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This cache has been archived.

Dik:: Yes, the container is gone.

Good luck to whoever carried it down the hill, you earned it.

With only 29 finds in 12 years it would appear this style of cache has gone out of fashion, so I will re-open the location to anyone who wants to try to revitalise "extreme caching"

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

A cache by Dik: Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/28/2006
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: large (large)

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Geocache Description:

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - A cautionary tale for Geocachers.

Ali Baba discovers the secret magic words that give him access to the cache of treasure hidden in a cave by the forty thieves. Ali Baba’s rich brother Cassim, on discovering that Ali Baba knows the location of the cache, and the secret words to unlock it, calls Ali Baba and asks him the location and secret magic words.

This is where it all starts to go wrong. Cassim goes in search of the treasure, but having found it realizes he has forgotten how to get out of the cave. He is discovered there by the thieves and killed.

Ali Baba recovers his dead brother’s body and gives it a proper burial, but now the thieves, finding that the body is gone, know there is another who knows the secret of the cache and go in search of Ali Baba.

You can read a précis of the story at: wikipedia

And the whole story at: www.pitt.edu

Or another version at: www.bartleby.com

All’s well that ends well, and the thieves all die, the boy gets the girl (or is that the girl gets the boy?) and they all live happily ever after and live off the proceeds of the cache forever.

BUT, Cassim’s fatal mistake was to ask another how to find the cache, and Ali Baba’s mistake was to share the location of the cache with he who had not found the true location for themselves. So don’t tell a soul where this cache is or how to get there.

In particular don’t divulge the final co-ordinates for fear that someone will try the “direct” approach and raise the terrain rating from 3.5 to 6.

You can find the location of the cache for yourself. You will need to know the secret magic words (and it is important to have the traditional anglicized version, not Arabic versions found in some translations), and you will need the magic minutes calculator I have provided for you.

Starting at the published co-ordinates, use the magic words to calculate each sucessive waypoint, to keep you on trail. (Note: you have all the route information here. There is nothing to find on the trail except the cache itself.)

Your quest for the cache will take you through the magnificent landscapes of a mystic valley, to the top of a windswept hill, plunge deep into a gorge, across a raging torrent and through manicured parklands. Trails range from well known and well made paths to those rarely trodden. This expedition is best experienced as a twilight hike. Aim to set out 2 to 3 hours before sunset and you are likely to encounter the wildlife that abounds at that time, from kangaroos, echidnas and koalas through lizards, insects and butterflies to foxes and snakes.

Finding the cache itself is two eesy. Under the rocks in a place where the sun never shines.

Make sure you are properly prepared. The hike is around 6½ Km with a 300m elevation change. The last section is safe to do in the dark, so make sure you have your torch with you. The terrain may become slippery when wet, and may be impassable immediately after very heavy rain.

The quest for the treasure cache should be suitable for mature, sensible and well supervised kids, who are, invariably, fitter than their parents.

This is a LARGE cache, and it’s full of treasure. There are fine fabrics, precious stones, exotic fragrances, jewelry, antiques and money. Lots of money.

SO MUCH STUFF IN HERE THERE IS NO NEED FOR SWAPS, JUST TAKE SOMETHING YOU LIKE.

Please re-hide the cache carefully. This area is rarely visited, but muggles do venture here from time to time.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Abj lbh unir qbar gur znguf purpx, vg’f gvzr gb fgneg gur wbhearl.

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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