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Conch Shell Horn Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 07/10/2001
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is located on Isla Morro Blanco in Los Testigos about 100' above sea level. It is not a difficult climb, but it is tricky getting down again. I have changed the overall difficulty rating to a 5. The fact that it remained undiscovered for so long shows that it is one of the most difficult caches to reach. Good luck!

There has been quite a bit of recent interest in the Geocache I placed more than 20 years ago. I haven't been back to see it since I placed it there in 2001 but I have no reason to believe that it no longer there. It is located on an uninhabited island so I would be surprised if it has been disturbed. If you go to find it, please take a picture before you move anything so I can see how it looks now.

On 10 July, 2001 the crew of the sailing vessel Chama placed a conch shell horn on Isla Morro Blanco in a small group of islands called Los Testigos. The conch shell came from Belize and was fashioned into a horn aboard Chama. In many Caribbean countries, the horns are sounded to let people know that there is fresh fish for sale.

Los Testigos (The Witnesses) are located in Venezuela about 50 miles ENE of Isla Margarita and have about 160 inhabitants who live by fishing. There is no airport there, so the only way to get there is by boat.

Isla Morro Blanco is inhabited by only frigate birds, goats, and some very nasty prickles. The shell and a white plastic jar (with paper and pencil) are located in sight beneath some rocks about halfway up the side of the island. It is easier climbing up than going back down, so care is required. Please sign the paper and let us know via email when it has been recovered.

Thanks, The Crew of the sailing vessel Chama Jeff, Esther, and Xander Courrier

svchama@hotmail.com

I took 3 readings on my Garmin GPS 95XL (all in the same spot)

#1 N 11 20.684' W 063 08.219'

#2 N 11 20.679' W 063 08.217'

#3 N 11 20.689' W 063 08.230'

For other Caribbean cache sites visit;

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gurer vf ab tbbq cynpr gb ynaq lbhe qvatul, fb lbh jvyy cebonoyl arrq gb yrnir fbzrbar va gur obng juvyr lbh znxr gur pyvzo. Lbh fubhyq or noyr gb trg hc naq qbja va 15 zvahgrf.

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)