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Verbranntes, altes Weib Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 07/29/2001
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Not too hard to get to this one (except maybe for winter). One can drive nearly right up to it.

[Note 31 July 2008: Thanks to everyone for the nice logs and photos of this cache. I hope this cache continues to be a fun find for many years to come. Cheers, blackfrancis]
This cache is in an ammo box and is located in what looks like an avalanche control area in a valley in the Tyrolean Alps. We had set out to find a one-night camping spot near a stream or waterfall and found this one to be quite suitable. Its not a real camping site, and we spotted several hunters, so perhaps we were just lucky that we were able to stay. They appear to be continuing to build avalanche barrier walls here, so this whole area may change dramatically. Hopefully the cache survives for some time. The name *Verbranntes, altes Weib* translates to *Burning Old Hag* in English. The name came from the little effigy of an old hag that we fashioned out of tree branches and a plastic bag (for the head -- it burned quite spectacularly!). We didn't know if the campfire was going to cause us any problems, so we kept it small. We had an Austrian/American barbeque by whittling down some sticks and then using them to roast a few wuerstl (little sausages) over the fire. They were quite tasty. We also picked up some fallen trees and began carving baseball bats from them. The wood seemed perfect for that and we occupied some time hitting rocks around in the valley. I was almost ashamed that after just a few minutes, my Austrian friends were better at hitting than I was. We also found the creek to be great for keeping the beers cold. Unfortunately, a stray rock that I had hit with the bat knocked out one of the beers. Maybe all cans would be better? The creek was nice and cold, still, since it is coming from ice-melt. It made for a refreshing bath. Finally, be careful if you're launching any small model gliders out here! One of my friends tossed his glider from a small hill and it got stuck about 5 meters up in a tree. It took us about a half hour to get it back down from there.

The cache initially contains:

  1. $1 (US) I wrote ** on the dollar bill so that whomever finds it can go to to enter the bill. I was not able to enter it according to the rules of wheresgeorge, so plesae, whomever finds it, log-in and begin tracking this dollar (thanks!).
  2. ATS20 note. This will be logged at
  3. 1 Radler (a beer/soda cocktail)
  4. 1 Austrian scratcher lottery ticket (good luck!)
  5. 1 notebook
  6. 2 pencils
One final word: I am indebted to my Austrian friends for taking me out on this, the beginning of a 4-day camping journey. They were helping me to begin to deal with and get over some difficult things, and I really appreciate their friendship. Thanks fellas!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur pnpur vf va n fgnaqneq byvir-terra nzzb obk naq vf ybpngrq ng nobhg 1185 zrgref va nygvghqr. Vg vf cynprq nobhg 1/4 gb 1/3 bs gur jnl hc na ninynapur jnyy znqr bs ynetr obhyqref. Lbh znl arrq gb pyvzo nebhaq n yvggyr ovg gb svaq juvpu ubyr vg jnf cynprq va.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)