Amberel Top Caches, South
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Enter the Matrix

An awesome puzzle, one of the most difficult ever both mentally and physically.

We took the red pill …

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abanazar
Wiltshire
25 points
No. 463
With owner
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!

At the time this was almost certainly the most difficult cache I had 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 :-)
Stargate SN13

It took 3 days underground to complete this one, with our route taking us to new, challenging and rarely visited locations in the quarries. The navigation challenge was a greater test than any of the other caches in the quarries, both Groundspeak and opencaching listed.

Originally I marked this up as 24 points simply because the subject matter suits me a little less than "There and Back Again", but this marking is supposed not to be subjective and I really couldn't justify taking a point off anywhere - so it's a third maximum pointer for abanazar :-).

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abanazar
Wiltshire
25 points
No. 291
 
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 (until another abanazar cache some time later :-) ) !!!

Truly worthy of its 5/5 rating.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
25 points
No. 150
In the mountain :-)
If You Go Down To The Woods Tonight...............

This night cache was in a class of its own! Imaginative in conception and exquisitely presented, it oozed quality all the way.

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cannonfodder32
Wiltshire
24 points
No. 454
With owner
Orpheus and Eurydice

A clever and original interpretaton of a moving cache :-).

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abanazar
Wiltshire
24 points
No. 462
 
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
With owner
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
Der Adler ist gelandet: Saboteur

A puzzle that went way over my head, but I was able to make a contribution to solving the field stages. As always, it is truly remrkable how the c/o finds relevant locations and field puzzles to weave into the story line.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
22 points
No. 493
 
Raven's Well

An amazing location, in remarkable order for its age!

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madrab
Avon
22 points
No. 456
With owner
Below Above - 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&Lichee
Wiltshire
22 points
No. 157
With owner
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate

At the time, the most physically demanding cache I had found. 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 :-)
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
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 :-).

Now archived, but others in the series cover the same ground.

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 46
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
 
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
 
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
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
With owner
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
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.

Now archived, but the same ground is covered by others in the series.

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
21 points
No. 32
With owner
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
The White Bird

Our first taste of what these underground caches would be like. The entrance was challenging, the whole experience amazing.

Now archived but the same ground is covered by others in the series.

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BareClawz
Wiltshire
20 points
No. 48
With owner
~~ Khaleesi ~~

Great stages lead to a spectacular final :-).

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Badcats
Hampshire
20 points
No. 459
With owner
Cataclysm

An amazing series, lots of great ideas and all different :-). Some clever field puzzles and some great cache containers.

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Badcats
Hampshire
20 points
No. 414
With owner
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 :-)
Sue's Magical Mystery Tour

A beautifully prepared and outstandingly well maintained series of themed puzzles - humour and imagination.

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SeekingSalters
Hampshire
19 points
No. 265
With owner
Train spotting.

A great cache in a nice location.

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Team Gruffalo
Dorset
19 points
No. 438
With owner
Over the Rainbow

A very tough one for me. I was by climbing myself, and had to repitch in the tree and then climb above the anchor point, both of which I find exceptionally difficult!

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DizzyPair
Dorset
19 points
No. 437
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.org.uk cave cache.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
18 points
No. 133
With owner
Superheroines

A series of 5 excellent and varied tree climbs.

Superheroine Wizbit100 :-) Click the image to expand it.

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Fay, R+R
Hampshire
18 points
No. 264
With owner
Forbrydelsen: Bron|Broen

The usual ingenuity and painstaking attention to detail.

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abanazar
Wiltshire
18 points
No. 520
 
Hit The Beech

A high climb, also technically difficult in terms of setting the rope. Very satisfying to finally complete this one.

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DizzyPair
Dorset
18 points
No. 181
With owner
h4ck3r

One for the technophile :-) But after the geeky stuff, a lovely walk :-).

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abanazar
Wiltshire
18 points
No. 136
With owner
A Dizzy Tree Top View

One of the scariest tree climbs I've done, very high but also very open and exposed, nothing at all around you, which is the worst thing for my phobia.

Wizbit100 near the cache :-). Click the images to expand them.

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Fudgeman
Dorset
18 points
No. 182
With owner
Scooby-Doo! Sally's Mystery

The puzzle was a bit too taxing for me, but great field stages I could participate in :-).

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abanazar
Wiltshire
18 points
No. 494
 
hostile mobs meets Fairyland

A clever idea, and an amazing cache container!

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paul_and_judith
Hampshire
18 points
No. 415
With owner
The Lure of the Jungle

A very well presented multi, with a couple of twists that had us cursng the c/o ;-).

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DizzyPair
Hampshire
18 points
No. 404
With owner
Púca

A tall tree - a long climb to an unusual and spectacular cache, quite different to anything I've seen before.

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fairyfolk
Hampshire
18 points
No. 336
With owner
Lhiannan shee

An unusual reverse Wherigo cache led to a high tree free climb. Not technically difficult as there were plenty of branches, but the height was challenging for me!

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fairyfolk
Hampshire
18 points
No. 337
 
Xtreme Fun! - Challenge cache

Fun challenge :-).

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Fay, R+R
Hampshire
17 points
No. 546
 
Mix and Match

Clever field puzzle, tricky final at the time of year we found it!

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Fay, R+R
Hampshire
17 points
No. 403
 
A Present from Frau Potter

An excellent tree climb in a nice location.

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Mario McTavish
Hampshire
17 points
No. 235
 
Der Adler ist gelandet: Einzelgänger

An extraordinary location!

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abanazar
Avon
17 points
No. 521
 
Canopy Climb

A long way up.

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jpmonkey1
Hampshire
17 points
No. 402
 
Below Above - The Lost Geocacher

A return visit to Brown's quarry after quite a gap - lots of fun :-).

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JestersMagpie&Lichee
Wiltshire
17 points
No. 455
With owner
Der Adler ist gelandet: der Anfang

More great locations for us to visit :-).

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abanazar
Wiltshire
17 points
No. 495
 
Tomb Raider

The attention to detail that we have come to expect from this c/o :-).

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Mario McTavish
Hampshire
17 points
No. 299
With owner
Eye Level

An unusual setting in a lovely location. A challenge to get to the base of the tree, a challenge to get the line up and a challenge to make the climb!

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DizzyPair
Dorset
17 points
No. 242
With owner
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A tree climb with no huge surprises but very well presented and a lot of fun.

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Mario McTavish
Hampshire
17 points
No. 193
With owner
Dogger Bank

A very enjoyable trip round Langstone harbour in my dinghy. I lost my specs over the side and had to use my water bottle as a lens to read the GPSr :-).

This cache has now been archived.

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thekennelat79
Hampshire
17 points
No. 36
With owner
Honey Bee

A tree in prime condition, and the 300th TOP CACHE geocoin to be awarded :-).

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JaguarXJ6
Hampshire
17 points
No. 300
No response
Woodland Wander

An enjoyable walk in some varied country, with lots of very well made caches.

Now archived.

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APandT
Hampshire
17 points
No. 72
With owner
Below Above - Fred's Dog

Another enjoyable day underground :-)

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JestersMagpie&Lichee
Wiltshire
17 points
No. 506
With owner
The (Water) Crystal Maze

A fun cache with a great final container :-)

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Winter Foxes
Wiltshire
16 points
No. 372
With owner
Juggernaut

At the time we did it, the line placement was very difficult - but the subsequent climb quite straightforward.

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DizzyPair
Hampshire
16 points
No. 405
 
Q E F

Just what it says on the tin - not :-).

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DizzyPair
Hampshire
16 points
No. 406
 
Battleship Row

While Battleship Row is the listed cache for this geocoin, it is actually for the whole series of canoe caches along this lovely stretch of river :-).

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Fudgeman
Dorset
16 points
No. 297
With owner
Cache by Kayak - Avon

A series of 12 caches set on the River Avon and accessible by canoe. We did it while the river was in flood, which made for a very interesting and enjoyable ride :-).

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antpeng
Wiltshire
16 points
No. 214
With owner
UpAnOak

A straightforward roped tree climb.

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DizzyPair
Dorset
16 points
No. 465
 
Don't get wet

Fun climbs with an additional 'hazard' :-).

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jpmonkey1
Hampshire
16 points
No. 401
 
Cold and Windy

A fun trip round Chichester Harbour in my dinghy :-).

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dysdera
Hampshire
16 points
No. 23
With owner
Flotsam & Jetsam EXTREME

Unique!

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FollowMeChaps
Avon
16 points
No. 523
Declined
The Corkscrew Chestnut (F8)

A lovely location on a long disused railway.

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Fudgeman
Dorset
16 points
No. 243
 
Shake a Leg

A more substantial tree and a more straightforward climb than most we did that day :-).

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DizzyPair
Dorset
15 points
No. 245
 
How's That

An unusual multi in an unusual location.

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JaguarXJ6
Hampshire
15 points
No. 344
 
Railway View (F9)

A good climb, with handy parking.

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Fudgeman
Dorset
15 points
No. 241
 
Free as a Bird

This award is really for a varied collection of free climbs at Canford Park of which "Free as a Bird" was the best (i.e. most scary) :-). I would have found them much easier using equipment, but the c/o was watching :-).

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DizzyPair
Dorset
15 points
No. 199
With owner
Hickory Dickory Dock

A very spindly tree on a windy day!

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DizzyPair
Dorset
15 points
No. 246
 
Safety Dance

A nicely put together cache with an unusual theme, a good walk, mostly through lovely countryside, and a nice container at the end of it :-).

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redsox_mark
Wiltshire
15 points
No. 292
With owner
Rarity Value

A straightforward climb in a nice location to a very well secured cache :-).

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Mario McTavish
Hampshire
15 points
No. 236
 
Don't Look Down - Thirsty?

A good climb to start our day :-).

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sao_9
Hampshire
15 points
No. 233
With owner
Broken Arrow

A straightforward tree climb, but nicely presented and with a bit of extra care being taken with the cache container.

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Mario McTavish
Hampshire
15 points
No. 192
With owner
Centenary Challenge

A representative cache from a series of challenges. What made them stand out from other challenge cache series I've done was the good size, well stocked containers, and the setting in a lovely woods.

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Lydford Locators
Wiltshire
15 points
No. 201
With owner
T5 Tree-top Challenge

A gruelling, exhausting multi of 5 tree climbs, high and difficult to set up for. Unfortunately the ground was a bit swampy when we were there and we were plagued by midges all day, maybe better in cooler weather. This one is a SERIOUS challenge.

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The Ambles
Hampshire
15 points
No. 194
With owner
Monkeys Colden Challenge 15

Wizbit100 and myself were tackling the "4 corner challenge" - a D1/T1, a D5/T1, a D1/T5 - and this D5/T5, on the same day, followed by half a dozen more climbs. This was a lot higher than we expected, and the branches were thinner than we expected. It used up most of a whole day's supply of adrenaline even before breakfast, but we got there OK :-).

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jpMonkey1
Hampshire
15 points
No. 197
With owner
Swampy Oak (F45)

A good climb, with handy parking.

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Fudgeman
Dorset
14 points
No. 240
 
Qui and Boc - Reborn

A puzzle that was more challenging that it first appeared, a little twist that caught us out and then a simple climb to the cache.

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Mario McTavish
Hampshire
14 points
No. 234
 
The Crows Nest (Reloaded)

Nice tree, a free climb for some, though not for me …

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The Ambles
Dorset
14 points
No. 298
 
Mix-tapes

A series of songs to identify, of increasng difficulty. And a series of trees to climb, quite a variety, some good some not quite so good ;-).

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antpeng
Wiltshire
14 points
No. 464
With owner
When you have to shoot...Shoot! Don't talk.

A nice multi with more than one possible approach :-).

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DizzyPair
Dorset
14 points
No. 198
 
The Hollybank Cache

A short but pleasant walk, and a good size cache in a most excellent hiding place :-).

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Friends of Hollybank
Hampshire
14 points
No. 63
With owner
There's Many a Slip

An interesting and original multi in Lyme Regis, a place both Mrs. A. and myself like very much, which brought back memories of holidays here when the children were young.

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Weary Banker & Bookworm
Dorset
14 points
No. 59
Released
Keep Your Hat On

A tricky cache due to the overgrowth around the launch point and the profusion of tiny branches at the top that made it hard to get a line over a good size branch.

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DizzyPair
Dorset
14 points
No. 244
 
Bridge over troubled water?

Not an obvious TOP CACHE maybe, not very high at all, but an unusual placement for a tree climb, one that made us have to think carefully about our approach, and one on which we had a good deal of fun - which is what it's all about :-).

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Mario McTavish
Hampshire
13 points
No. 338
 
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 typical 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
With owner
Straight Up

A very straightforward and enjoyable tree climb to start our day :-).

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i,Cache
Hampshire
13 points
No. 335
With owner
Basingstoke Canal Swing Bridge - Mind your head

Not the greatest paddle when I did the cache in late summer - rather stagnant, dirty water - but an excellent hiding place once at the cache :-).

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AmayaTom
Hampshire
13 points
No. 295
With owner
Church Micro 3611...Chilton Candover

My log quoted the bible - after a fashion: It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a micro to get a TOP CACHE coin. Well, this one did. What a great location, historical and interesting.

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buzio
Hampshire
13 points
No. 144
With owner
DS5 Smugglers Path

A great walk down a spectacularly scenic cliff path.

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Kintore
Dorset
13 points
No. 106
No response