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Grampians Secrets 1: The Hall of Harmony Traditional Cache

Hidden : 09/07/2008
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Grampians Secrets series


The challenge is set. A series of 5 caches has been hidden by the HGCore group within these mountains. Each shows a unique location unmarked on any maps you can buy today (or for the past 10 years). The caches are relatively easy to find once at the coordinates - the challenge is getting there. There is only 1 cache on (or near) a marked track - the rest are more difficult to get to.

Spectacular peaks, caves, rocky outcrops, difficult climbs and off trail hiking all await the adventurous geocacher, along with a couple of travel bugs (for the first to find) and a surprise in one of the caches (again, for the first to find only!).

The HGCore group has been exploring these mountains since 1999, back when legends of hidden trails, secret peaks and nearly unchartered territories were fresh. Over the years many of these have been abandoned and overgrown due to bushfires, safety concerns, and lack of maintenance by the authorities. These locations may thus have been lost forever.

These are the Grampians Secrets locations.

Each cache container is a 1 litre Sistema box and the cache contains a short paragraph on how the HGCore group stumbled upon the place, along with references to old markers and trails in the vicinity, and other items of interest.

Consider these a challenge. Some of the caches in these locations have been placed after years of exploring the area. Certainly a must see for anyone serious about their Grampians experience. Be warned, however, that many of these locations involve exposed edges, cliff faces, and uneven rocks. All of these caches require some extent of off-trail scampering and some even require a little rock climbing. These are not suitable locations for children. In all cases ensure you have plenty of daylight, food and water before embarking on your journey.

Should you make it to these caches, please sign the log, and leave comments here. We are always interested to know when someone has been able to find our hides.


The Hall Of Harmony


This is the first and easiest cache hidden in this series of 5. There are another 4, more challenging ones spotted throughout the Grampians. This cache was originally supposed to be placed at The Nerve Tester, near The Pinnacle, however, there is a cache there already ("Where Eagles Dare"). We decided to put it instead at The Wall Of China, which is less well-known.

Use Rosea Track (see first waypoint) to get The Bundaleer walking trail (see second waypoint). It's a 4WD track, but also suitable for 2WD when dry. Follow the trail up to the coordinates. The cache is close to the path, although not visible from it. Your GPS won't be very accurate near ground zero, but if you've done any of the other caches in this series you should have a pretty good idea of what to do once you're close.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Pyvzo vagb pnir. Ryringvba 744z.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)