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The 12 Cans of Christmas (12 CoC): Day 1 Mystery Cache

Hidden : 12/16/2018
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Geocache Description:

On the First Day of Christmas, mrGreen317 hid for me, an ammo box under an evergreen tree!

Welcome to the Twelve Cans of Christmas (12 CoC). Each cache is a simple puzzle that leads to the coordinates of a plastic ammo box (i.e. "Can") somewhere in SGL 108.

While the retailers are packing away the Christmas wares for 2018, the traditional Christmas season actually runs from December 25 through January 5, the "Twelve Days of Christmas". Here are some "regular"-sized geocaches hidden for the "Twelve Cans of Christmas" to grab this Christmas season or any other time of the year when geocaching is on the day's agenda.


Find this cache by using the simple puzzle, then plug the solved coordinates into the built-in coordinate checker on this page.

A = The number of partridges in a pear tree on Day 1

Then the caches is at:

N 40 39.[ A - A ] [ 7 - A ] [ 4 + A ]    W 078 30.[ A - A ] [ A - A ] [ 8 + A ]

Note the simple math inside each bracket is to be solved for a single digit that makes up the decimal part of the final coordinates.

This cache location is designed to provide a short hike "past the gate". The ground goes up hill a bit to GZ, but the SGL path is otherwise pretty easy to follow beyond the gate. Very close to the suggested parking is last year's Day 2 Gate cache (GC7GA0X).


This cache is located in state game lands, so PLEASE observe all state game land rules and wear orange during hunting seasons. During the primary hunting season, finding this cache is recommended on Sunday only.


Clues for the series final cache
  1. Each of the Twelve Cans should have an ornament affixed to the inside of the lid, attached by chain. Please be sure to leave this attached ornament with the container, as it is a clue needed to log the final cache.
  2. If interested in the series final cache, be sure to write down the ornament object on your personal notes or take a photo with your device, whatever is most convenient, to remember which ornament was found with each numbered Can of Christmas.
  3. Unlike last year, all the needed clues for the final at each of the series caches are already in place at the time of hiding and publishing.


A congratulations on FTF goes to rebeard . Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Merry Christmas from the Green-Hippo household!
(mrGreen317, Sage-Hippo, and littleEEE)


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Haqre na rireterra gb gur yrsg bs gur genvy; ybbx sbe n yvggyr tnc gb trg onpx oruvaq gur svefg ebj bs rireterraf naq gura frnepu sbe n tebhaq uvqr jvgu jbbq/fgvpxf trb-pbire; ng onfr bs bar bs rireterraf

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)