logging a cache find apply. These must be bona fide caches listed on Geocaching.com that you have personally (physically) found and logged. You may include caches found prior to the creation of the Washington DeLorme Challenge so long as they meet all other Challenge requirements.

  3. Placement of a cache on a DeLorme Atlas page counts the same as finding a cache on that page, but only if it was placed prior to October 31, 2005. Hides after this date do not count toward the Challenge.

  4. All cache types count as finds or hides for the DeLorme Challenge with the exception of events (CITO included) and locationless caches.

  5. If a Washington DeLorme Atlas page includes space not located in Washington, only caches in the Washington portion count. We will go off of the posted coordinates for a cache when determining in which state or page a given cache falls.

  6. Since the entire extent of Page 98 in the 2007 edition of the Washington DeLorme Atlas 106 in the Washington DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer lies within Oregon, it is not necessary to complete this page for the Challenge. However, you will receive extra credit if you do! (Similarly, since Page 106 in the pre-2007 editions of the Atlas lies within British Columbia, it is not necessary to complete this page for that version of the Challenge.)

  7. On pages consisting of multiple blocks (i.e. Page 103 in the 2007 edition and Pages 29 and 58 in pre-2007 editions), a find must be logged in each block, not just one for the page. (Due to the fact that block C on Page 58 of the pre-2007 editions consists entirely of open ocean, it will not be necessary to find a cache in this block.)

  8. While the various editions and versions of the DeLorme Atlas do not seem to have changed much in terms of page boundaries, the image above derived from the information in the cache owner's copy will be considered definitive.

  9. While you may have others with you when you find the final cache, only those who have fulfilled ALL criteria for this cache will be allowed to log it as a find. Find logs by other cachers will be deleted.

  10. When in doubt ask—we can discuss it or even seek guidance from others, but the final decision rests with the cache owner.

  11. Remember that this is a game and is supposed to be fun!

Many thanks go out to Haicoole for the original idea for this cache and to the other cache owners who have taken the idea and run with it for their own states.


How can I play?

It's easy! Simply visit the submission page and upload a file containing all of your finds (as well as any hides made prior to October 31, 2005). I will then generate a progress map for you like those above.

If you are a premium member, you can upload your finds easily using your special "My Finds" Pocket Query; my scripts will automatically strip out all caches that do not count for the Challenge. If you are not a premium member, you can download your finds as .LOC files and combine them together in a .ZIP file or a single .LOC file using readily-available waypoint management tools such as GPSBabel or EasyGPS.

DOWNLOADS:

2007 ATLAS:
WDC-GPX.gpx A GPS Exchange File format file containing the page boundaries as both routes and as tracks. GPX can be imported and edited by a variety of applications.
WDC-MPS.gdb A Garmin MapSource .gdb file showing the boundaries of the DeLorme Washington Atlas pages. Waypoints are used to mark the corners of the pages, while point-to-point routes connect those waypoints to illustrate the page boundaries. The page boundaries are also included as tracks.
WDC-SA.txt A text file that can be imported into DeLorme Street Atlas as a Draw layer to show the boundaries of DeLorme Washington Atlas pages. Note that polygons in Street Atlas default to solid red with red outlines, so if you want to more easily see the page boundaries you should change these settings on your computer.
WDC-GE.kmz A Google Earth .kmz file displaying the boundaries of the DeLorme Washington Atlas pages. Once you open this in Google Earth, you can turn on or off the pages of interest to you or highlight them differently based on whether you have cleared them or not.


PRE-2007 ATLAS:
WDC-MPS_OLD.gdb A Garmin MapSource .gdb file showing the boundaries of the DeLorme Washington Atlas pages. Waypoints are used to mark the corners of the pages, while point-to-point routes connect those waypoints to illustrate the page boundaries.
WDC-SA_OLD.txt A text file that can be imported into DeLorme Street Atlas as a Draw layer to show the boundaries of DeLorme Washington Atlas pages
WDC-SNT_OLD.est A Microsoft Streets and Trips 2006 .est file that can be opened in Streets and Trips to show DeLorme Washington Atlas page boundaries
WDC-GE_OLD.kmz A Google Earth .kmz file displaying the boundaries of the DeLorme Washington Atlas pages. Once you open this in Google Earth, you can turn on or off the pages of interest to you or highlight them differently based on whether you have cleared them or not.


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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Onfr bs zrqvhz-fvmrq prqne fghzc arfgyrq orgjrra ebbgf

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Current Time:
Last Updated: on 11/24/2014 12:21:58 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (8:21 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum