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Watch out for Wampas* — Big Four Ice Caves (GC1575A) — Geocache of the Week

Derek H on November 27, 2013, 5:00 pm

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From the mouth of the cave. Photo from the Geocaching Instagram: @GoGeocaching

From the mouth of the cave. Photo from the Geocaching Instagram: @GoGeocaching

Geocache Name:

Big Four Ice Caves (GC1575A)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1/4

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Uhhh, did you see the photos? This location is amazing! And if you’re in the United States and celebrating Thanksgiving, the hike to this geocache is a great way to work up a hunger or burn off some of the food you just ate. Geocaching often takes us to amazing places that we never would have known about otherwise. In fact, I had no idea these caves existed until a fellow Geocaching HQ staffer visited them. In addition to taking you to such a beautiful place, this Earthcache will teach you about the  unique weather and geology that comes together to form these caves.

[WARNING: If you venture out to find this Earthcache and see the ice caves, be EXTREMELY careful. Watch for avalanches, falling rock and ice, and collapsing caves.]

# of Finds:

173

# of Favorite Points:

32

What geocachers are saying:

“AH! Words cannot express how AMAZING this location is. Honestly, it felt like we stumbled onto the set of the Lord of the Rings…or the moon…or another fake world.” – Bethany_B

“Wow, what an amazing place. We couldn’t believe the cold air that was blowing from the cave, it was like someone had the air conditioner on full blast. We had a beautiful hike here and really enjoyed our visit. TFTC” – G.O. John and Carol

“Thanks for bring me here. I haven’t seen the ice caves in probably 25 years. Back then we went in. Now I am older and wiser.” – Smiley Cacher

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Photos/Video:

 

Ice caves from a distance. Photo from the official Geocaching Instagram.

Ice caves from a distance. Photo from the official Geocaching Instagram.

Unique geology and weather come together to create these caves. Photo from the official Geocaching Instagram.

Unique geology and weather come together to create these caves. Photo from the official Geocaching Instagram.

 

So cool. Literally. It's really cold there. Photo by Bethany_B

So cool. Literally. It’s really cold there. Photo by Bethany_B

[ANOTHER WARNING: Please use extreme caution and think twice before entering the caves.]

Which Earthcache is your favorite and why? Tell us 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, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.

 

*Wampas are creatures that live on the planet Hoth in the Star Wars universe. Luke is attacked by one in The Empire Strikes Back.

  • Rick Lee Watts

    I would say of the 99 EarthCaches I have visited so far “Old Faithful” would be my favorite.

  • Matthew Dawson

    Awesome, hope to see those caves on my next trip to the NW! So far, I think some of my favorite EarthCaches are a few in Iceland, particularly the one at Thingvellir National Park.

  • PathfinderMark

    My favorite earthcache is Selenite Crystals — http://coord.info/GC17N7Z
    It is located in TN, USA and has really neat crystals EVERYWHERE on the ground around GZ. The write up is well done and the hands-on learning is supurb.
    61 favorites, 215 finds


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