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“The Geocaching Triad” Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

The Original Stash plaque

This video follows Ohio, USA geocachers Keith Lemons (keithlemons) and Nancy Steyer (27jack) as they visit the three caches required to complete the Triad.  Beware, the video containers spoilers.

The Triad is one of the crowning achievements of geocaching. Geocachers must log three specific geocaches: the APE Cache Mission 9: Tunnel of Light, Groundspeak Headquarters and the Original Stash Cache. Each find is rich in geocaching tradition. The geocaches do not need to be logged in any particular order.

The Original Stash Tribute Plaque hides outside of Portland, Oregon.  The plaque there commemorates the placement of the first geocache in 2000.

Project APE cache

Geocachers  must also log The Mission 9: Tunnel of Light Project APE Cache, hidden outside of Seattle, WA. Twelve APE caches were originally placed around the world in 2001 to generate publicity for the remake of the movie Planet of the Apes. Mission 9: Tunnel of Light is one of only two APE caches still active in the world.  The other, Mission 4: Southern Bowl is in Brazil.

The geocache at Groundspeak HQ

Geocachers need to also visit the geocache at Groundspeak Headquarters.  Groundspeak HQ is also known as the Lily Pad.  It is home to the offices of Geocaching.com.

Geocachers who complete The Triad says the accomplishment not only earns them  personal satisfaction and but also bragging rights.

Have you ever completed The Triad?  Do you have plans to do so?

  • 27Jack

    Congratulations to keithlemons for completing the “Triad” and for seeing a geocaching dream come true. I was very honored to complete this with him! What a fantastic journey.

  • Shelrik

    Once you have completed the Triad you need to visit “Shelrik's center of the Triad challenge” cache (GC1WYHN) to truly complete the journey. It is well worth the trip. It is located in the Geological center of the triad. (equal distance to all 3 triad caches).
    P.S. the cache is seasonal and can only be reached during the late spring through early fall months.Or until the first major snow fall.

  • Joshism

    It's on my to do list.

  • budokan

    Was very happy to be able to complete the Triad as I collected my 1000th cache. I am the one in the video with the strange acccent from New Zealand. Caching is the best way to explore our world. Now have well over a million km of caching distance and working on the second million.Budokan

  • Joshism

    It's on my to do list.

  • budokan

    Was very happy to be able to complete the Triad as I collected my 1000th cache. I am the one in the video with the strange acccent from New Zealand. Caching is the best way to explore our world. Now have well over a million km of caching distance and working on the second million.Budokan

  • Go Pack Go

    I travelled from Sussex, England, United Kingdom back in June to complete the Triad as well as a number of other caches in Washington and Oregon. Great sense of achievement once we completed it.
    Jim (Go Pack Go)

  • stor2467

    is that all that is in there??????????????????????????????????

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