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Kentucky DeLorme Challenge

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Hidden : 1/1/2008
In Kentucky, United States
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3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

In 2004, Haicoole unveiled the California DeLorme Challenge cache. This challenge has since been repeated in many other states. This particular challenge is owned jointly by Team_DDNight and Jumpin' Jack Cache.

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Cachers who have completed
The Kentucky DeLorme Challenge:

Cacher Page Completion Date Cache Logged Date
solarwib Feb 6, 2008 Feb 10, 2008
kodiak_62 Feb 9, 2008 Feb 10, 2008
Turtle3863 Apr 12, 2009 Apr 13, 2009
netinator Jun 23, 2010 Aug 23, 2010
Lumberjack Tom Aug 30, 2010 Sep 1, 2010
Smee3 Aug 30, 2010 Sep 1, 2010
itzme Nov 28, 2010 Dec 23, 2010
Dragon Ryders Three Nov 28, 2010 Dec 23, 2010
good'nplenty March 19, 2011 March 19, 2011
dsms99 May 22, 2011 May 30, 2011
Li'l AL Aug 28, 2011 Sep 3, 2011
SherpaRon Aug 28, 2011 Sep 3, 2011
Phred312 Jun 28, 2011 Oct 15, 2011

What is the DeLorme Challenge?

The DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer is published for all 50 states. These maps are a favorite among travelers and outdoors enthusiasts, and are available at many locations, including online directly from DeLorme. The goal of this cache is simple: to find a cache on each and every page of the Kentucky State DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer. The image above shows the geographical extents of each of the pages of the Kentucky DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer. The final cache coordinates can be obtained by successfully finding a cache on each page of the Atlas.

In order to claim this cache, you must first let us know which caches you found to meet the requirements for each Atlas page. See details below. Here are some specific guidelines for this Challenge:

1. As mentioned above, the posted coordinates are not the actual coordinates for the cache. The physical cache may actually be quite some distance from these coordinates. The terrain rating and attributes apply to the final cache location, and more details will be provided when you become eligible to seek the final cache. We would like for any geocacher to be able to complete the Challenge.

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. In order to start with a "level playing field" for everyone, only finds on or after January 1, 2008 will be eligible. An exception may be made in rare cases if you have already found all of the caches in a particular grid an no new ones are likely to be hidden there within a reasonable time.

3. Since the Challenge is a lot of work, we wanted to reward finders with some good swag. Please "trade up, trade even or don't trade," so that every finder of the cache will have an opportunity to trade for a quality memento of their experience.

4. All cache types count as finds for the DeLorme Challenge with the exception of events (CITO included), locationless caches, temporary event caches and grandfathered "moving caches".

5. If you have found or are working on the Kentucky County Challenge, you may not use any of the same caches to qualify for the DeLorme Challenge. You must have at least one other reported find in a Map Grid in addition to the one you claimed to meet the requirements for the County Challenge. And, if you've completed the Kentucky County Challenge, you cannot use that cache to fulfill the requirement for the Grid where the random posted coordinates are located.

6. For Kentucky DeLorme Atlas pages that include space not located in Kentucky, only caches in the Kentucky portion count. We will go off of the posted coordinates for a cache (including multicaches and puzzles) when determining in which state or page a given cache falls.

7. Pages 32, 33, 73 and 88 each contain 2 map segments. A find in either segment on the page will fulfill the requirement for that page.

8. While the various editions and versions of the DeLorme Atlas do not seem to have changed much in terms of page boundaries, the image above derived from the information in the cache owner's copy (2005 Third Edition) will be considered definitive.

9. While you may have others with you when you find the final cache, only those who have fulfilled ALL criteria for this cache will be allowed to log it as a find. Find logs by other cachers will be deleted.

10. If a Kentucky DeLorme Challenge Creator chooses to complete the Challenge under their personal account, he or she must return to the cache location and sign the logbook after meeting the same eligibility rules that apply to everyone else.

11. When in doubt, ask — we can discuss it or even seek guidance from others, but the final decision rests with the cache owners.

12. Remember that this is a game and is supposed to be fun! Many thanks go out to Haicoole for the original idea for this cache and to the owners of other DeLorme Challenge caches, especially PA Reviewers' Pennsylvania version, from which we have borrowed liberally.

How can I play?

It's easy! The preferred method is to create a shared bookmark list of the caches claimed as eligible finds. Simply send an e-mail to Team_DDNight and/or Jumpin' Jack Cache via to alert us that you've completed all the pages. Include a link to your bookmark list. This is the best way to share cache information in a manner that's consistent with Groundspeak's terms of use for pocket queries. If you don't create a bookmark list, send us a file containing your claimed eligible finds. (.GPX or .LOC format is highly preferred, but NOT GPX files using the proprietary Groundspeak extensions to the GPX namespace.) This alternative is offered for geocachers who are not premium members, or for anyone having difficulty with managing a bookmark list. We will review your list of finds in order to verify compliance with the cache requirements. Please allow up to one week for the verification process. Finds will be verified in the order received. Once everything checks out, we will send you an e-mail with instructions, including the correct coordinates to take you to the final cache, and some background information about the cache location. The find cannot be logged until the physical container is found and the logbook inside is signed. To help you figure out which caches are on which map pages, we have the following files available.

Many thanks to Jumpin' Jack Cache for creating these files and to Team_DDNight for hosting them! For best results, please right click on the files and then click "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"!!

1. Google Earth KMZ
2. GPX
3. Garmin Mapsource GDB

The files have lines showing the borders of the Atlas pages. The GPX file contains the waypoints for the corners of each page and can be used to create grids in your preferred software if you wish. If you develop a similar file for a different mapping software format, send it to us and we will host that for everyone else's benefit as well. Tracking the Progress of Geocachers taking on the DeLorme Challenge: We encourage everyone to make their DeLorme Challenge bookmark lists "public" and "shared," so that everyone can see how other geocachers are coming along.

Tip: Include a bookmark to this cache page on your list, and then everyone's lists can be accessed from right here. We also ask that you think of the *best* cache that you found on each page of the Atlas for inclusion on your DeLorme Challenge bookmark list. That way, everyone will see how hard you worked to complete the challenge, and we will have a very nice compiled list of Kentucky's best caches. This is just a suggestion, not a requirement. If the only cache you found on an Atlas page is a micro at a highway rest stop, it's still eligible. Speaking of bookmark lists, if you are looking for excellent caches to complete a page for the DeLorme Challenge, check out "favorite caches" bookmark list owned by a geocacher in the area you are visiting. Those accepting the DeLorme Challenge are encouraged to post notes here on the cache page to let everyone know they are working on it, and to keep us informed of their progress.



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