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Mystery Cache

Texas County Challenge

Hidden : 1/6/2006
In Texas, United States
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:


As with all puzzle caches, the container is not located at the posted coordinates. They represent a random location in Texas. This is no ordinary puzzle cache, however...

The Texas County Challenge

First Five Cachers who have completed the Texas County Challenge:
Cacher Completion Date Cache Logged Date
1. txoilgas April 2, 2007 May 16, 2007
2. Blizzard July 13, 2007 September 8, 2007
3. Little Red Wagon August 1, 2007 September 8, 2007
4. enduroking August 5, 2007 September 8, 2007
5. les7h September 16, 2007 January 5, 2008

What is the Texas County Challenge?

Texas is a massive state with 254 counties spread out across over 268,000 square miles. The goal of this cache is to find a cache in each and every county in Texas! The final cache location can only be logged after successfully finding a cache in each county. This is the oldest and by far the most difficult county challenge cache. A Texas County map can be obtained here.

The preferred method to confirm your finds will be for you to prepare a shared bookmark list with the county name and cache name (example). This will be the quickest way to confirm your finds. If you need to use an alternative method for this confirmation, please contact us and we will work with you. We will review the list and generate a map showing their locations in order to verify the list. Once the verification process is complete, you can visit the location for the final cache. The find cannot be logged until the final physical container is found and the logbook inside signed!


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

  1. As mentioned above, the posted coordinates are not the actual coordinates for the cache. The actual cache may actually be quite some distance from these coordinates!
     
  2. Generally accepted rules, guidelines and conditions for logging a cache 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 Texas County Challenge so long as they meet all other challenge requirements.
     
  3. All cache types count as finds for the Texas County Challenge except for locationless caches.  We are a friendly state, so even events and CITO events may be included.
     
  4. While county lines occasionally move and different versions of various maps may differ in exact boundary lines, the county lines derived from the information in the cache owner's copy of Google Earth will be considered definitive.  Please feel free to check your GPX file with Google Earth prior to submission!
     
  5. 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 who have not completed the challenge will be deleted.
     
  6. Cache finds submitted for completion of this challenge will go through a verification process conducted by the previous finders and/or cache owners.
     
  7. When in doubt ask—we can discuss it or even seek guidance from others, but the final decision rests with the cache owner.
     
  8. The first 5 cachers who complete this challenge will receive a small commemorative gift at the completion of the challenge.
     
  9. A picture at each cache location is not a requirement, but would greatly be appreciated. Upload pictures to the individual cache logs, not to this listing. Of course you can also post your favorite pictures of your adventure here as well.
     
  10. Remember that this is a game and is supposed to be fun!

Many thanks go out to Haicoole for the original idea for this type of challenge cache and to Moun10Bike and Prime Reviewer for advice and assistance with the description. Many thanks also go to the previous owners and custodians of this cache — M-T-P, Blizzard, and txoilgas. Forums have been established for discussing this cache on Facebook, Google+, and the TXGA website.

       


Others who have completed the
Texas County Challenge:
Cacher Completion Date Cache Logged Date
6. Vinyl Slider April 13, 2008 September 6, 2008
7. rilekyle May 4, 2008 September 6, 2008
8. Doc Geo May 26, 2008 September 6, 2008
9. Cal125 October 11, 2008 March 2, 2009
10. ALOFT23 December 31, 2008 March 11, 2009
11. DE_Cryptoman January 18, 2009 April 7, 2009
12. Fatfogy May 14, 2009 May 30, 2009
13. tlien11 June 8, 2009 June 11, 2009
14. Drives August 22, 2009 September 28, 2009
15. Argus- September 28, 2009 November 23, 2009
16. She & He October 25, 2009 December 1, 2009
17. redcar December 18, 2009 January 21, 2010
18. Indigo Parish December 20, 2009 February 6, 2010
19. Zeppocruz January 21, 2010 March 13, 2010
20. No Muggle January 24, 2010 April 2, 2010
21. BeeCubed February 20, 2010 April 5, 2010
22. Entwined55 May 30, 2010 June 12, 2010
23. TeamTerz June 7, 2010 June 28, 2010
24. Wademercer July 8, 2010 August 30, 2010
25. Skootercolumbo July 10, 2010 September 4, 2010
26. zoothornrollo August 5, 2010 September 25, 2010
27. Chiliqueen October 3, 2010 December 4, 2010
28. 6Shooter October 3, 2010 December 4, 2010
29. golfman August 8, 2010 March 2, 2011
30. zrvers August 20, 2010 March 27, 2011
31. jdzimman December 23, 2010 March 27, 2011
32. ocrazys July 30, 2011 July 31, 2011
33. SEMIK August 7, 2011 August 13, 2011
34. Nov64 September 3, 2011 November 26, 2011
35. snowman99 December 3, 2011 December 9, 2011
36. tamiuron November 27, 2011 January 4, 2012
37. Swampfires March 3, 2012 March 10, 2012
38. Love Cachers March 24, 2012 April 24, 2012
39. Pappy'sPosse April 25, 2012 May 17, 2012
40. bittybit July 7, 2012 September 1, 2012
41. HoustonControl July 8, 2012 September 1, 2012
42. djbtex August 17, 2012 October 15, 2012
43. HippoFan September 3, 2012 October 22, 2012
44. thenkengrene October 7, 2012 October 28, 2012
45. 1linden October 15, 2012 October 29, 2012
46. Backwards Charlie from Austin August 12, 2010 January 14, 2013
47. QuadWrays March 11, 2013 March 16, 2013
48. Leprechaun49 March 11, 2013 March 16, 2013
49. 1st Sgt February 13, 2013 April 7, 2013
50. acclanman March 23, 2013 April 5, 2013
51. TreyB March 23, 2013 April 5, 2013
52. harbhippo February 17, 2013 June 15, 2013
53. HiDude_98 July 6, 2013 July 27, 2013
54. Team-DnD July 14, 2013 September 14, 2013
55. FNJLMN August 19, 2013 November 9, 2013
56. Muddy Buddies October 20, 2013 November 30, 2013
57. Pathfinder 33 November 3, 2013 January 4, 2014
58. sugarlandians November 15, 2013 March 22, 2014
59. diorex December 1, 2013 March 22, 2014
60. Nosirrah52 December 1, 2013 March 22, 2014
61. TeamML December 28, 2013 March 22, 2014
62. jackrock February 19, 2014 March 22, 2014
63. Fire2Water February 26, 2014 March 22, 2014
64. Jan and the Man March 18, 2014 May 3, 2014
65. Stonefaces March 30, 2014 May 3, 2014
66. cadrake May 28, 2014 July 26, 2014
67. Electric Water Boy May 28, 2014 July 26, 2014
68. Mermaid&HornyToad July 8, 2014 July 28, 2014
69. gonefishing2 July 19, 2014 August 13, 2014
70. cmecrochet August 16, 2014 August 29, 2014
71. TattooBarbie August 28, 2014 September 1, 2014
72. SKnight579 September 11, 2014 September 12, 2014

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Last Updated: on 11/18/2014 2:35:02 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (10:35 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum