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Tiger Mountain Blackout Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/25/2012
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
4.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Tiger Mountain Blackout


Welcome to the Tiger Mountain Blackout Challenge cache!

This cache is another of the now familiar blackout caches located around the Seattle area for which, in order to complete the challenge and find the cache, you must first find all the other active caches within a given area.

About Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain is one in a group of six foothill mountains within the Issaquah Alps. It is located about in the middle of the group and is the largest and tallest of the Alps. The west side is very popular and heavily used while the east, south and interior areas are much less visited.

Tiger Mountain State Forest Map
 Tiger Mountain State Forest Map

Overview

In order to complete this challenge you must, for at a least one single point in time, have found or owned all the indicated active caches in the given area as determined by the posted coordinates and other given criteria.

This blackout has two versions to it, the hikers version and the geopolitical version. The differences are explained below.

Tiger Mountain Blackout Hikers Version

This version is actually a subset of the geopolitical version both in physical area and the types of required caches. When I originally conceived this cache it was planned for hikers since all the other blackouts are focused on the city cacher. The hiker type of cacher often is primarily interested in the purest aspects of the original game; simply going to and finding a cache located at the posted coordinates. The other side of that coin is that this type of cacher often wants little to do with urban caches, therefore the area is defined by terrain, or puzzle caches, therefore the cache type excludes those. Also excluded are challenge caches which first require the of finding additional caches outside the physical boundary in order to find and log the cache that is inside the boundary. At the time of publishing a total of 96 caches fit these criteria. A full list is provided below for clarity.

Tiger Mountain Blackout Geopolitical Version

After some more consideration and discussion with fellow city-hiker hybrid cachers, I expanded the boundary to the geopolitical and related features. This will also allow a nice tie-in with some other related caches that I will be placing in the near future. This version includes all puzzle caches and challenges caches with one exception; the Ancient Caches of King County will not be included due to its extreme difficulty. At the time of publishing a total of 127 caches fit these criteria.

Finishers Lists

Both the hikers and geopolitical versions will have their separate list of finishers, though if you finish the geopolitical without first finding the hikers, your name will be added to the hikers list as well since by default the hikers version has been completed.

Note Regarding Difficult Hides And Puzzles

There are a number of very difficult caches and it’s not reasonable to expect everyone to be able to find and solve them all completely independently. Asking for help and hints or nudges is absolutely fine and even expected but do try to stick to the general intent of the game. For example, make a few attempts at the cache before asking for a location hint and spend a couple hours on the puzzle before asking for help. When you do ask for help try a hint or nudge rather than the full solution or location. There aren't any hint police, but let's all give it our best shot.

FTF

Regarding first to find (FTF): In my opinion, there is the possibility of two FTFs on this cache. If the first to sign the log completed the hikers version, then there will be two FTFs, one for the hikers version and another one later for the first to compete the geopolitical version. If the geopolitical version is completed first then by default the hikers version is also completed and therefore there would be only one FTF. If the same person first completes the hikers version and then later the geopolitical version, than there is only one FTF.

Boundaries Map
Interactive Google Map of the Blackout Area

Details

Tiger Mountain Blackout Hikers Version

This trail focused blackout area is generally defined by the area known to hikers as Tiger Mountain and is shown by the blue colored boundary line in the map above. The major defining factor is elevation above the surrounding flatlands which is then modified to coincide with natural or manmade features, specifically waterways, roads and private property

Boundary

The boundary includes (clockwise):
   North: The center of I90, the DOT Trailhead and the forest boundaries
   East: The forest boundaries and the center of the Raging River and State Route 18
   South: The center of State Route 18 and the forest boundaries
   West: The forest boundaries, Chirico Trailhead and the 200 feet elevation contour line

Maps and Files

These boundaries are also shown in the map above which is clickable to take you to an interactive Google terrain map. The map will help clarify the boundary but unfortunately will not identify any caches since it is not possible to have the boundary and current geocaches shown on the same Google map at the same time. The good news is that you can fairly easily determine the included caches using the map and files below with many software options.*

       View caches directly using Groundspeak’s map tool
       GSAK users can poly filter using these Hikers Version polygon coordinates
       MapSource and Basecamp can use this Hikers Version gpx file
       Google Earth users can use this Hikers Version kml file
       Google Earth users can also use a geocache overly: Getting Started with Google Earth

Caches

Questions will naturally come up for caches near the boundary or for other reasons so I’ve listed some of them below. Email me with questions you have about any others.

   Included:
       + All active traditional and multi-caches
           GC24K9Y DOT Trailhead
           GCHBYR On the Way #4: Tigers near I-90
       + All active mystery caches based on coordinates found in a traditional cache
           (similar to waypoints of a multicache):
           GC13FPD Tiger Mountain Trail - Midpoint
           GC13FPB Tiger Mountain Trail - Completion
       + Active challenge caches as noted below:
           GC2QZYP Tiger Mountain Blackout

   Not Included:
           GCJC9R Hikers Hat Trick # 1 - On the Way to Poo Poo Point
           GC2N926 Billy Rhynalds Maintenance Tech II Radio 1562
       - Puzzle caches
       - Challenge caches with prerequisite caches not completely within boundary
           or based on puzzle caches, or requiring work to solve for the coordinates
           GC231XZ Ancient Caches of King County - A Challenge Cache
           GC1A9AB Sam's Solar System: Bonus
           GCRRDJ A Mugsy Hike
       - Temporary caches: CITOs and Events
       - Disabled Caches

Tiger Mountain Blackout Geopolitical Version

This larger blackout area is generally the geopolitical boundary of Tiger Mountain which is then modified to coincide with natural or manmade features, specifically waterways and roads. It is shown by the red colored boundary line in the map above

The boundaries are (clockwise):
   North: The center of I90
   East: The center of State Route 18
   South: The center of State Route 18 and Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast
   West: The center of Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Front Street South and Front Street North

Maps and Files

These boundaries are also shown in the map above which is clickable to take you to an interactive Google terrain map. The map will help clarify the boundary but unfortunately will not identify any caches since it is not possible to have the boundary and current geocaches shown on the same Google map at the same time. The good news is that you can fairly easily determine the included caches using the map and files below with many software options.*

       View caches directly using Groundspeak’s map tool
       GSAK users can poly filter using these Geopolitical Version polygon coordinates
       MapSource and Basecamp can use this Geopolitical Version gpx file
       Google Earth users can use this Geopolitical Version kml file
       Google Earth users can also use a geocache overly: Getting Started with Google Earth

Caches

Questions will naturally come up for caches near the boundary or for other reasons so I’ve listed some of them below. Email me with questions you have about any others.

    Included:
       + All active permanent caches except as listed under Not Included
           GC2CKHP Issaquah Photo Mystery Tour
           GCP01P Over The Top III - Under/Over

    Not Included:
           GC231XZ Ancient Caches of King County - A Challenge Cache
           GC6YN2Z Mariners Legends #3: Edgar Martinez
           GCMN1V Symbolism
       - Temporary caches: CITOs and Events
       - Disabled Caches

Logging Requirements

Once you have found all the required caches then you are free to go find the final; no need to check with me first. However, at the time of posting of your found log you need to show that you completed the challenge by using one of the four methods below. Anyone failing to do so will be subject to having their found log deleted without notice.

Bookmark List Method
Create a bookmark list called "[your name]’s Cougar Mountain Blackout." Make the bookmark list public and include this cache on it so that it shows up in the bookmark lists shown on this cache page. Add to the list all the caches you have found within the boundaries

My Finds Pocket Query Method
Forward by email your complete My Finds Pocket Query as downloaded from the geocaching website. My email address is shaddow.geo at gmail.com

GSAK GPX Method
Forward by email a gpx file created by GSAK with a poly filter using either the hikers version or the geopolitical version coordinates provided in the related section. My email address is shaddow.geo at gmail.com

Log List Method
Post a log to the cache page listing the date you found each cache, the cache code and the cache name. Post one cache per line and start each line with a line number. Use a single space between each item. You can order the list in any way that you want but maintain the given structure as it is very important to make it much easier to import into a spreadsheet. Please post the list only once after completing the challenges. Do not post as you go as each log would generate an email that will spam and irritate myself and the watchers. The list should look very similar to this:

       001 5/4/11 GCXXX1 The First Cache In My List
       002 6/1/11 GCXXX5 The Second Cache In My List
       003 7/2/11 GCXXXB Another Cache Found By Me
       …
       203 8/17/12 GCXXXY The Second To Last Cache In My List
       204 8/22/12 GCXXXZ The Last Cache In My List

The Cache

This cache is located at the posted coordinates but to post a find log you must first complete the challenge as noted in the description. Any found logs that are posted that don’t meet the criteria will be deleted without notice.

The cache is a lock-n-lock not at ground level and covered with natural camouflaged. I’ve started it off with lots of swag and please feel free to take without worrying about trading, I will refill as needed.

Finishers

Finishers of the Tiger Mountain Blackout Geopolitical Version
Order Geocacher Name Geocaching Logo Total Found Completion Date
Co-FTF PhilNi PhilNi’s profile picture 137 2012 08/07
Co-FTF FrodoB FrodoB’s profile picture 150 2012 08/07
Co-FTF jim_carson jim_carson’s profile picture 135 2012 08/07
4 Muddy Teapot Muddy Teapot’s profile picture 136 2012 12/07
Co-5 CP grower CP grower’s profile picture 137 2013 05/04
Co-5 budda63 budda63’s profile picture 128 2013 05/04
7 CoolCowCachers CoolCowCachers’s profile picture 195 2014 10/11
8 tvern1 tvern1’s profile picture 204 2014 12/31
9 obarshay obarshay’s profile picture 181 2017 12/09
10 Wynn Wynn’s profile picture 184 2018 06/06
11 TheLimeCat TheLimeCat’s profile picture 176 2020 06/22
12 jjfeiler  jjfeiler’s profile picture 197 2021 08/04
13 danamber  danamber’s profile picture 190 2023 02/14
14 Ms Marvelous  Ms Marvelous’s profile picture 201 2023 02/14
15 pioneer woman  pioneer woman’s profile picture 172 2023 07/16


Finishers of the Tiger Mountain Blackout Hikers Version
Order Geocacher Name Geocaching Logo Total Found Completion Date
FTF LandRover LandRover’s profile picture 131 2012 07/26
Co-STF PhilNi PhilNi’s profile picture 137 2012 08/07
Co-STF FrodoB FrodoB’s profile picture 150 2012 08/07
Co-STF jim_carson jim_carson’s profile picture 135 2012 08/07
5 Muddy Teapot Muddy Teapot’s profile picture 102 2012 10/08
6 Telex Telex’s profile picture 106 2012 12/09
7 GrnXnham GrnXnham’s profile picture 102 2013 02/03
8 tvern1 tvern1’s profile picture 102 2013 05/02
Co-9 CP grower CP grower’s profile picture 137 2013 05/04
Co-9 budda63 budda63’s profile picture 128 2013 05/04
11 Boonie-Medic Boonie-Medic’s profile picture 103 2013 06/06
12 pcakes pcakes’s profile picture 107 2013 10/04
13 rakis2 rakis2’s profile picture 111 2014 07/11
14 Qaz&Kids Qaz&Kids’s profile picture 93 2014 09/27
15 CoolCowCachers CoolCowCachers’s profile picture 97 2014 10/04
16 JesandTodd JesandTodd’s profile picture 101 2014 11/08
17 Babberly Babberly’s profile picture 116 2015 02/08
18 boshea boshea’s profile picture 112 2016 04/02
19 spewey spewey’s profile picture 111 2016 07/02
20 gsbarnes gsbarnes’s profile picture 162 2017 12/29
21 _Wynn _Wynn’s profile picture 99 2018 01/18
22 TheLimeCat TheLimeCat’s profile picture 151 2020 02/23
23 Rock Chalk  Rock Chalk’s profile picture 84 2022 07/09


Footnotes

* The linked files are, of course, virus free. This statement was required by reviewer before the cache would be published.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Lrc, hc gurer

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)