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Chicagoland Battleship Geocaching Challenge: FINAL Mystery Cache

This cache has been archived.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.

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Hidden : 10/02/2009
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


The coordinates listed above are NOT the actual coordinates of this cache. In order to obtain the real coordinates, all you have to do is locate 12 to 25 other caches scattered all over the rest of the Chicagoland area. No problem, right?

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 of those caches 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 coordinates of this cache will be provided. To obtain the complete coordinates of the final, you must score all twelve hits!

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. Congratulations to whomever made it this far!

1. This geocache is placed on Will County Forest Preserve property with permission until March 31, 2012.

2. Preserve users are only permitted to search for caches during normal preserve hours (8:00 AM - 8:00 PM from April through October, and 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM from November through March).

3. All Forest Preserve rules apply. Call (815) 727-8700 for more information.

IMPORTANT: As of December 10, 2011, I've tweaked the digits that are given on three of the stages in this series. This was necessary because I had to relocate this cache to a spot that's a few dozen feet away. If you obtained the FINAL TWO digits of either the latitude or the longitude any time before 12/10/11, send me a message and I'll give you the updated digits.

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