California DeLorme Challenge (Southern & Central) Mystery Cache
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The goal... to find a cache from each page in the Southern and Central California DeLorme book. One hundred and ten map pages that cover Santa Cruz to the Mexican Border in DeLorme's Southern and Central California Atlas and Gazetteer.
The DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer is published for all 50 states. These maps are a favorite among travelers and outdoors-men and are available at many locations, including online directly from DeLorme. The goal of this cache is simple (ha!): to find a cache on each and every page of the Southern and Central California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer. The final cache coordinates can be obtained by successfully finding a cache in each page of the Atlas.
In order to claim this cache, you must first send me a file containing the list of caches, one per DeLorme Book page, of all of your finds. (.GPX is highly preferred, although .LOC format is a close second). If you send your file in non-GPX format, then please filter out your non-California, locationless, event and CITO caches ahead of time for me.) I will review and verify the list. Once everything checks out, I will then send you the correct coordinates for the final cache! The find cannot be logged until the physical container is found and the logbook inside signed.
Based on feedback from and incidents seen with DeLorme Challenges in other states, some guidelines need to be laid out:
° As mentioned above, the posted coordinates are not the actual coordinates for the cache. The actual cache may actually be quite some distance from these coordinates!
° Generally accepted rules, guidelines and conditions for logging a cache find apply. These must be bona fide caches listed on Geocaching.com that you have personally (physically) found and logged.
° Placement of a cache on a DeLorme Atlas page does not count as finding a cache. Caches found and logged online prior to the publication of this cache do count towards pages found.
° All cache types count as finds or hides for the DeLorme Challenge with the exception of events (CITO included) and locationless caches.
° If a Southern and Central California DeLorme Atlas page includes space not located in California, only caches in the California portion count. We will go off of the posted coordinates for a cache when determining in which state or page a given cache falls.
° Exempt Pages:
- Page 54: Death Valley National Park and Fort Irwin on the south.
- Page 120: These Channel Islands are all either Military or National Park. Although there have been Earthcaches placed this cache was published, we will keep it exempt.
Note: Page 58 now has 3 active caches and is part of the requirements.
° While the various editions and versions of the DeLorme Atlas do not seem to gave changed much in terms of page boundaries, the image above derived from the information in the cache owner's copy will be considered definitive.
° 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.
° When in doubt ask—we can discuss it or even seek guidance from others, but the final decision rests with the cache owner.
° Remember that this is a game and is supposed to be fun!
Again, many thanks go out to Haicoole for the original idea for this cache and to the other cache owners who have taken the idea and run with it for their own states.
Please note: Do not believe the Yahoo map, this mountain range is not within the boundaries of the Mojave National Preserve.
(No hints available.)