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The More the Merrier

N 34° 14.651 W 083° 50.005

UTM: 17S E 239051 N 3792863

The coords posted above are for one of two parking areas you might use. This is somewhat like a multistage cache hunt but you get to decide how many stages to make it! The temptation may be to just cut to the chase, but “The More the Merrier”! At the end of your Odyssey you’ll be looking for an antique .50 cal ammo can. 

There are several other caches in this area, some or all of which you may already have found. If you’ve already found them you may have a bit of an advantage, but not much as you probably neglected to note the number and the clue written on the inside back cover of the log book. That number is the distance to this cache. Now maybe the advantage goes to those who haven’t found the other caches – they get to log multiple smiley faces on this hunt!

Alright, think about this: You find one of the other caches and it says “.75 mile” inside the back cover of the log book. Well, you could theoretically walk a three quarter mile radius circle around that cache and find the “More the Merrier” cache. That wouldn’t be very efficient though, would it? And if you missed it you’d have to keep going around and around without much of an idea of where to look. The clue provided with the distance spec may help a bit, but it’s only one of five clues.

Find a second cache, note the distance and clue in it’s log book, and you’d theoretically have two places where the two circles intersect. (Now you know how your GPS feels when it can only lock into a couple of satellites!) Find a third cache and you should be able to figure out where the cache is. However if you’re working with half mile (and larger) diameter circles the position error won’t be favorable. Find more of the other caches and you should do pretty well as you fine tune the cache location.

So how do you fine tune the location? You could do some triangulation calculations at home and return. Or you could switch the “Go To” on your GPS from cache to cache and try to get all the distances to equal the distances you noted from the log books as you hike around. If all the distances match up and the clues make sense too you should be at the cache.

I guess doing it the mathematical way the number of stars for difficulty goes up, the other way the terrain difficulty goes up as you may be doing some bushwacking. I’d suggest marking the caches on the trail map as you find them, drawing intersecting arcs to find roughly where the “More the Merrier” cache is, then going to that area and doing the “Go-To” thing mentioned above. Or perhaps you could project an arc of waypoints on your GPS and look for intersections of these arcs? Just so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises I rated both terrain and difficulty on the high end. Be sure to bring plenty of water!

Official geocache code: GC51C0

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