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Julie's Cache

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Hidden : 5/15/2011
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Cache will take ten minutes from the camping area to find.
Please park sensibly in the campsite @ N56 42.315 W005.02.500
Follow the campsite road to N56 42.279 W005.02.471 and then follow the path to the cache location.


Cache is situated at Caolasnacon Caravan and Camping Park, Kinlochleven, near Glencoe.

Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park is nestled in an idyllic setting just outside Kinlochleven and a few miles from magnificent Glencoe, on the south shore of Loch Leven in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

The whole are area is steeped in history - probably most famous being the Dam at the Blackwater Reservoir
The Blackwater Reservoir is a reservoir created behind a dam in the mountains above Kinlochleven, At over 914 m long, the dam is the longest in the Highlands.

The hydroelectric scheme was constructed in the early 1900s for the British Aluminium Company (later: British Alcan) for the purpose of smelting aluminium and was designed by engineers Patrick Meik and Charles Meik. Chief assistant resident engineer was William Halcrow.

The dam, at 27 m high, was built at an elevation of over 305 m in rugged and almost inaccessible terrain, and involved the construction of some 6 km of concrete aqueduct and nearly 13 km of steel pipe in total (4 x parallel pipelines).

The dam was built using hand tools, without the benefit of mechanical earth moving machinery, and has been described as the last major creation of the traditional 'navvy' whose activities in the construction of canals and railways left an indelible mark on the British countryside.

The power house and aluminium smelting plant were situated in Kinlochleven, which is adjacent to the sea loch Loch Leven.

In recent years the smelting works has closed and has mostly been demolished albeit that a few buildings remain and have been given over to other uses, including a climbing wall which - unusually - has a refrigerated face so that people can practice ice climbing.

The power station now produces electricity for the aluminium smelter in Fort William, supplementing the supply from the Lochaber Hydro Scheme. Any surplus energy is sold to the national grid for public supply. Consequently the dam, penstocks and other works associated with it remain in use.

A number of workers lost their lives constructing the dam; their graves, which are marked by concrete markers, are close to the dam.

There is a cache at the Dam - "The Death of Power" GCJ3TZ

The caravan site at Caolasnacon was a former WWI POW camp for the prisoners working on the construction of the Kinlochleven road. And in the campsite near the shore you will see a small stone building,which I beleive was some sort of shelter fro them.

To get to the cache - Park at N56 42.315 W005.02.500
Follow the campsite road to N56 42.279 W005.02.471 and then follow the path to the cache location,



Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Nobir lbh, ng onfr bs ebpx snpr orybj n ebpx

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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