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Are there any versions out there that make the goal a little more obvious to the finder? The finder might be less likely to destroy the container if they knew they needed to twist it to get the key out, it would still be a challenge to actually make the container work for them.

Maybe making the container out of clear plastic might help confusion.

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Monkey Puzzle - The Original, by Yorky Lovers was a PVC arrangement, substantially larger than the one shown in the linked plan. A person by themselves pretty much needed to lay down and manage the large hunk of pvc with their feet or knees, while delicately working on extracting the key. It had some red herrings, just to complicate matters. Sorry, I don't have a photo. It needed repairs a number of times through its history.

 

The user Legna and sOulbait sold Monkey Puzzle kits on eBay for a while. His Monkey Puzzle cache ended up on his front porch, so cachers could sit in a rocker and fool with it, rather than take it away. People kept grabbing it and going off with it to fool with over lunch or in some air conditioned space. Then other cachers would arrive and DNF the hide.

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I build one ,and it's still going strong.

 

Check it out at GC1RRWM

 

If you look at the gallery it has pictures of the final product.

 

PS Good thing the bomb squad does not go to the forest too often, lol

 

This is why it has a big Geocaching lable on it.

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I have never seen a monkey puzzle cache. My first instinct would be to get out the dynamite that I carry along just for that purpose and use brute force. But I have seen Bilz Box caches requiring you to move a ball through a maze-like box until it opens up the container. You get some funny looks from people passing by when you are sitting by the side of a trail trying to open one of these.

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There was one about an hour from where we live, and I tried twice to open it. Shortly after my second attempt, which drove me INSANE, because I trapped the key but could never quite get it into the tube, someone really destroyed it. The owner had hopes of putting it back in play, but it was too far gone.

 

I was not the source of the destruction....though I *dud* think about it. Thanks for starting this thread, maybe we'll make one of these and place it to drive the FTFer's nuts!

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I have 2 monkey puzzles.

 

One based on the sketch shown above, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f3-f09838ad4afc

 

And a super duper sized version, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f7-5fc875c7aeb5

 

This shows about 1/3 the parts that went into the second cache. :):):)B):)22022009002.jpg

 

Cheers

Bundy

I wish I lived closer, I'd love to give it a shot. Curious, is requiring photo proof an ALR?

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I have 2 monkey puzzles.

 

One based on the sketch shown above, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f3-f09838ad4afc

 

And a super duper sized version, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f7-5fc875c7aeb5

 

This shows about 1/3 the parts that went into the second cache. :mad::D:mad::):mad:22022009002.jpg

 

Cheers

Bundy

I wish I lived closer, I'd love to give it a shot. Curious, is requiring photo proof an ALR?

 

Is it possible to put the instructions on the second one you built? Or if you would rather email them. I am planning on building more than one and am interested in your 2nd one too. Thanks in advance.

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I have 2 monkey puzzles.

 

One based on the sketch shown above, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f3-f09838ad4afc

 

And a super duper sized version, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f7-5fc875c7aeb5

 

This shows about 1/3 the parts that went into the second cache. :mad::D:mad::):mad:22022009002.jpg

 

Cheers

Bundy

I wish I lived closer, I'd love to give it a shot. Curious, is requiring photo proof an ALR?

 

Is it possible to put the instructions on the second one you built? Or if you would rather email them. I am planning on building more than one and am interested in your 2nd one too. Thanks in advance.

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I have 2 monkey puzzles.

 

One based on the sketch shown above, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f3-f09838ad4afc

 

And a super duper sized version, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f7-5fc875c7aeb5

 

This shows about 1/3 the parts that went into the second cache. :mad::D:mad::):mad:22022009002.jpg

 

Cheers

Bundy

I wish I lived closer, I'd love to give it a shot. Curious, is requiring photo proof an ALR?

 

Is it possible to put the instructions on the second one you built? Or if you would rather email them. I am planning on building more than one and am interested in your 2nd one too. Thanks in advance.

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I've built one of the "Great Hides" monkey puzzle boxes. The PVC pipe pin was broken by a cacher so I used a 3/4 bolt to replace it. The only other place it can be broken now is the cross-over. If that gets broken I'll use steel pipe. If I had a welder I'd make the whole thing out of steel!! :D

 

I had it at the end of a .5 mile hike and not many people went after it. Kind of devious putting a puzzle like that that far in the woods. Had to move it because of the Corps of Engineers new guidelines. Now it's in town. I used the "Related Web Page" link for a hint on solving it.

 

Cost per plan was $40 US.

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Not sure of yours or the exact definition of Monkey puzzle as I had never heard of one before today but I have a cache that may qualify.

 

I have one of these with a key around the ring and another ring on the back (so the key will not reach the lock) of an ammo can that the lock is on the front of the ammo can.

 

Sounds awesome, I was playing around last night trying to make something with a different type tavern puzzle trying to make it lock somehow, the key part never occurred to me. I was going to put a screw eye through the hole on the latch attached to the can and then run the puzzle through it, but it doesn't quite work yet.

 

I've got a monkey puzzle that I'm about to hide that I adapted from the Great Hides website. I didn't like the handle looking thing, it looked to fragile and where it connects looks like a problem with getting the key inside.

 

Mine looks like one 4" pipe, but inside is 3 chambers separated by thick cardboard. Each piece of cardboard has a hole in it just large enough for the key to drop through after some vigorous shaking.

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I know of someone who is making a puzzle-type cache that requires 1 person to plug 10 holes on a large tube with their fingers and a 2nd person to fill the tube with water to float the cache out. Not sure how its put together or how it works that you cant turn the tube upside down to empty the cache out, but cant wait to see it implemented and go find when I get back!

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I have 2 monkey puzzles.

 

One based on the sketch shown above, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f3-f09838ad4afc

 

And a super duper sized version, http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...f7-5fc875c7aeb5

 

This shows about 1/3 the parts that went into the second cache. :D:):D:anibad::ph34r:22022009002.jpg

 

Cheers

Bundy

I wish I lived closer, I'd love to give it a shot. Curious, is requiring photo proof an ALR?

 

Is it possible to put the instructions on the second one you built? Or if you would rather email them. I am planning on building more than one and am interested in your 2nd one too. Thanks in advance.

 

Cool. I am planning on doing a difficult cache involving something like that. Get a container, put a maze container in it, and put the log book in the maze container. The n say that if they want to "find" the cache, they will need to sign the log book. Pretty evil, huh? The maze container is explained here:

 

http://www.youngexplorers.com/itemdy00.asp...;srccode=NXCYC3

 

IT is really evil. I am thinking now of doing one like that. Just be sure to make it easy to find, though, and hopefully a good-sized container as the maze is about 6 in. high, and 4x4 in. wide or so. Unless, you want to make it really evil and put it at the end of a devilish puzzle or something. Heh heh....

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Curious, is requiring photo proof an ALR?
Yes. Requesting photographic proof as a courtesy (to save the owner a verification trip) is okay, but requiring proof violates the current guidelines.

 

"The owners require proof of correct accessing of the logbook. A photo will suffice, either by email or on the cache page, showing the logbook, container, and undamaged cache container and pin."

 

I see that as an ALR. If the owner wants to check on the cache to verify the log was singed, that's their business. If my signature is in the logbook, I claim the smiley.

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I built one and it has been out about 4 years. I have never had to do anything to it but clean ants out a couple times. Build it tough and it will last.

 

I noticed this was an old thread, but I just want to add that I've had one out for about a year and a half. I thought I was putting something out there that no cacher around here had ever seen... until kissguy&frannyfru called me and asked why I copied their cache just 40 miles up the road. D'oh! :) I didn't know they had one. At least he knew how to solve it when he was FTF.

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