Campbell Valley Surprise

A cache by Pharmadude Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/29/2002
In British Columbia, Canada
1.5 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Located in Campbell Valley Regional Park in south Langley. Enter from 16th Ave about .7 km east of 200th St.

You can lose yourself without getting lost on Campbell Valley Regional Park’s miles of walking trails. The landscape here is so welcoming that you won’t feel isolated or alone. At every twist and turn along the pathway, a bird will call, a squirrel will chatter, and fellow walkers will offer a smile. Little Campbell River bubbles along its meandering course.

The round trip is approximately 2.4 miles over mostly level well maintained pathways. Along the way you will learn a little about the history, location and denizens of Campbell Valley Park.

If you are unfamiliar with this park, a 'surprise' definitely awaits you as you approach the cache. To keep it a surprise for other geocachers, I ask you not to reveal the special nature of the cache location when you post your comments. And please be sure to rehide the cache well, as it has been stolen once already.

Park your vehicle near the first set of coordinates, and let the quest begin.


What Year is associated with Albert Walworth?

   Divide the year by 2.

      This will give you the 3-digit number sequence ABC

Substitute the digits ABC in the coordinates below to find the next waypoint

   N 49° 01.7AC W 122° 39.BB7


How many meters are the headwaters above sea level?

Since the sign appears to be missing, the answer is 61

   Multiply this figure by 5

      This will give you the 3-digit number sequence DEF

Substitute the digits DEF in the coordinates below to find the next waypoint

    N 49° 01.DD8 W 122° 39.DEF


There are over how many species of birds found in this area?

    Multiply this figure by 9

      This will give you the 3-digit number sequence GHI

Substitute the digits GHI in the coordinates below to locate the cache

    N 49° 01.1G1 W 122° 38.GHI

(As you commence the final leg to the cache, you will backtrack a few yards at this point. But remember this spot, as it takes you to an optional alternate route back to your vehicle.)

The contents of this cache are mostly related to the theme of AUTOMOBILES. It would be appropriate (but not mandatory) to exchange items with something related to cars. The original contents are as follows:

Consumer Guide - 1983 Cars
Assorted toy cars
Tire pressure gauge
Keychain Lite
Turn signal flasher
Car air freshener
CD of Car Songs
Racing car stickers
Car key
Buick keyfob thingie
plus some, er...Pharmaceuticals


Dec 2003 - Original Tupperware container is mysteriously replaced with an ammo box thanks to an anonymous donor. Meanwhile, one of the waypoints goes missing, and an additional clue is posted on the page. Comments from original logbook are photographed and added to cache page.
Apr 2004 - Ammo box cache goes missing along with all the contents
May 12, 2004 - New cache is placed. Waypoint signpost has also been replaced, so supplemental clue is removed.
Oct 18, 2004 - SeekerBC has kindly sent us a link to a newspaper story about the "surprise". Send me an email if you would like to see the article.
Jun 14, 2008 - Container is now camo-painted 8"x8"x3" tupperware-type
Sep 11, 2012 - Added info for missing sign
Nov 6, 2012 - New container - sandwich-size Lock'n'Lock

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vg frrzf Nyoreg Jnyjbegu jnf nyjnlf n yvggyr 'oruvaq'.

Pnpur vf 'evtug' ng gur 'gbc'. Oruvaq n prqne, naq haqre fbzr ybbfr prqne obhtuf.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)