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roolku: With so many plaques missing the cache is no longer feasible. [:(]



River Rubbings

A cache by roolku and Firth of Forth Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 9/21/2004
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The cache has been designed to accompany geocachers attempting to do the whole Water of Leith cache trail in one go but it can also be done on its own. It requires to find clues that are displayed on brass plaques and using them to isolate the position of the final stage from a set of possible coordinates.

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The Water of Leith is a river that runs through Edinburgh into the Firth of Forth and is the most significant area of green space within the city's centre and suburbs. As a Millenium Project a Walk/Cycle path has been created alongside that river for recreational purposes. Nicola Moss, already known for her Bull Crag Peninsula Walk plaques in the Kielder Water and Forrest Park was charged with creating a similar trail on the Water of Leith (for more information please contact the Water of Leith visitor centre).
In the autumn of 2004 a group of local geocachers decided to place a significant number of caches on or close to the Water of Leith Walk Way, thereby turning it into a cache trail - see logo. It seemed like a good idea to incorporate Nicola's plaques into a long multi-cache which could be solved "on the way". This is the result.

The Cache

In this cache you start off with a list of 10 possible coordinates for the final (micro) cache. You will have to find the eight "River Rubbings" plaques which are listed below (in the order south to north). It shouldn't be too hard using the associated coordinates and if required the clue - the satellite reception can be bad in places. Every plaque has one or two questions associated with it which will each result in a number. Use this number to cross out an entry from the list of coordinates at the bottom of the listing.

A made-up example: It is a picture of a zoo and you are asked to count the number of elephants. There are 11 of them, so you strike out entry 11. The final container is definitely not at these coordinates.

Eventually the list will be reduced to a single remaining entry. If everything goes according to plan this entry will hold the coordinates for the final stage, a 35mm film canister, located somewhere within 1km radius of the final plaque.
One bonus of this elimination approach is that even if you can't find some of the intermediate stages, you can still find the final cache - but you will have to check more possible locations.

We would like to ask you not to include any clues in your log that might give away the final location. Thank you and good Luck!

The Plaques

THE BROWN TROUT - 55°53.458'N, 3°19.603'W
The constant flow of water from the Pentland Hills creates ideal conditions for the fish.

  • Count the number of spots on the trout's body and subtract 9 (because there are just too many).

St. MUNGO'S WELL - 55°53.745'N, 3°18.358'W
St Mungo was one of the most important characters in the Church in Britain in the 6th and early 7th centuries.

  • The face in the centre of the plaque is framed by how many leaves?

OTTERS RETURN - 55°54.499'N, 3°15.530'W
Balerno "Pug" engines were specially built for the line that ran through this tunnel.

  • How many paws can you spot?

PLACE OF BRIDGES - 55°55.421'N, 3°14.900'W
At Slateford road, rail and canal cross the river.

  • On the right hand side a number of symbols (possibly depicting arrows) can be seen. How many are there?

TICKETS - 55°56.712'N, 3°14.265'W
An area of land designed to take floodwaters and crowds of rugby supporters.

  • How many human heads can you see... just kidding. :-) You are after the number of ducks.

NATURAL POWERS - 55°56.991'N, 3°13.726'W
Evidence of the use of wind and water power from the past can be found here.

  • What is the number of horses in the picture?
  • How many windows does the windmill have?

WHALE OIL GAS - 55°57.745'N, 3°12.043'W
The whale once supported many industries, such as the Oil Gas Company sited here across the river.

  • How many multi-storey buildings with pointy roofs can be seen in the picture?
  • The right-most of those buildings has how many windows?

FROM HILL TO SEA - 55°58.558'N, 3°10.221'W
The first dry dock in Scotland was built in 1720 at the other side of the river.

  • The artist created wavy bands across the picture by having raised and sunken areas. Count the total number (raised and sunken) on the left edge.

The Coordinates

  1. 55°58.280'N, 3°10.127'W
  2. 55°58.684'N, 3°10.157'W
  3. 55°58.522'N, 3°10.007'W
  4. 55°58.324'N, 3°10.925'W
  5. 55°58.609'N, 3°10.475'W
  6. 55°58.469'N, 3°10.852'W
  7. 55°58.768'N, 3°10.344'W
  8. 55°58.309'N, 3°11.069'W
  9. 55°58.324'N, 3°09.774'W
  10. 55°58.448'N, 3°10.310'W

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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