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Rock River Burial Mound
FBZ A.P.E. 54 - GC1EW93


SGTF has decided to place a Forbidden Zone (FBZ) in what can be assumed is a hallowed simian burial mound along the banks of an "ancient" river bed in Sandrock Canyon. Read the mission brief below...


 


SUBJECT: FBZ A.P.E. 54 Brief [Mission #4]

TO: Silverback Operatives

Sandrock Canyon (SRC) is a known hotbed for paranormal activity. There have been peculiar sightings of abandoned encampments along the now dry river bed and an unexplained mystery surrounding the discovery of small, dimpled spheres (resembling golf balls) in a specific zone near the FBZ. The closest golfing course to A.P.E. 54 exists 4.63 kilometers (2.88 miles) to the southwest, and a driving range is located 2.02 kilometers (1.26 miles) to the northeast, but neither location can be considered close enough to be the source of the small spheres which inexplicably continue to gather on the floor of the canyon. It is a mystery which has baffled SGTF’s scientific community. Originally, there was speculation a nearby homeowner might be driving golfing balls off the back of his deck into the canyon, but the theory was soon discounted after SGTF decided no person in their right mind would be stupid enough to participate in such an idiotic, destructive and shameful activity. Humans are much smarter than this.

SGTF is convinced an intelligent primate species occupied this canyon centuries ago, and hypothesize the mound where this TSG is located was likely a tumulus or cairn where ancient primates cremated and/or buried their ancestors. In fact, a local archaeologist unearthed an anthropological relic nearby which bolsters this theory. SGTF has managed to obtain this specimen through our underground network and included it as part of the FBZ A.P.E. 54 Top Secret Geocache (TSG).

At this FBZ, you have been provided a rock painted with secret symbols that will direct you to a nearby location where you can pay homage to this fascinating anthropological remain. You will also be provided the 4th in a series of codewords needed to unlock the final mission location for Operation Silverback. Use SGTF’s cipher available at fbz.geocaches.org to decode secret writings discovered during this and other FBZ adventures.

In all, there are seven (7) FBZ locations (i.e. missions) to Operation Silverback. Six FBZs contain “intelligence” report(s) and a corresponding secret codeword. Use the six (6) codewords collectively at fbz.geocaches.org to discover the seventh and final TOP SECRET FBZ location. Keep in mind codewords can be gathered in any order so you DO NOT need to visit FBZs sequentially! The seventh and final mission location is where the truth shall be revealed!

 
     
     

Operatives who have successfully submitted the TOP SECRET codeword for this mission...

  • Staff Sergeant THESPEIS
  •  (Wed 10 Jul 2013 @ 17:14:55 BST; 1373472895 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Lance Corporal NAVALAV8OR
  •  (Sun 10 Mar 2013 @ 11:01:54 GMT; 1362913314 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Colonel LULU499
  •  (Mon 20 Jul 2009 @ 15:52:20 BST; 1248101540 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Honorable Discharge DUCK432
  •  (Mon 17 Aug 2009 @ 3:58:53 BST; 1250477933 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Honorable Discharge CONDORMAN
  •  (Wed 22 Jul 2009 @ 9:49:46 BST; 1248252586 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Honorable Discharge FLAGMAN
  •  (Thu 01 Jun 2023 @ 22:04:24 BST; 1685653464 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Green Beret BKIP
  •  (Mon 06 Jun 2011 @ 19:12:10 BST; 1307383930 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Sergeant First Class MAP4NAVIGATION
  •  (Fri 26 Jun 2009 @ 19:54:59 BST; 1246042499 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Private First Class GONAVY33
  •  (Thu 29 Oct 2009 @ 10:04:37 GMT; 1256810677 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • First Lieutenant TNE
  •  (Mon 20 Jul 2009 @ 5:55:08 BST; 1248065708 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Honorable Discharge MIKE6X6
  •  (Thu 20 May 2010 @ 23:35:03 BST; 1274394903 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • General RAGFOOT
  •  (Sun 19 Sep 2010 @ 0:08:44 BST; 1284851324 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Honorable Discharge BLONDHILITES
  •  (Sun 03 Apr 2011 @ 17:25:31 BST; 1301847931 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • General FISNJACK
  •  (Tue 31 May 2011 @ 8:29:06 BST; 1306826946 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • General DILLWEED
  •  (Mon 06 Jun 2011 @ 20:52:13 BST; 1307389933 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Green Beret STANSD
  •  (Sat 18 Feb 2012 @ 15:17:04 GMT; 1329578224 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • General OESTEADO
  •  (Sun 10 Jul 2022 @ 18:34:06 BST; 1657474446 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Lance Corporal JAVAMAMA
  •  (Sun 26 Feb 2012 @ 18:50:49 GMT; 1330282249 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Second Lieutenant SNORKLEBOB
  •  (Tue 06 Mar 2012 @ 13:33:02 GMT; 1331040782 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Lieutenant Colonel BALCANTHEZ
  •  (Sun 25 Mar 2012 @ 11:53:06 BST; 1332672786 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Warrant Officer One GOLDENSIREN
  •  (Mon 19 Mar 2012 @ 15:56:45 GMT; 1332172605 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Sergeant Major CCC
  •  (Tue 01 Dec 2020 @ 14:59:56 GMT; 1606834796 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Staff Sergeant ELANASTAHL
  •  (Mon 07 Aug 2017 @ 10:05:52 BST; 1502096752 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • Sergeant Major HDAGENAIS
  •  (Mon 07 Aug 2017 @ 10:39:13 BST; 1502098753 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • First Sergeant NOBRO58
  •  (Fri 31 Mar 2023 @ 19:07:18 BST; 1680286038 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)
  • General DICKANDALE
  •  (Sun 17 Mar 2024 @ 20:57:40 GMT; 1710709060 seconds since Unix Epoch (POSIX) 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC)

Mission 4 Report

FBZ A.P.E. 54 contains an ammo can with Special Reconnaissance (SR) related to SGTF's Operation Silverback in the form of Planet of the Apes Memorabilia (POTAM) and scouted intelligence reports. As a clandestine special tactics unit, SGTF has been known to leave POTAM tracking bugs in their FBZs with special mission instructions related to active Project A.P.E. caches (e.g. Project A.P.E. Mission 9: Tunnel of Light).

FBZs are reserved for POTAM related to SGTF's Silverback operations. Visitors are encouraged to register their visit and leave ONLY items containing relevance to The Planet of the Apes or items that are traditional hitchhikers (e.g. geocoins, travel bugs, etc.). Only place and/or remove TRACKABLE items from this cache (read NO unrelated SWAG); Any POTAM found in this cache designated as NOT TRACKABLE is pertinent to operations for this FBZ and should REMAIN ASSIGNED TO THE CACHE. POTAM labeled PROVISIONAL FTF is considered remittance as reward for the FTF (First to Find) and can be removed freely without restriction or stipulation.

PLEASE NOTE: As with any cache hidden in a wooden area, please be mindful when visiting this location and be sure to keep a watchful eye out for snakes, spiders, and ants. It would be wise to wear gloves and long sleeves when searching for this ammo container to protect yourself from the elements including poison oak and small forest critters!







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Published on: 2009-01-19 (7415 reads)

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