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BFL Boot Camp V - Pirate's End

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Hidden : 09/01/2010
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

BFL Event - 2010

Posted coordinates are for the trail head; a Great Place to start.


Your adventure starts by hiking from the trail head toward the last known location of the Cacher Pirate, who is also searching for this cache.

Also, if you plan on finding "BFL Boot Camp V :: Tachyonic Antitelephone", take note of the 4 digit code found on the 1st page of the log book.

Your first goal is somewhere along the escarpment, on the Bruce 'WHITE' Trail; so watch for the entrance sign on the left. The goal's exact location can be determined either by solving the puzzle below; OR navigating to it, using the multimedia rich wherigo cartridge. (This cartridge can be downloaded from the Related Web Page link, located near the top of this geocaching page.)

For those solving the puzzle, to find this first position; please use the provided Geo-Checker, before heading out. This area can be dangerous; and the rocks slippery, if wet.

During the last stage of this night cache, the final camo'd container can be found by following reflectors along the Bruce Trail; and near the end of your journey hiking off-trail approximately 15m to the right.

This last part only requires a bright flashlight and good 'geo-sense'. So be prepared to hunt safely in the dark; and carry something to sign the log.

The reflective tacks start about 10m down the trail, from your first goal, and continue for only about 100m. So, if you pass UNDER a Bruce Trail Marker, before discovering the off-trail marker; you will have gone too far. Head back toward the last reflector you found and try hunting again.

At no time should you venture toward the escarpment edge.

Puzzle

To Find The Pirate's Last Known Location.

Using each highlighted item in the night caching safety note below, circle each of these words in the puzzle below. Then determine the 'alphabet position (a=1, b=2, ... z=26)' of ONLY the shared letters in the word COORDINATES. Combined these numbers in the manner shown below, to fix the bogus waypoint N43 02.581 W079 45.662.

Concatenate the first 3 letter's numeral position in the form of xx.xxx minutes and add it to the North Coordinate; then do the same with the last 3 letter's found and add it to the West. Ignore any other commonly shared letters. (For those not familar with concatenate, it means JOIN end to end.)

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

Geocaching is fun, and nightcaching is an exciting extension. But it can be dangerous, if you are not equipped properly to hunt in the dark. And teamwork, with trusted friends, will help keep you safe from predators of all kinds.

You will find good hikingshoes help you navigate obstacles, and gloves handy to reach into enclosed spaces, which may contain more than you are expecting. Also a lanyard to tether your GPS and flashlight to your body is a great idea.

To log a nightcache, you need to know the coordinates of the cache involved, and have a BRIGHT flashlight with you. The best type of flashlight to see a reflector is a headlamp, which helps align your eyes in the path of the retroreflected light.

Other safety gear to have along includes: a compass, firstaidkit, cellphone, and lots of batteries.

Before you head out on the trails to find any cache, always MOB your entry point. In the dark, hunting geocaches can easily get you disoriented in only a few meters of dense cover, in a quiet country setting.


Credits:

Many thanks go out to northernpenquin and past BFL Crew for excellent past nightcache inspirations; res2100 who suggested several great locations for this particular cache; rucache for helping with placement and initial beta testing; local KW CO, HomerJFong, for the puzzle concept inspiration and, of course, the cachedrone who patiently mentored me through publication details of my 1st nightcache. This has been a fun experience!!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur pnzb'q pbagnvare vf arne gur srrg bs gur hasbeghangr cvengr. Ur qvqa'g znxr vg. Qba'g yrg gur zbaxrl sbby lbh gbb!! Sbe gubfr jvgu JurevTb pncnovyvgl, gurer ner rira zber uvagf.

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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