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World’s Oldest Unfound Geocache is Found! – Getting the FTF After 12 years

The canoe, all packed up.

The noble steed and the river.

Many anxious geocachers set alerts to ping them when a new geocache is published. Within minutes of going live, a geocacher rushed to claim the FTF (First to Find). In the case of one lonely geocache, in an uninhabited swath of Canada,  it took nearly 12 years for a brave and determined geocacher to venture into the wilderness and sign the logbook. 4.5lb Walleye (GCDFB) was hidden June 23, 2001. It registered its first find on June 8, 2013 by geocacher Stormgren-X. Here’s his story.

The idea for finding this geocache came to Stormgren-X months before he set out. “I planned the trip myself over a six month period from researching the route, history, other accounts of this amazing canoe route, food, gear, and logistics of getting to the launch site and getting out and back home,” he said, “I was prepared to do the trip solo, but managed to convince my life-long friend to join me on this amazing journey along this historical canoe route.”

On the day before they left, Stormgren-X posted about their journey in the Geocaching Forums and included a link to the Spot tracking page, “I expected a few people on the geocache watchlist to perhaps follow along from time to time.  By the time we reached Fort Albany and were set up in our lodge, I…was overwhelmed to see 375 replies to my thread.  It was amazing and I felt great that so many people were watching and cheering us on…So many emails of encouragement and positive comments.  We were pleased that we offered some sort of live entertainment and discussion to the geocaching community on our journey…”

From there, the real adventure began. The first two days of canoeing  proved to be the most difficult. Stormgren-X recalls, “The winds and rain were non-stop and made for freezing toes and fingers, [and] poor morale…” After the initial problems, the weather cleared and made for an enjoyable trip. On the eighth day, they reached ground zero and finally found the geocache, “…I saw a foreign object. It looked like a rounded corner of something, and I grabbed it between index finger and thumb and pulled on it. I easily pulled it out from it’s hiding spot under the moss and yelled at Gord, “Here it is! I found it!”I placed it on the ground and immediately took notice that it was intact and contents were still inside.”

Found it! Stormgren-X with the 4.5lb Walleye.

Found it! Stormgren-X with the 4.5lb Walleye.

Regarding the trip, Stormgren-X said, “The eight and a half days we spent on this arctic watershed adventure is one I won’t soon forget. Being immersed in that environment, without communication with the outside world, and seeing so few people was so refreshing from the busy and modern life we are so accustomed to. The historic places we visited and the thoughts of men and women who toiled in this land to make a life for themselves was astounding. Many times we felt so small and insignificant in such a vast wilderness, but so connected to it at the same time. To travel 435 km along such a huge waterway and not see many people, any roads, bridges, railways, dams, or industry is something difficult to find in this world. I consider myself lucky to have experienced the voyage and the great memories.”

To hear more about this amazing journey, check out the Podcacher podcast that features an interview with Stormgren-X. You can also read the full write-up. Geocaching milestones of this caliber are out there, just waiting to be found. Will you be the next adventurer to earn one of these epic smileys?

Also: enjoy a few more photos of the trip courtesy of Stormgren-X:

A campsite panorama.

View along the river

At one of the stops along the river.

At one of the stops along the river.

Canoeing in lovely weather.

Canoeing in lovely weather

  • booleybooth

    Awesome!!!! Great story!!! What a rush!!!!!

  • wartotti

    That’s just crazy, unbelievable!

  • Jon Lucas

    Cool story….way to go on the find!!!!

  • Koeiestaartjes

    Great, wel done! Respect from Holland

  • Uwe

    Respect!!!! Well done!

  • gpguyway

    That is so cool, take a trip for 8 days to find a unfound Geo Cache that was hidden 12 years earlier and to find it still intact, so cool. That would have been a great trip.

  • Cheekys dred 3

    That is awesome Big ups from New Jersey

  • Ardabyo

    Congrats. Nicely done!!!

    Greetz from Belgium

  • Dave

    Awesome great job!

  • Psibeta1088

    Well done, sir! (Me saluting).

  • Phyllypsyus

    This is a story of a life time…, to tell to the intire world how can we be amazing and determinat to reach our golds.

  • swanlake0492

    respect, respect, respect

  • blue&violet

    AWESOME!!! Wow!!

  • 2cachefinder

    respekt…greetz from germany…2cachefinder.blogspot.com

  • Emily

    Very cool!

  • StJeP

    Wow! Well done!

  • esther

    very well done, unbelievable in 12 jears FTF, what a kick it must be.
    sorry for my poor english i`m from Holland.

  • Archie Archuleta

    My geocaching hat is off to you. Well done!

  • alligateuse

    Whow, you did it. What a Wild One. Congrats and greetz from Germany.

  • Edward

    Wish I could have been there sounds like one hell of an adventure

  • Pja

    Can’t help wondering…what is the story behind this cache being hidden in the first place?

  • Fredwa

    Truly amazing…. and the dedication and determination are things most can only aspire to at that level.

  • Karen1962

    Amazing find. What an amazing adventure that had to have been. Total geo-caching heroes. :)

  • Kaylin Diane Blackham

    Now that’s a vay-cache-tion….nice work…..much love lavanderstorm & purple rayne.

  • beccaday

    That’s amazing! Sounds like an epic adventure, I’m glad that you stuck with it after such a miserable start. Congratulations!

  • Coach Steve

    What a great adventure! I am in awe of your accomplishment. Congrats!

  • nicholsg7

    Job well done gentleman!! I am jealous though, I have often dreamed of this type adventure.

  • BigBroJim.

    Great work and reward for sticking with it!!!

  • ODLUME

    What a great story!! Respect!!

  • Sammie A Harmer

    i’m in awe!

  • mr&mrswells1215

    Absolutely amazing!!

  • Robert Sanders

    what a story — well done

  • HaLiJuSaPa

    What I want to know is if it is such a trek to find, how was it hidden to begin with?

  • seven

    Fantastic. What an adventure it must have been!

  • GAACO

    Congratulations , nice story too
    GAACO , Belgian geocacher

  • Dan

    Outstanding dedication and performance. But what a ‘sick and funny’ mind must the owner have had, when he hided the cache
    :-D. (Did he on forehand expect the FTF would take that long?

  • Rickydee48

    What a great story!!! Truly this is perseverance!!!

  • arres

    that is the catch of your life. Well done Stromgren-X

    Arres

  • Waddlecotes

    What a FTF !

  • Marcus Daniel Byrne

    Amazing. That’s dedication! Congrats on the FTF.

  • Brian

    now that is incredible. Wonder how it went that long. Next up… Jezebel in Florida

  • Tambeland

    Up top man! Into the wild and back. I wish to make the same trip some day! Greetings from Finland!

  • troels

    Congrats on the trip, and the TFC

  • Pat Zwahl

    Well Done !! And my wife thinks I’m crazy for going after FTF’s .

  • Caldale Duo

    Wow! Well done indeed. Best wishes from the Orkney Isles.

  • grabme777

    That is amazingly awesome!!

  • Kathy Caswell

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment.

  • Sue Velure

    ZOMG! Jealous of that great find! Great job guys!

  • BadAndy

    Rock on brother!

  • Betty Mckenna

    Amazing!


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