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barefootjeff: The cache was still there, but in light of growing safety concerns I've removed it and archived the listing. Firstly there was last December's rockfall that buried the original container and could've easily come down on top of a seeker, or me for that matter when I'd been doing my cache check just prior to the fall, and now evidence of fresh rockfalls on the approach to GZ from the south.

On top of that, last week's changes to the app that hide all but the first few words of the description, all but the first attribute and give no indication of the presence of parking or trackhead waypoints, along with instructions for traditionals to just navigate to GZ and only look at the details if you get stuck, made this cache untenable. At a glance, one could think that the best approach is from Fairscene Crescent or Ascot Avenue, with a "bit of a T3 scramble down to GZ", when in fact there's a 40 metre cliff in the way, with this reinforced by the app's driving directions which point to the corner of Ascot Avenue and Avoca Drive as the starting point.

Thanks to everyone who made the journey and posted their fantastic logs, and thanks too for the FPs - please feel free to take them back if you want to reward other great caches, and sorry to anyone who'd been thinking of doing this one but missed out.

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Neptune's Cathedral

A cache by barefootjeff Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/12/2016
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

An impressive sea cave in the cliffs between Winney Bay and Avoca.


This cache can be reached by walking north along the rock shelves at sea level from Winney Bay. The easiest access is from the park in Del Monte Place where a newly reconstructed concrete path and steps lead down to the bottom. Alternatively, you could start from the water tower on Cape Three Points Road and walk down the service road, but this is a longer climb down (and back up again).

It's best to attempt this at low tide. A high tide or big seas could make it treacherous in places. Be aware that wet rock can be very slippery so if possible go up and around any pools of water. No heroic climbing or leaps of faith are required to reach GZ from the south. The cache could also be approached around the headland from Avoca, but to enter the cave from that side there's a climb up across a precipitous drop, so it's not for the faint-hearted.

In December 2017 the cache's original container was buried under a rockfall and has been replaced in a new location just outside the cave.

GPS reception at GZ is poor so take the coordinates with a grain of salt. Walk towards the cave on the far left of the opening, to a point directly below the cliff-face where there's a climb up onto a higher ledge running back along the wall. At the end of that ledge is a large pile of rubble now burying the original cache but don't go up there. Instead, just before the climb up, look for an angled flat rock with an orange band along the top and down the right hand side.

The container is a 380ml Sistema covered by rock to both conceal it from muggles and prevent it from washing away in extreme conditions. Please make sure to put it back snugly and securely, with it standing vertically against the back rock and then covered.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va tnc qverpgyl orybj gbc bs benatr-rqtrq ebpx.

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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