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Frodo_Underhill: It is with great reluctance that it has come to be the time to archive PMC – The Final Challenge. We could not find any way to make this cache compliant with the new geocache placement guidelines imposed by NJDEP's Parks and Forestry Division. The Wharton State Forest management chooses to enforce the policy as written and as such there is no way to get a cache that required a half mile hike down a fire trail to comply with the 10 ft from a trail or road rule.

We had a lot of fun conceiving the cache, getting it placed and watching as the greats in the puzzle caching community conquered this Everest of a cache. Thanks to everyone involved. And special thanks to everyone who accompanied us on the expedition to retrieve and retire this cache. It was part of the end of caching as we knew it in the Wharton. Hopefully when the dust settles it will mark the beginning of a new era. Time will tell.

And in the spirit of a good puzzle cache, some words of wisdom for all the puzzlers out there:



PMC - The Final Challenge

A cache by gipsie (adopted by Frodo_Underhill) Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/05/2008
5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is not at the posted coordinates. This cache is the final to a multi-state challenge. Read the story below and the information after the story for the full explanation...

The two brothers looked at each other in fear. He was coming closer. They had their treasure, they fought valiantly to save it. They thought they were free and clear, but somehow.....

Two years ago they found it. It was small, but powerful. Somehow they knew that what they had found would change their world. The year was 1706 and the world was plugging along as usual when the brothers made their discovery. They stumbled upon it by accident and at first didn't give it a second glance. After they looked at it more closely they realized what they had. It was amazing, the last of its kind. People had searched for a long time for this. Debates have been had over its mere existence. Wars had been fought to obtain it. Yet there it was, in their hands. They decided to keep quiet about it. They would wait until the talk died down; until people lost interest. They knew that if they waited long enough, it would be safe.

A few months later, talk started up again. People began to search for their treasure with zeal. Numerous times, they were almost discovered as its keepers and they fought with all of their being to protect it. Now, HE was here. And he wanted it. What could they do?

The brothers came up with a plan. They would hide their treasure somewhere that no one would ever accidentally stumble across it as they had. Not knowing if it would ever be safe to retrieve it in their lifetime, they created a puzzle that, when solved, would reveal a code that would ultimately lead to its final hiding place. Still, they were not sure that this would be enough. So, to further complicate things, they divided their puzzle into 16 separate pieces and distributed them to their closest friends on the East Coast with this simple letter of instruction.

"Dearest friends,
Knowest well that we are in danger. We have found a
secret, a secret so divine that folks will do anything to
obtain it. Fie on them, for we have hidden our secret and
hidden it well. Herein, we need thine assistance. Prithee, hide
ye well a treasure and in such treasure a code. Protect thee
thine treasure with a puzzle of much difficulty to give woe to
all who try to solve it. There shall be 16 of you and each
shall have a code delivered by messenger in the morrow. In
faith, one canst only hope that only the faire of heart shall
findest our secret. Perchance one of our descendants.
Mayhap, one of thee. Grammercy and fare thee well."

Of course, all being good friends they blindly complied with the request and hid well a puzzle...

Fast forward to 2008. Centuries later, the treasures are still out there. The puzzles have not been solved, the codes have not been pieced together. The mystery of what the brothers found has not been revealed in all this time. Can you be the one to solve this mystery?

As the years have gone by, each friends' treasure has remained protected by their descendants. The hides have been changed, the puzzles re-done. But one fact remains the same. Each treasure chest contains a piece to the final puzzle. And that final puzzle will lead you to a secret. A secret which has been held onto for years. Will you be the one to discover it? Will you take the challenge?

PMC Logo

This puzzle is part of a series of puzzles created by the greatest Puzzle Masters of the Mid Atlantic Region. There are 17 Puzzle Masters contributing to this series. Solve all of the Puzzle Masters' creations, follow the storylines, gather the clues and find the final. Will you accept the challenge?

Each puzzle is a unique work of art created and owned by each Puzzle Master/Puzzle Team. In each cache there will be a clue that you must gather and record. These clues will lead you to a final mystery cache located somewhere in the mid-Atlantic region. This series is designed to lead you on an epic adventure that will require Master puzzle-solving skills and extensive travel to unique locations. You must travel and log in at each cache in order to claim a find on the final. Due to the extensive time and effort put into this challenge, the cache can be done as a group but each member of the group must go to each cache site and sign each log. Dividing into sub groups and pooling their efforts will not be allowed.

PMC: THE PUZZLE MASTERS Listed below are the owners and creators of each cache in the series. A link is included to each cache.

1. PMC - Quick Brown Fox +- 25 by Frodo_Underhill (GC1CTQD) New Jersey

2.PMC - The Song of the Master Sun by mmammel & Sue-Cat (GC1BJX9) Maryland

3. PMC - Clueless Again? by rehobch (GC1FYY2) Delaware

4. PMC - I Dislike Numbers by CondorTrax (GC1G2MW) New Jersey

5. PMC - The Box by CinderBankers (GC1G8XD) Pennsylvania

6. PMC - Uncle Buck's Cards by GALAP (GC1GAYM) New Jersey

7. PMC - The Meeting House by we3girlsnaguy (GC1FDHT) Pennsylvania

8. PMC - The Message by Team Ekitt10 (GCXX5E) New Jersey

9. PMC - Creative Confusion by Dirty_Bird & BigNastyBrain (GC1GK10) New Jersey

10. PMC - The Order by hostanut (GC1GJCV) Delaware

11. PMC - The Sun, Moon and Stars by M & W (GC1G923) Pennsylvania

12. PMC - Professor Stone by Resolution (GC1GW18) New Jersey

13. PMC - S.E.T.I. by Kang (mblatch) and Kodos (ericles) (GC1H6J7) New Jersey

14. PMC - Urban Renewal by EastVillageFamily (GC1F80V) New York

15. PMC - A Tribute To Caching by ODragon (GC1HCQX) Pennsylvania

16. PMC - Hibernia by GerIRL (GC1HB4Q) New Jersey

17. PMC - Flatlander by Grünriese (GC1HQ4C) New Jersey

The elusive GCZZZZcache. It has been missing for a long time. Can you find it?

Coins are in and look great!!!! Solve the series and receive a coin. After the first 4 solvers there will be 5 available Antique Silver Puzzle Masters Coins for the next five solvers!!!!



 Gold & Gift Certificate
 Muddy and Amused
 Gold  Grozecki
 Gold  Aufbau
 Gold  TSEMClarney
  Silver  Trowel32
  Silver  Vinny & Sue Team
  Silver  mmamel
  Silver  Gabi & Beecharmer
  Silver  ****

When you are ready to go for the final, send me an email at I will reply with my phone number so if you run into any problems you can call me.

Dogs Allowed Dogs Allowed
Available year-round Available year-round Hunting in area - use caution Hunting in area - use caution Off-trail Hiking Required Off-trail Hiking Required Available in Winter Accessible in Winter
Mud Mud! No Campfires Fire Danger, No Campfires Historic Site Historic Site ticks Ticks mosquitos Wear bug repellant!
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Archival and Special Thanks

All good things must end and so to with this cache it is with great regrets that this cache will be archived in the near future.  The State of New Jersey has developed a new set of regulations governing the placement of geocaches on state lands.  This cache was placed years before the regulations were conceived and unfortunately we have not been able to come up with a method to get this cache compliant with the new regulations.  So it is with great reluctance that the cache will be archived in April 2015.

The hiders of this cache want to give special thanks to all the cache owners who contributed to the series of caches that  made of the Puzzle Masters Challenge.  Without their assistance the series would never existed.  Special thanks to gipsie who was the organizing and driving force in making all of this happen.  She literally put her blood, sweat and tears into this fun cache.  Maureen, thanks for the memories!

Special Mention

The passing of this cache marks the end of an era in caching in the Wharton State Forest.  It is with some sadness that we will archive this cache and put it to rest.  To allow us to grieve the loss of this treasure a band of intrepid cachers went to the cache April 7 and then again April 12 to give this cache a proper send off.  These cachers represented the series hiders, the individual series cache owners and a mix of old and new up and coming cachers.  They for a variety of reasons did not complete the challenge.  However they offered invaluable assistance in getting this cache removed from the forest to avoid potential littering citations for an unauthorized cache.  They also offered much moral support to hiders and themselves as we go through these difficult times.  In recognition of their support, they are being allowed to log this cache as a find or a note according to their preference in the Special Mention category.  Their logs are not intended to diminish the accomplishments of those select few Puzzle Masters who finished the challenge.  Those accomplishments can not be tarnished.

The Special Mention Cachers are as follows:

 Marcus Found
 Forbez  JoenSue  MichaelCycle
 JennyDPooh  TeamT&A  xxSubSeaxx  M+W+Dog
 Mad Beanie
 JimmyG  HAM!!  gipsie
 Pezgirl22  In Yur Dreams
 NJDC24  Y's Owl
 sant74  Logic  kmtnj  grunriese
 Pine Baron

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Svanyyl TPMMMM unf fhesnprq........

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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