At this FBZ, you have been provided the 2nd in a series of codewords needed to unlock the final mission location for Operation Silverback. Use SGTF’s cipher to decode secret writings discovered during this and other FBZ adventures. In all, there are a total of seven (7) caches encompassing this series. Six FBZs contain “intelligence” report(s) and a corresponding secret codeword. Enter these six (6) codewords collectively in the codewords panel at Forbidden Zone Geocaches to unlock the coordinates to the seventh and final TOP SECRET FBZ location. Keep in mind that codewords can be gathered in any order so you DO NOT need to visit FBZs sequentially!
To commemorate Halloween 2008, the Simian Guerrilla Task Force (SGTF) has released a Forbidden Zone (FBZ) Top Secret Geocache (TSG) in the mountain backcountry of San Diego. SGTF has declared a Forbidden Zone (FBZ) among the ruins of an abandoned mine along the old Wilcox toll road near the historic gold rush town of Julian, CA.
In addition to its relative proximity to local primate phenomena, SGTF believes this FBZ holds clues to a mystery which has haunted the Julian area since the late 1970's.*
As the tale goes, a young teenager by the name of Clarke Duncan disappeared on Halloween night in 1976. He was last seen wearing a Planet of the Apes costume as he participated in trick or treating with a group of friends in the Julian neighborhood of Whispering Pines.
Authorities say they believe Duncan, on a dare from one of his buddies, ventured deep into an abandoned mine shaft and became lost in the maze of tunnels inside the mountain. A search team was dispatched but was unsuccessful and eventually called off all recovery efforts due to dangerous conditions in the tunnels.
To this day rumors persist that the team uncovered a critical piece of evidence during their investigation that was never released to the public. The official position of authorities was that Duncan's disappearance was a tragic accident and that he was "in no way" a victim of foul play. But locals have always thought differently and many believe investigators instituted a cover-up to protect local citizens from the truth.
SGTF has managed to obtain this critical piece of evidence through our underground network and included it as part of the FBZ A.P.E. 52 Top Secret Geocache (TSG). You will soon learn our search for truth and evidence related to paranormal activity has a strong correlation to the Julian mystery.
At this FBZ, you have been provided a map with ciphered instructions directing you to a nearby location where you can obtain the second (2nd) in a series of codewords needed to unlock the final mission location for Operation Silverback. FBZ A.P.E. 52 contains an ammo can with Special Reconnaisance (SR) related to SGTF's Operation Silverback in the form of Planet of the Apes Memorabilia (POTAM) and scouted intelligence reports. As a clandestine special tactics unit, SGTF has been known to leave POTAM tracking bugs in their FBZs with operative mission instructions related to active Project A.P.E. caches.
FBZs are reserved for POTAM related to SGTF's Silverback operations. Visitors are encouraged to register their visit and leave ONLY items containing relevance to The Planet of the Apes or items that are traditional hitchhikers (e.g. geocoins, travel bugs, etc.). Only place and/or remove TRACKABLE items from this cache (read NO unrelated SWAG); Any POTAM found in this cache designated as NOT TRACKABLE is pertinent to operations for this FBZ and should REMAIN ASSIGNED TO THE CACHE. POTAM labeled PROVISIONAL FTF is considered remittance as reward for the FTF (First to Find) and can be removed freely without restriction or stipulation.
Consider exploring other points of interest in this area including the tasting of one of Julian's famous apple pies! Click here to read more about this quaint little community!