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The North Dakota DeLorme Challenge Mystery Cache

This cache has been archived.

Christopher Pike: Archiving due to missing owner and unable to comply with current guidelines. Cache will be replaced with GC32NZD.

Hidden : 06/16/2008
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3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The posted coordinates are for the State Capitol in Bismarck. The cache is some distance away from these coordinates. In addition you will need to travel throughout the state to complete this cache. To claim a find fifty-six other caches must first be found.

The terrain rating and the attributes are for the final cache location. The final was hidden by Dakota Cachers!

A DeLorme Challenge cache is a cache requiring the seeker to find other caches across an area or a state. In this case the state of North Dakota.

In 2004, Haicoole created the first of these types of caches, the California DeLorme Challenge cache. Since then this type of cache has been duplicate all across the country.

The DeLorme Atlases have been published for all 50 states and are widely available. The map below is taken from the North Dakota DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer.

The final coordinates for this cache will not be given until the cacher has found a cache on each page of the Atlas.

Please see the “Additional Logging Requirements” below for more details.

Additional Logging Requirements

  1. All guidelines for finding a cache apply to all finds for this challenge. All caches claimed toward this challenge must be listed on You must have physically found each cache and signed the log therein. You may use caches found before the publication of this challenge to include archived caches as long as they meet all other requirements.

  2. All cache types, with the exception of events, CITO and locationless caches will count as finds for this DeLorme Challenge. Temporary event caches and "moving caches" will not count as finds.

  3. The posted coordinates for each cache will be used to determin in which state or on which page a particular cache is located. Only caches in North Dakota will be eligible. For the pages that include areas not located in North Dakota, only that portion that is within North Dakota will be considered. For multi and puzzle caches the posted coordinates will be used to determine the location of the cache no matter where the final point is.

  4. The location of the page boundaries will be determined based on 2005 Second Edition printing of the atlas. The image above shows the page divisions for that edition. **NOTE -- Page 53 does not appear on the image above but is required to complete the challenge.**

  5. Only those who have fulfilled ALL the additional logging requirements for this cache will be allowed to log it as a find. All other find logs will be deleted.

***As of 16/June/2008 there were no caches hidden on pages 38 or 54 of the atlas. Until a cache is hidden on these pages they will be exempt from the challenge. After the first cache has been hidden, all other claims must include a find on that cache or other subsequently hidden caches. The challenge will be modified when a cache is hidden on these pages***

As of 04/July/08 there are chaces on every page

Taking the Challenge?

The best way to take the challenge is to create a shared bookmark list of the caches that you will claim as eligible finds. Then post a note to this cache page to alert us that you've completed all the pages. Be sure to 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. For non premium members, or for anyone having difficulty with managing a bookmark list we will accept a simple list of the caches completed. Please include the GC# for each cache on such a list.

Your list will be check to insure that all the finds meet the above stated requirements. Please allow up to one week for this. All claims will be examined in the order received.

Once the finds have been verified you will be sent an e-mail with the coordinates for the final cache. The find cannot be logged until the physical container is found and the logbook inside is signed.

If you wish to take the challenge, please post a note on this page. Also please make your bookmarks for the challenge public and shared. That way other geocachers can see how you are doing. Make sure you include this cache page in your bookmark so that it will be seen here.

Good luck and Happy Caching!

Many thanks go out to Haicoole for the original idea for this cache and to the owners of other DeLorme Challenge caches, especially The Pennsylvania DeLorme Challenge version, from which we have borrowed very liberally.

Cachers who have accepted
The North Dakota DeLorme Challenge:

  1. 4weiands
  2. blue_heron74
  3. Buck Buck Chickin
  4. cnn&son
  5. Former Hawkeye
  6. honeybee77
  7. NoDakGEOdogs
  8. nurse_cowgirl4ever
  9. Phat Kurle
  10. remmec
  11. Totem Clan

Cachers who have completed
The North Dakota DeLorme Challenge:

  1. FTF: MinotRanger
  2. dakotagray
  3. lofmam
  4. donvil
  5. gnies

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