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This cache has been archived.

zzephyr: I am truly sorry to do this, but after months of deliberation, I must finally accept that this series has to be archived. In the past, I was able to get out and maintain this series about once or twice a month, but recent changes in my life have all but eliminated any opportunities to geocache at all.

It's been an absolute joy to set up and maintain this series. It took two years to set all the caches up, and I was delighted to see the series get well over 2,000 hits over the 31 months that it was active. I tried to place all 26 parts in locations that I wouldn't mind going back to again and again, and I really wish that I could keep doing this for another ten years or more. But as things stand right now, too many of the caches are either falling into disrepair or are having their permission from the forest preserve districts expiring. Up to now, I've been able to keep up with these issues without a problem, but in the future that will be next to impossible.

Many congratulations to soundstoofishy, KeeganC, herbs2, dnfu, superior_o, riccar79, michigan_chris, NatalieD!, j3yoda, geckl69, behmSquad, sgauss, scottberks, sgibbs33, TrekkerDuo, evr180, soon2bff, cubdad7, maleki, and Geo-Credibles for solving the puzzle.

Special congratulations to badlands, Geomutt95, Corp of Discovery, and moodygrrl for solving it within the first week.

And grand prize congratulations to BAT and TeacherMike for their collaborative efforts at solving the series within 55 hours of it having gone active!

There are many others too many to list who have faithfully been chipping away at the series and have gotten close... If you were almost ready to solve it before I archived it, I am truly sorry. Please know that I appreciate all the work and fun you've put in getting as far as you have!

I'd also like to thank the dozens and dozens of kind-hearted souls who have given such wonderful accolades about this series over these last couple of years and who have nominated it for awards. This has been a part of my life that I'll truly miss.


Chicagoland Battleship Geocaching Challenge: A1

A cache by zzephyr Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 07/15/2009
2 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is part of a 25-stage multi-cache that covers a 2500 square mile area throughout Chicagoland and its surrounding countryside. The 5x5 grid of caches is based on the famed BATTLESHIP game, in which one must determine the position of three ships that have been virtually "hidden" in the grid (the carrier [5 units long], the battleship [4 units long], and the cruiser [3 units long]).

Each cache will have a card at the top of the container that will inform you if you have scored a HIT or a MISS. If you've scored a hit, one digit of the final cache's coordinates will be provided. To obtain the complete coordinates of the final, you must score all twelve hits!

The final stage is hidden somewhere in the Chicagoland area... so the possibilities are vast indeed. The first three intrepid souls who manage to locate this elusive final stage will win a special prize, not to mention some pretty awesome bragging rights.

If this is the first cache you've found in the entire series, you may take a game card so you can track your progress along the way. Please be sure not to take or disturb the main card that indicates whether the cache is a HIT or a MISS.

Good luck... and good hunting.

• This cache is located on McHenry County Conservation District land with permission.
• Do not place food or inappropriate, offensive or hazardous materials in this cache.
• Absolutely no cutting of brush or other vegetation is allowed.
• Visitors must remain on designated trails.
• It is the visitor's responsibility to orient themselves with the rules of Marengo Ridge Forest Preserve.
• This forest preserve is open sunrise to sunset.
• At certain times of the year, this site may close for a variety of reasons.

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