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The Doctor Is In — Geocache of the Week

20. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC6YDR6 by Doctor Dolittle and djwhouse Difficulty: 2.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Wisconsin, United States N 43° 08.855 W 087° 56.450 An apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, since this a doctor you'll definitely want to visit, grab your bananas instead, as we journey through time and space to our Geocache of the Week, The Doctor Is In. Image by muumitrollet For this adventure, the TARDIS has touched down just north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its ordinary Yale lock has transformed into a memory puzzle consisting of four lights that blink in increasingly difficult patterns. Cachers who travel with the Doctor must repeat the patterns perfectly. Only then are they rewarded with flashing lights, the signature TARDIS parking brake groan, and doors that open to reveal the famed “bigger on the inside” interior. Images by spiritwolf922 and SFC Soto, FIn addition to the standard logbook and pencil, the clever cache also includes props and costumes so fans can dress up as their favorite Doctor for a log photo that's sure to be fantastic! Image by PorkwatchCaching buddies Doctor Dolittle and djwhouse created a “next level” experience by choosing a theme with wide appeal. Doctor Who is such a well known and long running show (it celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013), that many fans around the world have made this cache a destination, awarding it over 350 dalektable Favorite points! Doctor Dolittle provided the original idea and TARDIS shell, while djwhouse installed the electronics necessary to replicate the TARDIS's iconic sounds and lights. To top it all off, the entire time machine is self sustaining — its 12 volt battery recharges via a solar panel. One of many schematics. Image by djwhouseThough these two cache owners live a full state apart, they worked together over text, phone calls, and many a day trip to bring this cache to life, and are absolutely thrilled by the happiness their cache has caused. djwhouse says: I read every log. I view every video I can find if someone puts their experience at the TARDIS online. For all the time, worry, sweat and effort that went in to make this vision a reality, I can definitely say the logs have been the sweetest reward and exceeded my expectations … Nothing should sensibly compensate a CO for the sweat and effort that can go into a challenging cache or series. Yet somehow, a simple log from you to me, that tells me you enjoyed your day, that cache, or just getting out and about is so appreciated! That's one tall cache! Photo by djwhouseFor aspiring Time Lords wanting to create a MASTERful geocache of their own, Doctor Dolittle has some advice: Go with what you know and things you like. Use your natural ideas. However, start off by copying some super caches, but still make them your own. For example, a singer can do a cover of an old song and make it new and unique. As you make your first caches, you will develop skills. Soon, you will have the experience to make your original ideas come to fruition. So allons-y, and don't forget to leave your TFTC or, as they say in Gallifreyan: 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. [...]

Spain’s Treasure of the Temple Knights GeoTour (GT8C)

19. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache your way to find the “Treasure of the Temple Knights” (El Tesoro de los Templarios) in the Saja and Nansa valleys of Cantabria, Spain! Launching September 2018, Spain's very first GeoTour (GT8C) will have 148 geocaches along the Iberian peninsula hidden in tribute to the 148 treasures placed by the Order of the Temple Knights. This may be the earliest reference to history's first geocachers! Visitors will enjoy countryside tourism and a thrilling array of responsible adventure sports over the valleys' 1,000 km² (386 mi²) of mountain ranges, national parks, and coastal scenery. The search for the locations of 148 caches took 4 months and was conducted with the cultural and environmental heritage of the region in mind. Among others, some locations include Sierra del Escudo, the Castle of San Vicente de la Barquera, the Roman Road of San Vicente del Monte, the GR Foramontanos theme route, and the Medieval Route that ends at the Ferrería de Cades. There are even geocaching locations designed for kids based on mythological creatures! Great caches on this GeoTour: El Capricho de Gaudi (GC7XCF1). Modernism developed in Europe at the end of the 19th century with the desire to create a new and free art, one that expressed progress. Some of them were frequently inspired by nature, as seen in some of the details in Gaudí's most iconic work, part of the cultural heritage of the region. Ramidreju (GC7XCHW). A hidden creature of Cantabria Mythology, Ramidreju are believed to inhabit the forests in the region and lives in deep holes similar to moles. They are born once every hundred years as weasel young. Their body is thin and slender with a long tail. Their whole body is protected by their striped green and black fur, similar to that of a snake. Their eyes are big and green and their snout is like a boar's which enables them to dig underground. Legend has it that the Ramidreju possesses a treasure hunting trait, similar to geocachers! King's Castle (GC7XDH3). Revel in this 800-year-old impenetrable fortress that stands majestically on a rocky promontory. Built after the concession in 1210 by Alfonso VIII, it is flanked by the San Vicente estuary. Prizes! Find all active and temporarily disabled caches on the GeoTour to earn the unique souvenir! Fill out the tours' passport to track your progress and receive an exclusive geocoin once you log 100 caches. What geocachers are saying Ruta por este valle maravilloso de La Hermida, y parada “obligada” para hacer este caché. . .Un lugar que no defrauda, y mas que recomendable; y claro, este caché pasa a Nuestros Favoritos. (The route through this wonderful valley of La Hermida, a stop is “required” for this cache. . .A place that does not disappoint, and highly recommended; and of course, this cache gets a Favorite Point.) – TOTOYOYHIL Encontrado en familia. Recomiendo visitar este agradable lugar, qué bonito!! (Found with family. I recommend visiting this nice place, how beautiful !!) – Makutilla9 Nos adentramos en estas minas para ver las impresionantes formaciones, que junto al juego de luces que realizan, es todo un espectaculo digno de ver. (We went to these mines to see the impressive formations, which together with the play of lights they make, is a true spectacle worth seeing.) – CRPKLF25 Click to view slideshow. [...]

Ten stunning EarthCaches from around the world

18. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

GC61G8C — Azores, Portugal GC347RC — Scotland GC31TFV — Austria GC6TCTX — Crete, Greece GC336KY — South Africa GC2PJ2W — Thailand GC3E0GW — Queensland, Australia GC1HW2K — Vanuatu GC3N8NB — Niue GC5DD4A — Ontario, Canada Are you getting ready for International EarthCache Day 2018? Log any EarthCache on Saturday, October 13 or Sunday, October 14, and earn the International EarthCache Day 2018 digital souvenir. EarthCaches bring you to unique locations and teach fascinating geological lessons about Planet Earth. Need some inspiration? Here are ten stunning EarthCaches from around the world. EC58PM OS ILHÉUS DOS MOSTEIROSGC61G8C Azores, Portugal Four enormous rocks, 30 meters (100 feet) high, stand proudly along the western end of the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal. This area is considered to be the most western point of the European continent. EC58PM OS ILHÉUS DOS MOSTEIROS The Spar Cave, Skye EarthcacheGC347RC Northern Scotland, UK The caves are located inside a narrow band of limestone and marble, which runs from Smoo Cave near Durness on the north coast of Sutherland to the southeast and across Skye. The Spar Cave, Skye Earthcache Die Geologie des Hohen GöllsGC31TFV Salzburg, Austria This EarthCache takes you to the Hoher Göll, a mountain 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level. Found in the Berchtesgaden Alps, this location straddles the border between Bavaria, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. Die Geologie des Hohen Gölls N 35°36.E 023°35Γραμβούσα~Crete with AlexandraGC6TCTX Greece Did you know that Crete travels towards Africa with a speed of 8 cm (3 in) yearly? You'll learn this (and more) from this EarthCache. N 35°36.E 023°35Γραμβούσα~Crete with Alexandra Bokkeveld fossils GC336KY South Africa This EarthCache gives you the opportunity to scratch around Bokkeveld mudstone and shale in a quarry at the top of a mountain. You can discover traces of prehistoric life, entombed in the muddy depths of an ancient sea from 400 million years ago. Bokkeveld fossils Emerald CaveGC2PJ2W Thailand Emerald Cave is located in a large bay on the west coast of Muk Island. Full of limestone rocks and breathtaking scenery, this area is part of the Hat Chao Mai National Park. Emerald Cave Girraween GraniteGC3E0GW Queensland, Australia Girraween, meaning a ‘place of flowers', is a park full of massive granite outcrops, large angular tors, and precariously balanced boulders towering above open rainforests. Girraween Granite Vanuatu's VolcanoGC1HW2K Vanuatu Mount Yasur is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It is known as the “Lighthouse of the Pacific” because of its regular eruptions over hundreds of years. The volcano is located on Tanna Island in southern Vanuatu. Vanuatu's Volcano TalavaGC3N8NB Niue Niue has formed on a volcano rising almost 4000 meters (13,000 feet) from the bed of ocean rising up to 70 meters (230 feet) above sea level at its highest point. It's covered with 400-meter (130-foot) layer of carbonates mostly formed by corals, dating back to the Miocene and Pliocene ages. It is a great representative of karst topography. Talava BEAVER CREEK FIDDLAR RAPIDS EARTHCACHEGC5DD4A Ontario, Canada Beaver Creek Fiddlar's Rapids is 350 meters (1100 feet) of amazing examples of the ancient processes which occurred both during the glacial period and in the thousands of years since that time. BEAVER CREEK FIDDLAR RAPIDS EARTHCACHE [...]

Lake Gunn Fishermans Rest (Milford Rd, Fiordland) – Geocache of the Week

13. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional Cache GCHW72 by kiwitonita Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1.5 Location: South Island, New Zealand S 44° 53.521′ E 168° 04.754′ The lush, green moss dangling from the trees drape over the hiking trail on the way to a quaint hidden resting spot with a geocache. This ancient, red beech forest has an array of bird species, hiking paths, and glimpses of the eye-popping fjords between the trees. This Geocache of the Week serves as another dazzling example of the locations where geocaching can unexpectedly take you. In the heart of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, the Lake Gunn Nature Walk is a whimsical, winding trail through an ancient growth forest. Reminiscent of a fairy tale, the nature walk fully immerses you in a landscape you thought you could only imagine. Parts of the trail were used by fishermen before it became a protected area. Great fishermen have the ability to find secret fishing spots, and this cache leads you to a spot known only to a few. For this cache, part of the battle is finding the right smaller path among the green foliage. Choosing the right path brings you to ground zero, but the hardest part is deciding whether to take in the view or to search for the cache. Nearby are a few trees that extend above the ground and one of them holds the cache container. The scenic views of high cliffs jutting from the water's surface are only unique to a few places in the world. If you're angling for geocaches and happen to be nearby these fjords, make sure Lake Gunn Fishermans Rest is one of them. 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 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival Finalists Are…

12. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

At long last, the Geocaching International Film Festival 2018 finalists have been chosen! These films stand out above the rest for their creativity, production quality, content, and contribution to the global community of geocachers. Let's give a huge round of applause to the following films and directors: All you need is CACHE | slynie COMA | Team CoMiKa (Comepiedras, MiTesoro, Kankus y MJ) Finding our family's lost monument through Geocaching | rolfdenver Geo | ZippyZipperZoo Geocache Mojo | jellyfishumbrella Geocaching documentary: Winter caching in Finland | weellu & Harjus Geocaching in the change of time | Team GC-Therapiegruppe (McMuts, Baluteam, Frau Schmidt, Freilandjäger, matzoo70, Mönchen811, Sternschnuppe31) Geocaching is Awesome. | Bretonv I Am Geocache | Skimbosh Justice GIFF League | Team AlboGIFF (boret, carlos_cga, NaxoMenX, pequenaruth, riherpe, xmetraya&mancusina) Little Helpers From Outer Space | Team Cassiopeia (MudMen_GER, Dracou, Navi-Sol, MacPivi) One day | Team URNA (JeDie, geo.luki, Migvin, carodejka_s.r.o., Joeyk59, Pavoucek86, Re:Bell) Six techniques geocaching | F1ndmycache TFTC | treasurehuntergd The Night I Became a Were-Cacher | Fluffnight & kttyquest Why I Geocache | TeamScortney Attend a GIFF Event November 8 – 12, 2018 to see the 16 films and to receive the 2018 GIFF souvenir. Do you want to organize your own GIFF Event? Visit this page to learn more. Are you looking for geocoins and other GIFF merchandise? Visit Shop Geocaching or International Retailers. [...]

One for the Little People — Geocache of the Week

6. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Virtual Cache GCA4BC by bazzle Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1 Location: Oregon, United States N 45° 31.064 W 122° 40.406 Welcome to Mill Ends Park in Portland, OregonGeocaches come in all styles, types, shapes, and sizes. But did you ever stop to think about the area around geocaches? They can vary greatly too. This Geocache of the Week is a Virtual Cache located in a city park, but with a twist. After all, it's the little things that count. This Geocache of the Week is a Virtual Cache located in a city park, but with a twistWelcome to Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon. The official city park is a small circle 2 feet (0.6 meters) across, with a total area of 450 sq inches (0.3 sq meters). That makes this the smallest park in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The park is located in the center of a busy parkwayThe park is located in the center of a busy parkway so logging this Virtual Cache doesn't take much besides answering a couple of easy questions and carefully following crosswalk signs. But once you're there, you must make sure to stop and smell the… flower? The only leprechaun colony west of IrelandOriginally, the plans were to install a light pole on the spot but it never arrived. In 1948, a local newspaperman planted flowers in the hole and named it after his column “Mill Ends,” a lumber mill reference. It became an official city park on St. Patrick's Day in 1976 as “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland.” Past decorations have included a swimming pool, Easter egg hunt, Ferris wheel, zoo, dinosaur exhibit, and of course holiday decorOver the years the park has showcased many types of landscaping including miniature evergreens, shrubbery, perennials, cacti, and tropical flora. The landscaping is enhanced even more when local decorators indulge. Past decorations have included a swimming pool, Easter egg hunt, Ferris wheel, zoo, dinosaur exhibit, and of course holiday decor. So geocachers, look right around you. You never know where you may find a clever little 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. [...]

Eight features to know about on Geocaching.com

5. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Geocaching.com has so much to offer, there are plenty of amazing and helpful features that you may have never known existed. Put these eight features on your radar to up your find count and enhance your geocaching out in the field! 1. Solution CheckerSo you've worked for hours to solve a puzzle, but how can you be certain, once you tromp all the way out into the middle of the woods that you'll be at the correct final location? Elementary, my dear cacher! Confirm your coordinates with the Mystery Cache solution checker. This simple tool ensures that geocachers have solved for the correct coordinates before searching for the final container. If a cache owner opts to use a solution checker, you will find it on the cache details page. 2. View your DNFs on the mapWant to know where your “previously Did Not Find” caches are so you can avenge them? All your DNF'd caches will display on the website and app map with blue, “saddy face” icons. The DNF icon makes it easy to identify which caches are your nemesis so you can get back out there and turn those frowns upside down. 3. Geocaching FriendsEver meet a cool cacher at an event or out on the trails? Become friends on Geocaching.com and stay in touch. You can see what your geocaching friends are up to in the newsfeed of your Dashboard, message them via the Message Center, and add them to your Friend League! 4. Friend LeagueNow that you have more geo-buddies, sign up for the Friend League! The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends' geocaching activity. Whenever you log a cache, attend an event, or engage in other geocaching activities, you collect points. Check your Friend League to see how you stack up against your friends! 5. View LogbookThe logbook on a cache details page allows you to see if your geocaching friends have found that geocache. Click “View Logbook” just above the logs on cache details and easily view all logs, your logs, or your friends' logs for that cache. Use the Logbook to get an idea of who you can call if you need to phone-a-friend on a tricky cache! 6. Personal cache notes (Premium feature)Pssst… Need to write a personal note to yourself about a cache, such as solved puzzle coordinates, details about a hide, or steps for a Multi-Cache? You can add and edit Personal cache notes both in the Geocaching® app and on Geocaching.com. Personal cache notes in the app can be added while offline and are saved with geocache details in Offline lists. Note: Personal cache notes are only viewable by the author. 7. Public Bookmark ListsBookmark Lists are about what you'd expect: caches that are worth bookmarking and keeping track of. If you find a cache that you like, chances are it's on a List that includes similar caches such as, Favorite Caches in Paris, Creative Hides, or Tree-climbing Caches. Lists are a great way to keep track of geocaches and can be public, shared, or private. To see if one of your favorite caches is on a public list, scroll down the geocache details page until “Bookmark Lists” appears on the right hand side. This displays all the Public Bookmark Lists that this particular geocache in on. 8. Nearby Events on your DashboardWe recently introduced a personalized events calendar on your Dashboard. With one glance you can see the next geocaching event near you. It's easy to RSVP, view details about the event, or browse other upcoming events. We hope surfacing these features will help you make the most of your geocaching adventures. Have we missed any lesser known Geocaching.com features that you regularly use? Let us know in the comments below! [...]

Website and App Downtime Tuesday, September 11

5. September 2018 // 0 Kommentare

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Geocaching.com, Waymarking.com, Wherigo.com and all related mobile applications, including 3rd party applications will be going down for several hours as we perform site maintenance. Geocaching HQ products will go offline around 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (convert to your local time). Downtime is expected to last four hours. During this scheduled maintenance window, we are upgrading the infrastructure of our products to provide geocachers with increased site performance, security and room to expand. Follow us on Twitter during this downtime for the latest updates. Start following [...]

ANTARES – Geocache of the Week

30. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC2MFZN by omabande Difficulty: 1 Terrain: 1 Location: Egypt N 25° 31.868 E 034° 38.471 Every hundred years (give or take a decade), a message in a bottle washes ashore from the sea, its origin often mysterious and the contents weathered. It is rare that such a vessel takes the form of a curiously vacant yacht marooned for years. This led a resourceful cache owner to place a container within, creating a bottle big enough to search inside for this Geocache of the Week! Image by gecko1971Just steps off the coast of the Red Sea in Egypt, rests the ANTARES, a leisure yacht that wrecked its hull after the captain miscalculated the height of the Red Sea reefs. This was a common occurrence after the opening of the Suez Canal, which expedited the shipping route between Europe and Asia, where an unknown number of vessels sunk due to the reefs and shoals. Fortunately the ANTARES didn't meet the same demise as its sunken predecessors and ended up on the white, sandy beaches (a T1 instead of a T5) where it has remained ever since. Image by pdc2008Since 2011, the ANTARES has offered visitors something special to discover: a geocache within its hull following the namesake of its host. Those who wish to seek this cache and adventure can reach it by water taxi, diving, or even camel! For everyone else, the cache is a short walk from Port Ghalib Marina, Egypt's first private seaport. Image by GeckoJJThe owner of this Traditional Cache, omabande, preserves the thrill of the hunt with only a brief descriptor on the cache page's hint [spoiler!]: “Inside.” Cachers are then led to explore the nooks, crannies, and crevices of the weathered vessel for the small container aboard. Although the boat is only 30 ft (9 m) deck bow to stern, there are still many hiding places to be discovered. Image by Crunchy34Those that venture in can enjoy life on the starboard side, as this yacht can only make right turns without its rudder (and the water to maneuver through). It still has some of its interior intact, including the remains of its galley (kitchen), bulkhead (dividing wall), and cleats (anchoring tie-offs). Image by CacheMichlContinue 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 geocacher if…

29. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Introducing a new four-month series called “You might be a geocacher if…” Each month from September through December, use the Friend League to individually earn points toward a new Geocacher Personality Souvenir. Are you an Adrenaline Junkie? A Caching Connoisseur? A Social Butterfly? A Trackable Lover? Collect them all to be the ultimate geocacher. Keep reading to learn September's challenge below! In September, you might be an Adrenaline Junkie if… It's all about the thrill of the hunt. You crave physical and mental challenges that include long days of geocaching with “gear, (some) fear, and fun!” Whether you're climbing, diving, or rappelling, there's nothing easy about getting to this GZ. To earn the Adrenaline Junkie souvenir, earn 50 points individually on your Friend League beginning Monday, September 3 at noon UTC and ending at noon UTC Monday, October 1. During this time, earn double points for difficulty and terrain! The scoring*: Found it log: 5Difficulty: x2Terrain: x2Found a geocache with 10+ Favorite points: 10Difficulty: x2Terrain: x2Attended Event: 5Drop Trackable: 3 When finding a geocache, receive double points for difficulty and terrain ratings. *The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, September 3 at noon UTC. FAQ: How do I play? Find different geocache types to individually collect 50 points on the Friend League between Monday, September 3 at noon UTC and Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and earn the Adrenaline Junkie 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 Earn double points for the Difficulty and Terrain ratings X2 Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 10 Earn double points for the Difficulty and Terrain ratings X2 Attend any event 5 Drop off trackable 3 * The max number of points you can earn for any cache log is 30 points by finding a D/T 5/5 geocache with 10 or more Favorite points. 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. The Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, October 1 at noon UTC when a new souvenir challenge will begin. Can I join at anytime?Of course! Join anytime between September 3 through October 1 and earn 50 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Adrenaline Junkie 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, September 3 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 not count for the first week. You saved a Draft on a Monday, September 3 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 five 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! [...]

Five reminders about trackables

29. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Did you know there are over one million* active trackables traveling around the world from geocache to geocache? Trackables add a layer of fun to the game, letting you experience an epic journey, one story and one geocache at a time. Whether you're a seasoned geocacher or a newbie just starting out, here are five reminders about trackables. 1. Trackable (trakābəl), nounTrackables are traveling game pieces that geocachers send out into the world by placing in a geocache or at an event. Trackables come in many shapes and sizes, and each one has a tracking code: a unique series of letters and numbers. This code allows geocachers to track the real-world travels of the item online. Trackables may have missions or goals they are trying to achieve, which makes their journeys more fun! You can read entries of your trackable's travels, see photos from your trackable's travels, and connect with geocachers who carry your trackable from geocache to geocache. 2. SWAG is swapped and trackables travelIf you take a SWAG (Stuff We All Get) item from a geocache, then you should leave something of equal or greater value behind. However, trackables move from cache to cache, so no need to leave a trackable when you take one. Just ensure you can help move a trackable toward its goal if you take one from a geocache! 3. Log or it never happenedLogging a trackable helps the owner know it has been picked up and that its journey is continuing. When you find a trackable, follow these steps to log a trackable in the Geocaching® app: From the cache details, scroll down and select Trackables. Select Log from the trackable you wish to log. Enter the trackable's tracking code to select from the log types Retrieve, Discover, or Grab. Or select Write Note. Write your log, submit a photo if you wish, and post! 4. Keep on keepin' onEach trackable may have a mission or goal that it is trying to achieve. Some trackable goals are specific, such as visiting every state in the US, or some just want to go on adventures to as many caches as they can. Most often, a trackable just wants to be moved. So, when grabbing a trackable from a cache, move it along in a timely manner to a cache where it is likely be picked up by someone else and actually will fit. Try to move it closer to its goal even if you can't move it far. 5. The muggle struggle is realSometimes trackables go missing. There are a number of reasons: a cacher mistook a trackable for a SWAG item, a trackable was dropped and lost (but sometimes they're found!), or a cache is—dun dun dun—muggled. Some believe that muggles are just people who aren't geocachers yet, but until they come to that realization, we still have to encounter their mistakes! If you think a trackable is missing, follow these steps to inform the cache owner and trackable owner. If it's truly missing, the trackable owner can reuse the lost item's tracking code on a replacement item. Inspired to send a trackable out on a journey of its own? View our trackable album on Facebook to gather some ideas for your next trackable or visit the collection at Shop Geocaching! But we want to know, what's the best trackable you've ever encountered? If you're a seasoned geocacher, what tips do you have about trackables? Tell us in the comments below! *trackables with a log since August 1, 2017. [...]

Wisconsin’s West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)

24. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

West Bend GeoTourWest Bend, Wisconsin, is the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest and ready to be discovered. Geocache your way through historic sites, parks, trails, museums, and more on the West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour. It's named the Four Seasons GeoTour for good reason — all the caches are accessible year-round. So slather on the sunscreen or slip on snow boots and come cache with us! Great caches on this GeoTour Twenty geocaches have been hidden that highlight the best of historic West Bend. These three caches are not to be missed WBGT 01: Historic Frisby House, GC53BATWBGT 01: Historic Frisby House, GC53BAT The Frisby house is named after Leander F. Frisby, a prominent figure in Wisconsin history and is now home to the West Bend Chamber of Commerce. This is a great first stop on your tour — grab your passport and find the first cache right outside. WBGT 02: Old Courthouse Square, GC53BB1 Clad in brick, the courthouse was built in 1889 in the Richardson Romanesque Revival Style and served as the county courthouse until 1962. Today, The Old Courthouse Museum is thought by many to be the best local history museum in the Midwest. Albino deer drinking waterWBGT 13: Shalom Wildlife Zoo, GC53GBA A diverse, 100-acre farm/zoo featuring deer, bison, elk, red fox, mink, and more than 400 other animals call Shalom Wildlife Zoo their home. Their mission is to preserve the wilderness while providing education, enjoyment, and wildlife encounters in a natural ecosystem. Local events for geocachers to discover while on the Four Seasons GeoTour From mid-May through the end of October, pay a visit to the West Bend Farmers Market, held every Saturday. It's one of the largest farmers markets in the state. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, enjoy an interactive light show with music, and performance at Enchantment in the Park. West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h If you're a fan of contests and cash, check out Wisconsin's only Mega-Event, the West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h, held annually during the second weekend in August. Other great reasons to visit West Bend In addition to being the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest, West Bend is an amazing place to visit Ice Age TrailTons of great trails to hike and bike including the Eisenbahn State Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and Kettle Moraine State Forest. Two wonderful downhill skiing locations, one with the world's largest tubing park! A charming downtown bustling with restaurants, unique shops, and museums, including the stunning Museum of Wisconsin Art. Geocache “WBGT 04: Art and Trains”, GC53BBB, informs of the art museum and the area's railroad history. Prizes! Receive a limited-edition West Bend Four Seasons geocoin when you collect 25 points on your passport. Plus, if you find every cache on this GeoTour, you'll earn the official digital souvenir for your profile! West Bend GeoCoin What geocachers are saying Thank you for bringing us to some great and historic areas. I can't wait to finish the rest of the caches! -ptrol64 We really enjoyed the buildings around here. We were most surprised at the wildlife. -wigglesworth We had a lot of fun finding the different cache types and going to amazing spots. We worked together to find the answers needed for the Virtuals and Earthcaches. We found some very cool caches. -Bike_4_me [...]

Mitten im Pott – Geocache of the Week

23. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Virtual Cache GC7B7JV by Ally Pirelli Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 3.5 Location: Duisburg, Germany N 51° 28.820′ E 006° 46.808′ Virtual Caches are a great way for geocachers to visit special locations worthy of discovery but unable to host a physical geocache. Mitten im Pott is located in the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, Germany. It is part of a region called the Ruhrgebiet, which is colloquially also known as Ruhrpott. This Geocache of the Week combines geocaching with learning about the history of this fascinating location. The park is located at a coal and steel production plant that was abandoned in 1985. It is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, a network of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe. To log the cache you must climb to the top one of the blast furnaces, answer a question, then take a picture of yourself or a personal item. Visitors are encouraged to take their time and take in the view as you can see for miles and miles on a clear day. The preserved industrial structures connect through a combination of gardens, terraces, and landmarks creating an interesting environment where people can learn about the rich industrial history of the area. The park is a hub for all sorts of activities. Recreational divers, as well as police and firefighters, use a decommissioned gasometer filled with water. A blast furnace is now a parkour course, and part of one of the ore bunkers was transformed into an alpine climbing garden with over 400 routes, some of them of the highest difficulty. The park is also used for musical performances, theater festivals and as an open-air cinema. 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. [...]

Explore the great outdoors with a Discover the Forest trackable

22. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

How do you explore your local forest, wander through your favorite park or get over the river and through the woods to grandma's house? You use a trail! Trails are pathways to discovery across the U.S., whether they're winding through the Great Smoky Mountains, along the breathtaking Pacific Coast or in your backyard. This year, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Trails System Act, which established a national network of trails, including the Appalachian Trail. To do so, we have partnered with Discover the Forest, a campaign from the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council, to create custom Discover the Forest trackables. Request a free trackable at geocaching.com/DiscovertheForest. Experience all that America's trails have to offer while geocaching with or searching for one of the 1,500 limited-edition Discover the Forest trackables. And don't forget to share your adventure on social with #DiscovertheForest! If you're looking for more opportunities for exploration after locating a trackable, visit www.discovertheforest.org to find a trail or park near you. You and your family can then reconnect with nature by experiencing it first-hand! [...]

Be a better hider

22. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Being a better hider begins long before a lucky adventurer claims a FTF (First to Find) on your brand new geocache. It even begins before you submit your freshly hidden geocache for review. Some geocachers are already experts at hiding great caches. For the rest of us, here are four quick pointers to be a better hider. 1. Access grantedMake sure to get permission from the land owner or manager before placing a geocache, even many public locations require permission. This step will help to offer a great experience to geocachers without them being concerned about looking for the cache at that location, and means you won't need to worry about the cache being removed.2. Location, location, locationGeocaching guides treasure-seekers to a precise set of coordinates. The adventure begins there. You should double (even triple) check your coordinates using a dedicated GPS receiver. It's okay to use smartphones to establish coordinates for new geocaches, but a GPS device will be more accurate. Best practice is to check the coordinates on multiple devices.3. All weather, all the timeDo your best to ensure the cache and the log book are weatherproof. A soggy log sheet can dampen the joy of geocaching. See examples of great geocache containers that help keep the log and contents of the cache dry.4.Make a lasting impressionPlace the geocache in a spot you would like people to visit. Ask yourself, “Would I show my favorite person in the world this geocache?” Is the geocache placed at a scenic overlook? Does it reveal a hidden history? Or is the geocache experience creative? If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, you're on the right rack to placing a great cache. Check out some creative cache ideas and start brainstorming!You can learn even more by reading 10 Tips for a Tip-Top Geocache Container, getting familiar with the geocaching guidelines, and by getting out there and finding geocaches to spark some inspiration for your own hide! Share your most memorable geocache find in the comments! [...]
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