The cache IS at the posted coordinates!
Please read the description below for logging requirements.
This is a challenge of Altitude, not Attitude. I was playing with my DeLorme map one day and the idea hit me for a challenge that would involve a road trip to see California in its entire splendor. How better than by seeking caches in places that you may never had known existed otherwise?
Here is the challenge. You may need travel from sandy beaches to the mountain ranges to find what you seek… a cache in each of the 500 foot altitude designations from sea level up to 7500’. (There are a total of 15 caches that must be found to qualify) Now these caches do not need to be exclusively in California , there are a lot of beaches and mountains in the world to explore. But you can accomplish this challenge without having to leave the state. The challenge was inspired by the route from San Francisco to Reno along Interstate 80. This road goes from near sea level to just over 7000 feet in just a few short hours of driving. Are you ready for a scenic drive?
Rules & Guidelines of this challenge:
- You must visit the final cache at the posted coordinates and sign the log at anytime before claiming your completion of this challenge. If you visit this challenge cache in a group, only those who have completed the logging requirements may post their "Found It" log. All others will be deleted.
- You must find at least one cache hidden between each of the 15 altitude separations from Sea Level to Mountain Top (0-7500 feet) in 500 foot increments. Example: A cache must be found between the elevations of 0-500 feet above sea level, another between 501-1000 feet, 1001-1500 feet… all the way up to between 7000-7500 feet. The individual caches do not need to have a vertical distance of 500 feet between them, that would be ridiculous. So if you find one at 480 feet and another at 533 feet, they cover two of the elevations blocks because they are separated by that 500' elevation line.
- Only caches physically found by you on or after 8/15/08 may be counted towards this challenge. Just in time for the Bear Valley Campout 2008.
- You can utilize caches found anywhere in the world.
- 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 and physically found and logged. NO armchair finds can be used for this challenge.
- Any type of cache can be used for this challenge.
- Use only the "Posted" coordinates for Mystery and Multi caches. Use of puzzle solutions or subsequent stages of multi stages will not be permitted as it may give away the cache location.
To Log This Challenge:
- Once you have completed your journey and found/signed the log for the final, you can submit your “Found It” log. Just make sure to include the following information in your log. Starting at Sea Level list your caches. Specify the altitude of each cache. (To get the altitude of a cache see below for methods)
- Difficulty of this challenge is base upon the work that must be done to earn that "Found It" log. Terrain is based upon the final container hide.
How to get the altitude of a cache: (Easiest to hardest)
- GPSr method – Using your trusty GPSr unit, you should be able to select the cache that you are after. Most units will display the altitude of your little pointer arrow on the “Map” screen as it hovers over your intended target cache. Others will display the altitude of the cache, or waypoint, once selected. You can also note your altitude while at the cache through one of the other functions on your GPSr.
- Geocaching Map Method – From the individual cache page select the “Geocaching.com Google Map” link under the “For online maps…” section. This is located next to the thumbnail map at the bottom of the cache description. Selecting this link will open up the map in a new window. In the top right hand corner of the map is a button called “MyTopo”. Click on it to turn on the Topographical map. On that map you will see the elevation lines that will give you the approximate altitude of the cache. (This will usually get you to within +/- 100 feet in altitude)
- DeLorme Map Method – Similar to the Geocaching Map method with way fewer steps. The elevation lines are on the map. You just need to know where the cache is hidden on that map and make sure that you convert the elevation from Meters to Feet. (Conversion is listed at the bottom of each DeLorme page)
Other than that, have a great trip. And post pictures of your journey to share with everyone!!