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Organic Panic

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Hidden : 10/08/2004
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3 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

This is a highly challenging cache that is based on basic organic chemistry principles and will take the better part of an afternoon to complete.  This is not for wimps!

Organic Panic!


What exactly is organic chemistry? In short, it is the chemistry of life.  Organic chemistry is the study of carbon based compounds which all bear similar characteristics based on similar structures named functional groups.  With well over 9 million compounds known to humankind, organic chemistry is by far the largest field of chemistry to date.

If you are not familiar with basic organic chemistry, it is recommended that you do some light research prior to attempting this cache.  While it is not impossible to complete this cache without any background knowledge, it is certainly easier!

The exercise:

It is recommended that you park at N45 21.811 W75 14.092

Go to the posted coordinates and search for a task tube.  In the task tube you will find a laminated sheet of paper with a set of instructions on it.  Follow the instructions to find the next waypoint.  When mathematical operations are to be performed on a set of provided coordinates, the operation is to be performed on the decimal portion of the minutes.  For example, if you are instructed to add 123 to the north minutes and subtract 321 from the west coordinates of:  N45 21.000 W075 14.900 the correct result would be:  N45 21.123 W075 14.579

When replacing the instructions into the task tube, please be sure to do so gently, rolling the sheet tightly and placing it just within the tube.  Also, please be sure to replace the fastener in the holes at the bottom of the tube!

Cache contents:

When placed, the cache contained the following:  a log book, two pencils, pencil sharpener, an assortment of bouncy balls, pocket screwdriver, brand new flashlight, PDA, and a few other surprises.

Seasonal Information:

The hunting season dates listed are from the Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario for the Ottawa area (region 65).  Full regulations can be found here:  (visit link)

Hunting Method Hunting Season
Archery only Oct 15 - Oct 31, Nov 7 - Dec 31
Archery & guns Nov 1 - Nov 6


Please do not post any spoilers (including pictures of the cache area).  Any such action will result in the deletion of the offending material.  Thanks.  Besides, you wouldn't want to make it any easier, would you?! ;-)

The difficulty has been down-graded since there is reliable cellular service in the area now. Pity really - it was fun to see all the honest, hard work people put into this find prior to cell service.

A world of credit to Rockumulus for keeping this one alive.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Rapbhentrzrag pna or sbhaq ng gur svefg jnlcbvag - lbh jvyy qvfpbire gung nofbyhgryl ab xabjyrqtr bs betnavp purzvfgel vf npghnyyl erdhverq!

Creuncf lbh fubhyq erivrj gur zrgevp flfgrz cevbe gb fgnegvat guvf pnpur - va cnegvphyne, erivrj ubj gb pbaireg cvpbzrgref vagb zrgref.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • 3-amino-5-hydroxyindane-1-carboxylic acidThis is the background image for the cache.
  • The infamous "task tube"As you may have guessed, the name "task tube" is meant to be a play-on-words with test-tube. In chemistry, many discoveries are made in test tubes and so I thought that this play-on-words was appropriate.
  • The organic forestThis is a photo of the forest which houses the cache hunt. This is a very beautiful area during the summer and fall - perhaps even in the winter.

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