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M296 is Lost, but not Forgotten - OU00BA

 Find NGS Benchmark FA4610 to solve puzzle, cache near lost Azimuth mark.

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N 35° 07.032' W 80° 40.399' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > North Carolina
 Cache Type: Multicache
 Size: Normal
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 10 December 2008
 Date Created: 17 September 2010
 Last Modified: 17 September 2010
 Waypoint: OU00BA
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{{found}} 11 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Thorns Available in Winter Offset Cache In the Woods 

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Description   EN   

This cache has been placed near the former location of Benchmark FA4503. This benchmark was a City of Charlotte GPS Survey Marker stamped 296. It was the azimuth marker for M-096 (FA4610). They were set as a pair, so that surveyors could occupy one, and use the other as a reference direction to determine other directions. It was destroyed when I-485 was built, and Phillips Road was rerouted. As a bonus, you can log a find for benchmark FA4610 (on another site) while you are here.

The posted coordinate is for Benchmark FA4610, (listed on the other site). The datasheet with coordinates and description of this benchmark is in the National Geodetic Survey database located at:

There is parking nearby for the church and cemetery. The benchmark is flush with the ground. No digging required. Be respectful of the nearby cemetery.

Find the benchmark FA4610 and observe the aluminum marker.

There are two numbers, each with three digits.

The number closer to the center of the marker is AAA.

The number along the bottom is BBB.

To obtain the cache coordinates: BBB+198=nnn  and  AAA-002=www

The cache is located at: N 35^ 06.nnn'  W 080^ 40.www'

The cache is a regular size ammo can.

Additional Hints   Decrypt

Arne jbira jver



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Log Entries    {{found}} 11x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 0x     Show All Log Entries   New Log Entry

1 28 May 2016 gbmcache Found it

On a late Sunday afternoon I decided to try my hand at another open cache. Other than reading a number upside down the calculation was fairly easily and the locating of the cache was similarly so.

1 25 October 2015 tcox Found it

Targeted this one specifically for the GCGC relay.  It led us to our first benchmark find which was neat.  Made a keystroke error when entering the second stage location which would have put us in someone's house - thought we better recheck our numbers.  Once I corrected the error it led us to an easy find and a cache in great shape with lots of swag.  The kids loved looking through everything.  Signed the very nice log book and left a travel bug.  TFTC.

1 02 August 2015 themulcher Found it

Out with GPN for the afternoon of OCNA caches. We arrived at the final coords and started to wonder if the fence was new and if we needed to cross it. After deciding we did not need to cross the fence, I spotted the container. Contents were nice and dry. Signed log and replaced as found  Thanks for the fun.

1 02 August 2015 GoinPostNet Found it

Like some of the other finders I remember finding this cache, since it's cross listed. When we arrived at the final coords it looked a bit diferent than I remembered. We walked around wondering if we needed to cross the fence and then themulcher spotted it from about 30 ft. away. Not the best geopile I've seen, but the cache and original log are in great shape. Thanks for the multi!

1 25 May 2014 QueensGrantMusic Found it

I remembered that I found this on after I arrived at the final coordinates. 

At the first spot with the marker, there was a stick marking this spot.  I am glad because the survey disk was completely covered over.  I gently swep awat the dirt and got the numbers I needed to figure out the final coordinates.

This was a fun cache.

Thank you so much!

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