Alerces in Flames (Spanish: Alerces en Llamas)
International Multi Cache
As this is an international cache, please write your log in English! You may add a translation in the local language if you want.
All notes just advertising someone from abroad is ready to trade hints will be deleted!
Thiscache is just one cache of a set of 24 caches named "IMC No. 4 …" (IMC = International Multi-Cache) dedicated to the theme Fire, one of the four basic elements of Earth. These caches are hidden in 12 countries around the world:
Australia [AU], Canada[CA], Chile [CL], CzekRepublic [CZ], Deutchland [DE], Spain[ES], Nederlands[NL], New Zealand [NZ], Portugal [PT], Singapore[SG], Thailand[TH] and South Africa [ZA]
In each country there is a "primary cache" and a "secondary cache".
The 12 primary caches are named "IMC No. 4 P-x - yyy" and the nn secondary caches "IMC No. 4 S-x - zzz" where x is the country code given above and yyy and zzz can be any additional name.
Theprimary caches are almost like traditional caches. The only difference is, that they contain beside the "normal" content (stash-note, logbook, pencil, give-aways) a "lists of hints" for the secondary caches.
Tobe able to search and find a secondary cache you need all hints from all 12 primary caches!
As the primary caches are scattered all over the world it will either require a lot of travelling or - and that is the intention of the IMC No. 4 - international cooperation:
Ifyou want to find this secondary cache, you should:
1. Find a primary IMC No. 4 cache.
2. Contact finders of other primary IMC No. 4 caches and exchange the hints.
3. Puzzle the hints together and …
4. … go and seek the secondary cache.
TheIMC No. 4 team wish you good luck!
Aboutthe place of this Primary Cache:
The alerce tree is a rare species found only in the Andes mountain range and can live for up to 3,500 years. It is often referred to as a “first cousin” of California's giant redwood trees. Because of its durability and impermeability, alerce wood is extremely valuable and can fetch as much as US$5,000 per cubic meter in illegal international markets.
Fitzroya is a genus in the cypress family Cupressaceae with a single species, Fitzroya cupressoides native to the Andes mountains of southern Chile and adjoining Argentina, where it is an important member of the Valdivian temperate rain forests. The scientific name of the genus honours Robert FitzRoy; common names include Lahuan (the Mapuche Native American name), Alerce (South American Spanish), and Patagonian Cypress. It is a very large evergreen tree, the largest tree species in South America, growing to 40-60 m tall and up to 5 m trunk diameter. The leaves are in decussate whorls of three, 3-6 mm long (to 8 mm long on seedlings) and 2 mm broad, marked with two white stomatal lines. The cones are globose, 6-8 mm diameter, opening flat to 12 mm across, with nine scales in three whorls of three. Only the central whorl of scales is fertile, bearing 2-3 seeds on each scale; the lower and upper whorls are small and sterile. The seeds are 2-3 mm long, flat, with a wing along each side. The seeds are mature 6-8 months after pollination.
In 1993 a specimen from Chile was dated as 3622 years old. This gives it the second-greatest fully verified age recorded for any living tree (the oldest being the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine). Much larger specimens existed in the past before the species was heavily logged in the 19th and 20th centuries; Charles Darwin reported finding a specimen 12.6 m in diameter, which, if accurately measured, would have made it the stoutest tree ever measured anywhere in the world. A team of researchers from the University of Tasmania found fossilized foliage of Fitzroya on the Lea River of northwest Tasmania. The 35 million year-old fossil has been given the species name Fitzroya tasmanensis. The finding demonstrates the ancient floristic affinities between Australasia and southern South America, which botanists identify as the Antarctic flora. In the colonial Chiloé the Fitzroya wood was very valued and roof shingles of Fitzroya were used as money and were called "Real de Alerce".
In order to populate the south of Chile, many forests of alerces were burned, causing its danger of extinction. The smoke of these fires could be seen even in Argentina
Initial Cache Content:
· Standard stash note
· IMC Stash note
· Several copies of the hintsheet
· Logbook Pen/pencil
· A MatchBox (yes, a match box... please leave it)
· TB (El Sibarita) (for the FTF)
· Some little gift
Don't forget: "Cache in, Trash out"