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by sandvika
(Finds: 51   Score: 142.5)   (Hidden: 13   Score: 66.5)

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Coordinates ( WGS-84 datum )
N 51° 23.700'   W 000° 41.400'

Ascot ,    Berkshire   
United Kingdom    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 01 Apr 2009
Waypoint (Landmark): N02ADF
Open Cache:    Unrestricted
Cache type:    Unknown
Cache size:    Normal

Difficulty:   gps gps gps gps (hard)
Terrain:   gps gps gps gps (hard)
Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!

Mark a waypoint for your car

We have not implemented maps outside of the U.S.A. ... YET!

In the Legend of the Lost Cachers it is said that there are cachers lost in the depths of Swinley Forest.

Some believe they made the mistake of venturing within in darkness and became disoriented when their trusty GPS receivers lost their bearings under the tree cover, becoming completely lost when their batteries were depleted.

Others, less charitable, believe that they are still seeking the two and twenty caches placed by The Lord, remaining clueless without clues, too ashamed to emerge defeated.

Yet others believe that the cachers were actually in search of The Lord himself and were literally petrified by fear.

This cache gives you the chance to solve the puzzle: Proving or disproving the Legend of the Lost Cachers.

Of course, the cache is a night cache, since that's when the Lost Cachers are said to pace the woods.

Of course, the cache is not at the published coordinates.

However, they are the only coordinates we know of.

There's no need to cross any fences, find the way round! Wear mosquito repellant! You WILL probably hate me at some point during your quest so take my number so you can PAFF (Phone a Former Friend)! The terrain is no exaggeration. Seriously. Don't go alone. Expect this cache to take ages and leave you exhausted. Perhaps Lost.

On your way, remember it is a puzzle and you can not solve it at home.

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:


! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ? @ ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . /

Clues:    decode
  • Puzzle 
    Gur ahzore bs gur ornfg vf fvk fvk fvk> jung vf gur ahzore bs gur pnpur/
  • Cache 
    Vg7f n ynetr nzzb obk fb jurer pna vg svg/


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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 10 May 2012 by  Ecky   (Finds: 11   Score: 38)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
Yes, we came back and this time we've found it. It was soo easy in the end, but in the middle of the night it didn't make sense and we were lost. This time the cache was soon in hand and big smiles all around. TFTC
I could not find it. 06 May 2012 by  Ecky   (Finds: 11   Score: 38)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
I wasn't aware that the cache was also listed here, so a belated log from me.
The first one is a DNF. We walked and walked and got hampered by a flooded location. In the end we called it a night and promised to be back. We would be back.
I found it! 13 Nov 2011 by  nick_h_nz   (Finds: 5   Score: 28)   (Hidden: 0   Score: 0)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
Found with the EA GeoMob over a night and a day in order to find the associated TC (which proved easy to find, though not in the way it should have been).

I arrived late, due to work commitments and by the time I met up with the other Mobbers they had been wandering in circles for a good hour or so. Luckily their circles had either taken them not far from where they parked, or all the way round and back again. Either way, by the time I parked up, they were all of 600 metres away from me.

It felt to be good to be part of a Mob again - it has been some time since I have been caching in a Mob - and soon I was wandering around in circles too. By the time I joined, one missing tag had already been missed, and another picked up with the possibility of another missing inbetween also (which was later worked out to have been the case). We carried on until we reached another missing tag. At this point there was no further tag in evidence to carry on, so we stopped for a very tasty beer break.

It was such a mild night, that stopping in the middle of the woods at this time of year was not at all chilly. I think the beer dulled our brains, because we stopped to PAF at this stage. As Rachael later commented, when you have a F to PA it is too easy to do so. The answer to the puzzle was so evident, and had we stopped to think about where we had been, where to go was staring us in the face. But rather than plotting where we had been, we were plotting to kill Roderick for his not answering our text.

We decided that we would leave the cache until the next day, and went off for a quick trip to Heaven instead. (Satan would have to wait for tomorrow...)

Despite the saying, tomorrow did come (and at the time of writing is aka yesterday) and emboldened by reading previous logs we felt we should be able to finish in the daylight. Back at the same parking spot as the night before, we were receiving texts from Roderick for the tags we had missed. It would be true to say we were ambivalent about this, as we had already worked out roughly what they must have been, and also roughly what we had yet to find. Indeed we had plotted every single tag we felt the Agent of Darkness...Satan himself had planted - and confirmed what we had suspected the night before (if only the plot had thickened).

We could now see how others may well have abbreviated their trek, and could see that had we not been "cache-blind" we could have easily done similarly. Then again, it would not have been anywhere near as fun or memorable experience! We wouldn't have been able to enjoy the Ditches of Death, the Rhododendra of Ruination, and the Fearsome Fence of Finality. We didn't really to find any of these, but I would urge any other cacher to seek them out. Pain is so close to pleasure, and all that...

I am really glad we found this cache at both night and in daylight. The woods are completely different beasts, and the beauty of them is not realised until visited in daylight. In fact, they are surprisingly open, and it becomes clear just how foolish some route choices were the night before. As such, we enjoyed a nice and easy stroll to a location which we believed was the only place the cache could be.

It wasn't.

We ought to know, because we spent a good hour searching there. Just as we were beginning to doubt ourselves, we stopped for lunch/afternoon tea. This was clearly a big mistake - just as stopping for beer the night before. Once stopped, the urge to PAF is hard to resist. Stupidly, the solution to our problem was mentioned only moments before Mark was phoning Roderick. So once again something we had worked out for ourselves was confirmed by the cache owner, and literally within seconds we had what he had not been looking for, which lead us to what we were looking for - and somewhat unsurprisingly, had us walking around in circles again.

At GZ, we found ourselves at yet another tag - but this time could see where we needed to be looking, and Shirley soon had a nice big ammo can in her hands.

We thoroughly enjoyed these caches (OC and TC) in both the moonlight and the daylight, and were all in awe of how much thought and effort must have gone into the planning and execution.

Thanks for an incredibly entertaining time. I LOVED your cache! TFTC!!
I found it! 05 Apr 2009 by  Amberel   (Finds: 61   Score: 201.5)   (Hidden: 2   Score: 11.5)
     Open Log:    Non-commercial use only
I completed this cache in the company of a couple of other cachers who will be logging on but probably not on here.

We started at 21:15 on a cold but clear and dry night. The forest was bathed in moonlight, but even so we had to turn our PDAs onto minimum brightness as we set off into the trees. We found the first waypoint and started on our quest.

As much as practical we tried to use the map to minimise the bush-whacking required. To a considerable extent we were successful, though it didn't prevent some very intimate acquaintance with the undergrowth on one very difficult section .

And then we had a "eureka" moment. This enabled us to abbreviate the route considerably, and also prepared us in advance for the moment of disappointment suffered by the previous visitors. However, though we had more or less correctly worked out what to expect, and it was a necessary precursor to getting the answer to the puzzle, this epiphany was incomplete and we fell short of the full and final solution.

We sat down with our backs to a tree and tried to work it out. We had only one idea, but we were far from sure about it, and if it was wrong it would have involved more walking and left us as baffled as before.

So we sent a text message to the cache owner. Notwithstanding that it was now 2-o-clock in the morning, the response came back as quick as a flash. Our one idea was wrong, but Roderick nudged us in the right direction and we already had the necessary numbers to back this up. One more trek across the forest brought us to what we believed to be ground zero, and we started searching. And after 4 or 5 minutes, with much relief, we had the cache in our hands - it is a long trek for a DNF.

While we were reasonably pleased with what we had managed to work out for ourselves, I think it is safe to say that without the "nudge" we would not have made that final leap of imagination.

So many thanks for a very ingeniously worked out cache, and for being on hand at that unsociable hour .

Rgds, Andy
I found it! 03 Apr 2009 by  heffalump007   (Finds: 40   Score: 143)   (Hidden: 5   Score: 10)
     Open Log:    Personal use only
A Joint FTF
Found as part of "The Lost Cachers" crewe from Thursday Night/Friday morning.

I got asked to join up for an evening caching of which I said how can I refuse but did not know it was going to take so long, and walk miles, I met them at one of the cords after some how having to get through two fences commando style. The team was Westie Walker, Woking Wanders, dno1968, figures & Rebus34. Thanks sandvika for a most excellent cache pleased I did not do this one on my own cause I would have most definitively gone completely mad and the white coats my needed to be called!!
[Modified 2009-04-06 03:04:33]

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