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Epinephrine :: Dark Hollow Math

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Hidden : 05/14/2005
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Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Welcome back to Dark Hollow Woods! This area is also known as Satler Memorial Park. This cache is set up to give you a full tour of Dark Hollow Woods. Depending on your route, there should really only be one steep climb. My recommendation is to do the stages in the order that I have them listed. The total hike should be around a mile. If you come up with a better route for the stages, please post it so that others can try it out. I've also included a trail map to help you navigate the trails throughout the park. At the time of this posting there are 3 other caches in the vicinity: Library of Yahtuul (GCB81D), Dark Hollow Capers (GCAB54), and Birding Creek (GCNWPG).

This cache is setup as a math problem. Similar to our cache "A Panther Looks to the Stars", you will visit multiple locations in the park to get numbers that you will use in the determination of the final coordinates. Once again, remember the order of operations (PEMDAS). If you don't know them, look it up. If you still can't get the order of operations correct, substitute the proper numbers for their letter representation and then paste the formula into a google search. Google has a wonderful calculator that does proper order of operations. Good luck!

Download: Trail Map and Abbreviated Cache Sheet

STAGE 1: N 40 31.236 : W 079 49.271

Directions: Find the plaque. How many characters are there on the bottom line? This number will be referred to as "A"

STAGE 2: N 40 31.287 : W 079 49.210
Directions: Find the plaque. How many characters are there on the bottom line? This number will be referred to as "B"

STAGE 3: N 40 31.057 : W 079 49.201
Directions: Find the wooden sign. How many letters are on the entire sign? This number will be referred to as "C"

STAGE 4: N 40 31.272 : W 079 49.111
Directions: Find the tree with names and initials carved into it. The sequence you seek is above the name "DANA" and is in a 2 character + 2 character format such as "DD + BO". Convert the four letters to their number equivalent (i.e. A=1, B=2, ..., Z=26) and then add the four numbers together. This number will be referred to as "Y"

STAGE 5: N 40 31.262 : W 079 49.155
Directions: How many boards are on top of the structure that you are standing on? This number will be referred to as "Z"

Solve the equations based on the values that you have retrieved from around the park.
Part 1: ggg = (A x 3) + B + C + Y + Z + 1
Part 2: ddd = ggg+ (Bx6) + Y + Z - C

N 40 31.ggg : W 079 49.ddd

The cache is a .30 calibre ammo can that has been camouflaged. When replacing the cache, please be sure that the lid is tightly secured and you replace the container exactly as you have found it. The cache is located in a low traffic area, however; if someone sees you take the cache, please take it with you and contact me. I will replace the cache at a later time.

Note: The trip to the final stage requires no sudden (read: no cliff climbing) ascending/descending. Good luck!

Member of TRIGO : Three Rivers Informal Geocaching Organization : [ TRIGO ]

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[STAGE 1] Gur nafjre lbh frrx vf ba gur tvnag ebpx va gur zvqqyr bs gur cnexvat nern.
[STAGE 2] Ba n ebpx, yrsg fvqr bs gur genvy, whfg ba gur bgure fvqr bs gur srapr
[STAGE 3] Gur bayl ynetr jbbqra fvta gurer.
[STAGE 4] Gur gerr vf arne gur gbc bs gur genvy gung unf fgnvef. Nccebnpuvat sebz gur gbc vf gur rnfvrfg jnl gb frr vg.
[STAGE 5] Vg'f gur oevqtr. Qhu.
[STAGE 6] Qb gur zhyvcyvpngvba svefg. CRZQNF!
[FINAL STAGE] Uvqqra ng gur onfr bs n oebxra gerr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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