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Utah DeLorme Challenge Mystery Cache

Hidden : 11/01/2006
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The Utah DeLorme Challenge

What is the DeLorme Challenge?

In 2004,Haicoole unveiled the California DeLorme Challenge . Now just about every state has a Delorme challenge so i thought it was about time for utah to have one. Well, here it is finally: the Utah DeLorme Challenge!

The DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer is published for all 50 states. These maps are a favorite among travelers and outdoorsmen and are available at many locations, including online directly from DeLorme. The goal of this cache is simple (ha!): to find a cache on each and every block of each and every page of the Utah State DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer.

The final cache coordinates can be obtained by successfully finding or hiding a cache in each page of the Atlas.

In order to claim this cache, you must first send me a file containing all of your hides and finds. (.GPX or .LOC format is highly preferred, and please filter out your locationless, event and CITO caches ahead of time for me.)At a minimum I need a list containing cache name, waypoint (GC#), coordinates and the day you found or placed it. I will review the list and Once everything checks out, I will then send you the correct coordinates for the final cache! The find cannot be logged until the physical container is found and the logbook inside signed.

Based on feedback from and incidents seen with DeLorme Challenges in other states, some guidelines need to be laid out:

  1. The posted coordinates are not the actual coordinates for the cache. The actual cache may actually be quite some distance from these coordinates!

  2. Generally accepted rules, guidelines and conditions for logging a cache find apply. These must be bona fide caches listed on that you have personally (physically) found and logged.
  3. Only caches found after to the creation of the Utah DeLorme Challenge apply so long as they meet all other Challenge requirements.

  4. Placement of a cache on a DeLorme Atlas page counts the same as finding a cache on that page, but only if it was placed after the creation of the Utah Delorme challenge. Hides before this date do not count toward the Challenge.

  5. All cache placments must be bigger than film canisters. no micros

  6. All cache types count as finds for the DeLorme Challenge with the exception of events (CITO included), webcam, and locationless caches.

  7. If a Utah DeLorme Atlas page includes space not located in Utah, only caches in the Utah portion count.

  8. The listed coordinates on the cache page will be the coordinates in determining where the cache is placed and what page it falls on.

  9. On pages consisting of multiple blocks a find must be logged in each block, not just one for the page.

  10. While the various editions and versions of the Utah DeLorme Atlas has changed in terms of page boundaries,I will leave it up to you to use the Delorme Atlas you want to use, just as long as you find a cache on every page. Just email me what version you used.

  11. While you may have others with you when you find the final cache, only those who have fulfilled ALL criteria for this cache will be allowed to log it as a find. Find logs by other cachers will be deleted.

  12. When in doubt ask—we can discuss it or even seek guidance from others, but the final decision rests with the cache owner.

  13. Remember that this is a game and is supposed to be fun!

Many thanks go out to Haicoole for the original idea for this cache and to the other cache owners who have taken the idea and ran with it for their own states.
Especially a thanks goes out to Moun10Bike! who let me copy allot of my text from his challenge and to all the people who helped me with pointers.!]

Exactly where is the center of Utah?

Local lore says that the town of Levan is the word "navel" spelled backwards, and it's in the middle of the state. That's only one of many legends about the center of the state, but now there is a place that actually looks pretty official.
To earn the rank of Eagle, a Boy Scout must complete a project to benefit the community. Jesse Richmond, who is from Mt. Pleasant, in Central Utah, decided to settle once and for all the question of exactly where the center of Utah is located.

We contacted USGS about it, and they gave me these coordinates over the phone, and I came out here with a GPS and found it and put some rocks here," Richmond said.
He learned it's difficult to find a geographic center of a state when you factor in the state's boundaries, the curve of the earth and the center of gravity of the state. "There are as many ways to find the center of the state as there are definitions of the word, so there could be other centers of Utah, but this is the one geographical one," he said.
Richmond worked to get donations for the marker, and with help from his troop, installed it. He believes the area represents the geography of Utah. "It is kind of dry and rocky, but there is still a lot of life around here, there are a lot of deer, we found a lizard," he said.
So where is the center of Utah? Some say it is Levan, others believe it is Spring City, while some wonder if the center of Utah is in the town of Chester. Well, according to the United States Geological Survey, the spot is eight miles northwest of Manti and five miles west of Ephraim.
Now a marker in the hills marks the spot, ending the question of exactly where the Center of Utah is. Again, there are many ways to determine a state's geographic center, and we are not trying to create controversy.
The spot identified by the USGS and where the new marker installed by the scouts sits, at this cache location. The scouts have built a trail.

You can drive to the trailhead, which is located at GPS coordinates, N 39 23.050 W 111 41.010.

Congratulations to Dorkteam6
for the FTF
Congratulations to caverspencer
for the second cacher to complete the challenge.
Congratulations to AD0OR for being the third cacher to complete the challenge.

Cachers who have accepted the Utah DeLorme Challenge:


This cache was placed by a member of UTAG.

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