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QUEEN VIC’S PILLAR RESURRECTED (WBMC 13) Traditional Cache

Hidden : 04/13/2014
Difficulty:
5 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A true 5:5 cache on top of a 20 ft tower. It needs some climbing ability to reach it. IT IS NOW A CONTAINER WITHIN A CONTAINER WHICH ALSO HOLDS AT LEAST ONE LUMP OF ROCK. ****PLEASE LEAVE A ROCK IN THE CONTAINER TO HELP PREVENT IT FROM BEING BLOWN AWAY****

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SEEK THIS SMALL CACHE! THERE IS A MUCH EASIER ONE, POSSIBLY WITH ‘GOODIES’ IN IT, NEARBY. IF YOU DO SEEK THE ONE ON THE TOP OF THE PILLAR, WHETHER OR NOT YOU FIND IT, YOU AGREE TO DO SO ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

This is one of a series of caches which I have placed on summits or interesting places in the mountains of England, Wales or Scotland during the regular visits that I and other members of West Bromwich Mountaineering Club make to the hills.

It is a replacement for QUEEN VIC'S PILLAR (WBMC 2) [https://coord.info/GC11DZJ] which I placed on 30/Apr/2007 but which I had to archive in December 2010. So check out GC11DZJ if you want to see some more pictures.

Queen Vic’s Pillar is a tall square stone tower, between 15 and 20 ft high, at the summit of Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd (The Mountain at the End of the Bog). The cache is at the very top of the tower, which was built by quarry workers to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. To get to the cache requires a near vertical climb. The rocks of the pillar are very solid and provide very good hand and footholds but, BE WARNED, some of the ones on the top are loose! Do not trust these and certainly do not remove or dislodge them. Although the climb is short and has lots of “jug” holds, it is still a climb, possibly moderate or difficult grade.

Only attempt it if you have a good head for heights, confidence in your climbing skills and good weather. I would not recommend it if you are alone on the summit. Children should be top-roped unless they are precocious ‘crag rats’. The SW side (the one seen in the listing photograph) is almost certainly the easiest but is usually the side most exposed to the weather. If you stick your head over the top from that direction you should see the blue cap of the cache sticking up from a hole between the rocks. (NB the rocks on the more sheltered NE side are covered in algae which are slippy and gelatinous when damp.)

Remember, getting to the top is only half the task. Signing the paper log leaning on your elbows will be tricky and down-climbing can be harder than going up.

If you are not confident in your ability to down-climb safely, please be content with the Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd (WBMC 1) normal cache which is only 200 metres away.

The cache is a small black-taped, blue-capped screw container which has the log sheet and small pencil in it. PLEASE TAKE CARE AND TRY NOT TO LOSE THE CAP OR THE STONES WHICH IT CONTAINS TO WEIGH IT DOWN!! Also please screw it on firmly to keep out water and replace the cache as found, wedged between 2 rocks. The previous version was a drinks bottle sticking up in the hole near the centre of the Pillar so if you find that please let me know!

West Brom Mountaineering Club is a friendly group with members (aged 6 months to 85 years) mainly drawn from a 25 mile radius of West Bromwich, although there are also members in Yorkshire, Canada & Australia! It runs monthly coach trips to the hills ( most often to the Lake District or Snowdonia) and also holds hostel & bothy weekends, European trips in summer and a winter week in Scotland which attracts almost a fifth of the 250 membership!! The club has it’s own hut with all mod cons in Nantgwynant and organises navigation skills and family weekends there several times each year. It meets every Thursday at “The Red Lion” in All Saints Road, West Bromwich from 9pm (-ish) onwards. See www.wbmc.org for details of meets / events / contacts or it's entry in Wikipedia under WBMC or its Facebook page.

A huge THANK YOU to Spunky Spider, Offbeam & Dylan Burgess for putting a new cache in place in October 2016 when the old one seems to have been taken (or blown away!) so enabling Citrus Lizard complete a milestone. And what a milestone! 100 5/5 caches is a tremendous achievement Also many thanks to West Brom Mountaineering Club member, Anthenia Dimitriou, who saved me having to make the climb yet again when a new box needed putting in place in June 2023.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

“Gur zbhagnvaf jvyy nyjnlf or gurer, gur gevpx vf gb fgnl nyvir fb lbh pna rawbl gurz.”

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)