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Geocaching with Love in Alaska

29. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Written by Annie Love, a Geocaching HQ Employee This article was originally published in the Portuguese “GeoMagazine.” Not many people would choose to visit Alaska in December. But that didn't stop a group of nine Geocaching HQ Lackeys and friends from spending 24 hours visiting the capital city of Juneau. I feel fortunate to work with such amazing people who don't think twice about spending their own money and giving up their weekend for a fun geocaching adventure. With a cheap flight and our sense of adventure, we took off early on a Saturday morning for a 24-hour geocaching journey. The only way to reach Juneau is by plane or boat, as there are no roads that lead to this isolated part of Southern Alaska. Our plane descended into Juneau at sunrise treating us to a spectacular view of seemingly endless white capped mountains. Upon arrival we picked up our two SUVs and took off on our adventure. Within minutes we were stopping at our first geocache. The setting: a lifting fog on a beautiful wildlife refuge surrounded by mountains. We couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Alaska. After a tasty breakfast, we set off for one of Juneau's top tourist attractions: Mendenhall Glacier (a 13 mile long river of ice). This place is unreal. If you ever get a chance to travel to Alaska it's well worth the visit. It's also a great place to log several EarthCaches and learn about the interesting geology and history of the area. Local geocacher Avroair (Mark Clemens) was hosting an event at the Visitor's Center to celebrate his accomplishment of finding caches in all 50 states. Our group of nine met up with a handful of local geocachers and enjoyed talking about our hobby while taking in the amazing view of the glacier. We then took off on the one-mile nature walk to Nugget Falls – an impressive nearly 400-foot tall waterfall. We posed for some silly pictures in front of the glacier. Lucky for us, one of the local geocachers is a long time employee at Alaskan Brewing Co. We got our own behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery while sampling the local beer. Naturally, there was a geocache in front of the brewery that we had to find before starting our tour. Our very long day ended with a dinner event with even more local geocachers. Since it was a nice small group, we were able to have some great conversations and really learn a lot about the area and the local geocaches. We barely scratched the surface of the great geocaching Juneau has to offer and I was inspired to return someday – hopefully next time in the warmer summer months! See Annie Love's Geocaching journey atop Mt. Fuji. Where do you want to take a Geocaching journey? [...]

ENIGMA (GC427TF) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

19. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: ENIGMA (GC427TF) — by The Seeker League Location: North Canton, Ohio, USA N 40° 52.645 W 081° 24.875 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D4.5/T1.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: Enigma is pure geocaching entertainment. It's the kind of cache that you'll walk away from smiling, even if you DNF. If you do manage to locate the famed yellow logbook, you'll walk away shouting with laughter. See for yourself. Here's a video provided by the cache owner, The Seeker League. What geocachers have to say about it: “Woo hoo!!! Been wanting to get this but kept putting it off cause of the stigma with it!!! But decided we should give it a try since it may be disabled soon. Otter9 joined us and we spent almost an hour but we FOUND IT!!!! So happy! Thanks for all the time you took to put this together! It lives up to its reputation!” –MR DR “Wow what a cache! A dozen of us teamed up to work this puzzle. Took over an hour before we finally had the yellow golden ticket log in hand!” –Heidi & Zeke Jones “Awesome! Messed around with the whole contraption and all the areas. Dropped a trackable that needs to get moving in a race! After looking everywhere ( and making a few trips back to the car for hats, gloves, and warmer coats), we started to think our way through the device. Mommy Scout started dancing around and singing when her hand retrieved the yellow log! Very exciting moment for me. (Yes, I need to get a life, huh?) Thanks for the fun cache. Took us about 20 minutes. Gets a favorite for sure! TFTC!” –ThorScouts What the Cache Owner, The Seeker League, has to say about it: Where did the idea for this sort of large, mechanical multi-part field puzzle cache?“After 3 years of looking for a place to put it, I asked my husband Iron Horse to build a kinetic art sculpture to use as camouflage for this container. Over the next year and hundreds of hours, all the loose pieces of metal and machinery within our garage found its way into his hands and onto ENIGMA.” The cache itself looks fairly complicated — did you have a pretty clear idea of what it would look like before you started construction, or was it sort of a “flying by the seat of your pants” kind of thing?“There was no plan, no idea what it would look like at the end. ENIGMA evolved into 500 cubic feet of contraptions, containers and fun!” What's been your reaction to all the wonderful logs by people who've found your cache?“Reading the logs about our creation are very enjoyable. Watching the videos from the area have given us even more hours of entertainment, as we never know what is going to be said or what reaction cachers are going to have while doing ENIGMA. Never a dull moment that's for sure! Cachers are warned that at ENIGMA you might just be on camera!” What's your favorite creative geocache hide?“We had the honor of doing some spectacular caches while attending our 4th GeoWoodstock at XIII in Boonsboro, Maryland 2015. One of our favorite caches is GC4W6QX ‘GBC 3 – Mechanical Drawing 101' by WVTim in Martinsburg, WV. His caches are all so creative it was difficult to choose just one favorite.” Is there anything else you would like to say to the Geocaching community?“Remember Geocachers, getting lost is more than half the fun. We have lived some of our greatest moments while being lost. Turn off interstates on your GPS unit, take the long back roads and enjoy life. See you on the trail.” Photos: 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. [...]

Pack Deinen Reisepass ein!

15. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Das letzte neue Ländersouvenir dieses Jahres ist hier! Trommelwirbel bitte! Das letzte neue Ländersouvenir dieses Jahres ist… Thailand! Die Kombination aus weißen Sandstränden, blauem Wasser und uralten Ruinen führt zu unglaublichen Geocaching-Abenteuern in Thailand. Wenn Du in Thailand geocachen gehst, solltest Du das auf keinen Fall verpassen: Besuche den Großen Palast in Bangkok, der Hauptstadt Thailands. Logge diesen EarthCache und entdecke die Insel Ko Phi Phi, wo Leonardo DiCaprio bekannterweise im Film “The Beach” gefilmt wurde. Teste Deine Höhenangst und finde diesen Kletter-Geocache – manche behaupten, es sei der beste in Thailand. Finde mehr zum Thema Geocaching in Thailand auf dem Geocaching Blog und sieh Dir die Geocaches mit den meisten Favoritenpunkten an. Thailand ist, mit Slowenien, Estland, Litauen und der Türkei, eines der neuesten Ländersouvenirs. Wenn Du in diesen Ländern in der Vergangenheit Geocaches gefunden hast, wirst Du das entsprechende Souvenir auf Deinem Profil finden. Hier kannst Du Dir alle Souvenirs anschauen, die Du schon gesammelt hast. Gute Reise! [...]

Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — Geocache der Woche (engl.!)

10. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: Left: | Right: Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — by haoral Location: Üsküdar, TurkeyN 41° 02.075 E 029° 01.926 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D3.5/T3.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: This week, we're recognizing a creative geocache in a country that just got its first souvenir: Turkey! Birdhouses, or Kuş Evleri in Turkish, are literally built into much of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey. This geocache was placed in tribute to those birdhouses. “Kuş Evi / Bird House” is a tree-climbing cache, the first of its kind in Turkey, in fact. Finding it qualifies you to add a special banner to your profile. Starting this week, you'll also earn the brand-new Turkey souvenir for finding this, or any other geocache, in Turkey. What geocachers have to say about it: “This cache was my main target this afternoon: I like tree-climbing and I like banners . This one combined both. At least after I had found it! There were quite a few people around, thus I had to look carefully. After a looooong while I found a short trail and the tree. Getting to the cache was no problem but then there was the locking system that needed to be overcome. It wasn't too difficult but something new to me! I really liked it! This whole cache is definitely worth a favourite point! Greetings to the owner! TFTC!” –kinderarzt “I wanted this one to be my 300. cache, so i saved itaccordingly during our Kuzguncuk tour. I have bern listening to the praises of this cache for months. I found some bird house caches in Europe before but i encounter one with a puzzle for the first time. Initially, my wife went up the tree. But when she had some difficulties with opening the lock, we switched places. I also could not open it immediately. The numbers must be aligned precisely to open it. I didn't have a magnet with me but a swiss army knife. The rest eas not so difficult. And for sure, it deserves a fav point.” –blastrula What the Cache Owner has to say about it: Tell us a little bit about why you decided to hide this cache?“There were not many handcrafted caches in Turkey or Istanbul. I saw a lot of nice, maker caches in the web and want to make one myself. It should be not to difficult but should have some field puzzle elements in it. And it should be a example of handcrafted caches for the growing community in Istanbul.” There don't seem to be many tree caches in Turkey. Do you know if yours was the first?“I am very sure it is. It is a tree cache where searchers have not to use technical equipment, but have to climb nearly 3 meters high. Today there are more caches in Turkey like this.” Do you think this cache requires more maintenance that your other geocaches?“No the place is more secure than the other caches in the city. Also it is chained to the tree, so Muggles are less a problem.” Do you have anything in particular you'd like to say to the geocaching community?“I produced this and some other caches in Istanbul to show the community that nice crafted caches are more fun than simple ones.” Photos: The making of the cache. Intrepid geocachers in an attempt to disguise themselves as monkeys. The puzzle box that contains the cache. The cache itself. The littlest geocachers may need some help finding this one. View from the cache. 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. [...]

Das neueste Ländersouvenir: Türkei!

8. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Um dieses Souvenir zu erhalten, kannst Du entweder in Osteuropa oder Asien einen Geocache finden – die Türkei erstreckt sich über zwei Kontinente. Wenn Du die Türkei besuchst, solltest Du auf keinen Fall verpassen: Dieser Mystery-Geocache befindet sich in Istanbul, der fünftgrößten Stadt der Welt und bekannt dafür, Europa und Asien zu verbinden. Die Burg von Bodrum bietet Dir die Gelegenheit, die Geschichte des 15. Jahrhunderts zu entdecken, den Seeblick zu genießen und Deiner Fundliste einen weiteren Smiley hinzuzufügen. Die Düden-Wasserfälle und dieser EarthCache lassen sich am besten vom Boot aus erkunden – aber stelle Dich darauf ein, dabei nass zu werden! Erfahre mehr über Geocaching in der Türkei und andere Länder-Souvenirs im Geocaching-Blog. Du kannst außerdem auf zwei weitere Länder-Souvenirs gespannt sein, die in den kommenden Wochen veröffentlicht werden. Hier sind die Geocaches in der Türkei mit den meisten Favoritenpunkten. [...]

3 Tipps für eine fantastische Neujahrs-Geocaching-Party!

8. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Das neue Jahr steht vor der Tür – genauso wie zwei neue Souvenirs: Tschüß-2015 und Hallo-2016! Du kannst diese Souvenirs am 31. Dezember und 1. Januar verdienen, indem Du an einem Event teilnimmst oder einen Geocache findest. Event-Listings müssen spätestens am 17. Dezember eingereicht werden. Das bedeutet, dass es Zeit ist, mit der Planung zu beginnen! Um Dir den Anfang zu erleichtern, kannst Du hier 3 Tipps erfahren, wie Du eine fantastische Neujahrs-Geocaching-Party veranstalten kannst: 1. Wähle ein tolles Thema aus. Zwei Klassiker sind: “DNF-Vergebungs-Party” oder “Muggle-Einführung”. 2. Organisiere eine Fotokabine. Gäste können Fotos mit ihren Geocaching-Vorsätzen machen. Hier kannst Du Vorlagen herunterladen, die dafür verwendet werden können. 3. Plane Aktivitäten, die allen Spaß machen. Lese diesen Blog-Eintrag, um Dich von den Ideen inspirieren zu lassen. [...]

Kolmanskop – A Ghost Town (GC1Z46T) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

4. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: Kolmanskop – A Ghost Town (GC1Z46T) — by Udjat Location: Kolmanskop, Namibia S 26° 42.167 E 015° 13.876 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D2/T2 Why this is Geocache of the Week: Boom-and-bust desert ghost towns are not an exclusive trademark of the American west. The site of this EarthCache is a ghost town at the edge of a Namibian desert. The town's name is Kolmanskop. In 1908, Namibia was a German colony called South-West Africa. That year, a German man named Zacharias Lewela found a diamond while working on a railway line. Lewela's lucky find sparked a frantic diamond rush, with floods of diamond hunters arriving and settling in the area, and naming it Kolmanskop. The town was quickly built up by its residents, with a distinctly German architectural style. At its pinnacle in the 1920's, Kolmanksop was home to about 700 families, and its amenities and institutions included a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater, gym and swimming pool, a casino, an ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere. That was the boom. The bust came after World War I. The diamond fields of Kolmanskop had been milked for all they were worth, and diamond mining in other areas created competition. By 1954 the town was completely abandoned. Over time, the geological forces of the desert filled the remaining buildings with heaps of sand, blasting brightly colored paint from walls and scouring roofs. Now, visitors who want to see the eerie sights for themselves can take a tour of the town. The company that runs the tours has restored a few of the buildings to their historical looks. But most of the leftover buildings have been left to fill slowly, but surely, with sand. What geocachers have to say: “Hat mich irgendwie an Arizona erinnert wo es auch Ghosttowns gibt. Nur waren es hier keinen Diamanten sondern Gold. Absolut sehenswert. Vielen Dank für den Earthcache. Natürlich ein Schleifchen von uns.” Reminded me a little bit of Arizona, which also has ghost towns. Except here, of course, it wasn't gold, but diamonds. Absolutely worth visiting. Thank you very much for this EarthCache. Of course it gets a favorite point from us. b012887 Check out this amazing story-log by geocacher Henzz: “Great area, easily the coolest Lost Place we have ever been! Thanx go out to the owner, that did a great job at creating this wonderful esrth cache. The questions involved, brought us to think even further about our experience at Kolmanskuppe. If you're in town, this is the definite must do and the Cache as well! Thank you very much and greetings from germany!” John Milton Photos: 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. [...]

Wir wollen von Dir hören!

1. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Mitarbeiter des Geocaching-Hauptquartiers machen sich auf den Weg, um herauszufinden, was Geocacher wollen. Es wird immer spannend im Geocaching-Hauptquartier, wenn neue Funktionen wie das Nachrichten-Center oder die Trackable-Unterstützung in der kostenlosen App bereit sind, um mit der Geocaching-Community geteilt zu werden. Der Weg zu einer neuen Funktion ist weit – Designer, Entwickler und viele andere entwickeln und testen sie mehrere Monate, bevor sie einsatzbereit ist. Aber bevor sie damit anfangen können, müssen wir herausfinden, welche Funktionen am wichtigsten sind. Wie machen wir das? Wir fragen Geocacher, wie sie das Spiel spielen. Ein Team von Mitarbeitern des Geocaching-Hauptquartiers reiste dazu kürzlich zum “Going Caching”-Mega-Event in Rome im US-Bundesstaat Georgia. Lies die komplette Geschichte und erfahre, wie Du Dich beteiligen kannst. [...]

Sag uns Deine Meinung! Nimm an der Umfrage zu Challenge-Geocaches teil.

1. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Im April diesen Jahres haben wir eine Pause für die Einreichung neuer Challenge-Geocaches begonnen, um Informationen zu sammeln und auszuwerten, welchen Einfluss sie auf das Spiel haben. Nun wollen wir auch von Euch hören! In dieser Umfrage könnt Ihr uns wissen lassen, was für Erfahrungen Ihr mit Challenge-Geocaches gehabt habt. Was ist ein Challenge-Geocache? Mit Challenge-Geocaches können Geocache-Owner eine Herausforderung (“Challenge”) stellen, welche erfüllt werden muss, bevor dieser Geocache-Typ geloggt werden kann. Eine Qualifikation für einen Challenge-Geocache kann z.B. sein, Geocaches an allen Tagen eines Jahres zu finden. Challenge-Geocaches machen Spaß. Aber obwohl sie im letzten Jahrzehnt in der Geocaching-Community immer beliebter geworden sind, haben sie auch oft zu Verwirrungen geführt und können extra Hürden für die ehrenamtlichen Reviewer in der Community darstellen. Indem Du an dieser Umfrage teilnimmst, kannst Du uns helfen, ein besseres Rahmenwerk für Challenge-Geocaches zu bilden – für mehr Geocaching-Spaß. Vielen Dank! [...]

Geocaching in Hennersdorf in NÖ

25. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

#geocaching #geocaches #hennersdorf #nö #österreich Geocaching in Hennersdorf in NÖ Große Hitze herrschte auch am 29. August dieses Jahres aber dennoch [...]

Verschenke Freude mit Geocaching – und erhalte einen kostenlosen Trackable!

24. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Perfekte Geschenke für die Geocacher in Deinem Leben zu finden, ist wie das Finden eines Geochaches – beides beschert Dir ein Lächeln. Die gute Nachricht: Wir haben genau das Richtige für Dich. Bei einem unserer internationalen Vertriebspartner findest Du die perfekten Geschenke für Deine Geocaching-Freunde. Dieses Mal möchten wir zur Weihnachtszeit ein besonderes Lächeln auf Dein Gesicht zaubern. Für eine begrenzte Zeit erhältst Du ab einem bestimmten Mindesteinkauf von einem teilnehmenden Händler kostenlose grüne Travel Bugs® in limitierter Auflage. Dabei kannst Du je nachdem wie viel Du erwirbst mehrere kostenlose Trackables bekommen (solange der Vorrat reicht)! [...]

Probier DAS auf jeden Fall zu Hause aus

21. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Das neueste Ländersouvenir: Litauen Ab sofort kannst Du das neuste Ländersouvenir zu Deiner Sammlung hinzufügen: Litauen. Ein Land voller mittelalterlicher Schlösser, Sandstrände und, natürlich, einer Fülle an Geocaches. Bei Deinem Besuch in Litauen, solltest Du nicht die folgenden Highlights verpassen: Geh entlang der Kurischen Nehrung spazieren. Diese lange Sanddüne trennt die Kurische Lagune von der Ostsee. Reise durch die Städte entlang der litauischen Grenze und folge dabei dieser Geocaching-Serie. Suche nach einem Geocache in Litauens Hauptstadt Vilnius, bekannt für ihre mittelalterliche Altstadt. Sieh Dir die Geocaches mit den meisten Favoritenpunkten in Litauen an und erfahre mehr über Geocaching in Litauen mit diesem Führer. Pssst … Ländersouvenirs sind virtuelle Kunstwerke, die nach dem Fund eines Geocaches in bestimmten Ländern in Deinem Profil angezeigt werden. In den nächsten Wochen werden wir drei neue Ländersouvenirs bekannt geben. 6 verrückte Tipps für alte Geocachebehälter Um den Findern fortlaufende Freude zu bringen, erfordern Geocaches fortlaufende Liebe, Pflege und Wartung. Für Geocache-Besitzer kann das bedeuten, dass sie das Logbuch austauschen, kleine Tauschgegenstände nachfüllen oder auch mal die Dose austauschen (Oh man!). Doch keine Angst: Du kannst jetzt Deine alten Geocache-Behälter mit Stil in den Ruhestand schicken! Auch wenn sie nicht mehr Deine Logbücher schützen, heißt das noch lange nicht, dass Du sie nicht auf kreative Weise “upcyclen” kannst. Hier findest Du sechs Möglichkeiten, wie Du die gebräuchlichsten Geocache-Behälter wiederverwenden kannst. Dann überprüfe doch mal, ob Dein Geocache Wartung benötigt: Niemand mag ein triefnasses Logbuch! 6 Tipps für alte Geocaching-Behälter [...]

RUDNIK MANGANA / MANGANESE MINE (GC4RCD7) —Geocache der Woche (engl.)

20. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: RUDNIK MANGANA / MANGANESE MINE (GC4RCD7) — by marko0037 Location: Jesenice, SloveniaN 46° 27.000 E 014° 06.000 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D3.5/T3.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: This geocache is the kind that brings you to a place you would probably never have otherwise heard of or visited. Set deep into a forest on Slovenia's northern border, this multi-cache will take you on a hike in the woods past old mining artifacts, culminating in an old manganese mine dating back to the 19th century. The mine itself is still accessible via two entrances — but use caution. And if you're not comfortable going inside the tunnel, there's plenty of lovely nature to explore nearby. Plus, if you find this cache, or any cache in Slovenia, you'll earn a shiny new Slovenia country souvenir. What the cache owner has to say: What sorts of things will a geocacher find while on this multi-cache tour?On the beginning of the path, you can see water slide between the two dams and an interesting springs of the stream Javornik. At the upper dam on the information board find the coordinates of the manganese mine. Do not forget to look the ore below an information board on the entry of the 200 year old manganese ore mine. Why did you want to bring people to this location?Beautiful nature, walking in silence, without other visitors. Historic mine in which it is still possible to enter, but only a few – 10m. What can you tell us about the history of the manganese mine?This mine was just one of many manganese mines in Slovenia. Manganese ores were processed in Jesenice ironworks. From this ore it was in Jesenice ironworks under the leadership of ing. Lambert PANTZ in 1872 that, for the first time (in the world), that blast furnace was used to produce manganese iron. The Industrial Company Kranj was awarded with the gold medal for extraordinary innovation at a global industry exhibition in Pennsylvania on the hundredth anniversary of the United States. Photos: 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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