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There and Back Again Abanazar does it again - the second TOP CACHE to get top marks.

A superb underground cache, themed on the Hobbit - the recovery of Thror's treasure from the dragon Smaug by Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves.

The best cache I have ever done !!!

Truly worthy of its 5/5 rating.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
25 points
No. 150
In the mountain :-)
Earnanaes The Quest for Aladdin's Lamp very nearly got the maximum possible TOP CACHE score, but I knocked off a point, else I wouldn't be able to award a higher score if an even better cache came along. On this one I can't see which section I could possibly justify deducting a point from!

This was almost certainly the most difficult cache I have ever reached. It is not as difficult as il Nono Cerchio, but my best efforts were not enough for that one. It is technically a more difficult cave than Lasciate Ogne Speranza, and I would almost certainly not have been able to get out again without the expert and patient assistance of digdug123 - this is a man I quite literally trust with my life.

But abanazar's cave caches are not just about a high terrain adventure. They are story lines that start with the puzzle, follow through each stage as you act out the part, and end very much later at the cache. Every aspect is carefully designed and thought out.

They are quite brilliant caches.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
25 points
No. 94
Near the dragon :-)
Open Sesame: The Quest for Aladdin's Lamp A taxing puzzle and some fairly tricky underground terrain led to an outstanding cache :-) I can't say much more, or I'll spoil it for future finders.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
24 points
No. 73
With owner
Los Juicios de la Inquisición Another cache with a very original theme running through it. Terrain not for the faint-hearted :-)

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abanazar
Wiltshire
23 points
No. 137
 
Below Above - The Janitor's Blither Another great journey through the Bath stone quarries, to a great cache container.

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JestersMagpie
Wiltshire
23 points
No. 156
With owner
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate Probably the most physically demanding cache I've found, though by some margin not the most physically demanding I have attempted - see "il Nono Cerchio". Much as I enjoyed the nearby quarry caches, the terrain for this one was an order of magnitude more difficult. It didn't have the interesting artefacts, but almost every step of the way was a challenge.

I wasn't scared stiff in the way I was when doing some of the climbing caches, but I failed on my first attempt and believed reaching this cache was simply beyond my abilities. A second visit proved it wasn't :-)

So - an elegant puzzle, a well constructed cache page, a most challenging route to the cache and a neat hiding place - a TOP CACHE.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
22 points
No. 56
Near cache :-)
Below Above - The Mega Breakfast I've been down these quarries more than a dozen times, on some epic journeys, but this was the grand-daddy of them all :-)

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JestersMagpie
Wiltshire
22 points
No. 157
 
Der Adler ist gelandet: der Fahrer

Yet another refreshingly original theme, and a cache hunt that involved many disciplines over a long, exhausting and highly satisfying day.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 177
 
Alice's Adventure

A beautifully prepared cache page, stages that built up the tempo, and a final that exploded like a firework :-) Cleverly constructed to follow the storyline, with humorous details, and all of it made most beautifully.

After nearly 6,000 caches this was probably the most creative one I've ever done. 

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UrsusBear
Suffolk
21 points
No. 128
With owner
Forbrydelsen: Mangler

Humour in abundance, variety, superb detail, probably abanazar's best "above ground" cache.

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abanazar
Avon
21 points
No. 140
 
The Ascent of Man

Multiple free tree climbs, the last one in particular being very challenging for me, but set in the most breathtaking landscape of green hills and valleys, this one would get 11 out of 10 for the location if it could.

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abanazar
Avon
21 points
No. 141
With owner
The Quest for St Aldhelm's Glove

This one had to be on the itinerary as I had been urged to do it by so many different people. A most unusual starting task, after which it was a little bit of a slow burner, but some great final stages in a place I know well, and a superb cache :-)

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abanazar
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 142
 
Below Above - The Fallen Monarch An awesome experience. As someone with a mild claustrophobia it took a little determination to tackle this in the first place. But it was so interesting that at no point did I give a second thought to the small spaces and tight squeezes.

And what a reward! Some fascinating ancient artefacts, and a challenging exit.

It was a privilege to be able to present this coin to the cache owner at the cache location.

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 33
With owner
Below Above - Multi 1 The fourth and last (though that would soon change) of a group of subterranean caches - the longest, and with some of the trickiest terrain. But with so much of interest to see. A fantastic place to visit.

Too good to visit only once - this coin was presented to the cache owner on a return visit :-) .

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 46
With owner
Below Above - Multi 2 We came back for Multi 2 some 6 weeks after finding the previous four Below Above caches. This one was on a different scale - neither more nor less interesting, but different. Another great experience.

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 65
With owner
Below Above - Mind The Trains Noticeably different to the previous Below Above caches we found - this quarry is larger and the underground passageways and caverns more spacious. It's hard to say which was the more interesting.

As with The Fallen Monarch, prior to the visit it seemed utterly improbable that these caches would fail to achieve TOP CACHE status, so I had taken the unique step of manufacturing the coins BEFORE visiting. The location did not disappoint.

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 32
With owner
Ischgl VIP Cache

Awesome location, highly original hunt and excellent container. 

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sandvika
Austria
20 points
No. 178
 
Rothenburger Spitalhof

On our drive to Austria for ski-ing we paused in Rothenburg to find a TerraCache. The TerraCache was gone, but instead we found this lovely clean and tidy cache in a stunning location.

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benitodecastro
Germany
20 points
No. 176
 
Knock Knock

This was a rather different type of puzzle to those I normally tackle. I had to enrol the entire Amberel clan to help solve it. And even that wasn't enough - we needed a nudge to shift us out of a rut we got stuck in. But once I had the location I wasted no further time.

From previous logs I was expecting it to be good, but I didn't know in what way. It turned out to be such an obvious idea, but only with hindsight, and I think that is a feature of the very best ideas :-)

So a great and original idea, and a great deal of effort to produce, but it was worth it. A fantastic cache :-)

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Digdug123 & Boo
Wiltshire
20 points
No. 93
With owner
Below Above - The White Bird Our first taste of what these underground caches would be like. The entrance was challenging, the whole experience amazing.

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
20 points
No. 48
With owner
Ogof Huw John Fychan A really great location, superb beach, great views, some surprises and possibly the best hiding place I've seen in 5,500 cache finds :-)

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UrsusBear
Gwynedd
19 points
No. 119
Released
Caching Cluedo The superb design and attention to detail that are the hallmark of the cache owners. Humour, careful preparation, good maintenance, a great walk and a twist in the tail :-)

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UrsusBear
Suffolk
19 points
No. 130
 
il Nono Cerchio Without any doubt the most physically demanding cache I've ever looked for, and probably the most physically demanding thing I've ever done in my entire life.

I tried my best, but I got stuck about 75% of the way there, so this is one of those rare beasts, a TOP CACHE award for a DNF.

The reason it falls below some other caches in this list is because the points allocated to its strong suit have "maxed out", and it loses out by being only a micro, even though getting anything bigger than a micro down there would be a very difficult task :-) So despite "only" 19 points, this is a TOP TOP CACHE.

In this short space I can't begin do it justice - if you are interested you should read the logs.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
19 points
No. 77
In the ninth circle :-)
h4ck3r One for the technophile :-) But after the geeky stuff, a lovely walk :)

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abanazar
Wiltshire
18 points
No. 136
 
Porth Sion Dafydd A lovely walk along a wide, deserted beach, at low tide, to a fun cache placement :-)

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UrsusBear
Gwynedd
18 points
No. 118
 
Caractacus Potts' workshop What a fantastic view, made all the more special by being so unexpected. Nothing in my route to the cache prepared me for the sight that unfolded just before I reached GZ.

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icenians
Buckinghamshire
18 points
No. 16
With owner
Playing Around in Kingsdown + Piddypug's Hole (In One) A clever and amusing Groundspeak multi, leading directly to a short, but tight and tricky, opencaching cave cache.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
18 points
No. 133
 
The Legend of the Lost Cachers A long walk over (and through) some very difficult terrain in the middle of the night, a very tricky puzzle to solve "on your feet", and the owner's willingness to be woken up in the middle of the night all contribute to the award, but it's mainly for the ingenuity and effort expended in preparing the cache.

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sandvika
Berkshire
17 points
No. 38
With owner
Sygyn Copper Trail A varied walk, taking in the town of Beddgelert, industrial and other history, myth, great views, past rushing river and over rocky mountain.

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UrsusBear
Gwynedd
17 points
No. 114
 
The Geocaching Robot Arm One of the most ingenious and humorous caches I've ever done. Combine that with a high level of commitment and technical expertise to implement, and it means this one just has to be on the list.

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drsolly
Buckinghamshire
17 points
No. 8
With owner
Series 3 (Walk 4) The Fairy Door

A cache of great imagination, on a lovely walk in lovely woods, and one very especially for the toddlers.

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bailey rangers
Worcestershire
17 points
No. 71
Released
Rendcomb Rat Run Another culvert cache, not very long but in a "nice" tunnel, with (lots and lots of) clean water :-) . In a very pleasant location, and with a nice cache container at the end of it. Or, more precisely, in the middle of it :-) .

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twise_1
Gloucestershire
17 points
No. 108
No response
Alphabet Soup A mix of walking on and off road, but what made the series was the variety of excellent camouflaged and "trick" caches :-) .

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smart451
Derbyshire
17 points
No. 95
With owner
Happy Birthday An extremely muddy walk, but what a WOW at the end of it :-)

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UrsusBear
Cambridgeshire
17 points
No. 135
 
Pickle House Wow! We were most fortunate to arrive just after Pickle House had been redecorated :-)

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mushroom mike
Pembroke
17 points
No. 122
With owner
Silvretta Ski Magic

A marathon trek around the Austrian and Swiss mountains solving an original puzzle.

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sandvika
Austria
16 points
No. 179
 
Rev Green, Candlestick, Library? An interesting cache in an unusual location, impeccably presented from beginning to end.

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Sarah the Monkey
Berkshire
16 points
No. 158
Nearly ready
Birdspotting Not an area I visit very often, but a lovely location. The final was fun, but the intermediate stage was simply beautifully made.

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UrsusBear
Suffolk
16 points
No. 159
 
Cilan Cliffs A fairly straightforward puzzle followed by a lovely cliff-top walk, in a strong gale, through heather and gorse. A slightly "heart in mouth" hiding place!

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UrsusBear
Gwynedd
16 points
No. 116
 
Carding Mill Capers Standing in these lovely hills I couldn't believe that I'd managed in my whole life not to visit the Long Mynd before !

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markandlynn
Shropshire
16 points
No. 21
With owner
Jaggers Clough A fabulous walk following the path of the stream onto the Kinder plateau, which had remained unfinished business for me as I was unable to complete it on my first attempt due to a dodgy knee. Returned 15 months later to find the remaining caches in the series, which were in even more outstanding locations than the lower ones, and the rating has been bumped up accordingly.

Factotem at Jaggers Clough #8, looking down the clough towards #7.

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geogeriatrics
Derbyshire
16 points
No. 96
Released
The Roaches A lovely location. UrsusBear once again demonstrate the advantage of dual skinning caches that are in exposed locations.

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UrsusBear
Staffordshire
16 points
No. 149
 
Alien Alert! A really imaginative use of the location. Simple but very effective game pieces and a great cache at the end :-)

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UrsusBear
Suffolk
16 points
No. 127
 
Red Kite A great location, you feel on top of the world.

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sandvika
Oxfordshire
16 points
No. 9
With owner
Pickle Tower

A really great location, and a fun hide :-)

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mushroom mike
Pembroke
16 points
No. 121
With owner
Bardsey View A spectacular cliff-top walk.

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UrsusBear
Gwynedd
16 points
No. 117
 
On the first day of Christmas A pleasant walk, lots of stages with variety and humour.

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UrsusBear
Suffolk
15 points
No. 160
 
eat mess shine An enjoyable little trip in the dinghy, humour and surprise :-)

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metal-bijou
Berkshire
15 points
No. 153
With owner
The Mystery of the Dancing Monk A very difficult puzzle (too difficult for me, I needed a nudge from the cache owner), but once in the woods there were some fun stages and great final.

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team postie grum
Cambridgeshire
15 points
No. 134
With owner
peregrines above A long walk over Coppet Hill to the meadows below Symonds Yat Rock, with the Peregrine Falcon's nests directly above. It's somewhere I've looked down on before, but never visited.

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laurencemo
Herefordshire
15 points
No. 109
In cache
Village of the damned An interesting location. But muddy. Very muddy :-)

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Gackt
Oxfordshire
15 points
No. 107
With owner
Quackers A simple puzzle, effectively presented, and a fun paddle :-)

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UrsusBear
Suffolk
15 points
No. 126
 
Tunstall Starlight Stroll An excellent night cache, with much more variety than most, and a super cache at the end.

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UrsusBear
Suffolk
15 points
No. 129
 
Crowden Brook Waterfall A delightful spot for the cache, but also scores big for the section of Crowden Clough above the cache, leading to the top of Kinder Scout, which was a tough walk in gorgeous surroundings.

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Wicker
Derbyshire
15 points
No. 147
No response
Ringing Roger A bit of a scramble at the end of a long climb.

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Flipperfeet
Derbyshire
15 points
No. 146
No response
The Highest Accessible Cache in Western Europe

A short spring break saw us at Brevent practising our off-piste ski-ing in preparation for the Vallee Blanche.

A glorious spring afternoon afforded amazing views of Chamonix directly below us.

A great place for a cache, plus a big "feel good" factor.

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Cache U Nutter
France
15 points
No. 66
With owner
Canaston Wood A series of amusing and beautifully engineered caches in some lovely woods.

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mushroom mike
Pembroke
15 points
No. 120
 
Wayland's Smithy This one is for the walk, and the destination. The destination I found most interesting. The walk I did twice, after leaving my eTrex on the ground beside the cache :-)

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The Wombles
Oxfordshire
15 points
No. 18
With owner
Cache EM if you can #1 - 9 ladies of Stanton Moor A gorgeous spot, high on the moor. On an autumn morning I climbed up through heavy mist to a beautiful sunny day.

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Ve8
Derbyshire
15 points
No. 70
No response
Biggin to see A lovely walk up Mill Dale with a stiff and steep climb at the end.

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Dicy Penn
Staffordshire
14 points
No. 145
With owner
Noe Head A delightful spot, in a steep sided valley, beside a waterfall.

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Barber Booth Alpine Club
Derbyshire
14 points
No. 148
 
Cuckoo There's not much that is new under the sun, but in 5,500 cache finds I've never come across one like this before :-)

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mushroom mike
Pembroke
14 points
No. 123
 
Another Knight Cache I'm not very good at puzzles and as a rule do them only as a means to an end - i.e. to be able to visit a cache I particularly want to find. This one taxed me greatly, and I needed a little more help from my caching friend factotem than I really felt comfortable with.

But the cache was worth the trouble :-) Neatly put together, and with an excellent container in a good hide at the end of it.

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Team Hippo
Buckinghamshire
14 points
No. 131
With owner
Series 3 (Walk 13) Sum It Up Not unique but very unusual. Top quality implementation, and in a great location.

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bailey rangers
Worcestershire
14 points
No. 85
 
Cache on a Bare Mountain A good hiding place in a beautiful cliff-top location.

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wumsandi
Gwynedd
14 points
No. 115
No response
Noon Hill A great walk, lovely views, an immaculate cache box and a really friendly bunch of cows :-)))

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pharisee
Bedfordshire
14 points
No. 22
With owner
Unattributed

A great location in Swinley Forest, and an excellent sized container.

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The White Family
Berkshire
13 points
No. 112
With owner
Chiltern Hundred The award is for the series rather than any one cache. It was one of the first long series. What makes it stand out is the clever layout that allows several different ways to walk it, the lovely country through which it passes and the variation in the route.

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drsolly
Buckinghamshire
13 points
No. 61
With owner
It's not so Grimm in Box Done as an opportunistic cache, as we were passing close by and I spotted it had been awarded a lot of "favourite" points.

A typically abanazar cache, combining metaphor and allegory into the cache page and search. An excellent cache, and an unexpected TOP CACHE.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
13 points
No. 75
 
High N Dry A fun location on an island in the Thames, and a big challenge to reach the cache. Teamed up with The_Dave and goldfish62 to crack this one :-)

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asfastasfcuk
Berkshire
13 points
No. 98
Released
Hergest Ridge A lovely walk and great views.

Peter is the first recipient to choose the "brave" option of having his coin delivered by cache :-) .

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The Hornet
Herefordshire
13 points
No. 19
Released
The Night Mail Another amusing and original cache, with a fun night walk to round it off and a tricky twist in the tail.

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drsolly
Buckinghamshire
13 points
No. 53
With owner
Vertigo This one is in Windsor, so I came here on my boat, which always adds to my enjoyment of a cache.

I have a fear of heights. The first time I visited, by myself, I bottled it. Some time later I returned with Pseudolite. He went up to recover the cache. At age 60, and for the first time in my life, I climbed a very tall tree to put it back again.

Regrettably this cache is now archived.

 
Cryptik Souls Crew
Berkshire
13 points
No. 105
No response