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The Temple of Doom

A cache by Ranger Fox Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/16/2014
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:


This cache will take you to the remains of a mining operation on Bald Mountain. Enjoy exploring the remains in this challenging terrain cache. The place was used to transport rocks from the hole southeast of the buildings down to a crusher and, finally, numerous train cars. The operation was looking for iron ore. Permission was granted by both the land manager and Alcoa, the company that operated the crusher.

The first stage will take you to the valley of the kings. Should you inspect the king's or queen's throne? The second stage will be an uphill battle for victory--or downhill if you bring rope. The choice is yours on this extremely technical terrain stage. The third stage is a venture to touch the heavens, but only the pious will discover the way to the treasure. The final stage will be the moment of decision. Do you have the willpower and skill to do what it takes to pull through?

The terrain rating is not for show. This area contains ground rocks on a steep slope just above a sheer drop-off. Your footing will not always be secure. If you wish for a terrain challenge and a story to tell, this is the cache you've been looking for. Those of you who are not adventuring, whip-wielding archaeologists might consider bringing something to help you with the steep terrain.

The log book container's hinges are made to come off the container if pulled. If you do so accidentally, don't panic as it slides easily back on. As this area is visited by non-cachers, please remember to hide all stages so they're not obvious.

As canyon effect is indeed evident here, clues have been provided. A thank you goes to my beta testers, their feedback, and their watching me place two of the technical stages. As always the FTF goes to the first to complete this challenging cache after its publication.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Stage 1]: Gur xvat naq dhrra'f guebarf
[Stage 2]: Gjb fcvxrf, bar gb thvqr naq bar gb uvqr; fnzr yriry
[Stage 3]: Jnyxvat gb urnira, gur cvbhf funyy abg snyy
[Stage 4]: ???

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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