Welcome to the first annual Halloween Radioactive Event Cache!
By: GeoTech Creations, LLC, Brian Team A.I., Aus Dem Kasten, and CopyCache
The haunting hour begins at 6:00pm with the bewitching hour ending at 10:30pm when the park closes.
The Haunted Grave Yard
Visit the haunted grave yard featuring Henry Morgan the King Pirate, Black Beard, Casper, Trucker Dan, Lazy K, and Captain Magellan. Oh... and don't miss the final resting spot of the infamous cache pirate Captain Mad Morty McVane! You will need to know something about him to solve this urban legend and to find the whereabouts of the event log. Stay tuned for the story and the clues. Arrrgggg!!!
Activities going on during the event
Event Details and Rules (Subject to change without notice!)
Event Registration: 6:00 - 6:45
The Best and Worst Dressed GPS!
Ghoulies Revenge - Jr. Goblins Multi Cache 7:15 - 8:15
This event is limited to cachers 12 and younger. A certified copy of a birth certificate is required! (just kidding) Each stage will have a ticket that must be brought back and verified. A prize will be given to each goblin on the team. In order to assure a "treat" for all participating in the kids caches, please let us know how many Jr. goblins will be attending prior to the event. If you have any items left behind by ghosts, goblins, and ghouls that you'd like to donate, please let us know prior to the event so we can work on assembling prize bags.
GPS Tracks 6:15 - 6:45
Tracks must be done on location and in the area boundaries as marked. All tracks must be turned in no later than 6:45. They will be printed and posted during the event. Your fellow cachers will vote for the best track shape. Voting ends at 8:00.
Witches Wort Hunt - Time Trials - 6:50 - 7:05
Only one member of the team may participate to make it a fair and equal event for all. All participants will start at the same time and at the same location. Each wort found must be logged on our special monkey dropping log sheet and be legible for credit. The hunter must return with in 15 minutes of the event start. There are two special wort that will need to be removed and brought back.
1313 Dead End Trail! - Main Cache Event - 7:50 - 9:45
This will be a staggered start. Team order to be determined at the time of the event. Each team will have the same chance to win as order does not matter. Each stage will contain coordinates to the next stage and either a ticket or an envelope. The tickets and envelopes must be brought back from each stage for verification to qualify.
The 1313 Dead End Trail is out in the desert. Please dress accordingly. The Ghoulies Revenge will be on grassed areas. A GPS is not used for the Witches Wort event.
Prizes have no cache value. No deposit, No Return. Use of metal detectors or Geiger Counters are helpful, but not allowed!
Items to bring
We will be using a PC with both USB and Serial interfaces to download/upload from the GPS's. We will supply a cable for Garmin E-Trex series and Magellan Meridian/Sport. If your GPS is not compatible with these two types of cables, please bring your own. Please preset and test your GPS to work with easyGPS as we will not have time to diagnose problems.
Food and Drink
Come join us for hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the fixings including some interesting concoctions brewed especially for this event that can only be prepared by the master witches themselves! Not an ordinary event, not an ordinary dinner!!!
If you're going to join us for dinner, please RSVP no later than Oct. 15th, with numbers, so we can plan appropriately. Adults are $3.00 and little goblins 12 and under are $1.00. If you wish not to join us for dinner, feel free to bring your own. Beverages are on you, but please no Alcohol! We do not have permit for it.
Current Event Sponsors
See you there!
Chapter 1 - The Beginning.
The time was May 2003, when Captn Mad Morty McVane took to the high desert and began plundering Geocaches in the arid Phoenix desert. All was going well in the world of Geocaching, until this one particular day when many caches were robbed of their contents, leaving only its history and a despicable signature behind. A cache pirate was in our midst!
As the urban legend goes, May 3rd was a nice day, coming in at reasonable 86-degrees. One would see this as perfect caching weather, and hit the valley by storm with a wave of `finds'. However, doing good and enjoying the sport was not on the minds of all who were seeking Geocaches. On this particular day, it was revealed that a number of caches had indeed been visited and their contents plundered.
"YO HO YO HO it's a Pirates Life for Me... you've been Plundered by Captain Mad Morty McVane (Cache_Pirate)," the logs read, sinking the hearts of children as it was discovered there was nothing to trade but a note for a tear. A total of eight caches had been plundered on this fateful day, creating a flurry of anger toward this terrible person, resulting in the most intense manhunt in Geocaching history. Checkpoints were in place, and many caching teams set up watch on some of their caches, hoping to catch the elusive thief, with plans to send him down the plank to pay for his horrid crimes. It wasn't until perhaps the inexperienced pirate diverted his attention to the noises from above while approaching the cache `Propelling Aluminum (GCSTOLE)' that the cover was blown. Like a scene from an off-the-wall British TV show, all about the area was heard:
"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!
As a deer caught in the headlights, the cache_pirate was struck with fear, tipping his hat down to hide his true identity, and fleeing the area, never to be heard from again until some months later. It was almost as though the mere mention of the evil name invoked some mystical spell that caused the resurrection of McVane, when threats were made to yet again plunder caches, appearing to target specific teams but little materialized.
An effort, truly in vain, exists today to organize a group of pirates to continue the plundering on a global scale. However, as with Captain Morgan, it is expected that the pirates will begin to plunder one another and this threat will eliminate itself.
It is said that the pirate hides in wait, using clever ruses to disguise whether or not he still exists. As the story goes, a chapter of local history was `borrowed' using an area landmark to hide the logs of his spoils.
Can you solve the mystery of Captain Mad Morty McVane?
Chapter 2 - McVane's Revenge.
Choosing his plunders carefully, several of the stashes were really caches. Not just caches, but cashes. Taking all the items and carefully marking them, with the intent to hide them in his own cache, he was a'hopen that his to be plundered too and them contents returned. The plan was simple, but was foiled again and again. Who was he, Yo Ho Yo Ho a pirates life it is.
Not able to hide his wares, his cover to be blown, he set out to revenge. "I'll show all of them, AAAARRRGGGG!!!" Clinking the coins, the loot, and fiddling with the bags, "The gold they say, AAARRRGGG, the gold they say, I left the gold, I marked them with my sign. I left the gold, AARRRRGGG. I'll create the map, I'll leave the clues, I'll, I'll, AAARRRGGG, a pirates life I have".
Trying to recruit others from across the world, in attempts to disguise his identity. "AARRGG, no one wants to play. I'll just hide for now. My revenge to hold the gold, oh, how do I hide it back?"
Traveling from cache to cache, he left secret marks, marks to locate the log book. Find the final resting place. Solve the rest of the clues, find the gold! Oh, that sweet, sweet gold!
Good Luck on your Journey!
A) The day of the month the plundered occurred
B) Count the number of cash caches that were plundered.
C) The number of caches plundered that did not contain "English Gold"
D) The number of letters of the plundered cache that has the same number of letters in each word
E) Total plunders
F) The total number of plunders we wish the cache_pirate had
G) The number of days caches were plundered by Captain Mad Morty McVane
H) A common word for modern day loot. (count the letters in the word)
I) the name of one of the caches plundered has this number in it.
Event Winners List
Thanks to all who came to this event. We had fun putting it together for you and hope that we can do this again next year. Below are the winners of the events. Congradulations to all.
1313 Dead End Trail
Geocaching.com Licenseplate holder
Geocaching.com Window Decal
Misc Halloween Goodies
Best Dressed GPS
Misc Halloweeen Goodies!
Misc Halloween Goodies!
Misc Halloween Goodies
Ty Black Cat
Delux Goodies Bag
2 Small Puzzels
Delux Goodies Bag
2 small Puzzels
Delux Goodies Bag