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Your Sneak Peek at Geocaching Block Party 2015

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Get ready: Geocaching Block Party 2015 is right around the corner. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give you a small taste of the awesomeness you can expect when you’re here in Seattle, Washington. And never fear! You still have time to log your Will Attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Geocaching Block Party.

[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4) — Geocache of the Week

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Sci-fi movie set or geocache location? Only one way to find out. Photo by icmsv

Sci-fi movie set or geocache location? Only one way to find out. Photo by icmsv

Geocache Name:

[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Geocaching takes us to some pretty interesting places. Sometimes it’s to the top of a mountain. Sometimes it’s to a spooky abandoned place. This geocache will take you on an adventure to a decommissioned Army base in Italy. The relics of communications equipment and buildings still remain and are open for exploration. Places like this can teach us about the history of a local area and also the history about what was happening in the world at the time.

What geocachers have to say:

“A bit spooky, but it was all worth it . Classic LP cache, that was found by chance without amy searching at all – somehow I went straight to the box . That´s worth a FP!” – Noogman1

“What a must have Lost Place Geocache! For our old VW Bus was the climb up this road a really hardcore test. But he did it, and the Result was an incredible view over the valleys in front and back of us. An surely this LP is the hard way up really worth. Thanks for bringing up here.” – Mystic-G

“what a fantastic lost place. The satellite dishes were very impressive. It was scary to explore the abandoned buildings. The view was great and the wind was strong. Thank you for showing this great lost place.” – CharityLaird

Photos:

Even without the history, the view makes the journey worth it. Photo by CharityLaird

Even without the history, the view makes the journey worth it. Photo by CharityLaird

One of the many empty corridors. Photo by snoopyschiri

One of the many empty corridors. Photo by snoopyschiri

Spooky, isn't it? Photo by snoopyschiri

Spooky, isn’t it? Photo by snoopyschiri

I bet you can get every channel from there. Photo by tlapak

I bet you can get every channel from there. Photo by tlapak

What’s the most amazing abandoned place you’ve found while geocaching? Post your photos and stories 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!

 

 

12 Tips for Hosting a Geocaching Event

 

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Who doesn’t love a good party with great geocaching friends? Answer: No one.

Geocaching Events are a great way to meet the local geocaching community where everyone is oddly enough, just like you. Geocachers will designate a time and location to meet and discuss their favorite hobby. Geocaching events are fun, so always expect a good time!

Anyone can plan and host an event. Here are 12 tips and tricks to get you started on planning the best geo-bash around.

 

  1.  Pick a great time and location to maximize your attendance. It can be indoors or outdoors, in the morning or at night. Whatever you decide, make sure there’s enough room and parking for everyone who’s attending. Schedule your event so it isn’t the same day or at the same time as other events nearby.

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  1.  Pick the appropriate event type for your geocaching event. There are different types including Social/Regular and CITO.

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  1. Uplevel your event with a fun theme. Pirates, holidays, Pi Day… the possibilities are endless

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  1. Add optional activities. You can combine almost any non-geocaching activity with geocaching; biking, eating, swimming, potlucks, pancake breakfasts, etc. But geocaching has to be a focus of the event. You could also have geocaching activities as well; camouflage tips, container decorating, trackable trading, etc.

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  1. Prizes are awesome and geocachers enjoy winning them. You can give prizes away based upon competitive games that you create or perhaps a fun raffle.

 

  1. Commercial events are not permitted on Geocaching.com. Read about this and all other event guidelines before submitting your event on Geocaching.com.

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  1. After you have all details squared away, submit your event on Geocaching.com through the online form. Note: All events should be rated appropriately (events are typically rated a Difficulty 1).

 

  1. Submit your event for review at least 2 weeks in advance. Events can be posted up to 3 months prior.

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  1. If you need to update your attendees before the event, you can use the “Announcement” log type. Everyone who has logged a “Will Attend” will receive an email notification!

 

  1. For an accurate estimate on how many geocachers will be attending, double the number of the “will attends” on your geocache page. Geocachers will bring friends and family.

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  1. It’s not required, but bring a logbook to your event for everyone to sign. These can be as creative as you like and attendees enjoy adding their names!

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  1. Last but not least, have a blast. Enjoy your event, make new friends, and earn a smiley.

 

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Are your party pants on yet? Good. Time to start planning the next epic geocaching event or attend an event near you for inspiration.

 

Near the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the Week

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Found it! Photo by geocacher bubendorf

Found it! Photo by geocacher bubendorf

Geocache Name:

Near the top of Europe (GC2BVRY)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

5/5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Beginning tomorrow, you can earn your Let’s Get Extreme Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenir by finding a D5 or a T5 geocache. Or, if you want to get SUPER EXTREME, you could find a 5/5 geocache like this one. This geocache is located on Mont Blanc, the highest point in Europe and one of the most popular alpine climbs on the continent.

What geocachers have to say:

[translated from German] “A super cache up here, great views safe is our highest cache and I’m pretty proud to have done it! thanks for hiding!” – D Gniesser

“It was our first find after the climbing Mont Blanc (summit). We have decided to look for the caches along the route on our way down. This cache was really great and I liked it very much. I also guess it´s my highest placed cache I´ve ever found. Merci!” – -Iti-

“My 6-th time on MontBlanc and 5-th successful time on the summit! And just first time remember to look for a cache :) It wasnt easy – still a lot of snow, ice. Was looking around, turning rocks for ~15 mins while found it :) Also placed small lithuanian flag to container. Thank you for cache in amazing place!” – Pilypas.lt

Photos:

On top! Photo by geocacher Maacher

On top! Photo by geocacher Maacher

Sunrise from the top of Europe. Photo by geocacher Gnas

Sunrise from the top of Europe. Photo by geocacher Gnas

On the way up! Photo by geocacher DeepButi

On the way up! Photo by geocacher DeepButi

The approach. Photo by geocacher heli89 & Mr. Pink !

The approach. Photo by geocacher heli89 & Mr. Pink !

What geocache are you planning to find for your Let’s Get Extreme souvenir? Post yours 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!

 

How a Geocaching.com Co-Founder Found Geo-Love

unnamedSome people find much more than just cache containers when they’re introduced to geocaching. Geocachers may discover parks they never knew existed, the hidden history of their community or even the sting of stepping in poison ivy. But some geocachers wander into something else. They’re lucky enough to find the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with.

It happens. It happened to one of the founders of Geocaching.com. Bryan Roth attended a geocaching event fourteen years ago. Fellow founder Jeremy Irish encouraged Bryan to attend.

Bryan says, “This was the first of [88] total geocaching events that I’ve attended so far. Jeremy had suggested that I attend and I figured it’d be a great opportunity to meet some members of the local geocaching community. I really didn’t know what to expect but, of course, that day has changed my life forever.”

What happened next may have been one of the very first cases of geo-love.  The event’s name was innocent enough. It was called Washington Geocaching Potluck & Quilting Bee.

Event in 2001 where Bryan and Hydee met (Hydee far left of picture)

Bryan’s “will attend” log read, “I will be there (with chocolates).” Bryan says he wasn’t fishing for love with those chocolates, “Not at all.  At the time, I don’t think I was even looking for a date. I was only thinking about meeting geocachers and getting more involved with the local community.”

But Bryan says he soon met a geocacher named Hydee and her son Dylan. He remembers his first thought, “Yeah [my first thought was]—she looks like trouble.  I was right, of course.  ;)”

She later told Bryan the chocolates helped cement her intuitions that he was the right person for her. She loves chocolate.

Jon Stanley, Moun10Bike, hosted the event where Hydee and Bryan first met. Jon says, “That event is actually where I first met Bryan. I didn’t know that the spark had been lit at that time, but I soon found out. Hydee and her friend CameraThyme kept referring to “AFM,” which stood for “Action Figure Man.” After a while I discovered that this was their code name for Bryan. Then, all became clear!”

The Roth’s 10 Year Anniversary geocoin

Hydee’s friend CameraThyme also played a key role. Bryan says, “Thanks to CameraThyme for letting me know that Hydee was single.”

Bryan and Hydee were eventually married. They’ll be celebrating their 15th anniversary of meeting in November 2016.

Jon says Bryan and Hydee are lucky, geo-love can be a rare commodity, “I attend a fair amount of events, though, and while I’ve heard of people meeting through them, Bryan and Hydee are the only ones I personally can name who linked up as the result of an event!”

But you never know. Attend a geocaching event before September 2nd this year, and you might come away with more than just your Meet Your Road Trip Crew souvenir—you could meet your own Geo-Love.

Can’t get enough geocaching love? Check out these sweet videos from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival.

Do you know any geocaching love stories?

 

 


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