Geocaching is more than a hunt. Geocaching is that “first to find” smile… the secret beach you stumble upon… the mountain you never thought you’d climb… the unexpected sighting of a rare bird… a forgotten piece of history… a new friend you pick up along the way. All of these geocaching “moments” can be captured through a camera lens (and beautifully, with a nice filter).
Everyday, geocachers on Instagram share their visual geocaching experiences with the world through the hashtag #geocaching. The official geocaching Instagram is our way of joining that conversation, sharing beautiful and inspiring geocaching images. Launching only 2.5 years ago, we’re thrilled to announce that the Geocaching Instagram has reached 30,000 friends and is still growing! Our eyeballs have never been happier.
Here are some of the most stand-out Instagram images from the last couple years.
You too can join in the Insta-fun and share your #geocaching endeavors with the world! Oh, and follow us too www.instagram.com/geocaching.
Multi-Caches are a great challenge for any geocacher looking for a little something more than a traditional. Some multis require you to gather information at the coordinates and plug it into a formula to get the coordinates for the next stage. This multi does away with secondary coordinates altogether. Once you arrive at the first stage, you’ll have to use your keen eyesight to see where the final container lies.
“What a great idea for a cache. Well worth another favorite point.” – Be-con
“Awesome cache. Visiting Red Deer for centerfest and saw all the fav points. Kids are really glad we found this one. Thanks very much.” – calgaryeggheads
“I’m giving this one a favourite simply because of the novelty of it. Bravo! And a hearty well done to the cachers who’ve already been here and who haven’t been heavy handed on the first stage! Thanks for the cache.” – van der Decken
“The TazFour family were brainstorming about placing a new cache after a fun day of geocaching. We wanted to place a unique cache and unlike any other we had found before. The TazFour boys love Nerf guns and they just happened to be playing with them that evening. They were lining up the sights on their Nerf guns on different targets and the idea popped into mind. How about a geocache where you must spot the location of the cache container through a line of sight. And that’s how it started.
Construction of the cache was very simple. All we did was construct a “sight tube” using a camo painted PVC tube and added two crosshairs on either end of the tube by threading 2 pieces of wire through holes drilled in the tube. The cache container is just a small, water tight cylindrical container wrapped in camo tape. Finding a location was slightly more difficult as we needed 2 locations in close proximity. The location of the “sight tube” needed to have a clear unobstructed view to the cache container location; as well some type of cover in the trees. We also wanted the container to be some distance from the “sight tube”. We knew of a nice quiet location with a nice green space and fortunately found a perfect spot. It didn’t take long to set the sight tube and cache container.
What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs & favorite points? – We were really surprized by all the positive logs and favorite points! All the great feedback has been fabulous and inspiring! It’s really a simple cache, but it’s something different and fun. I guess geocacher’s responded so positively because the cache is a bit unexpected for a multicache and a new adventure. Now we need to come up with a new unique idea.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community? – Thank you to all fellow geocach creators for all the great adventure’s your cache’s have taken us on. There are many places we would have never discovered without your time and commitment to placing and caring for your cache’s. The world looks a little bit different when you are a geocacher and it’s a whole lot more fun to go outside! TFTF”
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The geocache page for Krneki #1 reads, “You don’t really need to visit this cache. The place is not of any interest, the container is awful…” If you’ve read this far, you’ve just read the sub-sub-genre of geocaching satire. Krneki #1 geocache owner icabrian recently visited Geocaching HQ in Seattle. He popped in after traveling thousands of miles from his home country of Slovenia. The emerging geocaching country is home to more than 3,600 hidden caches, and it’s also home to a fiery debate. Each geocaching community wrestles with this very question at some point:
icabrian uses Krneki #1 to raise the issue in Slovenia. He writes on the geocache page, ” Everything is wrong with this cache, because it was placed to spark a public debate about where this game is going, what we want from it and especially what we don’t want from it.” He also claimed, when I spoke with Igor (his real name) that the logbook for the geocache was always wet. That’s mighty bold bragging about an awful geocaching experience.
Perhaps not surprisingly the community embraced the conversation. People like to talk about quality geocaching, and they know it when they see it, and they know when they don’t. Krneki #1 has more than a dozen favorite points. Igor’s answer to what defines a quality geocache? He tells me, “(Geocaching) is not just about hiding a box. The box becomes a geocaches with something on top.” He talked about placing the geocache at an inspiring location, crafting a rich story or a clever puzzle, something beyond the box which transforms the container into a geocache.
Put your answer in comments below and through the magic of the internet, we’ll create a word cloud soon and see what gems pop out.
DIY: Quality Geocache Video
Check out this quick video for a few tips to create a Favorite Point worthy geocache
On the weekend of April 25 and 26, geocachers around the globe will gather together, pick up trash, remove invasive species, repair trails and more—plus earn a pretty sweet new souvenir. If you’ve never hosted a CITO before and you don’t know where to begin, read on! Here are 6 steps to get you started.
Since your CITO event will result in an improvement to a public space, pick an area that’s important to you and/or that needs special attention. Make sure you have permission to host the CITO from the local land manager. If you are unsure about which location is best, call a local park manager or geocaching organization. They can provide assistance and support in selecting the best location.
At it’s very basic, a CITO event should involve geocachers taking part in an activity that produces an environmental improvement to a park or another cache-friendly place. CITO activities have ranged from trash pickups, to tree plantings, to invasive species removals, to trail maintenance. Need inspiration and direction? Talk to the land manager to find out where volunteers are most needed. See if there are any local environmental organizations already doing volunteer work, with whom you can partner. Call your city’s Parks and Recreation department to find out if any city volunteer initiatives are planned.
Your CITO event will need to be submitted online at least two weeks before the date of the event. Give yourself a bit more time than that to square away any details.
Once you’ve reviewed and submitted your event listing, your local Reviewer will likely publish the event or request changes to it within a week. If you don’t hear from your Reviewer, check to make sure the event listing is actually submitted and enabled. Check to see if the Reviewer has posted any Reviewer notes in the cache logs section. Once you’ve made any necessary changes, review and submit the listing once more. Feel free to ask your Reviewer for advice if you’re struggling with the event listing.
Is there a local geocaching organization you can reach out to, to let them know about your CITO? Maybe there are even some non-geocacher volunteer organizations you could recruit…the more the merrier!
That’s all, folks! Remember: the CITO 2015 souvenir will be available for events on April 25th and 26th, so if you’re planning to host an event that weekend make sure you submit the cache listing at least two weeks in advance, preferably more.
There’s a difference between finding a good geocache and finding a geocache that makes your jaw drop, racks up the Favorite Points, and inspires geocachers around the world. We call these #OMGeocaches.
Fortunately, finding these geocaches isn’t too hard. You can see some for yourself on the Geocaching Pinterest board with 197 Creative Geocache Hides. Every week, the blog features one of these geocaches as Geocache of the Week. And when you’re ready to find one in the wild, Geocaching Premium members can sort by Favorite Points on the new search page.
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