Overview - The Retired Monkey Challenge Trail consists of 210 challenge caches covering 30 miles along Highway 441 in Central Florida. The trail was created by RetiredGuy and Cute Little Fuzzy Monkey with substaintial help from sloth96. Special thanks to all those that have helped maintain the trail over the years, particularly Dittocat, Black Jeep, and FloridaJim.




The 210 (almost) Caches in the Retired Monkey Challenge Trail
Title FTF Difficulty Finds
Letterboxers (Silver) - #0T. Mollymap / RamenNoodels4.5389
Monkey Business - #1dbricks / FrappGirl2.5348
Souvenirs (Bronze) - #2RamenNoodles1.5427
Border Crosser (Bronze) - #3NFJK2386
The Streaker (Bronze) - #4RamenNoodles2399
A Walk in the Park (Bronze) - #5dbricks / FrappGirl1.5434
Mile High Club - #6Mr. & Mrs. Magic1.5403
Favorite Points (Bronze) - #7dbricks / FrappGirl2427
Hidden Days (Bronze) - #8dbricks / FrappGirl2425
Scenic Views (Bronze) - #9dbricks / FrappGirl2420
Globe Trotter (Bronze) - #10Mr. & Mrs. Magic3292
Social Butterfly (Bronze) - #11RamenNoodles1.5403
Colors of the Rainbow - #12NFJK2.5343
Mystery Cacher (Bronze) - #13dbricks / FrappGirl2.5416
Well Stated (Bronze) - #14dbricks / FrappGirl2.5373
Busy Day (Bronze) - #15RamenNoodles2.5380
Challenge Cacher (Bronze) - #16NFJK2415
The Gamer (Bronze) - #17FrappGirl2.5200
Old-Timer: State (Bronze) - #18dbricks / FrappGirl3383
The Traveler (Bronze) - #19RamenNoodles1.5428
Found Grid (Bronze) - #20RamenNoodles2383
Dog Lover (Bronze) - #21dbricks / FrappGirl2430
Hider's ABCs - #22NFJK2.5392
Thanks Reviewers (Bronze) - #23NFJK3382
Mother Earth (Bronze) - #24RamenNoodles2419
Variety Pack 3 x 20 - #25dbricks / FrappGirl2375
Get in the Boat (Bronze) - #26RamenNoodles2.5401
Caching around the World - #27FrappGirl2401
Happy Birthday (Bronze) - #28dbricks / FrappGirl2420
Completing a Country - #29CelebrationKim352
One through Nine - #30dbricks / FrappGirl2368
Overstated (Bronze) - #31ikolor3307
Souvenirs (Silver) - #32floridajim3.5367
Border Crosser (Silver) - #33Funfinderone3.582
The Streaker (Silver) - #34dbricks / FrappGirl3282
A Walk in the Park (Silver) - #35dbricks / FrappGirl2.5389
Two-Mile High Club - #36floridajim4230
Favorite Points (Silver) - #37FrappGril3394
Hidden Days (Silver) - #38dbricks / FrappGirl3377
Scenic Views (Silver) - #39dbricks / FrappGirl3397
Globe Trotter (Silver) - #40wigglesworth4104
Social Butterfly (Silver) - #41dbricks / FrappGirl2370
Very Low - #42Messingaround4.5118
Mystery Cacher (Silver) - #43NFJK3.5376
Well Stated (Silver) - #44FrappGirl3.5308
Busy Day (Silver) - #45dbricks / FrappGirl3.5320
Challenge Cacher (Silver) - #46NFJK3376
The Gamer (Silver) - #47OHSilky3.5135
Old Timer: Country (Bronze) - #48floridajim4300
The Traveler (Silver) - #49dbricks / FrappGirl2.5337
Found Grid (Silver) - #50RamenNoodles4381
Dog Lover (Silver) - #51dbricks / FrappGirl3390
Hider's ABCs and 123s - #52IsqubaAndNawty3.5287
Thanks Reviewers (Silver) - #53IsqubaAndNawty4328
Mother Earth (Silver) - #54dbricks / FrappGirl3384
Variety Pack 4 x 10 - #55dbricks / FrappGirl3327
Get in the Boat (Silver) - #56NFJK3.5325
Caching to the Moon - #57 Seekers Four4248
Happy Birthday (Silver) - #58dbricks / FrappGirl3380
Completing Two Countries - #59qrang427
Zero through Twelve - #60NFJK4299
Overstated (Silver) - #61floridajim4223
Souvenirs (Gold) - #62IsqubaAndNawty4.5323
Border Crosser (Gold) - #63KatelinH / K8zant540
The Streaker (Gold) - #64NFJK5191
A Walk in the Park (Gold) - #65NFJK3.5351
Three-Mile High Club - #66Hipointer and Capiti525
Favorite Points (Gold) - #67Team Mollymap4366
Hidden Days (Gold) - #68dbricks / FrappGirl4379
Scenic Views (Gold) - #69FrappGirl4385
Globe Trotter (Gold) - #70T@bibito545
Social Butterfly (Gold) - #71FrappGirl3.5356
17 Days of Mystery - #72NFJK4191
Mystery Cacher (Gold) - #73NFJK4.5358
Well Stated (Gold) - #74Team Mollymap4.5224
Busy Day (Gold) - #75dbricks / FrappGirl4.5296
Challenge Cacher (Gold) - #76NFJK4341
The Gamer (Gold) - #77Team Mollymap4.5104
Old Timer: Continent (Bronze) - #78floridajim5247
The Traveler (Gold) - #79rnrgrl556
Found Grid (Gold) - #80NFJK5392
Dog Lover (Gold) - #81NFJK4364
Hider's ABCs, 123s and more - #82IsqubaAndNawty4.5151
Thanks Reviewers (Gold) - #83IsqubaAndNawty5253
Mother Earth (Gold) - #84NFJK4351
Variety Pack 5 x 8 - #85NFJK4247
Get in the Boat (Gold) - #86NFJK4.5316
Caching to the Moon & Back - #87Hipointer and Capiti5129
Happy Birthday (Gold) - #88NFJK5323
Antipodes - #89wigglesworth593
ABCs - #90dbricks / FrappGirl1.5392
ABCs and 123s - #91FrappGirl2.5368
ABCs? - #92NFJK4324
Orderly ABCs - #93dbricks / FrappGirl4361
Oval Office - #94Team Mollymap3288
Hungry? - #95NFJK3323
A Day at the Zoo - #96dbricks / FrappGirl3.5378
Life's a Beach - #97NFJK3278
Colorful - #98dbricks / FrappGirl3354
Completing a Hider - #99dbricks / FrappGirl4329
Four Corners of the World - #100wigglesworth576
Welcome to... (Bronze) - #101dittocat2.5327
Caching is a Pleasure - #102CelebrationKim3173
Body Shop I - #103dittocat3336
Chinese Zodiac - #104HTBob3.5290
County Counter (Bronze) - #105dittocat3289
Multi Multis (Bronze) - #106RamenNoodles2367
Florida Favorites (Bronze) - #107dittocat3161
Letterboxers (Bronze) - #108RamenNoodles2.5341
Wherivegone (Bronze) - #109dittocat3279
Fizzy Double Digit Bingo - #110dittocat4327
Fizzy Line Bingo (Bronze) - #111RamenNoodles2385
Body Shop II - #112RamenNoodles3366
Virtual Cacher (Bronze) - #113dittocat / celebrationkim2.5366
Continental Cacher (Bronze) - #114dittocat2.5267
U. S. Favorites (Bronze) - #115dittocat3271
World Favorites - #116HTBob3272
Virtual Cacher (Silver) - #117dittocat3349
Continental Cacher (Silver) - #118CelebrationKim3.5114
Fizzy Double Double Bingo - #119GadgetCHC5309
Welcome to... (Silver) - #120GadgetCHC4284
Fizzy Line Bingo (Gold) - #121RamenNoodles4350
Fizzy Master - #122RamenNoodles5360
Great Attributes (Bronze) - #123dittocat3381
County Counter (Silver) - #124dittocat4.5203
Multi Multis (Silver) - #125dittocat3369
Florida Favorites (Silver) - #126DirtyD13493
Letterboxers (Gold) - #127dittocat5319
Wherivegone (Silver) - #128dittocat4255
Virtual Cacher (Gold) - #129dittocat4333
Fizzy Line Bingo (Silver) - #130RamenNoodles3353
Continental Cacher (Gold) - #130.5MikeLima & LotseXY544
Wherivegone (Gold) - #131dittocat5243
Multi Multis (Gold) - #132HTBob4366
Great Attributes (Silver) - #133OHSilky4.5346
Jasmer Osceola County Style - #134dittocat3.5290
Jasmer Florida Style - #135CelebrationKim4263
Ailihphilia - #136dittocat2.5343
Counting Counties (Bronze) - #139CelebrationKim2.5294
Overstated (Gold) - #140RAHNNERGOTHUC598
County Counter (Gold) - #141Team Mollymap5147
Old Timer: Country (Silver) - #142CelebrationKim5110
Counting Counties (Silver) - #143CelebrationKim3.5265
U. S. Favorites (Silver) - #144Team Conway4.5188
Favorite Points (Sapphire) - #145Team Conway4.5278
Our Northern Neighbor (Bronze) - #146aogagent13148
Double Fizzy Master - #147Team Mollymap4.5269
Old-Timer: State (Silver) - #148Team Mollymap4260
Triple Fizzy Master - #149Team Mollymap5241
Old-Timer: State (Gold) - #150Team Conway5215
The First Year (Bronze) - #151Team Mollymap3.5285
The First Year (Silver) - #152Team Conway4.5253
Our Northern Neighbor (Silver) - #153aogagent14.591
The First Year (Gold) - #154-DOLFINANDO-5173
Bundesländer (Bronze) - #155DirtyD132.569
Caribbean Cruisers (Bronze) - #156Troqueurs322.5118
Accidental Tourist - #157 DirtyD13361
You Ought to Be in Pictures - #158FloridaJim2.580
Our Northern Neighbor (Gold) - #159FLtravelers546
Bundesländer (Silver) - #160DirtyD134.554
Cow Tipping - #161seadog129297
Bigger than a Breadbox - #162FloridaJim & Black Jeep2.5106
Power Trails - #163CelebrationKim360
Caribbean Cruisers (Silver) - #164butrflygirl456
Bundesländer (Gold) - #165DirtyD13529
Great Attributes (Gold) - #166sujayne4.5125
Bonus! (Bronze) - #167FloridaJim & Black Jeep1.5107
Caribbean Cruisers (Gold) - #168butrflygirl542
They Come In All Sizes - #169seadog1293101
Coolest Cacher on Earth - #170FLPirate & The Wench2.5123
Time Traveler (Bronze) - #171KCL Adventures396
Cached Virtually Everywhere - #172seadog1293.576
Vintage USA 2000 - #173FLPirate & The Wench3.545
Vintage USA 2001 - #174seadog1293.545
Date Triplets - #175seadog1294100
Virtually Impossible - #176seadog129442
Mystery Pseudo Jasmer (Bronze) - #1772KatzHunt4.585
Loving Types - #178seadog1293.587
Very, Very Loved Caches - #179FLPirate & The Wench453
All Types in Unique States - #180solid-rock-seekers398
Earth Years (Bronze) - #181KCL Adventures2.5111
Multi Years of Multis (Bronze) - #182FLPirate & The Wench2.5106
Bonus! (Silver) - #183BCDZ2.596
Old Timer: Country (Gold) - #184RogueAirPirate4.525
Tick Magnet - #185coleclan1.594
There's No I in Team - #186coleclan284
Types of Tree Climbs - #187 nalceloc & coleclan3.515
Time Traveler (Silver) - #1882KatzHunt4.581
Favorite Virtuals - #189TheVictors41
Favorite EarthCaches - #19040
Earth Years (Silver) - #191vilstudio/racewalker3.5109
Mystery Pseudo Jasmer (Silver) - #192RogueAirPirate544
Social Mega Butterfly - #193CelebrationKim / DirtyD13448
Favorite Mysteries - #194TheVictors41
Favorite Points (Ruby) - #195FLPirate & The Wench3.584
Favorite Multis - #19640
Multi Years of Multis (Silver) - #197FLPirate & The Wench3.597
Favorite Wherigos - #198coleclan3.51
Favorite Webcams - #19940
Time Traveler (Gold) - #2002KatzHunt555
Favorite Letterboxes - #20140
Old-Timer: State (Ruby) - #202FloridaTBHunter534
Favorite Traditionals - #2034.50
Earth Years (Gold) - #204kernow596
Multi Years of Multis (Gold) - #205DD13, CKIM, ZSteve573
Short Chain - #206KCL Adventures4.521
Medium Chain - #207coleclan4.540
Long Chain - #208KCL Adventures4.530
Nontraditional Jasmer - #209FLPirate & The Wench4.590
Total cache finds in this series: 48786
Total different cachers making finds: 712
FTFs still available: 5
Stats updated as of 02/29/2024

RMCT Pathtags – We have special award pathtags that can be earned for completing 50, 100, and 150 of the Retired Monkey Challenge caches. When you qualify, send you mailing address to RMCTpathtags at gmail.com and we will send them out to you. These pathtags can only be earned.



Leaderboard - There is a leaderboard for the Retired Monkey Challenges, which is updated periodically. The leaderboard tracks each cacher's progress on Retired Monkey Challenge Trail. Click on the leadboard if you would like to see all the geocachers that have found at least 25 challenges.

Verification Page - If you would like to see which of the Retired Monkey Challenges you qualify for and you’re a subscriber to Project GC, you can go to our Verification webpage. For all of the caches in this series, we have provided a checker to automatically verify whether you have met the challenge.

Verification


Signing Logs – You are welcome to sign the logs even if you do not qualify for the challenge. If you do, use a WRITE NOTE log online and then change it to a FOUND IT when you qualify for the challenge.

Sample Log



The Cachers Behind the Trail
• RetiredGuy – Inventor of Ms. Pac-Man and a geocacher since 2009, RetiredGuy now resides in Boston with his wife, RetiredGirl. Now retired and traveling, he has found caches in all 50 states and in over 130 countries.

RetiredGuy


• CuteLilFuzzyMonkey a.k.a. _ILMOP_ – Retired Navy Chief and a geocacher since 2013, CuteLilFuzzyMonkey resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Mizz Monkey. Concentrating first on Florida, he found over 20% of all active Florida caches (45,000 at that time) in his first year of geocaching.

_ILMOP_


• sloth96 – Full time engineer and cacher since 2009, sloth96 resides in the Boston area with two Siamese cats. He enjoys Delorme challenges, Interstate Challenges, 360 Degree challenges, and long walks on the beach.

sloth96


Gas, Food, and Water Essentials are available only in three places along this section of 441:
1) at the northern end in Kenansville at the junction of 523 and 441
2) in the middle at Yeehaw Junction
3) at the southern end in Okeechobee
Florida geocaching can be hot so bring lots of water with you. And drink it.



Cell Coverage - Beware that cell coverage is spotty along 441. Besides being out of touch, you should make sure all caches have been downloaded before starting.



Standing Water - During wet times, there may be standing water between the road and some of the caches. It is recommended that during these times, you bring waders (waterproof knee boots).

Knee Boots


Dangerous Animals and Plants - Since you are in Florida, you may come across a small alligator or poisonous snake while caching. Keep your eyes open and keep your distance. You may also come across poison ivy and many thorny plants. Lastly, don’t forget your bug repellent.

Dangerous Animals


Planning - Unless you have a very experienced power trail team, you should count on taking at least two days to complete the entire Retired Monkey Challenge Trail. North to South works better as three quarters of the caches are on the west side of 441. Lodging can be found in Vero Beach, Melbourne, or Kissimmee / St. Cloud. The closest airports are Melbourne, Orlando, and West Palm Beach.

Always park safely as trucks do come down this highway quite quickly. While you can use any vehicle for the run, be careful of getting stuck in mud unless you have 4WD.

Plan Ahead


Maintenance - We have strived to keep all 210 caches of the Retired Moneky Challenge Trail well maintained. Our goal is to always have all caches in place with dry logs and enough room to sign. With the exception of the need to wade across water during parts of the year, we view that the caches should be relatively easy to find.

Missing Containers – If you have done a thorough search for a cache (remember that water is a natural hazards that you must overcome), you may replace it. All caches should be replaced with waterproof containers zip tied at eye level to substantial objects at the posted coordinates. Please do not use replacements as an excuse to just throw down a cache to speed up your searching. If you replace a cache, please contact RetiredGuy and let him know.

Missing / Wet / Full Logs – Please replace these with suitable new logs which you should always carry anyway while caching. We prefer Rite-In-The-Rain paper.

Help Maintain the Retired Monkey Challenge Trail – If you plan on visiting the Retired Monkey Challenge Trail and would like to help us with maintenance, please contact RetiredGuy in advance. We will often supply caching teams with maintenance kits containing perform containers, preprinted RMCT logs,zip ties and instructions.

Integrity of Finds – Occaisionally the challenge checkers will report that the cacher has qualified for a challenge when in spirit, it is obvious that they have not. For example, occaisionally a cache will have an elevation associated with it that is clearly wrong. We will attempt to fix the issues in the checkers and we may choose to delete the Found It log if done outside of the spirit of the challenge. Please police yourself and stay within the spirit of the challenges.

Comments or Questions - If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact RetiredGuy directly. While we try reading all the logs, we often fall behind or sometimes miss things.