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Wie wirst Du Lebewohl zu 2015 und Hallo zu 2016 sagen?

11. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Soweit haben wir dieses Jahr 15 Jahre Geocaching gebührlich gefeiert. Wir fanden einen Geocache am Jahrestag des ersten jemals versteckten Geocaches, haben viel über #TBT-Fotos aus den frühen Tagen des Geocaching gelacht und uns sogar mit unseren Geochaching-Freunden auf einen großen Road Trip begeben. Wie die meisten Geocaching-Strähnen wird jedoch auch das Jahr 2015 unweigerlich zu Ende gehen… Aber hier ist die gute Nachricht: Dieses Jahr laden wir Euch ein, Lebewohl zu 2015 und Hallo zu 2016 mit zwei neuen Geocaching-Souvenirs zu sagen. Finde einen Geocache oder nimm am 31. Dezember an einem Event teil, um dir ein Lebewohl-2015-Souvenir zu verdienen. Beginne dein Jahr gleich mit dem Hallo-2016-Souvenir, das man sich auch durch Finden eines Geocaches oder der Teilnahme an einem Event am 1. Januar verdienen kann. Wie kann ich mir beide Souvenirs verdienen? Verdiene Dir das Lebewohl-2015-Souvenir, indem du einen Geocache findest oder an einem Event am 31. Dezember 2015 teilnimmst. Verdiene Dir das Hallo-2016-Souvenir, indem Du einen weiteren Geocache findest oder an einem anderen Event am 1. Januar 2016 teilnimmst. Kann man zwei Souvenirs für einen Event verdienen, wenn dieser am 31. Dezember beginnt und am 1. Januar endet? Netter Versuch. Um beide Souvenirs zu bekommen, musst du zwei verschiedene Geocaches finden und/oder zwei Events besuchen – je einen bzw. eines pro Tag. Kann ich aufeinanderfolgende Events organisieren, um beide Souvenirs zu erhalten? Nein! Die Geocaching-Richtlinien verbieten das Aneinanderreihen von Events. Um das Aneinanderreihen von Events zu vermeiden, sollten Event-Geocaches zeitlich getrennt und von unterschiedlichen Geocachers organisiert sein, mindestens 30 Minutes dauern und an anderen Orten als andere Events stattfinden. In den Geocaching-Richtlinien findest Du weitere Informationen über das Planen eines Event-Geocache. Wie veranstalte ich einen großartigen Neujahrs-Geocaching-Event? Keine Sorge, wir haben die Lösung für Dich. Dieser Blogeintrag zeigt Dir in 5 einfachen Schritten, wie Du eine fantastische Geocaching-Party veranstalten kannst. Ob Du das neue Jahr nun feiern wirst, indem du Trauben isst (wie in Spanien), Dein Zuhause dekorierst (wie das in Japan üblich ist), oder indem Du Geocachen gehst (wie das auf der ganzen Welt getan wird), Neujahr ist die Zeit, an das alte Jahr zurückzudenken und das neue Jahr willkommen zu heißen. Wie wirst du Lebewohl zu 2015 und Hallo zu 2016 sagen? [...]

Karst Mountain Topography — Yangshuo – GE9 — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

6. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

A secret view on the way to the top of the lookout. Photo by teamAlje Geocache Name: Yangshuo – GE9 (GC32N82) by Golem team Location: Yangshuo, ChinaN 24° 46.665 E 110° 29.127 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D1.5/T2.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: It'll take a bit of a climb—and maybe an international flight—to reach this EarthCache, but rare is the geocacher who regrets it. This EarthCache takes you on a short hike above the city of Yangshuo in northern China. The area is known for its dramatic karst mountains, which are the focus of this cache's earth science lesson. Karst mountains are striking and easily recognizable. The isolated, steep-sided limestone hills are typically surrounded by flat plains. They're formed when mildly acidic water begins to dissolve weak, soluble bedrock, creating fractures and openings in the rock which deepened over time. Or, as the Cache Owner puts it in words we can all understand: “In the beginning there was a huge limestone plate. Like a chocolate table on the desk. There are movements of tectonic plares in the earth's crust and the table was broken to pieces. Imagine the table of chocolate divided to pieces as if you want to eat it. Next the water from rain and rivers come. If you put water on chocolate it will start to dissolve it and flow parts of it away. The holes and openings become bigger and after some time most chocolate is out. The same as here. The rests of limstone's plate are karst hills and mogules of different shapes. You can ask why the water did not make a deep canyon – the bedrock is too hard. The water took the chocolate, but the desk remained the same. The end of the story is sad – after some time there will be no chocolate at all. But here in Yangshou it is a question of many million years.” -Golem team What geocachers have to say: “During our China trip we also visited Yangshuo. A beautiful place with lovely mountains which are lighted during the evening. Together with CaliburnNL we found this earthcache it was a challenge to climb this mountain. Not the climbing was the problem, but finding the start of the climbing. After climbing we had a beautiful view and were able to answer the questions. Team Golem TFTC. mnmjwe from the Netherlands.” –mnmjwe “We spent two weeks in China. The landscape around Yangshuo is fantastic. My family wasn't glad that I left them alone in the park while climbing up the hill (especially because they didn't know that I had to go up). But it was worth. The answers I sent to the owner. And I would like to leave a favorite point. Thanks!” –alpinpoet “Today we (my youngest son AO99) ans I decided to climb the hill instead of shopping together with the others in our tourist group. A good choice to my mind. The climbing was a bit sweaty (36 degrees C and moisture about 90%) but worth every step. A gegorgeousiew was our salary for this exercise. Unfortunately was my GPS unreadable because of the chineese text in the description, but I think I have managed to answer all the questions, even if there was a small misunderstanding. This cache is a clear favourite to me and FP added! Thank´s for all the work you have done to create this cache! And greetings from Sweden.” –benke.olsson Photos: Photo by JanSimona Photo by geotooter Photo by ohnny_cache11 Photo by monotard Photo by Heidi28 Photo by Tielk 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. [...]

Schau Dir an diesem Wochenende die Geocaching-Filme an und erhalte dafür ein neues Souvenir.

31. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Die weltweite Geocaching-Filmnacht steht vor der Tür! Mach Dir Popcorn und hole Deine gemütlichste Decke – die globale Geocaching-Filmnacht findet statt! Nimm vom 5. bis zum 8. November an einem GIFF-Event teil und schau Dir alle Filme des Internationalen Geocaching-Film-Festivals 2015 an. Die 16 Filme, die es in die Endausscheidung geschafft haben, wurden von Geocachern aus zehn verschiedenen Ländern gemacht und handeln von Abenteuer, Liebe und sogar Geocache- (nicht Geocacher-) Rache. Oh, das hätten wir fast vergessen: Nimm an einem GIFF-Event teil und Du erhälst ein cooles, neues Souvenir für Dein Profil. Finde ein GIFF-Event in Deiner Nähe. Neues vom Geocaching-Nachrichten-Center Ihr habt danach gefragt, wir haben zugehört. Und jetzt gibt es dank eurer Rückmeldungen einen weiteren Grund, das neue Nachrichten-Center zu mögen. Das sind die Neuerungen. Sieh Dir dieses kurze Video über zwei großartige Entwickler aus dem Geocaching-HQ an, um etwas mehr darüber zu erfahren, wie Eure Anregungen in das Nachrichten-Center eingearbeitet wurden. [...]

Mario’s Stoneworld (GC3HCC3) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

30. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Wezztah creeping along the edge of the water. Geocache Name: Marios Stoneworld (GC3HCC3) by Sauerteam Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, GermanyN 49° 44.030 E 006° 30.400 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D4/T4 Why this is Geocache of the Week: You don't need to have loved Super Mario games as a kid to enjoy this cache. It'll inspire anybody who has a taste for adventure. This is an eight-stage multi-cache, which takes place in a quiet, light forest with the autobahn roaring far above. We don't want to give away too many spoilers, but here's what we can tell you. At the first stage of this cache you learn your mission: rescue the princess. The next few stages are different “levels” of the game, sometimes literally. The stages have you wading through streams, edging your way along cliffs, finding eerie lost places, solving cleverly set up physical puzzles, and eventually finding and rescuing the princess. The final location is filled to the brim with wonderful swag for kids. If you speak German, check out the logs on the cache page. It's covered with people raving about how amazing the experience was. And don't be fooled by the difficulty and terrain rating — this cache is frequented by geocachers both young and old. What geocachers have to say: “Wow, wow, wow! Once in a while you're doing a geocache which will let you really appreciate this nice hobby. However the more geocaches you do, the harder it seems to get to really be suprised on a cache. Well, this one, this multi raised the bar for us big time. I actually dont know what to say about this', a bit lost for words. Every single waypoint was worked out really well, and there must be taken a lot of effort to create this multi. Very, very amazing, this was more than just a geocache, a real experience. You definitively earned the blue medal, too bad we can only give you one…” –pleb06 “Gemeinsam mit FRP-O hatten wir einen super Ausflug! Groß und Klein kamen auf ihre Kosten. Wir hatten super viel Spaß und Freude beim Lösen der Aufgaben. Für unseren Hund und Teamleader (Marlon) war dieser Cache ein Paradies!!!Die Kids waren total stolz sich eine Überraschung aus der “Finaldose” aussuchen zu können. Zu Hause hatten sie noch viel Spaß und beschäftigten sich noch ein Weilchen mit ihrem Geschenk! Vielen Dank für dieses wunderschöne Abenteuer, es wird noch lange in unseren Köpfen bleiben!!! Viele Grüsse von der Mosel!!!” –Marlonebär (This was an awesome outing with FRP-O. Both young and old got their money's worth. Lots of fun and joy was had while solving the puzzles. For our dog and our teamleader (Marlon) this cache was a paradise. The kids were incredibly proud of the fact that they were able to select a prize from the final. At home they continued to play with their presents. Thank you so much for this amazing adventure…we won't forget it soon. Greetings from Mosel!) “Gleich mal vorweg: Nebst all den coolen Lostplaces und unzähligen Bunkern, die wir in diesen Tagen gesehen haben, ist dieser Multi hier für mich mein persönliches Highlight an Gestaltung!! Sehr geile, aufwändige, liebevoll und teils ganz frech gestaltete Stages trifft man hier an! Sowas gefällt Hasen im Wald ganz besonders gut, und ich würde zu gerne an jeder Station ein blaues Schleifli hängen….Chapeau!!! Huhuuuuu ;-D Vielmehr kann und will ich gar nicht mehr sagen, da muss man selber durch! ;-)…Spannung, Spass und Action im Wald! Kurz: genial perkfekt für mein Cacherherz!!!! Wärs ein Hotel, gäbs 5 Sterne! Riesen Dank ans Sauerteam für diese sensationelle Runde!!!” –Häsi7 (First off: Compared to all of the cool lost places and numerous bunkers that we saw in the last few days, this multi-cache is absolutely a highlight. We encountered stages that were carefully put-together, incredibly cool, and sometimes downright tricky. I would have loved to give a favorite point for every stage of the cache. I can't say too much more…you'll have to experience it all yourself! It's all about excitement, tension, and fun in the forest. Absolutely perfect for my ‘caching soul. If this were a hotel, I would have given it five stars. A huge thank you to the CO Sauerteam for this amazing adventure!!!) Photos: It all takes place under this mysterious structure. Mario's Stoneworld is actually a green paradise. One of the levels in Mario's Stoneworld. Try not to get wet! This is a real place. A D4/T4 cache that's good for kids? Heck yeah! There is no ‘I' in ‘Team'. Nor will there be wet feet! Christmas comes early if you're a kid who's made it to the final. Everything wrapped in waterproof bags. SevenQuak & der_diego are the only ones dressed appropriately. 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. [...]

Die gruseligsten Geocaches der Welt

27. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Als Geocacher können Dich gemeine Nanos, kniffelige Rätsel und selbst unechte Spinnen wahrscheinlich nicht mehr schocken. Deswegen haben wir dieses Jahr für Halloween eine Liste der gruseligsten Geocaches zusammengestellt – mit diesen Geocaches wirst Du schreien, schaudern und garantiert eine fürchterlich gute Zeit haben. Sieh Dir die gruseligsten Geocaches an. Was war der furchterregendste Geocache, den Du je gefunden hast? Teile Deine schreckenerregenden Geschichten auf der Geocaching-Facebook-Seite. Ein Souvenir mit Popcorn, bitte! Das GIFF-Wochenende steht bevor. Dein Popcorn ist gemacht und Dein Handy ist aus – aber wo kannst Du Dir die Filme ansehen? Hier findest Du eine Lesezeichenliste der registrierten GIFF-Wochenend-Events in Deiner Nähe. Ein zusätzlicher Bonus: Wenn Du vom 5.-8. November an einem GIFF-Wochenende-Event teilnimmst, wirst Du nicht nur den Zauber von Geocaching auf einem großen (oder kleinen) Bildschirm erleben, Du wirst auch ein besonderes GIFF-Wochenende-Souvenir erhalten. Logge jetzt Deine Teilnahme. [...]

Boondocks USA Travel Bug Motel (GC3PMCM) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

23. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: Boondocks USA Travel Bug Motel (GC3PMCM) by biss65 Location: Iowa, United States N 42° 28.281 W 093° 33.847 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D1 / T1.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: Last week we featured a clever gadgety Travel Bug Motel cache. This Geocache of the Week is also a Travel Bug Motel, and while the cache itself is plain—spoiler alert, it's an ammo can—you'll probably be grinning wildly by the time you reach it. It's a Travel Bug Motel in more ways than one. That's right, folks. The cache is tucked inside a cherry red VW Bug which, depending on the season and the whims of the property owner, alternately has flowers, tall grasses, or various other living things sticking out from its roof. (Speaking of the property owner: permission was granted for the placement of the cache!) What geocachers have to say: “A day off of work in the area and this cache made the list. another great cache nearby. what a cool ideal, hope they don't try to move it. Gets a favorite point from us. TFTC.” –2CraziesMSN “This was another must do cache on this trip. psychoVW loves cars, especially Volkswagens, and especially Beetles, and especially abandoned cars. This one had everything! She slugged me, as usual, when we drove past this on the way to another cache. When we arrived here, Paycho guessed where the cache was and made the find. Nice camo! We took some pics, and I dropped off the VW Beetle trackable I had picked up that I had been saving specifically for this cache.” –Darth Leviosa “On our way to geocoin fest and this one popped up on our favorites filter. Very interesting area. Looks like somewhere out of a Hunter S Thompson novel. Picked up a couple trackables to take with us and dropped one off. Favorite point for taking us to the Boondocks.” –DublinMN “GZ produced a big bug, but I did not squash it! thanks for the swag … TFTC!” –November Ghost Photos: Continue to explore some of the coolest caches 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. [...]

Als Nächstes bei Geocaching: Trackables

20. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Trackables können jetzt mit der Geocaching-Intro-App verwaltet werden Wir freuen uns sehr über dieses Update. Bist Du bereit? Es ist jetzt einfacher als bisher, unterwegs Trackables zu finden und zu loggen. Und das ist nur die erste Phase, bald wird es mehr Updates geben. Du kannst nun: Trackables über ihren Code suchen und loggen Die Listings der Trackables angezeigt bekommen Über Tipps mehr über Trackables erfahren Dort draußen gibt es zahlreiche Trackables, die nur darauf warten, gefunden zu werden. Wer weiß? Vielleicht findest Du einen dieser ungewöhnlichen Trackables. Lade Dir jetzt die kostenlose Geocaching-Intro-App fürs iPhone oder für Android herunter. Letzter Aufruf für GIFF-Events Erstelle fürs Wochenende vom 5.-8. November 2015 ein GIFF-Event. Sobald Dein Event veröffentlicht wurde, füll dieses Formular aus, und wir schicken Dir einen Downloadlink für die Finalistenbeiträge des Internationalen Geocaching-Film-Festivals 2015. Und nicht vergessen: Der letzte Tag, an dem das Formular eingereicht werden kann, ist der 26. Oktober. Sofern Du lieber Popcorn knabberst und an einem Event teilnimmst, nutze diese Lesezeichenliste, um ein GIFF-Event in Deiner Nähe zu finden. Und hier die Sonder-Neuigkeiten: Wenn Du an einem registrierten GIFF-Event teilnimmst, bekommst Du ein neues Souvenir.Erfahre mehr über das GIFF-Wochenende [...]

The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

16. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

The birdhouse – 9 bedrooms available! Geocache Name: The Director's Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) by Woodnutt Location: Alabama, United States Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D1.5 / T1.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: GC3MFAD is disguised as a multi-level birdhouse, which, on its own, isn't that unusual for a geocache. The casual observer might notice the birdhouse is a little high up…seven or eight feet off the ground, at least. A muggle probably wouldn't think twice about that fact, but the geocacher—who realizes this must be the geocache, is presented with the problem of reaching it. Geocachers realize the genius of this cache the moment they figure out how to lower it to the ground. At the base of the pole in a second wooden box is a small crank. When turned in the right direction, a box descends from inside the birdhouse ‘shell'. This is the Director's Travel Bug Hotel. According to the cache page, this geocache is “by far the best Hotel in Pintlala, Alabama” and “the staff might be someone you recognize but they are not travelers and do not want to go for a ride. They are here to help the guest enjoy their time while staying here.” It's the perfect blend of a gadget cache and a roomy and well-crafted Travel Bug Hotel. Should you be lucky enough to be passing nearby, it's worth the visit. Take care when lowering the unit—it is full of sleeping guests, after all. The cache fully revealed. What geocachers have to say: “Out on a cache run with CaverScott. This was the start of our day. This was a great find. I love how this has been put together and how it works. Worth at least one favorite point. Thanks for the fun and the smiley!” –autigerman “Wow. There was definitely a lot of work put into making this cache. I love that people drive by every day and don't even know it's there. Kudos for your awesome workmanship and for maintaining this. There were no travel bugs inside, but we signed the log and enjoyed the characters visiting the hotel. Great shape. Well crafted. TFTH!” –hoosiersunshine “It is always a joy to find a Woodnutt cache, and with 99 favorite points we knew this one was not to be missed. I saved the two travelers I had for a nice stay at this quality hotel. Such fun! I am honored to add favorite point #100. CITO tftc” –tleu What the Cache Owner, Woodnutt, has to say: How did you first come up with the idea for this type of hide?“A lot of my ideas come when I am traveling, which I do a lot for work. My mind wanders trying to come up with new and different ways to do things. I like birdhouses and have a number of them as caches and this is just another type of birdhouse.” Was building the cache a difficult process?“Building it was not a difficult process, I have a nice workshop with a lot of tools and I enjoy woodworking very much.” Do you ever see birds landing on the cache?“I have seen some birds on top of the cache but not a lot.” What's been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points?“I have always read all logs on my caches. It is one of my favorite parts of owning caches. It is always nice and rewarding when someone appreciates the work and enjoys the cache. The favorite points are nice.” Is there anything you'd like to say to the geocaching community?“Lately I have been very frustrated by some caches that have destroyed a cache with an ax when they could not figure out the on site puzzle cache but this is a game, not everyone enjoys the same thing but one can make geocaching what they want. You can go for numbers, you can go for puzzles, you can do FTF or whatever it is you like; most important is to enjoy what you are doing and respect others as well.” Photos: The cache, looking pretty birdhouse-y in it's normal state. The hand crank elevator mechanism. The TB hotel descending from the bowels of the birdhouse. All the way down. The TB hotel is open for business! Time to put a “No Vacancy” sign up? The front desk staff are happy to see you. Continue to explore some of the coolest gadget caches 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. [...]

Vielen Dank für einen weiteren genialen EarthCache-Tag

12. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Wir hoffen, dass Du Spaß hattest! Am letzten Sonntag, dem 11. Oktober, haben mehr als Geocachers ein Souvenir für den Fund eines EarthCaches am “Internationalen EarthCache-Tag” erhalten. Aber nur weil der Feiertag jetzt vorbei ist, heißt das nicht, dass man nicht auch weiterhin Spaß haben kann, EarthCaches rund um den Globus zu Suchen. Über das Nachrichten-Center in der Geocaching-Intro-App kannst Du die Antworten auf die geforderten Fragen zu einem EarthCache ganz unkompliziert an den jeweiligen Owner senden. Schau in den Geocaching-Blog, um einige der spektakulärsten EarthCaches angezeigt zu bekommen, die Geocacher wie Du gefunden haben, um den Internationalen EarthCache-Tag zu feiern. Geocaching-Blog aufrufen. Vergiss nicht, Dein GIFF-Event einzureichen! Das GIFF-Wochenende steht vor der Tür, was bedeutet, dass Du sicherstellen solltest, dass Du Dein GIFF-Event mindestens zwei Wochen vor dem Termin, an dem es stattfinden soll, zur Überprüfung durch einen Reviewer eingereicht hast. Hier kommt Deine Chance, Deine Geocaching-Kumpels einzuladen, um gemeinsam die Finalisten des “Internationalen Geocaching-Film-Festivals 2015” anzusehen. Veranstalte zwischen dem 5. und 8. November ein GIFF-Event. Sobald Dein Event freigeschaltet wurde, fülle dieses Formular aus und wir schicken Dir dann einen Link zum Download aller fünfzehn Finalbeträge. Danach könnt Ihr Euch zurücklehnen und das Spektakel einfach nur genießen. Weitere Informationen zum GIFF-Wochenende [...]

Namib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

9. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Photo by Kilroyman Geocache Name: Namib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) by Mausebiber Location: Sossusvlei, Namibia S 24° 44.400 E 015° 17.310 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D2.5/T2 Why this is Geocache of the Week: The burnt orange dunes of the Namib Desert aren't exactly right around the corner for most geocachers. Actually, they're not right around the corner for anyone. The name Namid comes from the Nama word for ‘vast'—and those who are lucky enough to take a scenic flight above the desert know just how fitting a title it is. GC14W63 is an EarthCache. If you happen to be in the area—that is, in the Mars-like sand dunes of Sossusvlei, in Namibia—this Sunday, October 11, you'll earn the International EarthCache Day 2015 souvenir for finding it. The sand dunes at Sossusvlei are the largest in the world at around 300 meters tall, and they're being coaxed northwards by prevailing winds from the south. According to the EarthCache description, geologists say this desert could be the oldest in the world. The almost electric colors of the dunes are caused by the slow oxidization of iron in the sand; the more bright orange the dune is, the older it is. This EarthCache is Geocache of the Week not only for it's well-organized, informative, and clear cache page, nor merely for its spectacular vistas, but because it holds true to the original purpose of the EarthCache. An EarthCache site is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. The sand dunes of the Namib desert are utterly unique. They're fantastic. They're old. They are at once imposing and delicate, timeless and mutable. The dream landscape they create defies civilization (you try building a cottage on a pile of sand). And—this may be the understatement of the year—they're well worth a visit. Photo by Team Hermann What geocachers have to say: “We loved visting the Namib Desert whilst on our family holiday to Namibia. We stayed in the Sesriem Camp and got up very early to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Thanks for this lovely EarthCache.” –GCMTWood “On of the highlights of our Namiba trip was the visit of Sousuvlei. The dunes are just fantastic. We enjoyed the stay and even climed the big daddy dune. What a great view from there. Thank you very much for this Earthcache and greetings from Switzerland.” –foolish5 “What a fascinating place in the middle of an ocean of endless dunes. We stopped here during our three weeks lasting tour through Namibia and this was definitely one of our favorite places. The red colors in different increments, the merciless heat despite winter mode, the seemingly absence of life and the huge amounts of dead sand – what a spectacular view to remember, what a unique feeling to deal with, what an unforgettable moment. You have to visit Sossusvlei to imagine and understand these feelings. We will be back as soon as possible, also to enjoy these exceptional moments once again. These days here were such a great experience, so we need to say thank you for bringing us here. Thanks a lot for this cache, for the listing and for your efforts. Regards from Germany!” –do.se_gotcha “We had 2,5 weeks in Namibia. The countryside is awesome, fauna and flore interesting and the people are so nice. Thanks to geocaching we have found a lot of places I wouldn't have visited otherwise. A nice EarthCache leading me deeper in the canyon then I expected!” –MMXX Photo by giddo What the cache owner, Mausebiber, has to say: When did you first visit the dunes near Sesreim? Have you visited again since then? “My wife and I were in South Africa and Namibia first time in 1990, again in 1993 and our last visit was in 2007. Unfortunately we have not visited this beautiful country since then, but we are looking forward to go again within the next 2-3 years.” What do you like about this spot, and what do you think attracts other people? “This is a very unique place. If you go early in the morning, you can feel the cold of the night and once the sun comes up, its rapidly getting warm. Very few places where you can feel the power of the sun this extreme. On the other hand, it is very quiet, only the wind is singing while it is blowing over the dunes. When you are on top of a dune, your view can carry for miles and miles and all you see is the beauty and the colors of the desert. There is nothing but vastness, nothing will disturb the view. Out of a sudden, your thoughts are free, you feel the peace of the area, you just feel happy. There are very few places where I had a similar feeling.” What's been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points? “Of course I like the logs where people report about the beauty of the place and about their experience. I answer each end every mail I receive and thank Cachers about their visit. At the same time I wish everyone a very nice vacation and happy caching for the future. Sometimes a little email conversation takes place where we share some experience.” Is there anything you'd like to say to the geocaching community? “Namibia, located in the south of Africa, a land of contrasts and beauty. The cost region is cold and windy while the inner part is hot with mountain ranges. There is the oldest desert, the Namib and the Fishriver canyon which is the second largest canyon of the world. In the northern part close to the Angola border is Etosha National Park. With its size of almost 9000 square miles and over 100 species of animals and 300 species of birds, it is one of the largest parks in Africa. If you like lost places, you have to visit Kolmanskop, an old German diamond field. The people are friendly and helpful and the scenery just breathtaking. We enjoyed every second and sure enough, we will come back to visit this remarkable country.” Photo by saharaa Photo by PermonHroch Photo by pfitschipfeil Photo by pfitschipfeil Photo by Kilroyman Photo by Kilroyman Photo by saharaa Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. 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. [...]

Schatzhüterin GeoTour

8. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

GeoTour: SchatzhüterinLocation: Hannover, GermanyFavorite Points: 2383 GC4WXX9 – this requires a lot of thought, so you might think. Why Hannover is a great place to visit: Hannover is a beautiful and verdant city located in the middle of Germany. With a population of over half a million, Hannover has it all: great shopping, museums, theaters, lush parks, and more. Best time of year to visit: Hannover is a wonderful place to visit all year-round. The summer is ideal because of the nice weather. Visitors traveling from abroad during this season will notice how green and beautiful the city is. The winter in Hannover is also great, as the city has Christmas markets that open in November. If you're coming for the sole purpose of geocaching, the warmer months are recommended – April through September. Must-see attractions:The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, a European Baroque garden, is one of the city's most famous attractions. Berggarten is also an important European botanical garden. Some points of interest in the garden are the Tropical House, the Cactus House, the Canary House and the Orchid House. The Orchid House hosts one of the world's largest collections of orchids, free-flying birds, and butterflies. Additionally, the Hanover Zoo is one of the most spectacular zoos in Europe. GC4WXWY – Music opens doors. Can you sing that tune? Hidden gems only locals know about: Germany is known for its geocaches hidden in lost places, and Hannover has some hidden gems that fall into this category. Old war bunkers are scattered around the city and some are even open to tourism. If you are interested in this sort of sightseeing, check with the Hannover tourism organization to see if there are available guided tours. Prizes: Geocachers who find all 19 geocaches will receive a clue to break the code for this TB. If you succeed (which you will), you'll be lead to a location where you will receive a Geotoken as a prize. What geocachers are saying about Schatzhüterin GeoTour: “The crowning finale of a genius series! I am very excited about the Schatzhüterin series. It was a lot of fun, getting to know Hannover and the surrounding area through all the different caches. I found a lot of creative caches that I had not seen that way before. The motivation to do the entire Geotour was high in order to earn the Geocoin. ;-). We will place the Coin soon somewhere in the world and can't wait to follow its travels. Thank you so much for the great tour and the loving design of each station!” –CeeJayyN'Enni Additional Information: Visitors should set aside a whole weekend to complete the GeoTour. For additional information on the GeoTour, please visit https://www.schatzhueterin.de/. Discover all the unique areas of Hannover and make memories that will last a lifetime! GC4WY14 – AC/DC: a miniature music festival [...]

Erhalte diesen Sonntag beim EarthCache-Day ein Souvenir!

6. Oktober 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Nicht vergessen: Suche nach einem EarthCache und erhalte ein Souvenir Feiere mit der weltweiten Geocache-Gemeinschaft am Sonntag, den 11. Oktober, den Internationalen-EarthCache-Tag. Du kannst Dir ein brandneues Souvenir verdienen, wenn Du an diesem Tag einen EarthCache findest. EarthCaches haben keinen gegenständlichen Behälter. Statt dessen bringen sie Dich an einen einzigartigen Ort und geben Dir eine Lektion in Geowissenschaften. Auf dem Geocaching-Blog kannst Du von einigen der weltweit eindrucksvollsten EarthCaches lesen. Hier findest Du die Liste Mit der kostenlosen Geocaching Intro-App geht das Finden und Loggen eines EarthCaches ganz leicht. Du kannst Deine Antworten einfach über das Nachrichten-Center an den Geocache-Besitzer senden. Benutze die Suche-Seite, um einen EarthCache in Deiner Nähe zu finden. Finde EarthCaches in Deiner Nähe [...]

Thousand Steps Cache (GC59AF) — Geocache der Woche

25. September 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: Thousand Steps Cache (GC59AF) by Team KP and Kid Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D3/T5 Why this is the Geocache of the Week: It may be a bit of a misnomer, but the 1000 Steps Cache is not for the faint of heart. To reach it, geocachers trek up an old set of stone steps (just over 1000 steps, in fact) along the side of Jacks Mountain in Pennsylvania. The rewards of the journey are three-fold. There's the stunning view at the top, which is well worth the climb. Then there's the cache, a large, well-maintained ammo can that lends itself well to being a 1000th cache find milestone (check out the pictures and you'll see why). Then there's the fact that you can skip the stairmaster for the next few days…or week…or month. Geocachers in the area do this hike as a kind of rite of passage, even a pilgrimage. It's a great example of a simple cache hide that brings immense pleasure to those who find it. What geocachers have to say: “We wanted to do this one for a long time and found a great day to do it. Lots of folks on the trail today even a couple with their pet goat. Thanks for bringing us here for the physical challenge and a great view. TFTC.” –Bob*kat “When we arrived at the parking for this cache, it was pouring down rain, and I practically had to physically drag Zoimbeee out of the car to head up the steps. For most of the climb, we were surrounded by thunder and lightning, but there was no way I was going to skip this awesome cache location, if it meant arguing with a teenager the entire walk up and trying to convince him the entire experience would be worth it. Thanks for hiding this great cache.” –Geo_Ghosts “What an exhausting hike to this one, and an awesome view. Creepy spiders all over, cant wait to see what kind the are. This was one of the most difficult terrains we have done, and loved every minute of it. Really enjoyed reading the history of the steps. Favorite from me. TFTC.” –GeoJane77 “What a fantastic thought for a cache! It does take you up a bit. The view is spectacular! We definitely will add this to our favorite list! Thank you for this well thought out cache. Winwinters and I are out and about. We are enjoying the hunt! Many thanks to all the CO' s for hiding and maintaining these caches. Thanks for the cache!” –PenguinTeacher What the cache owner has to say: When did you first visit the thousand steps, and how many times would you say you've climbed them since then to do maintenance on the cache?“We first visited Thousand Steps about 20 years ago with our kids. They were around 10 &12 at the time. A few years later we started Geocaching as a family & decided to place a cache up at the top where the view is amazing. We use to go up a few times a year for maintenance. I even took up small bottles of water for those who didn't bring any. In the past few years it's been about once a year. Our daughter has helped with it also. We've even had fellow geocachers who were kind enough to help.” What's the main reason you think people go for your cache (despite the trek)?“We think people go for this cache because of all that it offers, a challenging climb, an excellent view, lots of travel bugs, etc. Also because of all the great things geocachers write about it and it being a favorite of many.” Do you have any funny stories about this cache or this area?“My daughter and husband were in front coming down the steps my son and I following. All of a sudden my son stops because of a rattle snake on the steps. My daughter and husband stepped right over it and didn't notice. It had just eaten (evident by bulge in body) so my husband set it way off the path. Also my friend and I were doing the steps to get in shape and an older gentleman with a weighted backpack passed us a few times on our trek. Turns out he does Thousand Steps twice a day. We felt really out of shape after that.” What's been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points?“Our reaction has been one of amazement. We knew people would like it but we never expected it to be such a fan favorite or for it to be Geocache of the week!” Is there anything you'd like to say to the geocaching community?“Thank you Geocaching for getting our family into this wonderful sport! It was a way to keep our family close even as our kids grew and went off to college. Now our kids are Geocaching with their kids! Thank you to all geocachers who visited Thousand Steps. Thank you for making it a favorite and thanks for helping with the maintenance!” Photos: The start of the steps. Photo by Shrlock. Geocachers kidcard and friend with the 1000 Steps Cache The view from the top. Photo by MrBee&WillowTree. OhMelli, Nana's Luz, and T-Tyger after finding the cache. Tundra Wolf and his geo-pack posing at the top. The thousandth step… but not the last one! magicmike&honeybee making this one their 3000th cache Another stunning view from the top. Photo by GeoChara. This cache is difficult to reach, but it's well worth the hike. What's been the most satisfying cache find you've had after a strenuous adventure? Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks! [...]

Wirf einen Blick auf die Finalisten des Internationalen Geocaching-Film-Festivals 2015

22. September 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Veranstalte selbst ein Event am GIFF-Wochenende oder nimm an einem teil. Das GIFF-Wochenende steht bevor! Das ist Deine Gelegenheit, Dir eine Tüte Popcorn zu schnappen, Deine Lieblingsschokolade aufzureißen und Deine Geocaching-Freunde einzuladen, um Euch gemeinsam die Finalisten des Internationalen Geocaching-Film-Festivals 2015 anzusehen. Sieh Dir das Video zum GIFF-Wochenende an. Erstelle fürs Wochenende vom 5.-8. November 2015 ein GIFF-Event. Sobald Dein Event veröffentlicht wurde, füll dieses Formular aus, und wir schicken Dir einen Downloadlink für die Finalistenbeiträge des Internationalen Geocaching-Film-Festivals 2015. Danach könnt Ihr Euch einfach in die Sessel lümmeln, entspannen und die unterschiedlichen Videoclips genießen. Weitere Informationen zum GIFF-Wochenende. Sofern Du lieber Popcorn knabberst und an einem Event teilnimmst, nutze diese Lesezeichenliste, um ein GIFF-Event in Deiner Nähe zu finden. [...]

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words (GC5DN6X) — Geocache der Woche!

18. September 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (GC5DN6X) by GR8Caches Difficulty/Terrain Rating: 3.5/1.5 Why this is the Geocache of the Week: Although this geocache has a relatively nondescript cache page, 253 favorite points in four months do not lie. A well-known childhood toy, some local art, and a bit of a puzzle combine to make a gadget cache well worth the visit. You might have a hard time being discreet when you find it (you'll be laughing from sheer joy)—but the nearby business owner already knows it's there. A round of applause to the cache owner for creating such a unique cache hide. What geocachers have to say: “So awesome. Definitely one of my favorite caches ever! Thank you so much for this cache. FP.” –tropicaltrish05 “On our way home from the MCBC Geotrail. What a fantastic cache- best one in a long time! This was well thought out and very creative. Just tough enough to make you think for a bit, but not too tough to solve. Both Mrs R & myself enjoyed this one as we both contributed to the solution. Are you guys taking lessons from Professor Tim or are you now teaching the course? Would give this one 5 favorites if we could! Left one of our Pathtags. Thanks for really nice gadget cache.” –rehobch “If there ever was a cache worthy of geocaching.com to create favorites it would be this one. I admire the creativity that it took to create this cache because it reminded me of my childhood and showed me some historical images. Afterwards we went inside and talked to the owner and checked out his store.” –cooley1103 “What a happy coincidence. We parked in the lot where this is located in order to complete another local cache, and when I switched to nearby caches this one was at the top of the list! It also is near the top of my “really want to find” caches! Had some head scratching and was very happy to see the light! So fun! A bonus was that hubby got to check out the gallery. If he had his way our home interior would look much like this store! May need to stop by for a very nice gift…1,000 thanks to GR8Caches!” –Invaluable1 “On a business trip from Hawai'i and exploring the area. What an awesome cache! Thanks for bringing us out here!” –Wild Dog Clan What the cache owner has to say: How did you come up with the idea for this sort of gadget cache?One day my wife and I were out caching and having a discussion about putting out a new cache, something really good that we never had done or seen before. We had already used a Lite-Brite for a night cache we have. So we started talking about old toys. Then it hit me why not a view master cache. She looked up online to see if you could have a reel made and sure enough you can. So the view master idea was born. We wanted something that would go with where we put the cache and a way of tying it all in. We collect civil war art and buy from a local dealer, so we got permission to place the cache at his gallery. We then had to seek permission from the artist for use of his artwork in the view master reel. Lastly I needed to add something cache related to the art and have the reel created. This process took almost a year to complete along with the build. Do you ever hear about or see muggles checking out the cache?I have passed by when cachers were doing the cache but have not seen muggles doing it nor heard of a time where they done it. What's been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points?The logs have been amazing. It is really satisfying getting logs that are more than TFTC. When you create a cache that is one of a kind it is nice when you get feedback that reinforces the uniqueness of the cache. I really enjoy the logs a great deal. Is there anything you'd like to say to the geocaching community?Come do my cache, you will love it. Photos: We know it's tough…but what's your absolute favorite gadget cache? Post your photos and stories in the comments. Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks! [...]
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