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Join the Geocaching Global Cleanup Called CITO

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CITO Weekend is April 25 and 26

CITO weekend will be here before you know it. In case you haven’t heard, CITO stands for Cache In Trash Out. It’s the geocacher’s approach to keeping our game board (i.e. the entire planet) in great shape. 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.

Pick up a CITO Event Kit from Shop Geocaching and start planning your CITO weekend event now. All events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date—but earlier is always better. Check out the CITO FAQ to learn more. You can also see a list of CITO events already happening around you.

Head over to the Geocaching Facebook page and let us know what your CITO 2015 plans are. Happy Geocaching!

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Beginne jetzt mit der Planung für Dein CITO-Wochenende 2015!

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Das CITO-Wochenende findet am 25. und 26. April statt.

Das CITO-Wochenende ist schneller da, als Du denkst. Falls Du noch nicht davon gehört haben solltest: CITO steht für “Cache In Trash Out“. Es stellt den Versuch der Geocacher dar, unser Spielfeld (d. h. den gesamten Planeten) in einem sauberen Zustand zu erhalten. Am Wochenende 25. und 26. April treffen sich weltweit Geocacher und sammeln Müll auf, entfernen ins heimische Ökosystem eingeschleppte Arten, reparieren Wege und vieles mehr – und erhalten dafür ein schickes neues Souvenir.

Besorge Dir im Geocaching-Shop ein CITO-Event-Set und beginne jetzt mit der Planung Deines Events am CITO-Wochenende. Alle Events müssen mindestens zwei Wochen vor dem Event-Datum eingereicht werden – je früher, desto besser. Hier kannst Du mehr über CITO erfahren. Außerdem kannst Du Dir eine Liste der bereits in Deiner Umgebung stattfindenden CITO-Events ansehen.

Schau auch auf unserer Geocaching-Seite auf Facebook vorbei und teile uns Deine CITO-Planungen für 2015 mit. Happy Geocaching!

Sunshine and Pancakes — Punakaiki Pancakes Earthcache (GCN98H) — Geocache of the Week

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A beautiful view of the unedible pancakes and the tropical locale. Photo by geocacher Kulturmensch

A beautiful view of the unedible pancakes and the tropical locale. Photo by geocacher Kulturmensch

 

Geocache Name:

Punakaiki Pancakes Earthcache (GCN98H)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/1

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

There’s no denying the fact that the best cure for the wintertime blues are summer and breakfast foods—more specifically, pancakes. Conveniently, the entire Southern Hemisphere is enjoying their summer right now and this EarthCache will bring you to some of Mother Nature’s own pancakes—just don’t try to eat them. When you earn a smiley for this EarthCache, you’ll not only get to take in some breathtaking views, you’ll also learn an Earth-science lesson.

Did you know that EarthCaches are a joint effort between the Geological Society of America, Geocaching.com and other partners? All EarthCaches are reviewed by the EarthCache team. Some geocachers have proposed geocache types similar to EarthCaches for history or some other subject. For that to be a reality, we encourage you to find credible, independent organizations and partners who would be willing to administer the program.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“It’s so incredible what the nature can do! We love it! As much as we love health blueberry pancakes! (And pancake cake with icecream)” – Janssson

“It was good to wander round this interesting area again. Having researched this type of phenomenon for the questions, have realised how rare it is. Thanks for the cache, I have learnt something!” – MadCat9

“For Christmas Day brunch – these are the world’s best Pancakes ever ! Obviously lots of people like ourselves roaming amongst the stacks of panacke rocks on Christmas day. Enjoyed the circuit stroll on a well engineered walkway through a world where imagination conjures up many possibilities. Deserves a Fav for a stunning location.” – La Vista

 Photos:

Pano shot from geocacher Blackpearl_Oberberg

Pano shot from geocacher Blackpearl_Oberberg

Close-up of the pancakes. Photo by geocacher helennbrian

Close-up of the pancakes. Photo by geocacher helennbrian

A happy geocacher makes the find! Photo by CacheUsIfYouCan!

A happy geocacher makes the find! Photo by CacheUsIfYouCan!

Which EarthCache you’ve found has had the most incredible views? Tell us and post photos 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, just fill out this form. Thanks!

The Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year Journey

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By Holly Walker, Geocaching HQ Guest Experience Coordinator

There’s the “you” when you begin a journey, then if by magic, there’s a completely different “you” when you finish a journey. As geocachers, we’ve all experienced this phenomenon. You learn and you grow and you change, even if ever so slightly, into a new person. And so it’s the same as we vicariously travel through Geocaching game pieces known as Travel Bugs®. We’re able to track an object as it moves around the world to new places. And sometimes when we see that Travel Bug, years later, the whole world we know has changed. This is one of those stories.

On February 7, 2010, Arkfiremedic placed a 2009 Groundspeak Lackey Geocoin in a Travel Bug hotel in Arkansas. The mission? “Try to make it back to Groundspeak Headquarters [in Seattle, WA] from Arkansas.” Lackey Geocoins are limited edition items annually released by Geocaching Headquarters. Commemorating its employees, or Lackeys as they we occasionally (and lovingly) referred to by the community, these Geocoins feature each Lackey’s unique pixel icon, an artistic characterization of each person and a rite of passage when hired. (You can see that latest Geocaching HQ Logbook Geocoin or Lackey Geocoin here.)

What could have been a simple 2,000 mile trip from Arkansas to Geocaching HQ across the country became, in the end, much more. This 2009 Geocoin, featuring just under 30 Geocaching Lackeys, spent nearly five years traveling to eleven different US states, visiting three countries across three continents, and logging over 26,000 miles all in an effort to visit us. To the delight of the coin’s owner, this lackey geocoin reached its final destination a couple weeks ago. On January 5, 2015, the coin finally arrived at Geocaching Headquarters and met a staff of over 80 lackeys! My how things have changed here at headquarters in the last 5 years!

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Shortly after arriving, the Geocoin was discovered and photographed by the Lackeys and quickly retrieved that afternoon by a kind geocacher visiting HQ. Wondering where the coin is headed next? “The coin would love to come back to sunny Arkansas to retire the rest of its days in its owner’s collections.” And off it went back into the world…

This is just one of the many awesome trackable stories we encounter each day at our office. You’re invited to join. Schedule a hosted visit with us the next time you find yourself in Seattle. Discover all the interesting trackables our geocache contains and pick up your own Lackey Geocoin. Or activate a trackable from home and send it our way to travel the world for you. Who knows what kinds of adventures it may have.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Holly in the Geocaching HQ lobby

 

 

Be a Part of What’s Next for Geocaching

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What’s Next for Geocaching

2015 is set to be a big year for geocaching. While winter (in the Northern Hemisphere) is typically our slowest time of year, this year the gears have been turning and new ideas have been assembled. We’ve been busy innovating, creating, and experimenting—and it’s all been fueled by you, the geocaching community. In the first edition of What’s Next for Geocaching, you’ll learn how Geocaching HQ and the 9-million-strong geocaching community have come together to forge new tools, features and upgrades. Plus, you’ll have a chance to be involved, too.

Innovation and Inspiration, Fueled by You

At Geocaching HQ, one of the many reasons we love geocaching is the creativity and inventiveness of the community that molds and shapes the game. To honor that creativity and inventiveness, we’re making a concerted effort to put the geocaching community at the forefront of inspiration for what we’re working on. The first step: listening.

Meet Jayme!

Meet Jayme!

Meet Jayme. She has been a geocacher since 2008 and has earned nearly 9000 smileys. Now, she serves as the User Insights Analyst at Geocaching HQ. Jayme is responsible for bringing the voice of the geocaching community into the product development process.

She says, “We want to delight geocachers. To do so, we know we need to listen to the community’s needs, wants, and desires.”

To get a read on the community’s needs, Jayme organizes player surveys, forum discussions, geocacher play-testers and games. You read that right, games! Geocachers are invited to participate in activities called innovation games. These specially designed exercises help us better understand what geocachers want and even help guide the future of geocaching.

Jayme says, “There is a feeling of collaboration when a certain group of people are given a challenge and have to come up with a solution together. The games encourage thinking outside-of-the-box, working with other people, and they open up players’ eyes to how others geocache in other parts of the world and how challenging it can be to build a product that serves all geocachers, everywhere.”

So far, geocachers have played innovation games at the Geocaching Block Party and at Mega-Events in Germany and Spain. This year, Geocaching HQ’ers will be hosting games at even more Mega-Events around the world to learn what geocachers need to create the ultimate toolset for their geocaching experience.

Get Involved

Throughout 2015, we’ll be releasing a series of geocacher-inspired features. We think they are pretty awesome and we hope you will too.

To start, Geocaching Premium members will get a sneak peek at the new Advanced Search tool. It’s been completely retooled, revamped and streamlined based on geocaching community feedback. Now you’ll be able to find the exact adventure you want, easier. Keep an eye out for an email with more details.

It doesn’t stop there. Throughout the year, there will be more opportunities to have your voice heard and influence the future of geocaching. There are a few ways to take part:

  • Take advantage of your Geocaching Premium sneak peeks and send us your feedback.
  • Sign up to participate in innovation games at the Geocaching Block Party and other Mega-Events.*
  • Watch the User Insights thread in the Geocaching Forums for opportunities to give feedback.
  • Sign up for Tips & Tricks to receive surveys about geocaching ideas and innovations.

We can’t wait to show you more of What’s Next for Geocaching, so stay tuned!

*More information about innovation games coming soon.


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