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The 10th Mountain Division Multi-cache

Hidden : 06/10/2007
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Welcome to Seneca Rocks. Not only is this a premiere destination for climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts, but it was also used as the training ground for the 10th Mountain Division in preparation for their fighting in Europe during WWII. Many of the pitons up in the rocks were pounded in by the 10th (such as on Face of a Thousand Pitons) and some routes were ‘put up’ by the men of the 10th (the Pooh Wall area on the North Peak).

The 10th Mountain Division was first formed on July 15, 1943, as a light infantry division. It received extensive training in how to fight effectively in extremely harsh conditions. Originally called the 10th Light Division (Alpine), it was renamed to the 10th Mountain Division on Nov 6, 1944.

The unit saw its first actual combat in Italy near Cutigliano and Orsigna on January 1945. Preliminary defensive actions were followed a month later by a concerted attack on the Silla-Mount Belvedere sector, and the peak was cleared after several days of heavy fighting. In early March the division fought its way north of Canolle, taking several more peaks, and moving to within 15 miles of Bologna. Maintaining defensive positions for the next three weeks, the division jumped off again in April, captured Mongiorgio, April 20, and entered the Po Valley, seizing the strategic points Pradalbino and Bomporto. The 10th crossed the Po River on April 23, reaching Verona April 25, and ran into heavy opposition at Torbole and Nago. After an amphibious crossing of Lake Garda, it secured Gargnano and Porto di Tremosine, April 30, as German resistance in Italy ended. After the German surrender in Italy (May 2, 1945), the division went on security duty, receiving the surrender of various German units and screening the areas of occupation.

The division was deactivated on Nov 30, 1945. It would be reactivated and deactivated several more times in the coming decades before its final reactivation in 1985. It continues to serve to this day in numerous parts of the world, having gained the reputation as the most deployed division in the army.

The above coordinates will place you in front of and down below the Visitor/Discovery Center, and before a small stone with a plaque on it.

To solve for the coordinates of the final cache, consult the six digit number (in years) on the plaque. Take the middle two digits and replace the x’s in .0xx with them. Add this number to the decimal minutes in the north coordinate.

For the west coordinate, add all six digits up as individual numbers. Take this final number (two digits) and replace the x’s as above in .0xx. Subtract this from the decimal minutes in the west coordinates.

The final cache is a small magnetic keyholder and logsheet. BYOP.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vafgrnq bs univat n frng, pbafvqre gur pbeare nobhg jnvfg uvtu (hayrff lbh ner rkgen fubeg, gura gel purfg uvtu).

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)