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    Secret summit cave

    Have you discovered one?

    I stumbled upon one quite unexpectedly. Couldn't see it until right on top of it. Not a conventional cave, but a large joint fracture perhaps ten feet in height. A friend and I went up there one winter, clambered into the depths and spent the night. Large enough we both had a roof over our heads.

    My secret only? With the umpteen thousand years of collective experience among us, perhaps someone will surprise me.

    Not sporting to shout a secret from the rafters, so here's the game.

    1. Please do not reveal the name of the mountain on these forums. Honor system, OK?
    2. If anyone posts a name here, I will neither confirm nor deny...
    3. If you know the name of the mountain, let's talk--send me a private message
    4. I will offer a series of clues. After x number of clues, that's it, no more
    5. I haven't yet settled on the value of x
    Last edited by Sanbu; 05-14-2016 at 08:40 PM.

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    FIRST CLUE

    Hundred Highest of N. E.
    Fifty Finest too you see
    Nature gives each state one tall
    High point, but this one's too small
    Good luck seeking, seekers all
    Hope you find it in the Fall

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    SECOND CLUE

    Happy seekers cave shall find
    If they stay on gentler climbs
    If they scale 'bout scary cliffs
    They shall surely not find it
    Peak to cave how far to go
    Hundred steps and dos y dos

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    THIRD CLUE

    Summit open all the time
    Rising 'bove the timberline
    Alpine plants are precious things
    Step on them and death it brings
    Tundra 'round both peak and cave
    Step on rocks and plants you save

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    Well I can think of one in the Adirondacks; not sure if it matches the poetic descriptions. I've often thought of (illegally) camping there.

    Nice work - fun! The meter reminds me of the poem of the barrowwight:

    Cold be hand and heart and bone,
    and cold be sleep under stone:
    never more to wake on stony bed,
    never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead.
    In the black wind the stars shall die,
    and still on gold here let them lie,
    till the dark lord lifts up his hand
    over dead sea and withered land.

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    FOURTH CLUE

    Forty-fifth degree of lat
    South of there is where it's at
    Which direction you may ask
    From the summit is your task
    North I tell you, make it so
    When you get there you will know

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    x = 4

    (amazing, Quick Reply would not allow me to send the above. Msg must be at least ten characters)

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    Great post...there hasn't been a good cave quest on VFTT since the infamous "Pirate's Treasure" thread back in 2005!
    Steve H.
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    incrementing x

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    FIFTH CLUE

    After which clue should you plan
    Twenty peaks plus one to scan?
    Have I ever warned you once
    Cliffs near summit to renounce?
    Yes, I plainly said to you
    Stay away or boo hoo hoo!

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    bump x again

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    SIXTH CLUE

    From the summit you can see
    Parts of three states and QB
    Plus the high points of three states
    Such rewarding views it makes
    Catch the clues that let you plan
    Seven peaks or less to scan?
    Last edited by Sanbu; 05-17-2016 at 05:05 AM.

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    We have a winner.

    VFTT member srhigham, whose signature is Steve H., correctly identified the mystery mountain in a private message to me. The clues narrowed the possible candidates down to a handful, followed by a little extracurricular research nailing it. That research brought to light new information (new to me anyway), indicating local residents have known about the cave for many years.

    Congratulations srhigham!

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    PERSPECTIVE

    Underground and out of sight
    Warm in bags and cave so tight
    Our reward was pure delight
    On that frozen winter's night

    Is it legal? Is it right?
    Camping on the summit cone?
    Some say yes, some say fight
    'Neath a fragile alpine zone

    If you camp in caves on high
    Have fun camping, campers (sigh)
    Just remember what was said
    'Bout the flora, grass and sedge:

    Alpine plants are precious things
    Step on them and death it brings
    Tundra 'round the peak and cave
    Step on rocks and plants you save

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    This reminds me of the Forrest Fenn treasure hunt:

    http://www.npr.org/2016/03/13/469852...-head-outdoors

    No one's found it yet!

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