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Greater Austin Oldest Virtual Cache Challenge

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Hidden : 10/20/2013
2.5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Welcome to the Greater Austin Oldest Geocache Challenge Series. The purpose of this series is to expose geocachers to many of the oldest caches in the greater Austin area, and to honor the people who have maintained these caches, whether they were the original hiders, or are others who have adopted them over the years.

For purposes of this series, the greater Austin area is defined as being within 40 miles of the Texas State Capitol (N 30° 16.479 W 097° 43.118). This distance was selected because the oldest cache in Central Texas, CenTex Prime, hidden 12/17/2000, falls within this radius. I decided to hide this series because I have found that the oldest caches tend to be among the most interesting and often offer nice hikes to scenic locations. They also tend to have larger than micro containers and contain large log books with comments by many cachers who have found these caches over the years.

The series is made up of five caches. The first four caches in this series are Challenge Caches dedicated to the most common cache types: Traditional, Virtual, Mystery, and Multi-Cache. To be able to log one of these four caches, you must have found approximately half of the existing caches of that type hidden before a particular year that are still active at the time of your find.

The fifth cache in this series is a Bonus Cache that requires that you find, although not necessarily qualify for, the other four caches in the series. You will need to gather some information that is contained in each of the four Challenge Cache containers to solve a simple puzzle to find the bonus cache.

  • All previous finds count.
  • To count a previous find of one of the older caches, you must have physically visited the site, found the cache, signed the log (except for virtuals), and logged your find on
  • For this cache, you may sign the log before having qualified for the find and log it as a note, but you cannot claim the cache as a find until you have met this cache's requirements.
  • Any caches that you own cannot be used by you for this challenge.
  • You can document your qualifications for this cache in any way that shows that you have met the requirements of the cache. Options include: 1) Create a Bookmark List, 2) include a list of qualifying finds in your log, or 3) capture a screen shot of a ) a Pocket Query or b) a GSAK sort that shows your finds, and post it as a picture with your log.
  • Your qualifying information should include the cache name, GC code, and date you found each cache.

A “Virtual Cache” is about discovering a location rather than a container. The requirements for logging a Virtual Cache vary—you may be required to answer a question about the location, make an observation, complete a task, etc. In any case, you must visit the coordinates before you can post your log.

Virtual caches were discontinued many years ago, but existing virtuals were grandfathered and remain active unless archived for one reason or another. And although they were discontinued a while back, they were around long enough to highlight many of the most interesting locations in the Austin area. In many cases, virtual caches were located in places that other hides would not have been possible. So hopefully this cache will cause you to go discover some great spots around Austin that you may not have seen, and reintroduce you to the often overlooked category of virtual caches.

To claim this cache, you need to find or to have found 25 of 56 active Virtual Caches that were hidden in the greater Austin area before December 31, 2003.

Here is a list of the active caches that meet this criteria:

  1. Virtual Cache Mania I - Texas History | by Pumpkin Princess | GC142A | 08/02/2001
  2. Virtual Cache Mania II - Texas Heritage | by Pumpkin Princess | GC142B | 08/02/2001
  3. Virtual Cache Mania III - Texas Academe | by Pumpkin Princess | GC142C | 08/02/2001
  4. Virtual Cache Mania IV - Texas Tourism | by Pumpkin Princess | GC1436 | 08/02/2001
  5. Wild In The Basin, Gone Virtual | by Sandra & RoyD | GC24A4 | 10/26/2001
  6. Wild In The Basin, Virtual Cache Two | by Sandra & RoyD | GC29C4 | 11/24/2001
  7. Wild In The Basin, Virtual Cache Three | by Sandra & RoyD | GC29C5 | 11/24/2001
  8. Texas Virtual Movie Cache #2 | by Dan, Kim and Ryan | GC2B6C | 12/05/2001
  9. Austin History Virtual Cache | by Dan, Kim and Ryan | GC2C00 | 12/09/2001
  10. Not Just A Hole In The Ground | by Austin Explorer | GC3DCO | 02/25/2002
  11. Figures of Texas History #1 | by cluelessandclark | GC3E1C | 02/27/2002
  12. Figures of Texas History #2 | by cluelessandclark | GC3E1D | 02/27/2002
  13. Figures of Texas History #3 | by cluelessandclark | GC3E1E | 02/27/2002
  14. Science Lesson Virtual Cache | by Dan, Kim and Ryan | GC4001 | 03/06/2002
  15. The Rock | by threelanes | GC43C2 | 03/19/2002
  16. Cache a Fallen Star | by cluelessandclark | GC4418 | 03/21/2002
  17. The House Is Rockin' Cache | by Dan, Kim and Ryan | GC4444 | 03/22/2002
  18. Auditorium Shores Star Cache | by Dan, Kim and Ryan | GC4445 | 03/22/2002
  19. Lonely Grave, Spooky Site | by IronJungle | GC4555 | 03/24/2002
  20. The Man Who Wouldn't Die | by unclerojelio |GC4677 | 03/28/2002
  21. Austin Historical Marker #1 Cache | by Dan, Kim and Ryan | GC4730 | 03/30/2002
  22. Reunion Camp | by threelanes | GC499C | 04/05/2002
  23. Sverge in Texas | by Austin Explorer | GC49DF | 04/06/2002
  24. Spinning in the wind | by GoHrnz & TxHiPowr | GC4DF2 | 04/16/2002
  25. I Don't Want a Pickle | by ironjungle | GC4FC5 | 04/21/2002
  26. Deutsch in Texas | by Austin Explorer | GC5469 | 05/04/2002
  27. The Archive War | by unclerojelio | GC588B | 05/16/2002
  28. Texas Legends | by Raymar99 | GC5BC9 | 05/24/2002
  29. Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 | by FireCacher | GC6A09 | 06/29/2002
  30. The River City Flyer | by Dan, Kim and Ryan | GC6E53 | 07/07/2002
  31. Run Of The Mill | by Austin Explorer and Coppertone | GC759D | 07/25/2002
  32. Wile E. Coyote | by PI Joe | GC7ED6 | 08/13/2002
  33. Cemetery ? Virtual | by Outofbounds | GC7F71 | 08/14/2002
  34. The Tree That Wouldn't Die | by unclerojelio | GC8A81 | 09/06/2002
  35. End of Watch | by SPQPMP | GC8AED | 09/07/2002
  36. Round Rock Robber’s Grave | by Moosiegirl | GC91B5 | 09/22/2002
  37. Swept Away? | by Cajunlimeys | GC91F0 | 09/22/2002
  38. Spicewood Gem | by Coppertone & Austin Explorer | GC92C7 | 09/23/2002
  39. Head Over Here | by Team GeoDillo | GC9897 | 10/06/2002
  40. The Round Rock | by Austin Explorer and Coppertone | GCA219 | 10/28/2002
  41. Tribute to Texas School Children | by Web-ling | GCA4F6 | 11/05/2002
  42. Blunn Creek Preserve | by outofbounds | GCA808 | 11/13/2002
  43. World War II - Praha | by outofbounds | GCA80E | 11/13/2002
  44. World War II - Austin | by outofbounds | GCA810 | 11/13/2002
  45. Austin History - Extant Frame Structure | by Outofbounds | GCABB1 | 11/22/2002
  46. HOMEMADE TREASURES | by Bonnie B | GCB231 | 12/07/2002
  47. Leanderthal Lady | by Blizzard | GCC8BB | 01/22/2003
  48. ABOUT AUSTIN | by Bonnie B | GCCFCD | 02/04/2003
  49. A VIP In A Small Town | by 4genatxn | GCD9AF | 02/23/2003
  50. Cottonwood Creek Critter | by 4genatxn | GCD9B6 | 02/23/2003
  51. In Remembrance of Ralph, the Swimming Pig | by Cybercat | GCF57D | 04/09/2003
  52. Vigilante Justice | by Big Mo | GCFF19 | 04/21/2003
  53. You don't know JACK ('s house) | by doubleagents | GCG9JY | 06/15/2003
  54. High Post | by UT Class 1 | GCGCHK | 06/28/2003
  55. Walk With Warblers | by Austin Explorer | GCGG3N | 07/20/2003
  56. That's for the Birds! | by UGoGirl | GCGJZ9 | 08/03/2003

Like many Challenge Caches, the difficulty and terrain ratings for this cache do not reflect the difficulty of finding this cache itself, but rather the time and effort that you would have to invest to qualify to claim the find. The hides for this series are not your usual Challenge Cache basic hides. I tried to make them interesting, but not too difficult.

Be sure to record the two sets of information in the form "letter = number" attached to the cache log. You will need this to determine coordinates for the Bonus Cache that is part of this series.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ehfg ba ehfg

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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Found it 59     Didn't find it 8     Write note 26     Temporarily Disable Listing 3     Enable Listing 3     Publish Listing 1     Owner Maintenance 3     Update Coordinates 3     

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