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August 2017

Ring of Fire — Geocache of the Week

31. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GCJYHZ by ironman114 Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 5 Location: Washington State, USA N 47° 19.785 W 123° 38.595 MINUTE by MINUTE… MILE by MILE… The RING OF FIRE closed… on INNOCENT and GUILTY alike! Ring of Fire movie posterThat's the tagline for the 1961 Hollywood film titled Ring of Fire. The movie follows a small-town sheriff in Oregon who arrests a trio of robbers (two men and one woman). The tables turn, the robbers take the sheriff hostage, a forest fire rages out of control, and calamity ensues. In the final scene, a burning railroad trestle collapses during an attempted crossing (forward to 14:00 for the “good part”). Although most of the movie takes place and was filmed in Oregon, this key scene was filmed along the Wynoochee River, in Washington State. The bridge and trestle were blown up, sending two passenger cars and a 60-ton steam engine to crash and burn in the river below. The gorge was deemed too deep and the train too heavy to remove, so the passenger cars were cut in two and moved to the river's edge. Almost 60 years later the wreckage remains, making this already beautiful hike even more epic. The movie may be a trainwreck, but this epic T5 geocache is definitely worth the effort! The hike down can be brutal and challenging, but the view from the bottom literally takes your breath away. Coordinates can jump around in the gorge making finding the exact location difficult, which is to be expected. Take your time and enjoy the epic journey and search, this cache will definitely be one to remember. Ropes to the bottom of the gorgeTrain wreck at the river's edgeA closer lookFrom inside one of the passenger carsThe Ring of Fire geocache Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

¡Presentamos las Recompensas Virtuales!

30. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Geocaching HQ está entusiasmado de anunciar el lanzamiento de las Recompensas Virtuales, un proyecto para premiar a algunos de los grandes contribuyentes del geocaching, al tiempo que liberamos un número limitado de nuevos Cachés Virtuales para la diversión de toda la comunidad de geocaching. El 24 de Agosto de 2017, aproximadamente 4000 geocachers de 63 países alrededor del mundo han recibido correos con información acerca de su Recompensa Virtual. Este grupo se compone en su mayoría del 1% de los propietarios de cachés de mayor calidad en países con al menos 100 escondidos. Hemos creado un algoritmo para identificar a esas personas basándonos en la calidad general y salud de los cachés. Los voluntarios activos de la comunidad también han recibido una Recompensa Virtual como agradecimiento por su tiempo y talento al apoyar la comunidad de Geocaching. Aquellos seleccionados para una Recompensa Virtual tienen un año para enviar un Caché Virtual a publicar. Podrás ver nuevos cachés Virtuales publicados en los próximos días, o en varios meses desde ahora. Los nuevos cachés resultantes de las Recompensas Virtuales deberán cumplir con unas directrices específicas, por lo que puede llevar tiempo su proceso de revisión. Esperamos que estas sean buenas noticias para muchos miembros de la comunidad, aunque también generarán algunas preguntas. Para obtener respuestas, visita este artículo o escucha el nuevo episodio del podcast Inside Geocaching HQ (sólo en inglés). ¡Enhorabuena a todos los que han recibido una Recompensa Virtual! ¡Estamos esperando ver algunas ideas geniales para los nuevos cachés virtuales, y estamos seguros de que los geocachers alrededor del mundo disfrutarán encontrándolos! [...]

Wir stellen vor: Die Belohnungs-Virtuals!

30. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Das Geocaching Hauptquartier freut sich, die neuen Belohnungs-Virtuals vorzustellen. Das ist ein Projekt, um einigen der wichtigsten Mitspielenden und Beitragenden Danke zu sagen. Gleichzeitig führen wir eine limitierte Anzahl neuer virtueller Geocaches ein, an der sich die gesamte Geocaching-Gemeinschaft erfreuen kann. Ab dem 24. August 2017 haben etwa 4.000 Geocacher in 63 Ländern E-Mails erhalten und wurden darüber informiert, dass sie eine virtuelle Belohnung erhalten haben. Die auserwählten Geocacher sind zum Großteil die Cacher, die das qualitativ beste Prozent der Caches in ihrem Land versteckt haben. Gezählt wurden alle Länder, in denen mindestens 100 verschiedene Geocacher Caches versteckt haben. Wir haben einen Algorithmus entwickelt, der dieses eine Prozent berechnet. Es zählt die Qualität und der Zustand der Dosen. Aktive Ehrenamtliche bekommen ebenfalls einen Belohnungs-Virtual als Dankeschön für ihren Einsatz und ihre Hilfe für die Geocaching-Gemeinschaft Alle, die für den Belohnungs-Virtual ausgewählt wurden, haben nun ein Jahr Zeit um ihren virtuellen Cache zu veröffentlichen. Neue Virtuals können schon in den nächsten Tagen oder auch erst in mehreren Monaten veröffentlicht werden. Neue virtuelle Geocaches aus dieser Aktion müssen bestimmten Richtlinien folgen. Daher kann es etwas dauern, bis diese Geocaches vom Reviewer veröffentlicht werden. Wir gehen davon aus, dass das eine aufregende Neuigkeit für die Community ist. Es ergeben sich aber wahrscheinlich auch viele Fragen. Antworten gibt Dir dieser englische Artikel, oder höre Dir auf Englisch die neueste Episode unseres “Inside Geocaching HQ”-Podcasts an. Glückwunsch an alle, die diesen Belohnungs-Virtual bekommen haben! Wir freuen uns auf coole Ideen für diese neuen virtuellen Caches, und wir sind sicher, dass sich Geocacher auf der ganzen Welt darauf freuen, diese Caches zu suchen. [...]

Mission 9 is alive!

30. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

On August 17, 2017, Moun10Bike, owner of the long-archived Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache, registered an Owner Maintenance log on the cache page: “The enemy agents thought they had us defeated, but we have persevered. T minus thirty-six hours.” Hundreds of geocachers from around the world converged on the Seattle area over those 36 hours to join the APE cache's reintroduction party. Rescued from archival last year by a band of local cachers, Mission 9 was reactivated at the 8th annual Going Ape 2017 Mega-Event on August 19. It is now one of just two active APE caches, along with Brazil's Mission 4: Southern Bowl. Geocachers advance through the Snoqualmie Tunnel en route to the APE cache.Idyllic Pacific Northwest weather greeted cachers who made the trek to Mission 9 on its first day of reactivity. More than 700 Geocaching members have posted Attended logs for Going Ape, and it's safe to say most of them made the six-mile roundtrip to see the APE cache. A festive atmosphere was created as visitors journeyed through the dark 2.3-mile Snoqualmie Tunnel (a slightly spooky 100-year old railroad tunnel) on their way to and from the APE cache. Thanks to the Washington State Geocaching Association for hosting a wonderful event! Mission 9: Tunnel of LightFor Geocaching HQ staffers, it was especially enjoyable to meet so many Going Ape attendees who stopped by HQ before or after the event. If you plan to visit the area to attempt Mission 9: Tunnel of Light, we hope you'll come by and see us at HQ! Geocachers gather at Mission 9: Tunnel of Light.Geocaching HQ staffer LukeK signs the Going Ape Mega-Event log. [...]

Nous vous présentons les Récompenses Virtuelles !

30. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Geocaching HQ a le plaisir de vous annoncer l'apparition des Récompenses Virtuelles, un projet visant à récompenser une partie des extraordinaires contributeurs du géocaching, mais aussi à créer un nombre restreint de nouvelles Caches Virtuelles dont toute la communauté du géocaching pourra profiter. Le 24 août 2017, environ 4000 géocacheurs répartis dans 63 pays du monde entier ont reçu un e-mail contenant les informations sur leur Récompense Virtuelle. Ce groupe est constitué majoritairement des poseurs représentant 1% des meilleures caches et issus de pays avec au moins 100 poseurs. Nous avons créé un algorithme permettant d'identifier ces joueurs en fonction de la qualité et de la santé globales de leurs caches. Les bénévoles actifs de la communauté ont aussi reçu des Récompenses Virtuelles afin de les remercier pour le temps et les compétences qu'ils consacrent à aider la communauté du géocaching. Les joueurs qui ont reçu une Récompense Virtuelle ont un an pour soumettre une Cache Virtuelle à la publication. Vous verrez donc peut-être de nouvelles caches Virtuelles apparaître dans les prochains jours, voire d'ici plusieurs mois. Les nouvelles caches issues des Récompenses Virtuelles devront respecter des directives spécifiques : il est donc possible que la relecture d'un descriptif de cache prenne un peu de temps. Cette nouvelle va évidemment enthousiasmer de nombreux membres, mais elle risque également de soulever quelques interrogations. Si vous avez des questions, consultez cet article ou écoutez le dernier épisode du podcast Inside Geocaching HQ (uniquement en anglais). Félicitations à tous ceux qui ont reçu une Récompense Virtuelle ! Nous avons hâte de découvrir les idées géniales qui vous viendront pour ces nouvelles Caches Virtuelles, et nous sommes certains que les géocacheurs du monde entier seront ravis de les trouver ! [...]

Congratulations PodCacher on 600 episodes!

29. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Since 2004 Sonny and Sandy have been geocaching together and traveling the world. What began as a first date became a hobby they would love and share together. A year and a half later the PodCacher podcast was born. Their charming personalities, engaging content, and consistency make the show entertaining for geocachers of all ages and levels of experience. The podcast has grown to be the largest and most internationally-recognized geocaching audio show in the world. Earning nominations for “Best Produced Podcast” by the Podcast Awards and has been a featured podcast in Apple iTunes for many years. As part of celebrating PodCacher's milestone of 600 episodes, I interviewed Sonny and Sandy to learn more about how they got started and who they are outside of geocaching. Sonny and Sandy at the Going A.P.E eventWhere did you both grow up? Sandy: I grew up in the Philippines where my parents were missionaries and then spent time in California and North Carolina. Later I lived in Florida until True Love brought me back to California!Sonny: I grew up in San Diego. My dad was in the US Navy and during my high school years, he was stationed in the Philippines. I went to college and taught in Los Angeles for several years before moving back down here to San Diego. Sonny and Sandy at the Going Caching EventWhat were hobbies and interests as kids? Sandy: I loved reading, cross-stitch (needlework), anything math or computer related. I also loved travel and seeing new places (since my growing up involved a lot of moving around!)Sonny: Science Fiction, Comics, movies, music (learned piano, saxophone, and guitar), skateboarding, biking, photography, Do you both have careers outside of the podcast? Sandy: Currently I'm a stay-at-home Mom and I also homeschool Sean 3 days per week as part of a charter school he attends. Prior to marrying Sonny, I was an IT Director for a large non-profit organization.Sonny: I've worked in education as a teacher and director of technology. I've been a university professor, a professional photographer, and currently work for an education company. Sandy, on your website podcacher.com you mentioned that Sonny took you geocaching on your first date. What were your initial impressions? What else did you do on your first date? Sandy: When geocaching was first mentioned I had no idea what it was, but I thought it sounded interesting. My initial impression was that it was lots of fun and so was this guy! Our entire first date involved geocaching (I think we found 3 or 4) WITH my brother, his wife and their 3 kids. Our first date alone was dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory the following night. iTrax & Foxtail. Now that sounds like an adventure duo if I ever heard of one. Is there a story behind either of your prior usernames? Sonny: My name came from a combination of sources: the Garmin eTrex, the iPod and a Tracks walking stick (that I still use).Sandy: After we got married and it became possible to change your geocaching name, we talked about what it should be. Sonny wanted to stay iTrax, so we needed something that sounded fun and went along with iTrax. Sonny suggested Foxtail after we went hiking and geocaching and I had them all over my socks. GCF7A2 – Escape from AlcatrazSo, podcasting? What motivated you to begin recording? What were some other subjects you considered podcasting about? Sonny: I found out about the technology that allowed people to share recordings that they had made with the world. First started listening to podcasts then realized I could create one as well. We did some recording on a summer trip to Kazakhstan to test out some gear and started the podcast as soon as we returned. The Abai Statue Cache virtual was our first international geocache! Sandy: Yep, Sonny is the tech geek around here and definitely an early-adopter! We didn't really consider any other subjects. When Sonny wanted to try podcasting, I suggested geocaching and it seemed the perfect fit. (Pictured on left: Sonny and Sandy Abai Statue Virtual in Kazakhstan) You two seem like naturals on your show. With reaching 600 episodes, do you find it difficult to find content for your show? Sonny: It's not as hard to find good content as it used to be. As geocaching grows in popularity, it has become easier. Sometimes we have too much good content for one show (it would be a hugely long episode) and we have to decide what gets left on the cutting room floor or saved for the next week.Sandy: It's so true that in the early days we didn't think we'd have enough geocaching content to fill 60 shows, let alone 600. But it's amazing how many things there are to discuss! Plus we have a worldwide audience who send in questions, ideas, stories, news items and more! You both bring a lot of positive energy to the podcast. How often do you find yourselves laughing with/at one another and have to cut the recording? Can you recall any particularly funny moments on your show? If so what happened? Sandy: Well, the beauty of how we record is that we don't do it live. We just record in one long file and then Sonny expertly edits the show later, so if there are mistakes, flubs or too much laughter, it can easily be edited out. Sometimes we add bloopers at the end of the show since people seem to enjoy that. Usually the most laughter happens when Sonny slips in a pun or joke that he didn't tell me about ahead of time, and the laughter is totally spontaneous. I can remember a couple of times when I got the giggles and just couldn't seem to stop. Sonny kept teasing me about it, which obviously just made the laughter continue. We generally have a lot of fun together recording the show.Sonny: On a typical week, Sandy preps the show and then I go over it before we begin the recording. At that time, I can make connections, cultural references and of course points of humor. Yes, Sandy and I generally have a good time recording the show and she's not always aware or expecting my responses or comments. PodCacher studio 2007In July 2005, did you have any idea what direction your podcast would lead, to? How many variations of studios/set-ups have you had? Sonny: Oh no. We did it for fun because we loved geocaching and wanted to see if we could connect with people. We've had numerous studio setups. We started on our living room couch with a small iRiver MP3 recorder and mic that we passed between us. I kept creating and redesigning “studios” that would allow us a quick startup and recording AND most importantly a consistently quality audio. Over time, we bought better gear and I built an actual, “sound conditioned” studio in our home office. We still use that today and actually have an “On Air” sign that lights up when we power on the studio.Sandy: Back in 2005 we never dreamed we'd still be doing this 12 years later. We also didn't anticipate how many other geocaching podcasts, vloggers and bloggers would appear over the years. PodCacher studio 2005What are the top 5 Caches you've found? Moun10Bike and Sonny at GC25GC30 – MINGO – found with a group and a flash mob event as well!GC1169 – Mission 9: Tunnel of Light – before it went missing – because of the rare APE icon All of WVtim's gadget caches in West Virginia – too hard to narrow downGCF7A2 – Escape from Alcatraz – and other virtuals that add an extra dimension to an already amazing experience GC25 – Camels Prairie Stash – oldest in Idaho, escorted by the owner, Moun10bike himself How does your world famous son Sean deal with all of the paparazzi? Can I get an autograph? Sonny: Sean is an easy going kid. We took him geocaching with us while he was an infant. It didn't slow us down! So he's grown up with geocaching. He knows that he's got lots of geocaching aunts and uncles all around the world! Sandy: Sean has grown up in the PodCacher / Geocaching Family and he is pretty good at taking it all in stride. He's a friendly, social kid and has no trouble making new friends wherever we go. He is also good with adults, partly from being an only child. He doesn't find it weird at all that these complete strangers will come up to him and say, “Hi Sean!”. And yes, he's happy to offer autographs. What is your favorite caching moment with one another? Sonny: The Going Caching event in Georgia was so amazing. We had such a fun time with each other, as well as all our geocaching friends.Sandy: We've had so many of them – typically in awesome locations we have traveled to together. One that I can think of was in Norway 3 years ago. We had driven with our host kassimaja up to the top of Tron mountain for a geocache. On the way back down, we pulled off the road to grab another one. Kassimaja stayed in the car and let the 3 of us go find it. We located the cache and sat down on the rocky hillside and had 6-year old Sean take our picture. As I looked around me, I thought about how geocaching (and our podcast) had brought me to this beautiful country that I probably would have never otherwise visited. It was a pretty amazing moment to share together. Congratulations on 12 years and 600 episodes Podcacher! Interested in hearing the PodCacher's podcast? Click here to have access to all 600 episodes. [...]

Wie wird die Unwetterlage am Mittwoch?

29. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Jetzt steht es fest: Die Kaltfront überquert Deutschland am Mittwoch (30. August). Danach fließt deutlich kühlere Luft ins Land, ehe zum Wochenende wieder verbreitet zumindest die 20 °C-Marke überschritten wird.Mehr dazu: https://news.unwetter24.net/wie-wird-die-unwetterlage-am-mittwoch/ [...]

Unwetter: Schwerpunkt kristallisiert sich auf Dienstag bis Donnerstag

26. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Die Hitzewelle ist nun in Deutschland angekommen. Besonders in der Mitte und im Süden Deutschlands, aber auch im südlichen Norden ist jetzt Hitze ein großes Stichwort. In Sachen „Unwetter“ werden wir wohl auch wieder einiges erleben – wie auch schon im letzten Bericht erwähnt. Der Schwerpunkt dieser Sparte wird sich aber wohl von Dienstag bis Donnerstag abspielen.Mehr dazu: https://news.unwetter24.net/unwetter-schwerpunkt-kristallisiert-sich-auf-dienstag-bis-donnerstag/ [...]

Introducing Virtual Rewards!

25. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Geocaching HQ is thrilled to announce the release of Virtual Rewards, a project to reward some of geocaching's great contributors, while also introducing a limited number of new Virtual Caches for the enjoyment of the entire geocaching community. Starting today, approximately 4,000 geocachers in 63 countries around the world will receive emails with information about their Virtual Reward. This group is made up largely of the top 1% of quality cache hiders from countries with at least 100 hiders. We created an algorithm to identify these people based on overall cache quality and cache health. Active community volunteers are also receiving a Virtual Reward as a thank you for giving their time and talent to support the geocaching community. Those selected for a Virtual Reward have one year to submit a Virtual Cache for publication. You may see new Virtuals published in the next few days, or several months from now. New caches resulting from Virtual Rewards must comply with specific guidelines, so it could take time for the cache listings to work through the review process. We expect this news is exciting to many in the community, but it may also raise some questions. We'll try to answer a few of the most obvious questions here. We've also released an episode of the Inside Geocaching HQ podcast, where you can hear more information. Yay, Virtuals are back! Not exactly. Yes, we're hoping to see up to 4,000 new Virtual Caches in the next year. But we want to make it clear that Virtuals remain a grandfathered cache type. I own great caches. Why wasn't I selected for a Virtual Reward? There are certainly more than 4,000 awesome cache hiders in the world, but we had to draw a line somewhere. We found that limiting this release to the top 1% of the results from our algorithm allowed for an ideal disbursement of new Virtual Caches around the world. No algorithm is perfect, ours included. We favored quality over quantity, but in creating our algorithm, we are sure that some great hiders were missed. Can you describe the algorithm? We are not sharing the algorithm. But we can say it factors in geocaching activity, geocache quality, and geocache health. The algorithm heavily favors cache quality over quantity. Are Virtual Rewards distributed evenly among countries? No. Virtual Rewards are intended as a reward for top hiders. Therefore, they were given in proportion to the number of cache owners in each country. Most countries (those with 100 or more cache hiders) were awarded a number of Virtual Rewards equivalent to 1% of the total cache owner population. Cache owners from countries with fewer than 100 cache hiders were grouped together. The top 1% of cache owners from that group also received a Virtual Reward. In total, cache owners from 63 countries received Virtual Rewards. Why not just make Virtual Caches available for everyone to hide? Because today's Virtual Caches are rare, and because the remaining Virtuals tend to be well-liked, people often forget (or maybe never knew) that many problems led to the grandfathering of Virtuals in 2005. The Virtual Cache type was originally created so people could place hides where physical caches were not permitted, or where muggles were so heavy that a physical cache was not practical. While the intent of this cache type was positive, it created significant problems for reviewers and often led to poor cache quality. Some people used Virtual Caches as a shortcut to create basic caches that did not require maintenance. Guidelines were eventually updated to require Virtuals to have special qualities to set them apart from other caches. However, that introduced so much subjectivity that the review process became difficult for both reviewers and cachers. The decision was finally made to grandfather Virtual Caches and no longer permit this type of cache unless we could find a way to avoid the aforementioned issues. We're hoping this limited Virtual Rewards release will help minimize the previous problems with Virtuals, while delivering more opportunities for the community to enjoy this beloved cache type. Most importantly, it's a fun reward for people who have contributed so much to the game. How do I find out when new Virtual Rewards are published? Premium members can set up instant notifications to be aware when new Virtual Rewards are published. Also, use the Search tool to conduct a worldwide search for Virtuals. Will there be more Virtual Rewards in the future? We don't have plans for anything beyond this release. But we're always trying to think of ways to encourage quality (and healthy) cache hides, so who knows what the future may bring. Have you considered a special icon or cache type for Virtual Rewards? Creating a new cache type is a huge project for Geocaching HQ's developers and engineers. It would not have been possible to launch Virtual Rewards in a timely manner if a new cache type was part of the project. Some cachers might see these new Virtuals as being different from those published in the past. But the experience of finding a Virtual is the same as before, so we felt it best to use the existing Virtual Cache type. Could an account receive more than one Virtual Reward? No, only one Virtual Reward per account. Can a Virtual Reward recipient give their reward to someone else? No, adoptions are not permitted. Can I see a list of geocachers who received a Virtual Reward? We understand people might be interesting in knowing who received a Virtual Reward, but we are not going to publish a list of names. The reason is recipients aren't required to use their Virtual Reward, and we don't want them to feel pressure to create a Virtual Cache if they're not interested in doing so. We're going to leave it up to recipients to decide whether to share the news with others. We will update this blog post if we hear of further common questions regarding Virtual Rewards. In the meantime, congratulations to everyone who received a Virtual Reward! We're looking forward to seeing some cool ideas for new Virtual Caches, and we're sure geocachers around the world will enjoy finding them! [...]

Hiljainen Kansa — Geocache of the Week

24. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC1D4ZP by woltti22 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Finland N 65° 05.635 E 028° 54.329 One of the wonderful things about geocaching is how it leads you to locations you may have otherwise never heard of. Case in point: GC1D4ZP. Today's Geocache of the Week takes us to a remote field in northeastern Finland. As you drive along Highway 5 and look to the east, you will discover an army of over 1000 scarecrows in a field. The peaceful mob is made of wooden crosses, decorated with straw hair and bright clothes, which are refreshed twice a year. The unusual figures are an art installation titled Hiljainen Kansa (“Quiet People” in Finnish) by dancer, choreographer, and artist Reijo Kela. They appeared just north of the town of Suomussalmi in 1994 after exhibiting in three other locations. The trail to the cache can be quite muddy at certain times of the year, so pack your boots or prepare to go barefoot. The description says it's small, but there's plenty of room for SWAG and trackables if you have any to trade. Visitors often speak of how walking amongst the figures can be calming and bring about self-reflection. A good thing when thinking about what to write in your log in addition to “TFTC”. Hiljainen Kansa — Silent PeopleView from the roadComing closerThe Quiet PeopleDifferent heights, clothes, and “personalities”Geocachers can blend right inPack your wellies!A birdseye viewA view from the nearby cafe Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

You earned a free tracking code, now what?

24. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

You can travel nearly anywhere in the world and maybe even to space—without ever leaving your neighborhood: Just release a geocaching trackable and watch it move!A trackable is a geocaching game piece that travels from geocache to geocache. By sending a trackable off on a mission, you can see the world through other geocachers' logs and photos! You can buy trackables and Geocoins with engraved tracking codes at Shop Geocaching and international retailers. But you're probably wondering what to do with a single tracking code that isn't attached to an object yet? Just like a normal trackable, you want to activate the code and give your trackable a mission. Next, attach your tracking code to any object of your choosing. You can engrave it, write it in permanent marker, or add a laminated piece of paper. Make sure to include “Trackable at Geocaching.com” on your homemade trackable so that other geocachers know it's meant to travel from geocache to geocache. Need some inspiration for your own trackable code? We've seen trackable pets, cars, stuffed animals, cakes, and even a drum set. Over 650 geocachers have even taken their love of trackables to a whole other, more permanent level – trackable tattoos! Take a look at these trackables for some ideas! [...]

Hitze, Gewitter, Starkregen: Die kommenden Tage

24. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Der Hochsommer hat wieder seinen Platz in Mitteleuropa gefunden. Verbreitet herrschen wieder warme bis sehr warme Temperaturen, nur schwacher Wind und viel Sonne. Die kommenden Tage werden dann richtig spannend. Mit teils sehr hohen Temperaturen aber auch heftigen Unwettern verläuft die Hitzewelle sehr turbulent.Mehr dazu: https://news.unwetter24.net/hitze-gewitter-starkregen-die-kommenden-tage/ [...]

New: An events calendar on your Dashboard

23. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

We have said it (many times) before – the geocaching community and friendships among geocachers all over the world makes this the game we love. This year alone more than 87,000 geocachers came together at over 24,000 geocaching events and 35 Mega-Events* to play, exchange geocaching stories, and create lifelong friendships. To be part of the global community of treasure hunters, we want to make it easier for you to connect with fellow geocachers near and far. That is why we're introducing a new personalized events calendar on your updated Dashboard. With one look you can see if and when there's a geocaching event near you. It's easy to RSVP, look up details about the event, or browse for upcoming events. Never attended a geocaching event? Here's what to expect: Geocaching events are hosted by local geocachers. Everyone from newbies, casual treasure hunters, and longtime geocachers with lots of know-how might attend to socialize and talk about the game. Many seasoned geocachers will wear a nametag with their username to the event and bring trackable objects or geocoins to share and trade. Attending and logging a geocaching event will earn you a smiley and sometimes even a digital souvenir. Let the host of the event know you're coming by selecting RSVP and logging your “Will attend”. Make sure to read about event details and let your event host know how many people are in your party. If your geocaching game is strong and you've attended many geocaching events there are a few handy new features on the events calendar for you. Select any date to see further information about up to three events near you that day, the closest Mega- or Giga**-Event, and their location on a map. The events calendar shows events from the previous, current and upcoming month within a 100 mile (160 km) radius from your home coordinates. When you log a “Will attend” the color of the date the event takes place changes from red to green, making is easy to see which events you're going to. If you've added friends on Geocaching.com, you can see when they're attending the event. After you've been to the event, don't forget to log your “Attended” log right from the Dashboard and earn your smiley. Visit your Dashboard and see if there's an event near you right now! *Mega-Events are gatherings of 500 or more geocachers. **Giga-Events are gatherings of 5,000 or more geocachers. [...]

Gana un Magic: The Gathering Trackable y explora IXALAN!

23. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Magic: The Gathering es el primero y más popular juego de cartas coleccionables de todos los tiempos. ¡Para celebrar el lanzamiento de un nuevo mazo de cartas, se han asociado con Geocaching para lanzar miles de rastreables a geocachers y aficionados de todo el mundo! Aficionados de Magic y geocachers están invitados a explorar el plano nuevo del Magic Multiverse, IXALAN! En tu viaje, descubre dinosaurios peligrosos y piratas de saqueo mientras buscas cachés alrededor del mundo. Toma un Magic: The Gathering, IXALAN Treasure Piece rastreable contigo de caché a caché para revelar secretos ocultos (y tal vez algunas vistas previas de las cartas). Comparte tu último hallazgo en Facebook, Instagram y Twitter usando los hashtags #MTGGeocachers y #MTGXLN. Inscríbete para ganar un rastreable gratuito: Geocaching.com/Magic. [...]

Gagnez un objet voyageur de Magic: The Gathering et découvrez IXALAN !

23. August 2017 // 0 Kommentare

Magic: The Gathering est le premier et le plus populaire jeu de cartes à collectionner. Pour célébrer la sortie d'une nouvelle set de cartes, ils ont uni leurs forces à celles de géocaching pour mettre en circulation des milliers d'objets voyageurs dans le monde entier pour les géocacheurs et les fans ! Les fans de Magic et les géocacheurs sont invités à découvrir le plus nouveau "plan» du Multivers de Magic: IXALAN ! Découvrez des dinosaurs dangereux et des pirates pillants pendant que vous cherchez des caches autour du globe. Prenez un objet voyageur du Magic: The Gathering IXALAN d'une cache à l'autre pour révéler des secrets cachés (et peut-être même un avant-goût des cartes). Partagez vos découvertes sur Facebook, Instagram et Twitter en utilisant les hashtags #MTGGeocachers et #MTGXLN. Participez et gagnez un objet voyageur gratuit : Geocaching.com/Magic. [...]
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