TNT : Donjons & Mountains
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Description changed on 01/01/2010 !!!
To find and log this one you'll have to gather some codes that will be "offered" in each of the 3 stages of this multicache.
The whole hunt can probably be completed in 1 day but you'll have to stand up early. If you are afraid or unsure of: heights,depths, darkness, small spaces, various wildlife like spiders,snakes, birds, bats, getting dirty, wet, cold, scratched by briers,bruised, tired, hungry and thirsty —then you should seriously reconsider going on this Geocache hunt. One or more of the above elements WILL happen to you on this hunt. However, if you like adventurous hikes and you thrive for the challenge and don’t mind a bit of discomfort then this is the Belgian Geocache hunt for you!If you do decide to take on this challenge, your experience will be one you will remember! GOOD LUCK!! Note: Due to the high level of risk involved, you should go for the hunt with a least one partner and this cache is not recommended for children.
.You will need a vehicle (2WD is fine, 4WD is better!) since there is a distance of about 100 km between start en finish.
·Good detailed road map of area or maps on GPS.
·At least two good flashlights
with extra batteries (hands-free headlights are best).
·Climbing harness (you can do without) with a short length (5m) of GOOD safety rope and at least one carabineer. (if you are in good shape,or experienced climber and not afraid of heights you may not need this item—but we can recommend it for safety.)
.Sturdy long pants (jeans)
·Old, warm clothes and shoes/boots that you don’t mind getting dirty/wet/torn.
·Notepad and pen, and a camera.
·Water and snacks.
And now : On With The Hunt!
The first stage of this cache is absolutely the most challenging and most difficult part of this hunt. If you're able to complete this first stage you won't have any problem with the other stages. Go to the coordinates given above and you will be standing on top of a "building". Try to find an entrance to this "building" and look for a whole which you can descent thanks to a (safe) ladder. Look out ! After the first ladder there's a second one ! Once your down the ladders go to the right and follow the blue arrow. Continue following ignoring all the side entrances until your way is blocked by a wall from about 3 meters high. At least someone of your team have to get upon that wall because just behind that wall there you will see an iron gate.
This gate consists of a metallic grid soldered on more robust vertical bars. On the top of the gate you can distinctly count the number of those vertical bars. That number of bars will give you the code (do not count the hinge).
If number of rails is 2 : Code = A
If number of rails is 3 : Code = B
If number of rails is 4 : Code = C
If number of rails is 5 : Code = D
Write down this code : it is important! Once you have the code you just have to get out of here.
You have 3 possibilities :
1 : go back to the ladders and get up. That one is the only certain way to get out again!
2 : go back to the point were the ladder begins and follow the tunnel in the other direction until you reach a cliff. If the gate is open (it ain't always!) you can get down if you have a rope (from at least 50 meters) and a climbing harness and know how to do a "rappel" or you can get up the cliff (not without risk but climbing gear isn't necessary)
3 : after the wall you can continue following the tunnel until it ends : about 20 meters before the end take a steep stair and start seeking for an exit. But even when you're in open air it is still possible that you can't really get out ! This third option is certainly the most adventurous but also the most dangerous so be very carefull! Anyway you could always try this third option and go back when you want (Memorise your track because your GPS device will be totally useless here!) Once you're out you are ready for stage 2 !
Go to N 50°14,402’ E 004°55,289’ (it seems easy to reach but watch out ! It ain’t !) You will find here a weird building witch I like to call the “tower of Charlemange”. This tower has a door and some “windows”. Count the number of windows and you have the second code!
If number of windows is 5 : Code = A
If number of windows is 6 : Code = B
If number of windows is 7 : Code = C
If number of windows is 8 : Code = D
After completing stage 2 we take a little trip to France ! "Moria" will reveal the code you need !!
With the 3 codes you have so far go to N 50°25,976' E 004°33,551'
The coordinates will bring you to the edge of a "crater lake" and "at the height" of the final cache. The letter code you didn't find will reveal the cache
If this letter is A go to : N 50°26,381’ E 004°34,260’
If this letter is B go to : N 50°25,716’ E 004°33,756’
If this letter is C go to : N 50°25,722’ E 004°33,868’
If this letter is D go to : N 50°25,508’ E 004°34,936’
Once on the good coordinates look for the highest tree downhill at about 50 meters! Be careful !
We hope you enjoy it !!Have fun!
NOTE: IF YOU TAKE PICS, PLEASE DO NOT POST "SPOILER PICTURES"!!! We want this to be challenging to ALL hunters!!! Also do not mention the codes in your logs. Thanks !
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum