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Chamaeleontidae - MTB Tolt Multi-cache

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Hidden : 03/04/2007
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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This multi has 6 waypoints and a final. It is intended for mountain bikers, but could be completed by foot as well. Please, if you are on foot, preserve the integrity of the trail system by not bushwhacking or cutting between trails. Also, don't plan on a quick trip - this one may take a while or multiple outings.

Congrats to dsvaughn and troublejv for co-FTF! I salute you!

http://bbtc.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tolt

A little background info...

The Tolt/McDonald Chameleon is truly one of the Pacific Northwest's miracles. This seldom seen, yet notorious bedazzler has recently been placed on the Carnation endangered species list. New land ownership threatens to eradicate this paradoxal species. I strongly urge all nature lovers to get out and see one of nature's remaining mysteries while you still can.

The TMC is a solitary creature, setting up bachelor pads on stumps some 15-30 feet off the main trails. The border chameleons - lesser abled creatures stationed far away from the queen cache - do little to conceal themselves. In fact, they enjoy giving so-called cachers feelings of false hope. Special-ops chameleons - those stationed closest to the queen - are very difficult to locate and have been rumored to blow snot rockets on unsuspecting cachers when their backs are turned. I've been hit multiple times over the past few years, and today was the first time I've actually been quick enough to catch the little bugger in the act. I hate to say it, but the TMC is now more endangered by one....

A special hint to capturing the TMC - squealing brakes seem to put the creatures into a momentary trance. On foot, the quest for the queen may prove frustrating and fruitless - major stealth and patience required. Only the mountain bike (or cross bike for hardcore riders) and a strong geosense will ensure success. If you do not have a mountain bike, buy a mountain bike or borrow one from a friend. If you do not want to buy a mountain bike or you have no friends (with bikes), you may not want to attempt this mission. You may end up with a cheek full of snot rockets rather than the cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[WP 1-6] Huu, ybbx ba fghzcf (znlor rira ba gur onpxfvqr bs fghzcf? GZP'f pna or nagv-fbpvny ng gvzrf)

[Queen] Huu...vg'f fbzrjurer va gurer?

[Watch for bears!?]

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)