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Elephant Rocks (formerly Asterisk on Obelisk)

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Hidden : 08/19/2006
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Kananaskis along Smith-Dorrien. Return trip is 11 – 12 km return trip with approx. 400 m elevation gain. At a good, steady pace, should take around 4 to 4 ½ hours return. Be sure to also go after Favourite Hikes #3 – Beyond Chester (GCXW99). AR???

Follow the trail signage to Chester Lake. The first 2 km of the trip can a little discouraging – a rocky trail following an old logging road through regenerating clearcut, but it’s quickly behind you. Once you’re into the mature forest, you’ll enjoy that wonderful mountain / forest smell and then head into a gorgeous meadow. Chester Lake is surrounded by mountains on 3 sides and is absolutely crystal clear.

At Chester Lake, follow the shoreline along the west side of the lake and then head up into the larches at N 50 49.149 W 115 16.596. After 5 or 10 minutes you will come to a couple of jumbles of HUGE rocks and boulders – interesting obelisks, lots of nooks and crannies and even a few caves are hidden in these jumbles, which are commonly known as the "Elephant Rocks".

We had so much fun climbing around on these rocks that after we placed a large cache up near the first tarn in Three Lakes Valley we dug through our bags and came up with a micro that we could hide in the rocks. This goes against our personal dislike of mountain micros, but we couldn’t resist the “fun factor” of clambering over and around these giant boulders.

UPDATE: After a few DNFs fall 2006, we disabled the cache until we could get up to check on it. Due to late snow melt, followed by bear warnings for the area, we finally made it back Aug 11/07. We DNF'd our own cache! We placed a replacement micro cache in a nearby, (hopefully) winter accessible location. There's no need to climb the Elephant Rocks to retrieve the replacement cache, but you will probably want to climb on them anyway.

We had poor GPS reception, with accuracy somewhere around +/- 6 meters. We took several sets of 50 marks and the posted coordinates are the best fit. Accordingly, there is a generous hint.

Container is a camo'd waterproof match container. Please replace exactly as you find it. The only contents are a log sheet and a small pencil.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Purpx gur ovt barf. Erzrzore vg'f jvagre npprffvoyr.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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