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GRAIL OF THE ALLEGHENIES LEGEND

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Hidden : 10/28/2007
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   large (large)

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The Legend....

In the absence of enigmatic innuendos, dealing purely with the facts, this mountain in question is steeped in legends. This mountain, considered by some folks, is to be bewitched by various apparitions. These apparitions range from the “Lady in White”, a ghostly icon lamenting an early death, to the wailing of the “Lost Souls of Premonitions” on certain moonlit windswept nights. But then there are others who claim the ghostly icons are of a man watching over his treasure.

Legend has it, in the mid 1800’s as telegraph was being developed, a young Lineman was sent into the southeastern face of the mountain. He was to establish a communications pathway for the town folk to the outside world when something unexplainable happened. Isolated from civilization as he slowly ascended the mountain, the Lineman was encompassed in a squall of such immense power no equal has yet to be seen. The sky darkened as thunder and lightning replaced the picture perfect day. A few moments before the entire sky opened up, he heard a low murmuring sound that unquestioningly beckoned to him. It was a somewhat comforting melody that coaxed him onwards then disappeared.

As exhaustion set in, the hapless Lineman stumbled into a small shrine-like cave within the “Cliffs of the Devil” just as a bolt of lightning struck a large pole he was about to climb. The tempest raged outside the cave as both white-rain and hail pelted the cliffs. Earsplitting thunder bounced off the cave walls again and again so vocal the Lineman could barely hear himself think. Then, the murmuring sound was said to have returned, this time more pronounced, more definite, more audible. Rising to his feet, he spied a small pipe-like hole in the rockwall of the cave leading out to the north. Surprised, he placed his hardhat over the hole; the murmuring stopped along with the raging storm.

As the Lineman emerged from the cave, the sky cleared and the sun beamed down. The pole that he’d been about to climb was split from top to bottom leaving a burnt creosote smell lingering in the area. Had the mountain saved him? Was the murmuring melody whistling through the window on the north wall of the cave be a mere coincidence? Did the mountain recognize one of it’s own as the Lineman in question was born on the very top of the mountain? One can only guess. Shortly thereafter, the Lineman returned to the mountain to offer up a treasure containing a spiritual grail as a tribute of thanks. The Lineman was never heard from again and the cave was never found though numerous attempts were made.

Close to the cliffs, a shattered pole lay as testimony to the myth. Rumors abound even today that the cave still contains the treasure and spirited grail of considerable wealth. Many have attempted to seek the treasure but have been ravaged by the Lineman’s ghost and a rare 30” black bat of undetermined origin, which guards the treasure. An added mystic and wondering surround this area and one will find themselves believing the mountain is beckoning to them to take the next step, then another to find the treasure also known as the grail of the Alleghenies.

If you still seek to find the treasure and its spiritual grail, you must be forewarned that you are about to embark on an adventure, an adventure of epic proportions. The exact location of the cave is a mystery to all yet three clues are known.

Clue #1: The treasure lies in the cave at Latitude N40-31.632.

Clue #2: The treasure’s Longitude can be found by first locating the entrance to a watery cavern at the marked coordinates above and parking along sugar run road. From the entrance you will travel approximately 95 paces to discover a small container. The container is said to hold the Longitude.

Clue #3: Most attempts to find the treasure have begun at a location beginning with a Latitude of N40 and a Longitude of W078. The remainder of the coordinates are said to be located in the watery cavern as well but at 55 paces instead of 95 paces.

Though it is a short distance to the treasure chest, you must choose your approach wisely as your survival depends on it. Besides the Lineman’s ghost and the 30” bat, one must be able to outwit raging critters, cross rapid flowing waters, avoid abandoned cable lines, laugh in the face of poisonous ivy, wisely navigate the rugged terrain, and not disturb the white bees and baby rattlers within the chest. You must also be well prepared, as ropes may be needed. If you manage to reach the area of the treasure, you will first be overwhelmed by the “Cliffs of the Devil”. Here, within the cliffs, lays the cave containing the treasure and the widely sought spiritual grail.

So will you be the First-To-Find treasure and get the Grail of the Alleghenies? Just heed the warnings and remember...

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES!

Black bat soaring over the Cliffs of the Devil.

carels                    Achark                    GrayFinders2 / terrydeb

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[clue #2 and #3] Jung n penpx.

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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