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The Leatherman's Repast Mystery Cache

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New York Admin: I regret to report that the cache owner has not responded to the prior note about this disabled cache. I am archiving it to keep it from continually showing up in search lists, and to prevent it from blocking other cache placements. If you wish to repair/replace the cache sometime in the near future just contact us (by email), and assuming it meets the current guidelines, your contact information is correct and you have a maintenance plan in place I'll be happy to unarchive it.

Hidden : 01/31/2010
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2 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

This moderately difficult mystery cache commemorates the travels of The Old Leatherman. The Leatherman roamed SW Connecticut and SE New York from 1858 to 1889 and traveled a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers. He dressed in a crudely stitched leather suit that weighed about sixty pounds, and he slept outside year-round, primarily in caves.

You begin by finding the coordinates above and one waypoint where trail signs, nailed to trees, direct you to one of the caves the Leatherman was known to have slept in on the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Please stay on the trails; you will not need to bushwack. The information on these signs at these waypoints will provide you with a series of numbers. After obtaining the information and making the calculations you will know the waypoint of the Final.

The Leatherman was so precise in his timing that people put out food for him and kept their schedules by his. The final sits in front of a house whose inhabitants, had they lived in the 19th century, would have been just such people. But please do not bother the inhabitants of the house—geocachers move to a different rhythm. And don’t worry about the barking dog.

Here are the details: the coordinates above will lead you to a tree with signs (which here have been digitally "scrubbed" clean) on both front:

Sign 1of3

And back:


At the waypoint (41° 14.490'N 073° 36.181W), which lies up the hill and just outside the Leatherman's cave, you will find another tree with signs on one side:


Using the actual symbols and texts on these 10 small signs, make a note of the total number of arrows, the total number of e's, and the total number of l's. Use the number of arrows for the hundreds place, the number of e's for 10's place, and the number of l's for the ones place. You will now have a three digit number. Add this number to the three digit numbers after the decimal point in each of the following coordinates to get the coordinates of the final:

41° 14.223'N

073° 32.166'W.

For example, if on these signs you find 5 arrows, 6 e's, and 6 l's, you would have the three digit number 566. Add this to 41° 14.223'N 073° 32.166'W and you get 41° 14.789'N 073° 32.732'W.

Very near the final you should see this:


Important Update: as of 12.16.2010 one of the 10 signs is now missing. Where you see three white square signs in one of the images above, you will only see two. The missing words: "Park" and "Westchester County." Add these e's to your total.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur svany vf bhgfvqr gur Jneq Cbhaq Evqtr Erfreingvba naq gb gur rnfg.

Gur pnpur vgfrys vf yrff guna 10' sebz gur ubefr'f urnq. Lbh qb abg arrq gb jnyx hc gur qevirjnl.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)