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Phooning with the Kelpies (Virtual Reward 2.0) Virtual Cache

Hidden : 06/13/2019
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This is a fun virtual cache at the Kelpies. There is no physical cache container to find. To qualify for the virtual cache, you must complete the task below


The Kelpies are the world’s largest equine sculptures, standing over 30 metres high within the Helix Park. The Kelpies’ are 2 horse head sculptures designed and created by the Scottish artist Andy Scott. The sculptures were modelled on 2 real-life Clydesdale horses Baron (head up Kelpie) and Duke (head down Kelpie). The Kelpies name is derived from the mythological water creatures that inhabit Scottish lochs, with the ability to transform spiritually and have the strength and endurance of over 100 horses. This represents the change of the Helix Park area, endurance of the canals and the strength of the local communities.

The impressive Kelpies are made of stainless steel and were manufactured and installed by a structural engineering company. The sculptures were erected in 2013 and consist of 928 individual stainless steel plates. The Kelpies were officially opened to the public on 21st April 2014 with a fire, light and sound show to celebrate.


The Helix Park consists of a network of multi-use paths as part of a 16 mile Helix Around Town Tour (HArTT) which spans from the Falkirk Wheel via Callendar Park to the Helix Park on foot paths, cycle ways, canal tow paths and parkland. The Helix is also joined to 2 National Cycle Routes in addition to the John Muir Way, which stretches 134 miles across Scotland between Dunbar (birth place of John Muir) and Helensburgh.


Phooning can be defined as an act of striking a pose where all limbs are bent at the joints and body is bent forward at the waist.

Instructions for phooning (taken from

- Stand sideways to the camera. (A phoon is always viewed from the side).

- Bend your arms at the elbows (Look like an athletic runner, not a ballerina!)

- Lift your rear elbow (not your hand) so that it is easy to see behind your back.

- Lean forward at the waist. This will help you look more energetic and help lift your rear ankle.

- Bend at the knee, the leg you are standing on.

- Where possible, do not look at the camera.

- Either arm can be the rear arm and either leg can be the rear leg.

- Now go and phoon with the Kelpies!


☆☆☆ Congratulations to WeeMuddySocks, bobbyleggo, FionaCH, Finlay and His Drudge and tdfthom1975 for First to Find ☆☆☆



This is a virtual cache. There is no physical cache container to find. To qualify for the virtual cache, you must complete the task to prove that you were at the location after publication of the cache.

Walk to the canal lock between Duke and Baron. Count the number of planks across the WIDTH of each walkway on the lock gate (A = Top gate planks. B = Bottom gate planks). E-mail or message these 2 answers for A and B to the CO. Do not post the answers in your log.

See hint and photo hint

Optional task: Upload a photo of your phoon with the Kelpies at the given coordinates

Please ensure that the task is completed.

Virtual Rewards 2.0 - 2019/2020

This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between June 4, 2019 and June 4, 2020. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards 2.0 on the Geocaching Blog.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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