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cache type West Pike Fire Tower-USGS Marker Cache cache size

(Finds: 48  Score: 221)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 89)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 41° 47.492'   W 077° 39.801'
Ulysses,   New York   16948
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 20 Jul 2001
Waypoint (Landmark): N00162
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Unknown
Cache size:   Unknown

Difficulty: gps gps gps (moderate)
Terrain: gps gps gps (moderate)



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This cache is located on Public Land

This is a 2 Part Cache, you will need information obtained from the listed coordinates to obtain the actual cache coordinates.

This location has served two functions, a forest service fire tower, and a US Geodetic Survey Station. This type of station consisting of 3 Bronze disks set in a concrete column extending 10 inches above the ground is known as a first order horizontal triangulation station. Although all signs of the fire tower are gone we were able to find 2 of the 3 disks.
The listed coordinates will put you at one of the markers. You will need to note the year that has been stamped into the disk. If you want to be sure you have it right the second disk can be located by walking 96 feet at a compass bearing of 90 degrees from the disk you found. It also has the year stamped and is a little easier to read.
The coordinates for the cache are:

N41° 47.AB4'

W077° 39.CD1'

To obtain A subtract 4 from the second digit of the year. For B, subtract 2 from the third digit. You now have the Latitude. Now on to the Longitude. To obtain C Multiply the fourth digit of the year by 2, For D, add 4 to the third digit.

Now you have the coordinates to the cache. If your GPS tells you more then a couple tenths of a mile take another look.
This cache is a round Tupperware like container. It is not on the ground, as the fern ground cover is dense. We will be more specific in the encrypted hints, but think you will have more fun without looking at them.
This cache contains a well-traveled Hitch Hiker. She is known as the M & M Babe. She has her own log book which will direct you to a web site that explains what she and her several companions are all about.

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



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  • Location of cache clue! 
    Ybbx va gur pebgpu bs n gevcyr bnx gerr>

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I found it! 23 Jul 2006 by  scoof  (Finds: 2  Score: 9)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

This was our first cache for the weekend.It took us two tries once we figured out that we needed website infomation so we had to back down the hill and find a hotspot at the local acorn store. After that it was a nice hike though the woods.

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I found it! 21 Aug 2002 by  Harv and Donna  (Finds: 152  Score: 707)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

1st of 6 finds today Found at 10:40 AM
This was our 100th find and of course Rocky it had to be one of your caches. As you know, my 1st find was also one of yours. I thought you started a nice tradition with your 100th find of a cache hidden by a person that helped you in this game. So I thought I would continue it. You’re the one that introduced me to caching, helped me decide on which GPS to buy, answered all my questions and of course hid some terrific caches.
Donna had the day off so I skipped work so we could do it together. And what a great day for caching it was. Loved the drive up to the fire tower site, just the kind of woods I know you like, myself also. And this cache being a 2 parter was even more interesting. Had no trouble finding it and even found the 2nd marker. After this cache we spent the rest of the day finding 5 more in the area. Each one was very enjoyable and in an area that was just incredible. The highlight of the day (besides finding our 100th cache) being when we saw a sow black bear with triplet, yes 3 cubs walking down the road in front of us. A rare site to be sure.
Thanks Rocky for introducing me to this hobby and for today by getting me to an area that was just grand.
Harv & Donna

I found it! 13 Jul 2002 by  Road Kill  (Finds: 54  Score: 244.5)    (Hidden: 11  Score: 55)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Road Kill went out on that hill a lookin fer the bear what ate Rocky's cache. He'd been a sorry critter to cross my path. I found the new container (a 50 cal. can) in good shape and untouched sept by other cachers. Somehow I got the wrong access road and treked in from the North. Lets just say I enjoyed a full value health walk.

At any rate I traded for a New York, New York key fob payin out a dollar and another trinket. And to the miserable bear I say “Grrrrrrrrrin”

I found it! 15 Feb 2002 by  mrmeasure  (Finds: 9  Score: 49.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Mrmeasure and wife, the gofer, have been wanting to do this
cache since mid December, but the road wasn't good enough.
Weather today was perfect. It is a beautiful spot.
Our yellow lab Jake enjoyed the area as well. Drove to
within 11 feet of one marker, and had no trouble finding
both survey markers, nor with the math!! We did have
problems with the coordinates on my Garmin Street Pilot
Color Map. It put me almost 50 foot south of the actual
cache. That's about plus .008 minutes from the calculated
latitude numbers.

Took the Jimmy Buffett tape, even tho we are not official
parrot heads! Left a Singapore Dollar, a stuffed doll
key ring from Mother of Rocky cache, and a camoflage make
up kit. Thanks for a nice hunt and location.

Mr. and Mrs. Measure.


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