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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! [...]

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! [...]

GBC 2 – Name that Tune — Geocache of the Week

16. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC4VKVR by WVTim Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1.5 Location: West Virginia, United States N 39° 30.146 W 077° 57.916 This blog post was written by Visitor Center maven and Geocaching HQ employee, Sarah Along a Berkeley County trail in West Virginia are thirteen unique geocaches. Each is a unique gadget cache which, combined, have earned over 5000 Favorite points. Along this trail lies our Geocache of the Week. Lovingly constructed, Name that Tune certainly won't fall flat, and is sure to test both your musical and geocaching skills. When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi, and when you make a creative cache like this, you start with the basics: a birdhouse. Image by Ump35 & Bee In cache owner WVTim's own words, “I look at everything through the eyes of a cache builder. As I walk the aisles of hardware and toy stores, etc. I'm always thinking, ‘How can I use that to make a gadget cache?' While in the toy store, I saw this xylophone and inspiration hit.” When you arrive at the cache, it looks like a home for a songbird, covered in carefully painted musical notes. The first step is to slide out the xylophone and play the notes given on the cache page. There's no musical skill required, so even if you didn't pay attention during music class in school, this cache is still for you! Simply match the numbers in the cache description with the numbers painted on each note of the xylophone. Image by WVTimOnce you figure out the tune, that's where your geo-skills and riddle playing come in. The last four notes of the melody correspond to the numbers needed to open the combination lock on the side of the cache. Image by Ump35 & BeeThis clever cache is only one of the many sharp caches that are a part of WVTim's forte: I'm blessed to have over 50 caches with over 100 Favorite points. Finders are so generous with their time and many write amazing logs. Reading the logs of their finds takes me there with them. Let's be honest, the reason cache creators spend so much time in their shops is so they can read these great logs. For those of you out there interested in making your own birdhouse-based gadget cache, the cache owner has you covered. Watch him explain how he made this cache in the video below. Here he walks through not only through the process behind his different caches, but also how to convert an ordinary birdhouse into an extraordinary 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. [...]

Ready, Set…Plan Your GIFF Event!

15. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) is still three months away (November 8-12) but now is the perfect time to start planning your event. Don't know where to start? Look here for help. GIFF is your only chance to earn a special souvenir by watching a whole series of unique and fun geocaching movies. For more inspiration, check out these 39 amazing moments from GIFF 2017. Questions you should think about while planning: What equipment will you use to show the finalist films? How many people will come and how many seats do you need? Will your film night have a theme, snacks, or film judging? How to host a GIFF Event: Read the tips for hosting an event. Submit your event listing on Geocaching.com at least two weeks prior to the date of your event and wait for it to be published by a Volunteer Reviewer. Once your event is published, fill out the GIFF Sign Up Form. Wait for your event to be approved via email by the GIFF team at HQ. Approved events will be added to the GIFF 2018 bookmark list and will receive the GIFF film reel file prior to the event. Are you looking for GIFF Geocoins or other merchandise items? Check out our Shop. [...]

A look inside Hidden Creatures (infographic!)

8. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traveling through the forest, over the desert, into the ocean, and up to the mountaintops, geocachers witnessed 13 species of Hidden Creatures around the world. We created an infographic to showcase six fun stats from the campaign. From stats to photos, here's a look inside Hidden Creatures: Plus, your fun photos from Hidden Creatures adventures across the globe! Photo by: Tecnics of GeodogBlu!Photo by: Gloworm77 of North Dakota, United States!Photo by: icabrian in Slovenia!Photo by: MikimichiSaiko in Austria!What was your favorite part of Hidden Creatures? Share in the comments below! [...]

The Revenge Of Team Psycho #1 – Treasure Island – Geocache of the Week

2. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional Cache GC6Z4NP by lpyankeefan Difficulty: 5 Terrain: 5 Location: Maryland, United States N 52° 28.379′ E 007° 33.964′ Call the crew! You need to assemble your best geocaching team to capture the daunting terrain 5 cache at ‘Treasure Island.' In the middle of the meandering Potomac River between Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Shepherdstown, West Virginia, sits three weathered stone pillars of what appears to be remnants of an old bridge. Life has found its way on top of the eroding pillars. Tree roots grapple the sides, clenching onto its weathered base, and provide holds to stabilize those who climb to the cache. With words like “revenge,” “psycho,” and “treasure” in the title, how could this not be an exciting cache? A collaborative effort by lpyankeefan and Fergus was needed to come up with the idea and place this cache they say “…has been designed only for the most daring and wild geocachers who thoroughly enjoy risking their lives and limbs—and sanity—in pursuit of their sport. Scraped skin, torn clothes, and broken bones are all possible if this cache is attempted without proper safety precautions.” Before attempting this cache, be sure to gather all the necessary climbing equipment: harness, carabiners, slings, daisy chain, helmet, and etrier are all recommended. Due to the technical nature of the climb, doing this cache with a partner or friend is required. Oh, and there's one more factor—it's in the middle of a river! Kayaking to the pillar is recommended to conserve energy and to carry the equipment needed to get to the top. After you paddle to the pillar, anchor your top ropes, and slip into your harnesses it's time to ascend to the top. The treasure you seek on ‘Treasure Island' is a large ammo can safely anchored at the top of the pillar. Cache logs warn, however, the climb up isn't as easy as the climb down. Satisfaction settles in pretty quickly once the kayaks are pulled to shore, equipment is put away, and the view of the pillar is from safe and stable ground. What special equipment or tools have you used to find a 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. [...]

Geocache swims across the English Channel

1. August 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Seymour Tower at low tideFinding the Traditional Cache L'Avarizon (GCWNGX) on the island of Jersey is no small feat. You must walk over a mile from the shore along a rugged coastline during low tide, making sure not to get stranded when high tide rolls in. Through an unusual series of events, a child stumbled upon the cache—when it washed ashore, over 100 miles (160 km) away on the other side of the English Channel in West Sussex, UK! The cache crossed the English Channel from Jersey to Sussex, UKIn June of 2006, a Traditional Cache was placed at Seymour Tower along a crack in the wall. Built in 1792 as a coastal defense tower, visitors now come from all over the world to explore the area and stay overnight in the historic tower. Since its original placement the cache has been found over 130 times, amassed 60 Favorite points, and passed through three cache owners. Seymour tower as the tide rolls inTwelve years after publication, the cache was found by a young lad walking along the beach over the weekend with his family. But the funny thing is that he didn't find the cache in Jersey. He found it along the Selsey Beach in West Sussex, on the other side of the English Channel, over 120 miles away! Seymour Tower from the shore at high tideExcited that he had found some sort of buried treasure, the child brought the container to school on Monday to show his class and teacher. The teacher happens to be a geocacher (Plunkies) who realized that this was a lost cache. Being the resourceful sort (as most teachers and geocachers are), she looked up the GC code to discover what an amazing journey this little container had made. Plunkies contacted the current cache owner (Fauvic). The cache owner told the teacher to let the little boy keep his treasure and replaced the container for others to enjoy. Current cache owners Alan and Jan (Fauvic) at the cache locationHere is part of the note written on the cache page from Plunkies: I work in a Primary School in Saltdean, East Sussex; on Monday, a pupil in my class came to me excited as he'd found some treasure at the weekend. He showed me the plastic container, and its contents which were a very rusty key shaped metal money clip, a 500 Tanzanian Shilling note and a small notebook. The writing within the notebook was totally illegible however, the boy pointed out to me some “secret” language and codes which potentially lead to more treasure – he was beside himself with excitement!! I realised it was geocaching language that gave the cache name and GC code and the geocaching website! Here comes the amazing part….. he said that he found it soaking as it had been in the sea and washed up on the beach he was visiting for a holiday – Selsey Beach, West Sussex, on mainland UK!!! Amazingly – somehow – this little box had travelled all the way up across the Channel – facing some pretty rough conditions and landed on this beach to be found by an innocent passer by!! Perhaps the cache fell into the sea or was washed away by a rogue and strong wave, but it's astounding to imagine how the container stayed intact and floated across the English Channel. So geocacher owners, make sure your cache containers can withstand the elements. You never know what the weather will bring, or if it will take your cache on an epic journey! Some caches become rainbow connections [...]

Stonehenge in the Desert — Geocache of the Week

26. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GC6H1TZ by Kris32 Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Las Vegas, USA N 35° 50.385 W 115° 16.158 Traditional Cache “Stonehenge in the Desert”About twenty minutes southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, just off the Interstate 15, you'll see something extremely unusual, even for “Sin City”. No, it's not a fancy casino, an ostentatious neon sign, or even the ghost of Elvis. What appears to be a mirage is real: seven towers, each about 30 feet tall, assembled from enormous boulders stacked on top of one another and painted in contrasting fluorescent colors. And, of course, there's a geocache there. Geocaching can bring you to new and strange locationsOne of the most gratifying elements of geocaching is finding caches in places that you may not normally discover. Sometimes this is an amazing view or a creative cache, and, sometimes, it's a strange location. The container has changed since this photo was taken—no spoilers here!Traditional Cache “Stonehenge in the Desert” was hidden on May 4, 2016, coinciding with a public reveal of the art installation “Seven Magic Mountains”. The container was originally hidden closer to the structure but the cache owner moved to be amongst the brush, further away from the crowds. This geocache rocksThe desert is already a bizarre and mysterious place with plenty of lore about alien abductions and unusual stories. These towers make this spot seem like something from literally, out of this world. And the boulders are quite large (as boulders tend to be) and make for some cool Instagram or photo opportunities! Heading to the cache? Plan accordingly!If you head to this cache, plan accordingly. There are no restrooms, no convenience stores, no souvenir stands, and no bar. And geocachers, make sure to bring a pen. Mighty bouldersAccording to Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone who created the work, “Seven Magic Mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now.” The exhibit opened on May 11, 2016, and was only intended to be on view for two years, but the artist and producers are working to allow the installation to stay for several more years, or at least through the end of 2018. Where is the most bizarre location you've found a geocache? Desert geocaching can be ruffContinue 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. [...]

International Geocaching Day 2018

25. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

International Geocaching Day is right around the corner; have you marked your calendar? Earn the official International Geocaching Day 2018 souvenir by logging a geocache or attending an event on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Join the global community and celebrate this special day with your friends and family! Events near me [...]

GIFF films due next week!

25. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The deadline to submit a film to the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival is August 1st, 2018! If you're a GIFF filmmaker, it's time to put the finishing touches on your film reel, double-check the contest rules, upload your film to Vimeo, and fill out the GIFF submission form. Then, sit back, relax, and plan your next geocaching adventure. What's next?All eligible film submissions will be judged by a Geocaching HQ panel of judges who will choose approximately 16 finalist films, based on the criteria below. The 16 finalist films will be shared outside of Geocaching HQ with selected geocaching Community Volunteers from around the world. The Community Volunteers will view the finalist films and choose an overall winner (the Signal Award). The Geocaching HQ judges and the geocaching Community Volunteer judges will judge all submissions based on the following criteria: Production quality Content Creativity Contribution to the global geocaching community All judging will be completed by August 31, 2018. Filmmakers will be notified via email about the results of the competition in early September. The 16 (or so) finalist films will be aired at worldwide GIFF Events November 8, 2018 to November 12, 2018. Host a GIFF EventIt's almost time to start planning your GIFF Event! You will be able to create and submit a GIFF Event on Geocaching.com after August 8, 2018. For more information on hosting a GIFF Event, check out this FAQ page, and these tips. Need inspiration for Event ideas? Here are 39 great moments from GIFF 2017! [...]

Great Kaskaskia Dragon — Geocache of the Week

19. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Traditional GCHWFZ by Barronvondobbin Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Location: Illinois, USA N 38° 58.467 W 089° 07.191 As the quest for thirteen legendary Hidden Creatures enters its final phase, we search the world for the last of the elusive beings. There is quite a stir in the midwest region of the United States where a dragon, who once devoured maidens and guarded his treasure-filled cave, now watches over a sacred Traditional Cache. He may even be a distant cousin of this summer's infamous dragon and could hold the key to finding more creatures of lore. Image by NRL Regarded as one of the longest staring contests known to man or beast, the Great Kaskaskia Dragon stands opposite a knight in freshly painted armor. The dragon plays with gentleman's honor and never blinks, all while donning a dapper top hat. We hope he doesn't realize one of these days that the knight is unmanned and release a fiery blast upon us all! Image by Infinity TeamWhen the top hats come off, the real show begins! In actuality, the Great Kaskaskia Dragon has a nearby business at its beck and call, covering all sacrifice…err…dragon feedings including the fuel that lights the way for any geocacher who stops by. Visitors are bequeathed a golden coin inscribed with the little-known adage, “Dragon fire brings good luck, make a wish” which may be sacrificed to appease the Great Kaskaskia Dragon, resulting in a fiery blaze from his magnificent mouth. Image by LedbettePlease note, you may use the knight as an inhuman shield, but you will have no success coaxing him for the cache container. Only when you politely request an audience with The Great Kaskaskia will you be free to search within his scaled, metal body for the modest micro container. May the luck of the dragon's fire be with you all in the final quest for this geocache and all other Hidden Creatures! Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Last chance! Collect all 13 Hidden Creatures

18. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

The mountains are calling and you must go. Your final exploration location requires a set of strong legs and endurance. This mighty batch of creatures includes a grumpy Troll, a cool Yeti, and a ferocious Dragon. Do you have what it takes to track them all down? Now through July 25, find geocaches or attend events to confirm sightings of 13 Hidden Creatures and earn new souvenirs as you discover them! Check your progress [...]

Feelin’ groovy? Fall CITO Week is 2 months away!

18. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Grab your denim jacket, a pair of garden gloves, and get your CITO on. Fall Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) Week is Saturday, September 15 through Sunday, September 23. Geocachers, that means you have 2 months to plan an event, enhance our Earth, and earn that prized CITO souvenir! Start planning [...]

Request a Treasure X trackable and be a part of a treasure hunt like no other

13. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

X marks the spot for a hunt like no other! This summer, search for REAL Gold dipped treasure with one of the Treasure X heroes. Goldcrown, Gold-Fin, Goldblade, or Pharaoh Loot Loot trackables are ready for their treasure hunts, but they need your help to get started! Request a Treasure X trackable at geocaching.com/treasurex and share photos of your adventures with #TreasureXgeo. About the new and exciting scavenger hunt toy, Treasure X: Search for REAL Gold dipped treasure through 10 levels of adventure! Treasure X is the ultimate surprise-reveal collectible with a multi layered reveal process, cool figures, and the chance to find REAL treasure! Rip, Fizz and Chip away to reveal the layers and discover the secrets hidden within! Will you be the hero that finds the REAL gold or will you end up with the booby prize?! Unbox the Adventure Pack and journey through each level to find a collectible figure and possibly even uncover the greatest treasure – REAL GOLD! [...]

Vergissmeinnicht – Geocache of the Week

12. Juli 2018 // 0 Kommentare

Multi-Cache GC6Z4NP by DiePastorentöchter Difficulty: 4 Terrain: 3 Location: Niedersachsen, Germany N 52° 28.379′ E 007° 33.964′ Cache owners are the cornerstone of geocaching and many of them spend a lot of time, energy, and money to create memorable caches for the geocaching community. Some cache owners may even rent an entire house and turn it into a Multi-Cache which everyone who visits it will never forget. Vergissmeinnicht tells the story of Wilhelm, a scientist who is obsessed with building a time machine. After a few failed attempts (one of them leading to the untimely demise of a wiener dog) Wilhelm and his friends, Conrad and Carl Eduard, are ready for another promising test. And while everything looks good at the beginning, a catastrophic failure causes the electricity which powers the time machine to short circuit and go out with a loud bang. Wilhelm was gone — but where in time did he end up? His story is re-discovered when you, the cacher, find a letter from Wilhelm to his lover Sophie, in which he asks her to return to his house, restart the time machine, and set things right. He left clues within the house to help you figure out how to reactivate the time machine and bring Wilhelm back. DiePastorentöchter is a team of six geocachers who found an abandoned house and immediately thought it was a great place to design an elaborate Multi-Cache. They rented the property and developed the background story so the cache had a central theme. Each room was decorated in a different way and contains different challenges for cachers to solve. It took about a year to build everything before the cache was available to the public and the cache owners are still making small refinements to enhance the experience. The cache is designed for a group of three cachers with a maximum of four at the same time, and takes four to six hours to complete. It has accumulated over 1100 Favorite points and is so popular that a reservation is required. Currently, there are no open spots until summer 2020. What is the most impressive geocache that you have found? 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. [...]
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