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cache type Bear Paws (Winter Version) cache size

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Please do not look for this cache.

by GEO
(Finds: 17  Score: 69)    (Hidden: 16  Score: 74)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 45.000'   W 076° 18.000'
Moravia,   New York   13118
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 02 Mar 2003
Waypoint (Landmark): N00535
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps gps half gps (moderate)
Terrain: gps gps gps gps gps (hard)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is a challenge. No fees!


Maps are queued for generation.
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Located in Bear Swamp State Forest at the south end of Skaneatles Lake, this winter-accessible cache will provide a good workout for the body and the mind.

The coordinates posted on the page are missing the fractional part of their minutes. The actual cache is within a mile radius of the posted coordinates. In order to obtain the missing data for the longitute and the latitude, you will need to solve the following puzzle:

If you were to travel North alongside of 'Bear Swamp Creek' from the posted coordinates, you'd soon have to cross a road and you'd end up in an area delimited by 4 roads.

Step 1. Write down the road names and road numbers ignoring spaces and abbreviations (like 'Rd'). Drop the word 'Road' from road names too. If a road has a number, that number must be preserved as is.

Step 2. Take the decryption key used by the site to decypher hints and assign a number to each column of letters, starting at 1 and ending at 13.

Step 3. Substitute the letters of each road name with the corresponding values according to the decryption key.

Step 4. For each road, sum up the values of the letters to obtain the 'weight' of each road name.

Step 5. Sort the names according to their 'weight', from the 'lightest' to the 'heaviest'.

To obtain the fractional part of the latitude:

Step 6. Add the weight of all the roads.

Step 7. Add the road # of the 3rd road to the result of Step 6.

Step 8. Subtract the values of the 6th and 8th letters of the 4th road from the result of Step 7 to obtain the fractional part of the latitude.

To obtain the fractional part of the longitude:

Step 9. Add the values of the last 2 letters of the 1st road.

Step 10. Add the value obtained in Step 9 to the value of the 2nd letter of the 2nd road.

Step 11. Multiply the value obtained in Step 10 by the weight of road # 3.

Step 12. Add the weight of road # 1 to the value obtained in Step 11.

Step 13. Subtract the value of the 1st letter of the 4th road to obtain the fractional part of the longitude.

This snow-friendly cache is a well stocked .50 cal. ammo box filled with high-quality items and the traditional logbook. During the winter time, snowshoes -are required- to get to the cache. Depending on where you park and the season, the terrain rating will vary from a 2.5 to a 5.

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



Clues:    decode

  • Hint 
    Gnxr lbhe gvzr naq lbh7yy or svar>

NoteAdd a Log Entry

CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

Note 11 Apr 2003 by  GEO  (Finds: 17  Score: 69)    (Hidden: 16  Score: 74)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I have stopped using this site.

I found it! 07 Mar 2003 by  Wheelygood  (Finds: 103  Score: 582)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 92)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Bear Swamp is one of those places where you can feel like you are truly all alone. I had a nice walk in the trails in the woods and on the seasonal road. I watched a couple turkeys from the swamp lookout (B trail) while eating a snack but other than the turkeys and a couple snowmobiles on the road I didn't see or hear anything else. Cache is in great shape and loaded with really high end stuff, you won't want to pass this cache up.

I left the first TB, made the first trade and left the first log. Thanks for a good hide and introducing me to a new area.
Huckle Buckle Wheelygood Beanstalk

  cameradepth of snow


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