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TAOG - IBM S/360

A cache by Czar7 Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 05/03/2010
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Tenth Anniversary Of Geocaching (TAOG) - IBM S360

THIS CACHE IS NOT AT THE POSTED COORDINATES.

The posted coordinates are for the center of the circle near the parking location. Please park at the following coordinates and take the nearby fire road as your trail
N 39° 26.104 W 076° 53.018

If you park anywhere else, you do so at your own risk and will have to cross private land to get to the cache.



NOTICE - PLEASE SEE THE NOTE POSTED ON JULY 26th - A COPPERHEAD SNAKE HAS BEEN SPOTTED IN THE AREA OF THIS CACHE - PLEASE USE ALL REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS WHEN ATTEMPTING TO RETRIEVE THIS CONTAINER!




No one should try this cache.

The puzzle is stupid hard, the container is a micro in the woods and is not visible, the hiding spot is difficult to get to in the winter and darn near impossible in the summer, and GPS bounce is off the charts in this area. There are thorns, snakes, tics, and a ton of underbrush to contend with. The container is matched to it's environment and will not be obvious. There is no hint and no help. The puzzle will take some luck and some skill to solve.

So...if you continue, you do so at your own risk (to body and sanity). Please don't flame me for the difficulty (5 - the hardest) or the puzzle or anything else. It IS possible to solve this puzzle and you might get lucky and stumble on the cache...but it will not be easy.

Please note that there is active deer hunting in this area from September (the 9th month) through January (the 1st month). Also note that you will be hiking (not too far - between .5 and .75 miles, one way) in an area that may not be well traveled. Please take all the necessary precautions before heading out after this cache.

Please don't try this as a novice and experienced cachers really should not do it either. I am not sure what sort of cacher should attempt this. Hmmm..

I am suggesting that you do not do this cache.

But if this has now become a challenge instead of a warning...here you go:

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Good luck!

FTF Honors To:
CORFMANIA...Great job on the solution and a very tough find...

Honorable Mention To:
AF_BMET - STF and being oh so close to FTF.
MMAMMEL - on being the first to confirm the solution.
Searcher28 for the first - completely - unassisted find!

Disclaimer on Final Coordinates: At GZ, the best reading I got had an accuracy of 37ft. I took readings at this site on 9 different days and not one of the 60+ readings was the same. The method I used to come up with the final coordinates was to throw out readings that had an accuracy of worse than 50ft. This left me with 25 sets of coordinates. 6 of the remaining sets of numbers were obviously bad (not sure why...but they were significantly different from the rest). I then averaged the remaining 19 sets. I used that set when I placed the cache. I will note here that when I went to place the cache, my GPSr had me off by some 25 feet. So beware.

"This might be a mean cache...but I am not a mean person!"




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