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Illuminati: Earth

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Hidden : 04/03/2005
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Finding this cache requires some special equipment which is described below. The terrain rating is based on the risk that may be required to retrieve the cache container. No special equipment is necessary for retrieval, but a fear of heights could be a serious handicap. The best parking can be found at: N 36 39.185 W 121 48.872 (it's still about a mile away though).

This is a Letterbox Hybrid Cache.  That means, that inside the cache container you will find a stamp.  The stamp is not a trade item.  Please leave the stamp in the cache container.  This cache requires specialized equipment, readily available, but which most people do not carry.  Please read on for some oblique references to the tools you'll need.



"There are many standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."


- The Teacher

I stared somewhat in disbelief as I read the message above taped to the bottom of my coffee mug as I sat outside the Barstuck's Coffee Emporium.  I recognized the quote as coming from the Gospel of Thomas, but what it meant I had no idea.  The second line obviously referred to a section of the newspaper, which I was holding in my hand.  I quickly thumbed through the sections and to my amazement found the following cryptic add:



N 36 38.ABC W 121 49.DEF

Enter one of the Bridal Chambers

300-400 nm 

Illuminate in clockwise direction at height of  T1-T12

-The Teacher


The first part I recognized as a datum format for GPS users .  The third part I did a Google on, and found the answer I needed there.  The rest of it I was unsure of.  I showed the add to a friend of mine the next day.  He gave me some insight to the fourth part, and apparently the distance referred to in the last clue was in a form of medical terminology.

The following day I made my way out to the coordinates at the top of this cache description.  What I found was both puzzling and just a bit scary.  Using the information in the second clue, I entered what I thought was the correct "bridal chamber".  With a device alluded to in the third clue I made my way across the cold hard surface in a clockwise fashion.  To my amazement,  a series of six numbers became apparent at the height referred to in the fourth clue.  With trembling hands, I substituted the six numbers for the last three digits of the North and West coordinates of the first clue.  A relatively quick search of the area revealed a box.  I opened the box and found a laminated instruction card inside.  I read the instructions, wrote down the additional information I needed  and deposited a logbook, pen, cache note, and a few trinkets for trade items back in the box. 

Back at my car I found the following note under my windshield wiper with the Illuminati symbol stamped on the outside:


You have completed the second test.  We will be in contact again when another task is ready.

- The Teacher.






Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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