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Geocaching by the Light of the Super Duper Moon

Carly on August 11, 2014, 2:57 pm

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Extreme Geocaching

By Annie Studer

Moonrise by Krückstock

Moonrise by Krückstock

Last night, Geocachers around the world ventured out via the light of the  “Super Duper Moon” when the full moon was at its closest orbital point (perigee) to the Earth. It will be 20 years before we’ll see another full moon this close to Earth, so whether you’re a new to geocaching or have over 10,000 finds, this was an excellent opportunity to find a geocache at night.

 

View from GC15D5C by Jamaraja

View from GC15D5C by Jamaraja

Some may be familiar with NightCaching, OwlCaching, or SuperMoonCaching, but this was SuperDuperMoonCaching. Since the moon was at the nearest proximity to Earth, it appeared larger and brighter (due to an optical illusion), especially while rising on the horizon. Thus, moonrise often is the ideal time to photograph a lunar event. The extra bright moon (basically the brightest nightlight ever) can also illuminate night-time only geocaches.

Geocaching at night can mean finding geocaches after dark and traditional NightCaching often means finding the way to a geocache by shining a light source (like a headlamp) on reflective trail markers (FireTacks).

Can you spot the FireTack at GC41CCZ? by kari9999

Can you spot the FireTack at GC41CCZ? by kari9999

Whatever your style is for geocaching at night, here are three tips to help you become a SuperDuperNightCacher:

 1. Read the geocache description before you head out in the night. It’s helpful to know the details about if you need tools, container size, and other hints.

2. Bring the right gear. With all geocaching you’ll want your writing utensil and  GPS or smartphone, in addition to these handy tools, for NightCaching you’ll want a LED headlamp, flashlight, a UV light is also helpful and extra batteries.

3. Check in before you check out on your geocaching night excursion. As a precaution (which is a good habit for all geocaching adventures), tell a friend or family member where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone.

If MoonCaching isn’t your style, perhaps geocaching under a meteor shower is more to your liking. Keep your eyes out for the Perseid meteor shower each night before the moon rises and after it sets through August 13th.

And don’t worry if you missed this SuperDuperMoon, there’s a SuperMoon in September to look forward to for more NightCaching by moonlight. And if you’ d like to geocache tonight, the moon only still pretty super. It’s about 93% as bright as last night.

While out NightCaching, did you nab any amazing SuperDuperMoon shots or a pic at your favorite NightCache spot? Share it with us in comments below!

  • Braz

    Glad this was shared after the night, this should have been posted yesterday. T_T

  • Hiking Seal

    Make it stop!!! Whenever Carly updates her blog I receive multiple copies for days. It does not happen when other lackeys update the blog only Carly. I don’t know if it’s because of many edit after the first post but whatever you are doing stop it! Please.

  • Kyle Clements

    Same here!

  • Carly

    Thanks for letting us know. I’ll be in touch with both you and Kyle about the multiple emails so we can get that figured out.


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