Old caches are real jewels that we should treasure. They are “golden”! I’m so appreciative of the original hiders, and of the owners who have maintained them over the years for our enjoyment. This challenge cache requires that you find and log a dozen caches that are first-placed state caches. If the original, first-placed cache has been archived, you can use the next-oldest cache that is still active. The oldest active cache in any of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia can be used for your dozen qualifying caches.
When you have found and logged your dozen, make the hike in to the challenge cache coordinates. It’s a long, but fun hike, essentially all on a good trail. It requires an effort of approximately 10 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 3,000 feet. Be certain to spend some time enjoying the remarkable scenery viewable from the cache location. Between your hiking and viewing periods, you’ll have plenty of time to think back on which caches of the 12 were really special ones for you! I’ll bet that all 12 had very memorable, special dimensions. Old caches seem to embrace such qualities!
The 5.0/4.0 Difficulty/Terrain rating for the cache pertains to the overall effort needed to log your chosen dozen. The rating for reaching and finding the final challenge container is 2.0/4.0. The cache container is a camoed, medium-sized pill vial. Be certain to bring a pen or pencil to sign the log sheet.
In your log, list the state, the cache name, the GC number, and your date of find for each of your Golden Dozen caches. If you’d like, indicate in your log which caches of your 12 have been especially memorable to you, and why. Have fun finding your dozen, and have fun on your hike to find the challenge cache!
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