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VERMONT DeLorme Challenge Mystery Cache

Hidden : 01/05/2007
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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BilboB with DJ's help has placed this cache as:

The VERMONT DeLorme Challenge * *
Please note: THE COORDINATES POSTED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT THE COORDINATES FOR THE FINAL CACHE!! They are to my front porch. The cache IS NOT located here.
DJ and CAL are helping with cache maint until I get back from my tour overseas.

Are you ready for the ultimate Vermont caching challenge? The Vermont DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer has 36 map pages and yes there is a cache on page 43. You need to find 37 caches in Vermont. One cache on each page (page 37 is a split map and requires a find on both maps) to complete this challenge. Many states have a DeLorme challenge. It started in 2004 in California, and has evolved over the years. When in doubt about ANYTHING, please email me.

1. Find a cache within the boundaries of each page of the DeLorme Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer. CITO, meet and greats, and event caches do not count. It has to be a bonafide cache. If a page overlaps into another state, then the cache find must be within the state of Vermont.

2. Generally accepted rules, guidelines and conditions for logging a cache find apply. These must be bona fide caches listed on that you have personally (physically) found and logged. You may NOT include caches found prior to the creation of The Vermont DeLorme Challenge. Cache finds must be from the day this cache is posted onward (Jan. 5, 2007). Some other state challenges grandfather caches in, but they tend to be the larger states. 37 caches is not that hard is it?

3. At the time I wrote this there was at least 1 cache on every page. If for some reason, an available cache (due to seasonal or physical limitations, or perhaps you've done them all)does not exist on a map page in the DeLorme atlas of Vermont, or if you just feel up to it, then you can complete the page requirements by placing a cache within the lat/long coordinates for that particular page. Remember that caches must be maintained as well. If after getting credit for the overall find, your cache is archived (I haven't made up my mind how long your new cache must be acitve to suffice), your find will be deleted until that section is completed again.

4. After completing the challenge you will need to send me a list of the caches found or hidden so it can be verified that you have completed the Vermont DeLorme Challenge. I will need the DeLorme map page #, waypoint # (GC#), cache name, date found, and lat/long coords. (I am working on an automated verificaton program) I will then send you the coordinates to the final cache and log book. You can list everything as a note for all or an email will do. I will periodically set up something to see where everyone stands in the stats.

5. Feel free to bookmark this cache and the caches that you plan to attempt for your Vermont challenge for all to see.

6. If you find the cache by accident, your log will be deleted until you complete the challenge. If a group finds the final cache, only the cacher completing the challenge will be allowed to log a find. All other finds will be deleted. Notes are accepted.

7. At various times, the coordinates will move about the state so other cachers can stare at it as a DNF yet. This will get more interest in this challenge.

8. So what are you waiting for? Download those topos, gas up the truck, pack the cooler, brew LOTS of coffee and get out there! There are some serious bragging rights at stake people! The FTF prize is not much, but should be enjoyed by the lucky cacher. I am going to stock the cache with some TB's and coins, and see what starts to accrue after awhile.

Additional rule detail...
Q. Can I re-find a cache that I previously found.
A. No it must be a new find.

Q. If 2 cachers place a cache together as a joint hide, can they both claim it as a Hide to complete the map page?
A. Yes, but only if it is done as a cache with a reason other than placing one... example: nice trail, park, unique view, or monuments ect, are good .....
You get the idea..
Guard rail stop and grabs will not be counted as 2 cacher hides..

I will post boundry line coordinates for the purpose of qualification.
Top to bottom
45 01.000
44 40.667
44 21.333
44 02.000
43 42.667
43 23.333
43 03.983
42 44.000
Left to right
73 28.583
73 10.150
72 51.683
72 33.225
72 14.767
71 56.300
71 37.850
71 31.583
71 27.300

Here is a link to a web page with the caches sorted by map page.
(visit link)

Q. What counts when the cache page listed coordinates are NOT the cache coordinates and the cache is on one map and the listed coordinates are on another?
A. I am working on an automated verification program. The listed coordinates and listed state are the ones it will use to verify the Map, not the final. If a cache has a mistake and the coords are corrected to move it into another map page, then the coords listed, at the time of verification will be used. You could save yourself some hassle and do an extra cache on the map if you have one that is questionable.
The verification program that I am hoping to use will require a "My Finds" file, from the bottom of the Pocket Queries page.

DJ will help with adding more info to the page until I get back from my tour overseas.

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