Sunday, October 25, 2009

Puzzle Solvers Beware

After placing a multi-cache and a traditional cache, I feel drawn back to the world of puzzles.

I'm conjuring up my next puzzle cache. It should prove to be quite a challenge, and will incorporate several types of encryption techniques. Fair warning: I'm not holding back on this like I did on Return of the Space Pigs, so you'll need to brush up on your knowledge of cryptology if you plan to go after this next cache.

The only obstacle that is currently preventing me from making the hide is location. With several medium sized ammo cans in my possession, I will be using one, but this narrows down the choices for me, as I don't want to travel to far from home to make the hide. Sorry, I'm lazy when it comes to driving and like places that I can quickly get to by car.

So with that in mind, I'm considering a few locations. Unfortunately mother nature has made things interesting with a typhoon brushing past us right now to the south, so I'll have to wait to do some recon work on where to place this next cache.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Getting Cold

My first multi-cache has been published. I was trying to make it into a 5-stage multi-cache, but the presence of other caches in the area that I wanted to place it prevented me from making it 5, so I had to settle with 4.

With an extra container sitting in my hands, I felt obligated to create another cache. I found a nice location right off the highway and my first traditional cache was born.

The multi-cache is called Frosty the Snowman, and the traditional is called Jack Frost. I'm sure I'll see an FTF on Jack Frost in the next few hours as it is only a 1-star terrain. However, I think one would be very obsessed to try and go after Frosty the Snowman after dark.

Frosty covers terrain that has sudden drop-offs, paths that aren't marked well, banana spiders everywhere, and uses some crafty hide techniques that won't be divulged for quite awhile. I rated it a 5-star difficulty due to the containers used, and a 4-star terrain due to the various places that the cacher must travel to. All in all, the total distance that the cacher will have to travel in finding this cache is roughly between 3~5 kilometers, depending on the paths chosen and amount of time trudging around the GZs.