I was recently reading a thread about puzzle caches in the GC.com forums when someone mentioned field puzzles. These are caches where you solve puzzles in the field rather than at your computer.
In my mind there are two types of field puzzles. In this case they were referring to the type of caches where the cache is hidden at the listed coords and there are no fake coords. You can easily find the cache but signing the log is a problem. You have to solve a problem in order to either get into the cache and/or get the log. The cache may be a box that you have to figure how to open. A field puzzle attribute is available.
This topic has come up before in the forums and there is a bit of disagreement on whether they are traditionals or unknowns. They are often indicated as traditionals because they are located at the listed coords. A reason for not showing them as Unknowns is that a lot of cachers don’t want to sit at home solving puzzles so they ignore all caches with the “?” and don’t read the cache description to see they aren’t some mind bending cypher.
There were quite a few of these types of caches in the past but not that many lately. On a recent trip to the USA, we came across a number of these caches at rest areas along an Interstate. They were usually large wooden boxes attached to trees and you had to figure out how to get into the box. We didn’t figure out a lot of them.
Why do I raise this topic now? There are four recent field puzzle caches in the Moncton area. They are all classified as traditionals. I don’t want to ruin the fun so i wont say too much about them but here is a list of all four. Read the cache descriptions before heading out.
Apple Tree by gigi2i GC4ZPMJ
This cache has been out for 2 weeks and has Found logs from us and Belladan. Not sure if anyone else has tried it. It is a fun cache. There are instruction in the cache to help you access the log. A log is available, so don’t add one of your own. Park on Harrisville blvd to access this cache
BOXED IN by Cableguy GC50F1G
We got the cache but could not get at the log. We spent quite a bit of time with this one and had no success. bikercamper and her hubby got to the log within less than a minute. AARRRGGGHHH!!
DID YOU REMEMBER THE HOUSE KEY? by Cableguy GC50JQ0
MA figured it out while I was manipulating the cache without luck. A few have found this one.
ENIGMA by Cableguy GC50JT2
We had no luck with this one and there is also a sad note from bikercamper. Spent a good amount of time trying to get into this one. But it has been logged by Brechan_Paytra_&_Fin and Grant&Lina who apparently figured it quickly.
Hope you all go out and try these great caches