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November 2018

Five Project-GC features you may not know about

14. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Geocaching API partner Project-GC is well known in the community for its advanced tools and personalized statistics. What you may not know is that Project-GC also provides dynamic notifiers so you can stay on top of your geocaching game. Last year, we suggested four reasons to start using Project GC and today, we are sharing five Project-GC features you may not know about. 1. Challenge checkers With one click, Challenge checkers let you know if you have fulfilled the requirements of the Challenge cache. In most cases, it will also tell you what you are missing in order to complete the mission. Project-GC is the only authorized site to host such checkers after partnering with Geocaching HQ and offers this, and many other features free of charge.Project-GC also offers even more functionality and advanced features which are included as part of a paid membership. For example, all Challenge checkers will automatically run on your account in the background regularly to see which Challenge caches you have fulfilled and can log. Every time a Challenge cache is plotted on a map at Project-GC you will see small indicators in the corner of the Geocache icon that tell you if the challenge has been fulfilled or not. 2. Events (requires Project-GC subscription) Receive specific event notifications via email based on the number of Will attends that have been logged to the event with Project-GC's Event notifier. For example, you can set alerts for any event within a short distance from you, yet only get notified about larger events if they are further away. Besides being able to filter the notifications on number of Will attends and distance from a set of coordinates, you can also filter on the type of event, country, region and county. 3. Favorite points (requires Project-GC subscription) If you're a cache owner, subscribing to Project-GC's Favorite points notifier might be for you. Get alerted if Favorite points on any of your geocaches have been added or removed with a daily digest of activity. 4. Log images and Edited logs (requires Project-GC subscription) Log image and Edited logs notifiers are two helpful alerts for geocache owners. Subscribe to a daily digest email from Project-GC that will send you the log images that have been uploaded to any of your cache hides, and also a list of any logs within the past several days that have had edits made by the log author. 5. New caches (requires Project-GC subscription) Always get notified about new geocaches near you! The newest addition to Project-GC's New Cache notifier is that you can use your smartphone to easily update your current position. Your new cache notifiers will then be based on this new position and your set radius. From Jasmer challenge grids, FTF top lists, and an array of profile stats, Project-GC offers tools and stats to take your geocaching to the next level. What's your favorite part of Project-GC? [...]

GeoTour Azores (GT6F)

14. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

There isn't a more explosive GeoTour on our planet than GeoTour Azores. Located roughly 850 miles west of mainland Europe, the Azores consists of 9 volcanic islands with a whopping 150 geocaches scattered across the lush, mountainous islands. The exotic nature of this group of islands has a global appeal and is part of a larger group of Atlantic Ocean islands called Macaronesia, or “fortunate islands,” because those who visit or live there are considered to be fortunate to see the beauty of the Azores. The islands of the archipelago are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprised of Santa Maria and São Miguel; the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial; and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. For non-residents each island group has its own unique prize, but if you're ambitious enough to find 100% of the GeoTour first, you earn the Archipelago prize. It's easy to feel excited about this GeoTour jam packed with adventure, oceanic views, and hikes along the craters of volcanoes.GeoTour Azores has 150 geocaches and 21 joker geocaches. The joker geocaches are optional and can replace any geocache that could not be found so you can complete the tour. Each geocacher/team of geocachers can only participate in this GeoTour once This GeoTour is available for 1 year from the date of its release The organization of this GeoTour and the São Miguel Tourism Delegation only guarantee the prizes while supplies last Geocachers who find half of all GeoTour caches (75 caches) or the GeoTour caches of an entire group of islands receive a geocoin! Reasons to visit the Azores: All of the activities you can imagine are at your disposal, but the best part is that you can do them on beautiful islands in the middle of the ocean. To name a few: canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, whale-watching, golfing, sailing, diving, paragliding, bird watching, horseback riding, cycling/mountain biking, hiking, sport fishing, surfing, and so on. It is an outdoor enthusiast's dream environment and, despite being away from the mainland, it has very mild weather year round which allows you to soak in whatever activities you desire. The Azores has one of the 7 wonders of Portugal—the Lagoon of the Seven Cities. The lagoon consists of two freshwater lakes that are connected by a narrow channel within the crater of a dormant volcano. Although the two lakes are connected, they are not similar by nature. The locals refer to them as Blue Lake and Green Lake due to the hue when you view its reflection. The village of Lajes do Pico also received an award of one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal, but for different reasons; it's one of the 7 Gastronomic Wonders of Portugal. That's right, Portugal takes its food so seriously that they list cities where the food is so good they've become national icons. Great Caches on this GeoTour: Suspenso no Tempo… | Suspended in Time… — GC61DB5 On the island of Flores this EarthCache showcases its waterfalls and geomorphology. You learn about the formation of valleys and different types of waterfalls you can observe. All learning aside, the views you get from this EarthCache are spectacular and epitomizes what the nature Azores has to offer. Farol dos Capelinhos — GC5V2KM This lighthouse was built in the late 1800's and was functioning until 1957 when a volcano on the island of Faial erupted. It destroyed the surrounding buildings but the ash only buried the first floor of the lighthouse, which still remains covered today. A view to the Paradise of Nature — GC3F5Q2 The island of São Miguel is referred to as paradise on earth. The blue color of the waters, rolling island mountains, and colorful foliage entrap through captivation. The lagoon “Lagoa do fogo” has inspired writers and explorers of years past and current. The cache brings you to the top of a viewpoint with a scenic panorama of the island. Pico's — GC2WWJ4 Pico Mountain is the tallest mountain in the Azores and is the third tallest mountain in the Atlantic ocean peaking at a sky scraping 2,351 m (7713 ft). The mountain was formed by several volcanic eruptions starting over 240,000 years ago. What geocachers are saying: Today is my second day on Flores with my friend Zoeklopers geocaching and for discovering some nice places. This walking trail was more than worth it. At the end it's really amazing what you see, I couldn't believe it, such a beautiful and quite place. Nature is so awesome. – Niquetjes On our trip to the Azores we had some great impressions, were shown beautiful places by different cache owners and enjoyed the stunning nature and hospitality of these islands and their residents. Overall Max and I had great two weeks on Sao Miguel, Terceira, Faial and Pico which were accompanied by one or the other Geocache visit. A big thank you to all the cache owners for hiding and for showing us some very special places, of which this EC was one of them. – cherry_s We were so happy and relieved that some tears of joy and satisfaction came up while embracing each other on the highest point of portugal … and after rising about 1000 meters! So, my 1000th geocache is this ‘earthcache' it was not only a pleasure to climb here but it was a contribution of what geocaching is and can be : every cache can be a great souvenir in nature surrounded by people you love and care – pet0etie Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. The copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ. [...]

Guide to the Geocaching® app’s new navigation

14. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

You're always looking for ways to move faster, find more geocaches, and get more out of each adventure. So Geocaching HQ has designed a new navigation that will help you do all that and more. The new navigation is based on more than six months of research into how cachers like you use the Geocaching® app every day. We found out pretty quickly there were some things we could do to make it easier to navigate to geocaches and find the information you need to succeed at ground zero. What you'll find in the new navigation New navigation mode. The navigation map now orients based on what direction you are facing. As you turn, the map will too so you can easily identify which direction the cache is. Plus, your distance from the geocache is now more accessible at the top of the navigation screen. If you prefer “north up” mode, simply visit your settings and select “Keep map north up.” New cache preview. The information you're most likely to need is all included in the cache summary tray. Here you'll find the number of Favorite points, distance from you, difficulty, terrain, and cache size with one quick glance. New cache details header. When you open cache details you'll see the geocache pin on the map, geocache name, cache type, and two buttons: “Navigate” which switches you into navigation mode, and “Log” so you can easily start a draft or log your experience. Other updates. While navigating to a geocache or while in north up mode, if you manually pan, zoom, or rotate the map your location arrow will indicate the direction you are facing. If you'd like to return to the navigation mode, simply tap the “Center on me” button to resume. We changed the ‘close to geocache' notification sound to a more subtle vibration. Visit your Settings to select this stealthier option. Your phone will vibrate when you are within 32 feet (10 meters) of the geocache. When and how you'll get the new Geocaching® app experience We know that it can take time to adapt to a change. In the coming days, you'll start to see an upgrade available to your Geocaching® app in the Apple App store or Google Play store. If you are having a hard time finding something that moved, please visit the Help Center, reach out to us in the forums or through our customer support. [...]

Trend: Frostig kalt und Schnee bis in tiefe Lagen!

14. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Am kommenden Wochenende fließt allmählich kältere Luft nach Deutschland. Anschließend kommen Niederschläge auf, die örtlich bis in tiefe Lagen als Schnee fallen. Mehr dazu: [...]

Ab dem Wochenende wird’s richtig frostig

13. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

In den kommenden Tagen steht uns sonniges und trockenes Wetter bevor. Trotzdem wird es Tag für Tag kälter. Somit liegen die Tiefstwerte ab dem kommenden Wochenende verbreitet im Frostbereich.Mehr dazu: [...]

Ab Mittwoch strahlender Sonnenschein

12. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Derzeit befinden wir uns in einer wechselhaften Phase mit einer Mischung aus Sonne, Wolken und Niederschlägen. Doch diese geht in der neuen Woche zu Ende. Dann folgt strahlender Sonnenschein.Mehr dazu: [...]

Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!

10. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

2018 has been out of this world for geocaching—literally! We became Official Space Explorers during Planetary Pursuit, traversed forests, deserts, oceans, and up to the mountaintops to discover beings never before known to man during Hidden Creatures, and found ourselves through our geocaching personalities. Not ready to come back down to Earth yet? We've got more in store for you. This year, we invite you to say ‘Thanks' to 2018 and welcome 2019 with two new geocaching souvenirs. Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31 to earn the Thanks 2018 souvenir. Then, kick off the New Year with the Hello 2019 souvenir, which can also be earned by finding a geocache or attending an event on January 1. How do I earn both souvenirs? Earn the Thanks 2018 souvenir by finding any geocache or attending an event on December 31, 2018. Earn the Hello 2019 souvenir by finding another geocache or attending a different event on January 1, 2019. What types of geocaches qualify for either souvenir? Nearly any type of geocache! Including: Traditional Caches Multi-caches Virtual Caches Letterbox Hybrids Event Caches Unknown (Mystery) Caches Webcam Caches Cache In Trash Out Events Earthcaches Mega-Event Caches Wherigo Caches Can you earn two souvenirs for one Event Cache if it starts on December 31 and ends on January 1? No; to earn both souvenirs, you'll have to submit two different logs for two different geocaches or events, one on each day. Can I schedule back-to-back events to earn both souvenirs ? Nope! According to the geocache hiding guidelines, event stacking is not allowed. To avoid event stacking, Event Caches should be separated by time, organized by different geocachers, have a minimum duration of 30 minutes and take place at a different location than other events. Please check out the geocaching hiding guidelines for more information about planning an Event Cache. How do I plan ahead to find the nearest geocaches or Events? Click this link to find Events and geocaches near you! However you choose to celebrate, New Year's is an opportunity to appreciate the experiences of the past year and embrace what is to come. How will you say ‘Thanks' to 2018 and welcome 2019? [...]

Mild oder kalt? Trend für den Winter 2018/2019

10. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Am 01. Dezember ist meteorologischer Winteranfang. Nun stellt sich wie jedes Jahr die Frage: Wird er zu mild, durchschnittlich oder zu kalt. Unser Klimatrend verrät bereits einiges.Mehr dazu: [...]

No strength required, just ingenuity 2 — Geocache of the Week

8. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Mystery Cache GC11AT5 by PZ Dude Difficulty: 4 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Ohio, United States N 39° 46.645 W 084° 03.946 No strength required, just ingenuity 2 — Geocache of the WeekThe cache is located at the top of the Wright State University sign. Seems simple enough, right? Just climb up, grab the cache, and be done with it. But here's the catch: climbing the structure is not allowed. Plus, judging from the gallery, you may want to bring your friends — lots and lots of friends — for this Geocache of the Week. Bring your friends for this cacheThe cache description reads This is going to be a little different than the kind of cache you're accustomed to searching for. Completion requires no strength, just a lot of thought and ingenuity. You might also need to bring your bag of geostuff. I placed this cache with my feet firmly planted on the ground. Please do not climb, dig, turn over, poke or prod anything. Don't bother the lights, it's not there. You will be searching for a decon container hidden in plain sight. Cache owner PZ Dude is the proud owner who drives past this location 4-5 times a week, giving him a big smile. But with great power comes great responsibility, as this cache is at least 40 feet (12 meters) up and according to him, “…a pain the A double snakes to get back up on top of the sign.” Teamwork makes the dream workPZ Dude says he's seen a dozen ways to attempt this cache: ropes, strings, kites, slingshots, regular tennis balls, weighted tennis balls, dog ball launcher, water balloon cannon, fishing poles, even a lift truck. Slingshot methodAlthough Event Caches cannot be set up for the sole purpose of finding caches, on one Christmas Eve a group of a dozen intrepid geocachers got together and finally logged this smiley. Many others came along for a good chuckle, to offer pointers, and hand out mugs of hot chocolate. Werqin' it!Need a spoiler? With blessings from the cache owner, check out this 30-second video hosted by Tom Hanks that actually shows the cache at about the 10-second mark. This well-known cache was originally owned by Steve of stevensheri (who sadly passed away in 2012) then taken over by Slammer who subsequently moved away from the area. His cache was approved by the Chief of Police and the Head of Grounds Maintenance at Wright State University. A big THANK YOU goes out to them. In the words of the original cache owner, “Take your time and work it out. When it's signed and back in place, love it or hate it, you'll never forget it.” 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. [...]

Nach wechselhaftem Wetter: Neue trockene Phase

8. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Ab sofort muss täglich mit örtlichen Schauern und mit Wind gerechnet werden. Doch die nächste trockene Phase deutet sich bereits an.Mehr dazu: [...]

A List to Love

7. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Caching for 14 years, Annie Love (username Love) has enjoyed caching adventures and meeting community members all over the world. She began working at Geocaching HQ in 2007, working at the front desk before there even was a front desk. Nowadays, Annie manages the API and Trackables programs and is known for caching in flip flops whenever the conditions allow! Travel is one of Annie's biggest passions which pairs perfectly with geocaching! She's traveled to over 30 countries and has found some amazing geocaches. Here are her ten most memorable geocaches from around the world. 1 – Ape Cave, Washington, USA underground to do some spelunking through a lava tube in the Pacific Northwest. This was a special one for me as I got to share the experience of walking through the 2.5 mile tube with my dad. 2 – Atlantic Whirlpool, Ireland one takes you off the beaten tourist path in Ireland, through a muddy sheep field, over fences and ends at a an incredible viewpoint to watch the crashing waves. I found this geocache in my search for Ireland's top 10 geocaches and it's now one of my favorite spots in Ireland. 3 – Asakusa Kaminarimon, Japan cleverly hidden urban geocache in a picturesque tourist spot in Tokyo. Caching my way around Japan was a great way to discover a new country. 4 – Welcome to Eildon, Australia good test of your fears to put on a harness and climb to a bright blue ammo can cache 15 meters up a tree! I had the help from some amazing local cachers to try my first tree climb and sign my name in the logbook. 5 – Castelo dos Mouros, Portugal walk up through the magical Sintra hillside to a Moorish castle from the 9th century. I felt like I stepped into a fairy tale while adventuring to this cache. 6 – Cumil :: Man at Work, Slovakia fun urban cache at a very busy tourist spot in Bratislava – the trick is not being spotted by muggles when you find this one! My caching friends I found the best way to put this one back was to have someone lean down next to the sculpture and pose for a picture. 7 – Emerald Lakes (Central Plateau), New Zealand into Lord of the Rings on a hike that leads you up the side of Mt. Doom and takes you past the brilliantly colored Emerald Lakes. This is not a hike for solitude, but I can assure you the stunning views on a clear day are worth it. 8 – Na'ili'ili-haele WaterFalls Cache, Hawaii, USA ultimate caching adventure in paradise – scramble over rocks, climb up waterfalls and swim your way toward ground zero of this geocache! I loved the adventure to this cache so much that I recently made the trek a second time and picked up a new EarthCache smiley on the way! 9 – First Hütte, Switzerland friends with local cows amid stunning views of the Swiss Alps. I've done this hike twice and I'd definitely do it again as it's one of the most amazing hikes I've been on. 10 – Huterlaner, Austria roped in klettersteig adventure up the side of a mountain in Austria. Two friends from Germany helped me challenge my fears to grab this T5 geocache. Feeling inspired by Annie's travels? We made a List with these ten geocaches so you can start your ultimate geocaching list off on the right foot! Premium members can copy this List to their own Listhub and continue to add to it. What are some of the most memorable places geocaching has taken you? Share your memories in the comments below! [...]

Ab Donnerstag kühler und wechselhaft

7. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Der November hat so begonnen, wie der Oktober geendet hat: Zu mild. Ab Donnerstag rücken wir zumindest etwas näher an das langjährige Mittel.Mehr dazu: [...]

GIFF starts this weekend — log your Will Attend now!

7. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The smell of popcorn in the air, gnomes dancing everywhere… it can only mean one thing: It's time for the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival! From November 8-12, the 16 never-before-seen GIFF finalist films will make their international debuts on hundreds of screens all over the world. Some GIFF Events will be themed—like this intergalactic GIFF gathering in Adelaide, Australia. Some events will be extravagant—like the first-ever GIFF themed Mega Event – GIFF 2018 – Janz jroß Kinema. All GIFF events will show this year's hilarious, dramatic, and poignant geocaching films. And if you need one more reason to love GIFF: attending any official GIFF event will earn you the GIFF 2018 souvenir, plus you'll earn 15 points towards your Social Butterfly souvenir! Don't miss your chance at popcorn, films, and GIFFy fun… explore this live map of all official GIFF events to find one near you GIFF Events 2018Tag your GIFF stories and photos with #geocachingfilmfestival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for a chance to have them shared on the official Geocaching channels! [...]

Kommende Nächte: Teils deutlich unter 150 Meter Sicht!

6. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Nebel ist eine recht typische Wettererscheinung im Herbst. In den kommenden Nächten ist dieser allerdings besonders dicht.Mehr dazu: [...]

Immer wahrscheinlicher: Erstes Drittel von 2019 zu nass

5. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Das Jahr 2018 war bisher zum Großteil viel zu trocken. Doch die Wahrscheinlichkeit steigt, dass das gesamte erste Jahresdrittel des Jahres 2019 deutlich zu nass wird!Mehr dazu: [...]
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