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The Pennsylvania Delorme Challenge - Geocaching

What Is a Delorme Challenge?
In 2004, Haicoole unveiled the California DeLorme Challenge cache. This popular challenge cache has since been repeated in many other states. The DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer is published for all 50 states. . The goal of this cache is simple: to find a cache on each and every page of the  State DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer.  Once a cache is found from every page, you email the reviewer to get the coordinates for the actual Delorme Cache location.

A bookmark list for all the states Delorme Challenges can be found here - 

Options For Tracking Your Progress

I asked on a geocaching facebook page for suggestions for calculating our Delorme Challenge Progress.  These are the suggestions I received - 

Project GC

Authorizing Project GC to access my geocaching account was simple.  The instructions are right in front of you when you go go the site.
Once authorized, it gave me a LOT of statitstics.  Some of which were not completely accurate.  For instance, when listing our caches by favorite points, it completely missed the Raiders Of The Lost Cache, with 506 favorite points, the most of any cache in PA.  "Note that Project-GC has a latency of about 24-36 hours. For more details, read the FAQ." - So this may be because we just found that cache this past week-end.

At the top, under tools, I found the option "Challenge Checkers" and then the search option brought me to - 
The Pa Delorme Challenge At Project GC -

More Suggestions - 
GSAK. Check out a macro called Challenge.gsk. It overlays the DeLorme grid onto Google Earth maps, and you can enter caches & see which page they're on. I'm not sure, but you may have to have Google Earth loaded, too

The Final Stage - The Actual PA Delorme Challnge Cache

We have not found this cache yet - but here are some things to keep in mind, from those who have:

"Seriously, finishing all the pages was an amazing journey. It was our second state DeLorme Challenge and since this is our home state half-time, it really felt wonderful. The cache is not for the weak. It's a 1,000 feet rise from the parking lot to the highest point on the trail and back down again to the same elevation to make the find. When you find the cache after six miles of hiking, there is another six miles for the return trip and another 1,000 foot climb. Our journey took seven hours. The last three miles were in a hard rain. It's scary to think six years have passed since we signed the first log book."

Our Progress:
our Bookmark List -

We have a travel bug called "Caching Memories" that is a scrapbook we take to events.  I haven't updated it in years, but I have two pages in this album dedicated to the PA Delorme Challenge - 


I have found caches in 34 areas (69 required)
PA-026: [missing]
PA-027: GC2753A - EBGT - On The Road To Behrend (2011-06-29)
PA-028: [missing]
PA-029: [missing]
PA-030: GC2XDH6 - Welcome to GeoWoodstock IX (2011-06-28)
PA-031: GC1706P - AGT-WARREN-Geo-cacher Habitat (2011-06-28)
PA-032: GC1J4KP - Sasquatch, You Can't Find Me!!! (2010-05-23)
PA-033: GC2AR0W - Along This Hillside (2011-05-20)
PA-034: GCQWTA - WHO CUT THE CHEESE? (2007-05-12)
PA-035: GCD505 - The Green (2007-05-12)
PA-036: GC1DD8K - Veterans Do Route 6 (2008-10-04)
PA-037: GC2B5EH - Rock Run (2010-07-10)
PA-038: [missing]
PA-039: [missing]
PA-040: [missing]
PA-042: [missing]
PA-043: [missing]
PA-044: [missing]
PA-045: [missing]
PA-046: GC13MHN - Hanna Que Es #2 (2007-10-01)
PA-047: GC155BT - Old Fire Tower (2007-10-01)
PA-048: GCZK9D - Snow Shoe (2007-10-01)
PA-049: GCK4WG - I-80 Walk in the Woods EB (2006-08-03)
PA-050: GCHVNE - Guts (2006-03-05)
PA-051: GCVYT0 - Loop de Loop (2006-07-31)
PA-052: GC1970 - Mountain Spring Lake Siding (2007-06-30)
PA-053: GCA751 - The Bears Pen (2010-01-05)
PA-054: [missing]
PA-055: [missing]
PA-056: [missing]
PA-057: [missing]
PA-058: [missing]
PA-059: [missing]
PA-060: [missing]
PA-061: GCWQGR - Pig in a Blanket (2007-10-01)
PA-062: GCNYT4 - Somethin' New...with a View (simplified) (2006-08-16)
PA-063: GCWWY9 - R. B. Winter State Park: CCC Historical Tour (2007-08-03)
PA-064: GCJDQJ - Norry Tourist Cache #4 (2006-08-12)
PA-065: GCK1J8 - Danville MBT- with props to Holth (2006-08-14)
PA-066: GCR44T - "48th Regiment Volunteers" (2006-08-20)
PA-067: GC1RT5A - Mauchy Chunk (2010-08-13)
PA-068: [missing]
PA-070: [missing]
PA-071: GC1QWFY - No Membership Required (2009-12-05)
PA-072: GCR4XV - Stone Lodge Puzzle Stash (2006-08-03)
PA-073: GC10E2Z - Uncle Grump's Cabin (2007-07-29)
PA-074: [missing]
PA-075: GCP40K - Wally's Treasure 1.0 (2007-07-28)
PA-076: [missing]
PA-077: GCYBJQ - The Park & Ride Travel Bug Motel (2008-08-01)
PA-078: GCY9W5 - Peace of Mind (2006-10-18)
PA-079: GCKZ0Z - Ivan Ate My Ammo Can! (2006-10-18)
PA-080: [missing]
PA-081: GCC317 - Fast Dash Cache (2012-02-19)
PA-082: [missing]
PA-083: [missing]
PA-084: [missing]
PA-085: [missing]
PA-086: [missing]
PA-087: [missing]
PA-088: [missing]
PA-089: [missing]
PA-090: GC1ATT2 - Pennsylvania Welcomes You (2008-08-03)
PA-091: GCPC5J - Red Rock Micro (2006-09-14)
PA-092: [missing]
PA-093: [missing]
PA-094: [missing]
PA-095: [missing]
PA-096: [missing]


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