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Wazat's 50th Hide

A cache by Wazat and Tinkerbell-GP Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 10/01/2009
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache celebrates my 50th hide. But as a twist I am hoping to see if it can outwit those trying to find it.

Welcome to my fiftieth hide. To make this fun it is hidden in nice little park in Durban with a little bit of a twist. This is going to be one that will have you puzzled for I am hoping at least 50 days.... or 50 weeks. I will not be giving any clues as to where it is other than what is on this page. The answer is here you just need to find it.

In March of 2007 I started Geocaching. I had previously sold GPSr units in a computer shop I worked at from 2004 to 2006. Around April of 2005 I received an email from our GPS suppliers. The email gave info on a fun past time for us to help sell the GPSr's. This was my first introduction to Geocaching. But as I myself didn't own a GPS I never really bothered to look into it. I left the computer shop and began working for another company which had me traveling a lot. It was during this time that I was wanting to get myself a GPSr. So after a lot of arm twisting I finally got that great little toy. I remembered the email I had received almost 2 years earlier and after a bit of a search I came across the PDF document that was attached to it, describing the whole geocaching concept.

Now my first GPSr was not exactly the ideal model for Geocaching but with great determination I set out to find my first geocache. After a lot of running round backwards and forwards (it was only effective if I was moving, some KZN cachers will fondly remember mocking me about this), I only ended up finding some very naughty magazines at ground zero (someone was obviously not reading them at home), I gave up, this been my first DNF. I then decided that I must try another one. Dragged the family along and soon found myself on top of a big rock. The family must have had a good chuckle seeing me sat up there. The cache name seemed appropriate to them. There I was with the Baboon Rock cache in my hands.

To me this was fun. I had found my first cache and was ready for more. And so began my caching adventures. It was a very slow start for me. Took me a few months to reach 20 finds. In this time I thought it would be great to hide one or two... but, in a matter of months one or two became a whole lot more. Some were just those roadside hides with not much significance others ended up on historical sites and had people running all over for clues. And one or two ended up way up on mountain tops.

My first cache hidden on April Fools day still stands nice and dry not far from my first find. Not in a lock 'n lock container but in my son's old lunch box. The weather has not bothered this one at all it would seem. I have had others that just love to collect water and had to archive them mainly due to bad placement. Finding caches is not the only difficult part. If you haven't hidden one well then you probably wouldn't realize what a job maintenance can be.

As my adventures in caching progressed I started looking at what to look for around cache sites, how to figure them out and find them hiding places. DNF's are not the most wonderful logs to write but you learn as you go. You see what different cachers do and learn the methods they use to hide caches.

These adventures in caching have taken me to some memorable places, through wonderful hikes to the top of the Drakensberg, along rain soaked forests in the KZN Midlands, along sandy beaches on the South African coast and through wetlands and game parks, to forgotten bushman paintings in Swaziland, and in amongst the skyscrapers of the cities.

Caching for me has become a wonderful past time. A fun game of hide and seek. A way of meeting new people and developing great friendships. A way of discovering the hidden wonders of our land.

This is now my 50th Hide it is not going to be easy but then again. I didn't plan on it been easy. You will be pulling your hair out in frustration to find the actual hiding spot but then again... this is part of the game. Will I give clues? Maybe maybe not. The answers are here... it is just up to you to find them. Have fun and happy hunting. I started off with a 1 star difficulty rating, my aim is to raise it 1/2 a star each week, till it reaches 5 stars. Now to see if I can do that. Have fun people...

7 Oct still no finders star rating up by another half star rating. Difficulty now at 1.5 *
14 Oct still no finders star rating up by another half star rating. Difficulty now at 2 *
21 Oct still no finders star rating up by another half star rating. Now at 2.5 *

FOUND - 24th October 2009 - Well done to Noddy and DRDM & Raider on the FTF

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

1: Cebhqyl Fbhgu Nsevpna.
2: Abg va gur ubyybj gerr, ybbx oruvaq lbh

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)