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04 Water Multi-cache

Hidden : 05/21/2004
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Geocache Description:

Attention: the location of the final cache has been changed. From stage 8 onwards the calculations have been changed.


This is a one-way cache, you won't get back to where you started from. On the other hand, it will bring you to watery places; but no worries, you don't need to get your feet wet... yet.
stage 0: where are you?
Let me think. How could you get to stage 1? Ah, simple, go to the co-ordinates given above :)
stage 1: N47°04.370' E015°26.700'
Wet feet already? As soon as you see, that you don't see: count, beginning at the right end. Odd, isn't it? a
  • A = a - 1
  • B = a * 100
  • C = a * 134

stage 2: N47°A.B' E015°26.C'
I wouldn't want to hold on to all these fishes, would you? b
  • D = (a + b) * 37 - 2
  • E = (a + b) * 2
  • F = a * 39 + b * 2

stage 3: N47°A.D' E015°E.F'
Going doooooowwwwwwwwnnnnn..... Now, don't look at me, I have no clue when they started it. c, d
  • G = (d - c + 40) / 4
  • H = d / 37 * b / 2 + b

stage 4: N47°A.G' E015°E.H'
Birds and snakes. Each. e
  • I = d - c * (a + b) - 2 * e
  • J = 3 * c + (a + b) * 2

stage 5: N47°A.I' E015°E.J'
There be dragons. Scarce they are. f
  • K = (d - c) / a - c / f + b + e + f
  • L = c * (b - a) - f

stage 6: N47°A.K' E015°E.L'
Rivers? Here? Well, yes, they've been here for some years now. They apparently showed up somewhere in the late 19C. g
  • M = g / (e + f) - c - (b + 1) * 3
  • N = g / 6 + c / f - a

stage 7: N47°A.M' E015°E.N'
It could be a bit tricky to get proper GPS signals around here, but rest (or don't, rather) assured, it is possible. Pretty, spikey thing here, isn't it? Look around for a bit and find out who built this thing. Well, they did not design it, but manufactured it around 1589/90. What made me slightly uneasy is the fact that the man who designed that object here, is said to only have done gravestones before. In the end, it wasn't too bad a choice, I think. But I thought there were more people involved in manufacturing such a thing... h
  • O = c - (e * h)
  • P = (g - d) + h * c - b + a

stage 8: N47°A.O' E015°E.P'
Sorry to say, but you have to count again ;) This time, it's how often you'd have to change direction (to get back from where you started counting) when you walk around that thing. Hmmm, think for a bit and choose your starting co-ordinates carefully, don't get your feet wet. But, perhaps, you do want to get them wet. If you want to stay dry later on, perhaps here is the right spot? i
  • Q = i - 1

stage 9: getting closer...
Come on, public transport can't be that bad, now can it? So, hop on the bus service where the sum of digits of its line number is Q and go to the station that has a (rather longish) name related to the topic of this cache (water = Wasser). Do you want to get off here? Well, then do, but there's no cache around here. And it's not too many stops to a station with a name related to small creeks (creek = Bach)... j
stage 10: even closer. No, really...
I suppose you didn't go to stage 9 really, you are smarter than that :) So, take tram no. j and go in the direction of the service termination which lies in the district with the lower number.

On the way there, you'll have some time to find the co-ordinates of the cache. So, onwards with some more calculations.

  • R = d / h * b / Q
  • S = i * (f + 1) + e
  • T = c * (b - a) + Q

The Cache: N47°a.R' E015°S.T'
It's off into greener parts now! The cache is close. Go, off with you, shhhh, find it. Mind you, though, don't get your feet wet. If you calculated quickly enough while on the tram, You will realise that you pass by the cache within 15m. Too bad there isn't a tram stop there...

It's a plastic box, initially containing:

  • log book and cache note (supposed to stay in)
  • pencil (these are regulars in this pub, let'em stay as well)

Remember: if you get to dry places (or such places, that are at least not supposed to be dry), you are wrong. Especially from the place of the cache, water can be seen.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[stage1:] guvax abg va pvepyrf, be, engure, abg fgenvtug. Vg'f ernyyl bqq, vfa'g vg?
[cache, hint 1:] nccebnpuvat sebz gur Abegu? oevat n obng.
[cache, hint 2:] sebz gur Rnfg, vg'f n gubeal nssnve.
[cache, hint 3:] pbadhrerq gur furre pyvssf va gur Fbhgu?
[cache, hint 4:] sebz gur Jrfg, V jbhyqa'g gel.
[cache, hint 5:] Tbg gurer? Qrpnlvat pbapergr, abj ernyyl!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)