Maureen McArdelle (gipsie),who’s featured in the Joy of Geocaching chapter on “Caching to the Limits,”placed a famous cache series in late 2008 that was created in cooperation with some of the craftiest puzzle cachers in the mid-Atlantic region. She called it Puzzle Masters Challenge (PMC). We looked at the original “PMC –The Final Challenge”and it made our head hurt. So wait’ll you see what Maureen has got up her sleeve this time!
PMC –The Final Challenge (GCZZZZ),involved 17 different puzzle cachers who together created the most difficult puzzle caches they could. “Each of those puzzles had a cryptic clue to a final hidden in Wharton State Forest in NJ,”Gipsie wrote us. “It took almost four months from the time the first cache got published for someone to complete the whole series. It got some pretty good feedback. Only six people or so have completed the whole series,but numerous people have found the separate caches.”
The next challenge is going to be just as difficult,but and added twist is that there will be three versions to complete it. Gipsie writes:
I asked a couple of people from my “extreme”caching team to participate and after some discussion,I could not get them to hide anything with a lower terrain rating,so we began planning an “extreme”version also. Now there are three versions of the series out there,all will have puzzles.
The PMC2 will have a story line similar to the first version,final location yet to be determined. The participants will range from New York to Maryland. I have 18 participants. All puzzles will be 5-star difficulty but no terrain will be higher than a 3 star rating.
The PMC Lite will be almost 30 puzzles with a difficulty rating no higher than three that will lead to a final somewhere near Philly. This will also range from New York to Maryland.
The PMC X has ten participants so far and will range from Connecticut to Maryland with the final probably in the Gunks of NY.
All three series will be out by June. We are holding a PMC event in NJ after all the “feeder”caches are released. It will be designed to announce the releases of the finals and be sort of a puzzle teaching class for those that need help on any of the individual caches.
Facts about Gipsie:She’s found 21 5/5 geocaches and she climbs barefoot! Be sure to subscribe to Gipsie’s blog and note that it will be moving soon to gipsie.weebly.com.
Below is the Google Map for PMC Lite.