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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? [...]

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. [...]

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! [...]

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 https://coord.info/GCZ8ZQHead 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 https://coord.info/GCG7Q3This 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 https://coord.info/GC38J50A 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 https://coord.info/GC63M40A 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 https://coord.info/GC88D3A 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 https://coord.info/GC12ZCWA 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 https://coord.info/GC1836JStep 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 https://coord.info/GCHREHAn 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 https://coord.info/GC1EXC9Make 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 https://coord.info/GC329QEA 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! [...]

Kostnice / Ossuary – Geocache of the Week

1. November 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Mystery GCP0JT by Dryjak Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia N 49° 57.709′ E 015° 17.295′ It's a dark and stormy night. Thunder crashes, lightning strikes! Through the crags of an old eastern European village, the flash of light illuminates a medieval chapel. As the mist clears, it becomes apparent that the chapel is entirely decorated in bones…human bones. If that sounds like the beginning of a horror film it's not—it's just the Geocache of the Week. Photo by raduz_CZ The first stage of this Mystery Cache takes you to the spooktacular Sedlec Ossuary, about an hour outside of Prague in the shadow of the Sedlec Abbey. This not-very-humorous geocache is located in a medieval Catholic chapel decorated with over 40,000 individual human skeletons. Photo by akula.czMany were unfortunate victims of the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. The skeletons were partially exhumed to make way for the more recently dead in the 1500s. Eventually, in 1870, they were arranged into the eerie art and decoration seen today. The artist, František Rint's, unique signature. Photo by Mr. ErikuszThe boo-tiful, if somewhat macabre decorations make this chapel one of Czechia's most visited tourist attractions. This makes avoiding detection while finding the posted coordinates a bit vampiric—or, a real pain in the neck! Don't lose your head searching for ground zero! Photo by KarmansboThe final is located in the less-visited (and also less terrifying) area surrounding the chapel (no spoilers!). So even if you're a little squeamish, you can still join in the skele-fun at the final. GZ! Photo by one.womanNo bones about it, this is a geocache you certainly won't want to miss. 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. [...]

The Jasmer Challenge

31. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

One of the oldest and most popular geocaching challenges is the Jasmer Challenge. To complete the challenge, you must fill your Jasmer grid by finding caches placed in every month since geocaching began in May 2000. As of the time of this blog publication, there have been 222 months since the beginning of geocaching, which means you must find 222 caches to qualify. The first Jasmer Challenge appeared in California in 2008 (GC1GBC1). It has since been duplicated all over the world. If you're unclear on how the Jasmer Challenge works or want some tips on how to qualify, you found the right place. The Jasmer Challenge inevitably becomes more difficult as time passes. First, because with each new month, there is another required cache to find. Also, there are fewer active caches available from the early years. To see for yourself: Conduct a worldwide search and order the results by the ‘Placed On' category. Scroll past the caches with bogus ‘Placed On' dates (example: everything prior to May 11, 2000). You will see there are only seven remaining caches that were placed in May 2000, which was the first month of geocaching. The pickings are even slimmer for August 2000, with just four remaining active caches. So, you better get started! To find out where you currently stand, use a tool like Project-GC to view your ‘Finds by hidden month.” (Find it on your ‘Profile stats' page on Project-GC.) Next, identify available caches from the months you're missing. There are a number of ways to do this: Conduct a search on Geocaching.com and order the results by ‘Placed On' date. Run a Pocket query on Geocaching.com and use the ‘Placed During' box to limit the results to a specific month. There are other options, including Project-GC's ‘Map – Hidden Month' tool. It shows you a map with available caches from your missing months, along with multiple filters. All that's left is to find the caches! I know, I know, easier said than done. Since August 2000 is the most difficult month for most people, here's information about the four remaining active caches from that month: Potters Pond (GC3B, Utah, USA). Located in a high mountain valley (approx 9200 feet elevation), it's about 2.5 hours to drive from Salt Lake City. The last 11 miles or so are on dirt road. (Helpful driving information is contained in this log by a Utah community volunteer reviewer.) Once you make it all that way, the hike from parking to ground zero feels relatively easy. It's a nice, big cache in a forest. Classic geocaching. A view of Potters Pond by RachellLake Lanier (GC21, Georgia, USA). This one isn't quite as secluded as Potters Pond. It's just under an hour's drive from Atlanta. But as the cache title implies, you'll enjoy great views of a beautiful lake. A pleasant walk on defined trails leads you near the cache. Sunset at Lake Lanier, by TerriBikes+Geocache 612 (GC36, Michigan, USA). This cache is way out there, at least, relative to major metropolitan areas. You're looking at a three hour drive from Detroit, five hours from Chicago, or “only” two hours if you're coming from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I would argue it's the least accessible of the August 2000 caches. The last bit of road gets soft and sandy, and parking is about 0.1 mile from ground zero. From there, it's an easy walk to the cache. Cecton-more completes her Jasmer at Geocache 612.Match Stash (GC4D, Sweden). This is certainly the easiest of the August 2000 caches to access from a big city. It's only about a 20 minute drive from the center of Stockholm. I used public transit to get within a mile of the cache and then walked the remainder. The view at Match Stash, by RadlerAndiYou may not be satisfied with completing your Jasmer grid only once. When you finish the first loop, you can aim for Double Jasmer (find two caches in every month) or more. Quadruple Jasmer is one of my favorite geocaching accomplishments! Have you completed your Jasmer? If so, what was your most memorable qualifying cache? If not, how is your planning going? [...]

Geocaching HQ Highlight — The Visitor’s Center

30. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Whether on a geocaching road trip across the country or living down the street, geocachers love to make a pit stop at Geocaching HQ to sign the famous logbook, celebrate a milestone, share stories with fellow geocachers, and see for themselves where all the geocaching magic happens. But if you can't make the trip out to Seattle HQ is coming to you with a Virtual Tour of the Visitor's Center! [...]

Huka Falls (Central Plateau) – Geocache of the Week

25. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

EarthCache GC3F65X by funkymunkyzone Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1.5 Location: North Island, New Zealand S 38° 38.920′ E 176° 05.408′ New Zealand has the highest density of sheep per unit area in the world, featuring a sheep to human ratio of seven to one. It is also a country full of stunning and diverse natural beauty ranging from jagged mountains to rolling pastures, providing the perfect backdrop for The Lord of the Rings movies. The country features active volcanic zones, picturesque beaches, fiords, and raging rivers. One of those rivers, the Waikato River, is responsible for the powerful Huka Falls, our Geocache of the Week. The water flowing over Huka Falls is so strong that it prevents the migration of native fish and eels. The Maori people were the first to navigate the river, but after a chief went over the falls and barely survived, they steered away from them. It is also rumored that a small group of dwarves from Middle-earth may have braved the falls inside of barrels while escaping their enemy. The waterfall crashes upon a layer of rock known as the Huka Falls Formation — a geologically altered and hardened layer made of lacustrine shales. The formation was created 70,000 – 200,000 years ago by mid-Pleistocene sediments sinking to the floor of an ancient lake that extended beyond the current boundaries of Lake Taupo. Then the sediment geothermally altered, hardened, and set like a natural concrete. Originally the river was much wider at this point. As the Huka Falls Formation is much harder than the surrounding rocks, the river began to exploit weaknesses in the rock to carve out the deep channel above the falls you see today. The strong currents from above and under the surface lead to erosion that chips away at the edges of the falls as well as undercutting the cliff behind it. This phenomenon causes the falls to slowly move upstream. Should you find yourself in New Zealand, consider a visit to this amazing EarthCache to enjoy the breathtaking views and expand your knowledge about geology. 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 might be a Social Butterfly if…

24. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Introducing the next challenge in our four month series “You might be a geocacher if…” From October 29 at noon UTC through December 3 at noon UTC, use the Friend League to individually earn points towards the “Social Butterfly” souvenir. Keep reading to learn November's challenge below! In November, you might be a Social Butterfly if… You walk the walk and talk the talk—as in you like to go to events! You are fully immersed in the geocaching community and Event Caches are totally your thing. You love meeting all of your fellow geocachers and have a knack for helping newbies fall in love with the game! To earn the Social Butterfly souvenir, earn 70 points individually on your Friend League starting October 29 at noon UTC through December 3 at noon UTC. This month earn higher points for attending Event Caches! The scoring*: Action Point value Log a Found it on any geocache 5 Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 10 Attend any event 15 Drop off trackable 1 Earn 15 points for attending any regular Event Cache, GIFF Event, CITO Event, Mega or Giga-Event! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month. *The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, October 29 at noon UTC. FAQ: How do I play? Find different geocache types to individually collect 70 points on the Friend League between Monday, October 29 at noon UTC and Monday, December 3 at noon UTC and earn the Social Butterfly souvenir. How can I earn points? If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points. Action Point value Log a Found it on any geocache 5 Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 10 Attend any event 15 Drop off trackable 1 *The max number of points you can earn for any find log is 15 points by attending any Event Cache. What is the Friend League? The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends' geocaching activity. Earn points when you log a cache, attend an event, or complete other geocaching tasks. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand. The Friend League displays the total points you individually collect during the month. You can also see how many points your friends have earned. After October 29, the Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, December 3 at noon UTC when the next souvenir challenge will begin. Can I join at anytime? Of course! Join anytime between October 29 through December 3 and earn 70 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Social Butterfly souvenir. Where can I see my souvenirs? As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab. Is the Friend League in the Geocaching® app? The Friend League is not in the Geocaching® app but can be viewed in your phone's web browser. My Friend League points aren't correct. Help! If you change a Note, DNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League. You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches. You logged on Monday, October 29 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight – to log your geocaches. Otherwise the points will count towards the October challenge and not the November challenge. You saved a Draft on a Monday, October 29 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images”, then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website. Your logs should now be counted towards your total. What does UTC stand for? Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here. Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event? Yes. Attending any event earns you 15 points. Plus, the Geocaching International Film Fest runs November 8 through 12. Attending one of these events will earn you 15 points! Still have a question? Having trouble logging your finds? Have a question about scoring? The best way to get answers quickly is to write to us using this form. Thanks and good luck! [...]

UnBOOlievable Geocaching Halloween Costumes

24. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Get ready to get spooky — Halloween is coming! This year, ditch the usual broomstick and witch hat and opt for a more geo-tacular disguise. In a crowd of witches, superheroes, and princesses, you'll definitely stand out. They're dreadful, ghoulish, and just the right amount of strange — check out our geocaching costumes, and let us know if you create your own! (To the tune of Monster Mash): I created a cache late one night When my eyes beheld an eerie sight For my ammo can became a disguise And suddenly to my surprise He found the cache!(He found the geocache)He found the cache!(He found it in a flash) Travel Bug Put on a bug costume, grab a suitcase, and you'll be all set for your voyage around the neighborhood. Bison Tube Q: What did the buffalo father say to his son as he left to go trick-or-treating? A: Bison. (K)night Cache Do you defend the castle from intruders during the day and search for caches at night? Are you a skilled swordsman and a night owl? Are you a fan of mediocre puns? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, dress yourself up as a (k)night cache this year! Muggle Impress your geocaching buddies with this muggle costume. They're oblivious, they're everywhere, they make our lives difficult… but geocaching wouldn't be nearly as fun without them! Ammo Can We ammo-can't believe how great this costume is. [...]

Canada’s “The Great Trail” treasure hunt

23. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The Great Trail Treasure HuntColder temperatures may be setting in Canada, but with 100 recently hidden treasure boxes, there's never been a better time to get out and explore The Great Trail Treasure Hunt. Gorgeous views in CanadaThis large-scale treasure hunt continues through October 31, and celebrates the connection of The Great Trail, decades in the making. Participants can visit The Great Trail Treasure Hunt and guess where treasures box are hidden. The first person to find one of the boxes receives a prize. Canadian northern lightsTreasure hunters can also enter weekly drawings when they post a photo of themselves with a treasure box to Instagram or Facebook. Just make sure to include the hashtag #GreatTrailTreasure. Canadian residents are eligible to win prizes such as a Nikon camera, a gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op, or a subscription to Canadian Geographic, just to name a few. Canada sunriseThe Great Trail Treasure Hunt is a fun, healthy way to discover Canada whether you live in the Great White North or plan to visit. Next year The Great Trail plans to become an official GeoTour! Stay tuned to our blog and social channels for more details. [...]

TB Kazerne “Spuit 11” — Geocache of the Week

18. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC6CN64 by GC5LT2 Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1 Limburg, Netherlands N 51° 02.194′ E 005° 50.634′ There's more than meets the eye at this TB hotel. From the outside it looks like your typical, mundane utility box. But, isn't that the point of geocaching — to hide something special in plain sight, make it look like it belongs there, in a place where no one expects to find it? This cache embodies that spirit by hiding an entire fire department and puzzle contraptions inside that mundane utility box, making it a strong Geocache of the Week. Like any good firefighter you're going to need equipment to extinguish that burning feeling you get when looking for a geocache. The following items are needed: 9-volt battery Small magnet At least 60 cm (24 in) of rope It may not initially be clear what you are doing with those items when you approach the utility box and it's locked, but there are some clever hints to look out for: What do firefighters fight? Fire. What does fire create? Smoke. There's a curious “No Smoking” sign that might turn you in the right direction. Once you are inside the cache and attach the battery, you see what makes the cache so special. It is filled with a child-size firefighter outfit, a firetruck, axes, and walkie-talkies. It should also be mentioned that TB Kazerne “Spuit 11” has earned an 86% Favorite rating (533 total Favorite points) in its two years of publication. Cachers of all ages enjoy this fun, creative, and well-maintained hide. 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. [...]

The Best GIFF Logbooks of All Time

17. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The countdown to the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival has begun! From November 8-12, 2018, the 16 GIFF films that made the final list will be shown at GIFF events hosted by geocachers all over the world. Log your “Will Attend” at an event near you! Are you hosting a GIFF Event? It's time to start thinking about what logbook you'll have around for your guests to sign! We've searched the last three years of worldwide GIFF Events for the most inventive and beautiful handmade logbooks around. Take inspiration from some of these: [...]

The Cave — Geocache of the Week

11. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC1EFM0 by global trekkers Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 5 Faro, Portugal N 37° 05.219 W 008° 25.466 If you make the trek, make sure to sign the logbookClose your eyes. Take in a deep breath. Let it out. Transport yourself to the most exquisite beach you can imagine. It's sunny, warm, and there's even a remote cave. Now imagine there's a geocache there, too. This is no dream. This is “The Cave” in Faro, Portugal, our Geocache of the Week. Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This corner of Europe is known for their fabulous beaches, traditional fishing villages, exquisite port wine, rich culture, and their passionate geocaching community. “The Cave” is also known as Algar de Benagil“The Cave” is also known as Algar de Benagil, located along the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal in the municipality of Faro. This T5 Traditional can be accessed by boat, canoe, or kayak and takes about 15 minutes from nearby Praia de Benagil (Benagil Beach). Swimming to the cave is not advised since ocean currents can be strong. You may pass several local fishing boats as you make this trek. Can be accessed by boat, canoe, or kayakFrom late morning to mid-afternoon the cave comes alive and is perfect for those posts to make all your friends back home jealous. The sunlight permeates directly from the top opening which creates an interesting contrast between light and shadow. Algar de Benagil is Instagram-famous so to increase your chances of a remote getaway, make the journey at off times and rent your own kayak (and life vest) rather than booking with one of the tour boats. Being the only ones there is still possible if you're flexible with timesWhile you're there, consider hiking to the dome on top of the cave. It is possible to make the trek in flip-flops, but if you have a dry bag to add a pair of sneakers, it's a good idea. It's advised to stay behind the fence and take in the view from there. View from the top of the domeSince satellite reception is non-existent inside the cave, the cache is not at the given coordinates. The coordinates will get you to the west entrance, but the cache is hidden in the highest rock at the darkest part of The Cave. You'll just have to go there and find out for yourself. The Cave — Geocache of the Week The Cave — Geocache of the Week The Cave — Geocache of the Week The Cave — Geocache of the Week The Cave — Geocache of the Week The Cave — Geocache of the Week The Cave — Geocache of the Week 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. [...]

5 reasons to keep geocaching as the seasons change

10. Oktober 2018 // 0 Kommentare

When you think of geocaching, two options often come to mind: a summer activity or something to do while traveling…in summer. Both of those are great choices, but before you prepare to pack away your TOTT (tools of the trade), have you considered caching in the shoulder season?Shoulder season is the time between the summer and winter seasons (or winter and summer for all you southern hemisphere folks!) Spring and fall may have a bit less predictability, but one thing is certain: there are fewer people on the trails. We've compiled our top five reasons to show why these months are perfect for geocaching. 1. Have the trails to yourselfDuring the off-season, trails tend to quiet down. Kids are back in school, vacations wrap up, and the weather begins to change. This also means it's easier to park at trailheads, parklands, beaches, and more. Easy parking and fewer muggles means more finds! Photo: CivilRightsCacher2. Enjoy the viewWhile transitioning temperatures can make the weather less predictable, the variable conditions can lead to some stunning landscapes! Wildflowers begin to bloom in the spring and the leaves turn to vibrant colors in the fall. Make a List and hit the trails to enjoy the colors from foliage and flowers alike! Photo: TatiyPedro3. Geocaching EventsThe shoulder season hosts two awesome geocaching events (and souvenir moments!): GIFF (Geocaching International Film Fest) in November and CITO (Cache In Trash Out) in April and September. GIFF happens just once per year where geocachers submit their geocaching films to a panel of judges in hopes of having their film shown at GIFF events around the world. CITO is an environmental initiative to preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. While you should practice CITO every time you cache, you can earn a unique souvenir during the Spring and Fall CITO weeks each year. 4. Traveling can be more affordableSpring and autumn seasons tend to have less demand when it comes to traveling. Without the demand, the deals are often better. If you're a savvy traveler, keep the in-between seasons in mind for some savings on that trip you've always wanted. Looking for travel inspiration? Check out these “Greatest Hits” geocaches. 5. Have the best of both worldsThe most marvelous part of the shoulder season is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The changing weather means that you may have a sneak peek of summer sunshine in spring, or could indulge in ski or snowshoe caching in autumn! One rule for all activities, regardless of season is to be prepared! Bring layers, water, a pen, snacks, and share your plans when heading out for an adventure. Have fun, be safe, and cache on! [...]
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