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Mystery Cache

Piercing the Vail

A cache by 1101010 (binary j) Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/20/2006
In North Carolina, United States
4 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The posted coordinates are not correct for this medium-sized puzzle cache. However, they will take you to a nearby US Army Corps of Engineers Survey Mark that you can log on To obtain the true cache coordinates, and maybe a little education to boot, please read on...

You've all heard of Sam, of course, though perhaps only his surname. And you might not have realized that's what it was. Even that was a near miss. If things had gone a little differently, it could have been Al you were talking about all this time. Some would say that by rights it SHOULD be Al anyway. You'll probably want to do your own reading on the subject, but from what i can tell, Sam had the idea and Al perfected it for him. Or maybe it was a different, better, idea that Al had. Either way, it got a further fine tuning by Gerke in 1848 and became an international standard in 1865.

But on to the cache puzzle. If you read a little bit about Al (or Alfred, as he might rather be called) and consider the name of this cache, you might be able to make some sense of these coordinates:


Don't make it harder than it is, though. Al's invention was great for the time, but i'm more familiar with the modern version, so that's what's in use here.

The cache is on NC Gamelands, so:

  • Wear blaze orange during hunting season
  • Consider purchasing a hunting license and Game Lands permit, even if you are not a hunter. The money generated by licenses helps contribute to the protection and management of over 2 million acres of Game Lands in the state.
More information about hunting seasons and licenses can be found at It's an easy** hike along a sewer cut until you are about 150ft from the cache. Oh yeah, i forgot to mention. The easy** hike is through a knee-high mixture of grass and poison-ivy, so long pants are recommended.

**Unless of course the I-40 Waterfowl impoundment is flooded, in which case the primary access route may be covered in knee to waist-high water and you may have to find an alternate route in. This page seems to show the current status of the impoundments. I'm not sure how up to date it is, though.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

chmmyr: Ybbxhc Nyserq Invy ba Jvxvcrqvn
cnexvat: V-40 Jngresbjy Vzcbhaqzrag fvta bss AP 751 abegu bs 40
pnpur: glcvpny sberfg uvqr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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Last Updated: on 1/25/2017 12:18:02 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (8:18 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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