The Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer, pictured here, is a book that is published for all the states. These books contain topographical maps along with information on trails, recreation areas, campgrounds, rivers, hunting and fishing, scenic drives, as well as state attractions. They can be found at various retailers, Travel centers, as well as direct from Delorme.
Inside the Louisiana atlas, you will find the state divided into 51 maps/zones/pages numbered 14-64.
In order to complete this challenge cache, you will need to either have found or placed at least one cache from EVERY applicable page of the Louisiana Delorme Atlas. Once you have completed the following requirements for the cache, I will then send you the actual coordinates to where this cache is located. The above posted coordinates are for a travel center, where you can eat and fuel up from. THESE ARE NOT THE REAL COORDINATES FOR THE CACHE.
1. Generally accepted rules, guidelines and conditions for logging a cache find will apply. These must be actual caches listed on Geocaching.com that you have personally (physically) found and logged your name in the caches logbook (Virtuals being the only exception). You may include ANY caches found or hidden prior to the creation of the Louisiana DeLorme Challenge so long as they meet all other Challenge requirements.
2. Placing a cache on any page counts the same as finding a cache on that page. You do not have to use ALL hides or ALL finds, but can use any combination of both. If you place a cache in order to finish a map page for the Challenge, then you will be expected to also maintain it.
3. Event, CITO, and locationless type caches will not be allowed. All other cache types (unless otherwise noted) will be counted.
4. If an atlas page also includes an area not located in Louisiana but in another state, then only caches physically located in Louisiana will count towards the challenge.
5. Every map has borders on it. To count as a find/hide for a page, the cache cannot be in the border area, but has to fall within the designated latitude/longitude unique to the particular map. There also exists a small possibility that a cache may have all or part of its coordinates directly on a latitude and/or longitude line that shares a side with another map. If this should occur, the cache may only be counted for ONE page, and not any others.
6. Maps 49, 59, and 60 would require boats in order to hide/seek caches on. These 3 maps will not be required in order to complete this challenge. If someone does hide/seek caches in these areas, they will be in the top of the elite class of everyone who completes this challenge.
7. On applicable maps that have split views (map 31), a cache must be found/hid on both panel views. Currently there are caches located on both.
8. I know that many geocachers work as teams and find caches together. In order for a team to get credit for completing the challenge, then all the find/hides used, will need to be logged in the team's name. The opposite will also apply. I understand that other geocachers may be with a participant when they find this cache, but only the one who has met all the requirements will be allowed to log this challenge as completed.
9. I am using the Delorme 2003 second edition atlas. While I don't think that this atlas has changed during its revisions, the copy I am using is the one I will verify all caches from. If your version is different, then I'm sure we can figure out something, but you will need to ask first.
10. Once you have completed all the requirements of the challenge, I will need to verify it. Premium Members may use a Bookmark List, or a My Finds Pocket Query GPX file as an email attachment to me, or utilize one of the online statistics tools which are geared to DeLorme mapping. The generated image links should be included with your Write Note log. All other members may utilize a simple list of GC Codes with Date Found, so that I may easier verify.
Use the grid below to help keep track of your progress and/or create a Completion List:
Thanks to Blue Blazes and BayouBug who have graciously donated their computer abilities and designed some programs to make verification simple. I can also give you a status check and let you know how many maps you have found (and need to complete). Feel free to send me an email for details.
Many thanks go out to Moun10Bike (Washington Delorme Challenge), Prntr1 (Mississippi Delorme Challenge), and the entire Louisiana Geocaching Community for the assistance in putting this cache together.
The Best of the Best
This section is going to be dedicated to those cachers who complete this challenge. I realize what an accomplishment this will be and have stocked the cache accordingly.
BLUE BLAZES, SELGOJA, ROOTER395, LP7100, GOLDDUSTMANTEAM, JAYCACHER, TRKDOC, KRISKOOK, NOT2SHABBY, AMAGRUD, PTMVETTE, LITTLE'N, DAVIDMAC, ZSANDMANN, AUNTDA, REDNECK CAJUN, LIL' TUMBLEWEED, SEQUOIA2, CAJANCACHEMAN, EMAXXE, PAT IN LOUISIANA, SQUIRT IN LA, L&LCUPIDS, WAREAGLE59, BROKEN TROWEL, BAJAONE, TEAM J&K, BLUE CANARY, I SPY MORE, THECIGARMANN, BAMBOOZLE, TITUSLLEWELYN, THE ALSTON'S, NETINATOR, CRAFTINMOMMA, WOODDUCK870, ROLLINGCACHER, CAZAYOUX, $NOWMAN, $NOWFLAKE, ARKFIREMEDIC, BITTYBIT, NO MUGGLE, BOB.BOBSON, ODYSSEY, BLUESHIKER, CAJUNCUZ, CARELS, AGGIEMD, MOMSHARK, DANCELOVETIGGER, MWLOWE, TINKERINGNUT, TERRYBALDRIDGE, HHRFAN, JL/KR, TXGO4FAN, SLIDELLREALTOR, BACKWARDS CHARLIE FROM AUSTIN, SPACETEACHER