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Schwalbenwand Multi-cache

Hidden : 08/08/2002
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is located at the Schwalbenwand, a mountain in the beautiful Zell am See region in Austria. To get here is quite a difficult climb, not to be done without any preparation. You start at the small village of Maria Alm, and hike for more than 8 km to the cache. The starting altitude is 800 m, and the cache is at about 2000 m. The hike to the cache and back is quite difficult, and takes easily more than 6 hours.

This is the first cache of the Tour de Austria team. We’re very excited about it and hope it’s not too difficult to find, as we are a group of recreational mountain hikers.

Please do not start this journey unprepared, you need a good pair of shoes, food, and at least one liter of water per person.

The coordinates above bring you to a parking lot just outside the beautiful village of Maria Alm. Next you have to go to the beginning of the trail, which is located at N47° 24.277 E12° 53.982. From there you follow the signs to Gasthaus (Gh.) Hinterreit (N47° 24.269 E12° 53.515). Gh. Hinterreit is the last place where you can eat or drink something. Remember, you now have traveled less than 10% of the total journey!

The total route is an official hiking route, which is marked by red and white paint on trees, stones and signs. From now on, follow the signs indicating “Schalbenwand 446”. You walk around Gh. Hinterreit and pass through a wooden gate, going through a meadow, towards the woods. In the woods, the only way is up as for most of the trail. At N47° 23.865 E12° 53.303, follow the sign “Hoferpl.” or “Schalbenwand”. The next waypoint is N47° 22.601 E12° 52.287, a small cabin, with a bench, where you can sit and eat some food you brought. From here it’s less then 1 hour to the Schwalbenwand. Once you reach the summit, there’s a small box with a logbook inside attached at the cross. On this box, you’ll find 8 digits, consisting of a year and an altitude. Please write down the digits from left to right below.

(1) = ...
(2) = ...
(3) = ...
(4) = ...
(5) = ...
(6) = ...
(7) = ...
(8) = ...

The final coordinates, where the cache is hidden, can be made by filling in the right number (digit) in the coordinates below:

N47° (3)(5).(7)(2)1
E12° 5(6).(8)(8)(2)

The cache is a white semi-transparent box with a blue cover. Happy hunting!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)