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Movember Means: Must-caches

Article written by Janelle Saylor

 

Incognito ammo can

Incognito ammo can

As men around the world started to grow their facial hair in honor of Movember, we wondered about mustache-themed caches, trackables, coins, and geocachers that could be out there. And we found facial hair from a can is pretty popular. Most geocaches encourage people to use a mustache in the geocache to share a picture of themselves, stache’d up, on the geocache page. Here are some of our furriest finds:

‘Stache Caches:

GC415QR Movember - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GC415QR Movember – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuzzy, Furry, Fun.

GC3F6P2: Facial Hair – Redmond, Washington, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GC338VM Moustache Cache – Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GC57VAQ Moustache Cache – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GC37WY0 Moustache Geocache - Bourne, East Midlands, United Kingdom

GC37WY0
Moustache Geocache – Bourne, East Midlands, United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trackables:

What about “a’sttaching” one to a Travel Bug then acquiring a few fun photos along the way?

TB214CA  PCTM - Picture Crazy Travel Mustache

TB214CA
PCTM – Picture Crazy Travel Mustache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TB4XPHF – Ridiculously Large Mustache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geocoins:

Oh these soup strainers are clever…

Crumb Catcher Coin Kid

TB665G3 Geocoin Club November 2013 – Movember Geocoin even comes with a handy spot for inserting a “photo-op” stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TB5XQY3  “the Mustache made me do it” traveled 3,392 miles before finally landing on the upper lip of its owner.

TB5XQY3
“the Mustache made me do it” traveled 3,392 miles before finally landing on the upper lip of its owner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, no blog about geo-staches would be complete without an honorary mention of Mr. and Mrs. Mysterious, aka TheVillans who bill themselves as, “the most feared geocaching team on the planet!!!” This dastardly duo caches in disguise leaving a comic book and a calling card in their wake. Muhahahaha!!

TheVillans

TheVillans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you must-cache? Share your photos in the comments and tell us about your fall-foliage and folic-y fun. :-{)

 

 

 

Explore the hidden underground. – Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E) – Geocache of the Week

The main room of the cave. Photo by geocacher irisisleuk

The main room of the cave. Photo by geocacher irisisleuk

Geocache Name:

Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Monaco is known for being a playground for the rich and famous. During a stroll through the city, you’re bound to see incredible yachts, fancy sports cars and maybe even a movie star or two. But there’s more to Monaco than just luxury and relaxation. Just outside the city lies an amazing cave system. Many people visiting the area may not ever know it’s there, but geocachers do. The EarthCache at this location has introduced travelers to another aspect of Monaco that they won’t soon forget.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“WOW!! I planned to try earthcaches while I was on holidays but didn’t look too much in to the details involved. We got lost trying to find this (lack of planning on my side), but it was so worth it when we got there! I was amazed at the whole experience. Thanks so much for this earthcache, my favourite so far and therefore very worthy of a favourite point!” – sarahmur

“Short stop in Monaco. What a marvelous little city with great architecture and lovely boats. I loved it and found a lot of secret places on my hunt once around the harbour and race track.” – Lemmer

“This definitely was a highlight in our short visit to Monaco. First the very nice exotic garden with lots of big plants and beautiful views on the city and the sea, and afterward the many interesting sights inside the grotto. Thanks a lot for this Earth Cache.” – Jan_Peter

 

What the Geocache owner, eisenstaedter, has to say:

“I was on holiday in Monaco and I visited this this great place. Not only the cave, but the Exotic Garden and the view to Monaco Ville is worth to see. My first idea was: Here had to be a cache. And the cache gave my the inspiration to place an Earthcache. By chance, we planned to see the Exotic Garden, then we dicovered the Grotte de L’Observatoire.

…I placed two other “Cave-Earthcaches”, because I think people like them ;). Grotte Gigante (GC3YQ2N) and Eishöhle auf der Rax (GC3BRA1). Thank you for your positive logs and favorite points, this gives me a lot of motivation to seek other interesting points and places.”

 

Photos:

 

Formations inside the cave. Photo by geocacher FTACH

Formations inside the cave. Photo by geocacher FTACH

Stalactites and stalagmites.   Photo by geocacher ohjoy!

Stalactites and stalagmites. Photo by geocacher ohjoy!

The caves from the outside. Photo by geocacher Organisator

The caves from the outside. Photo by geocacher Organisator

What city secrets have your discovered through geocaching? 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!

There Are Geocachers Among Us…And They’re Amazing

Let’s begin by saying that all three of the geocachers nominated for October’s Geocacher of the Month are worthy of the title.

 

If you’re reading this, you can count yourself lucky to be playing the same game as them, and even luckier if you happen to meet one of them. Because frankly…Pudsemand og kone, DrJay, and Capt Biggins are amazing.

They may geocache differently and in opposite corners of the world, but they share an undeniable love for the game and for the players, and they show it too. You let us know who you think deserves the honor, and we listened. But first, the candidates:

Pudsemand og kone

Pudsemand og kone

Pudsemand og kone are a caching couple from Denmark. You only need to look the comments that came in for these two, to know that they love meeting other geocachers. Peterpro commented, “They have made some of the best events we have ever attended. They are always helping if an experienced or newbie geocacher has a question or needs help. They invite every geocacher they meet into their home and some of our best cache experiences have been created by Tina and Henrik, that goes for puzzle, challenge, kids friendly, D5 and nightcaches. Deeply from our hearts they deserve the honor to be ‘Geocacher of the Month’.” Another voter says, “Tina and Henrik have a great “Let’s just do it”-spirit, that brought us a lot of caches and events. that stand out among others, and have made them famous all over Denmark.”

 

 

 

 

DrJay

DrJay

DrJay is a geocacher from the state of Utah, and he’s definitely at the top of his game in terms of geocaching statistics (did we mention a streak of 2,837 days? Quite possibly one of the longest streaks ever). Says MountainHikerUT, “He has kept the Utah Association of Geocachers alive by taking over the reins when no one else wanted to. For the last few years he has continued the tradition of holding the annual UTAG Spring and Fall Events and has traveled hundreds of miles to make sure that these events are held in all parts of the state.” To add to that, Kyle Clements says, “The first time we met DrJay was in the middle of the night digging through weeds at the dead end of a road just a few miles from where we live. Turns out that FTF marked the 7th anniversary since he started his daily caching streak! Since that day we have had many an encounter with DrJay including FTF run-ins and local caching events. He’s practically a stand-up comedian running local events, and helps make sure everyone has a good time.”

 

 

 

Capt Biggins

Capt Biggins

Capt Biggins, according to many, is “an incredible friend who puts his heart into geocaching. He will be there for anyone at anytime. He is a true GEOCACHER. He absolutely loves sharing this passion with others. At any opportunity, he is talking to others about geocaching. He makes caching fun and enjoyable. I have cached with Capt Biggins may times and it has been a true honor knowing someone of his caliber.” And trust us…he’s made a lot of geocaching friends. Another geocacher says, “I always look forward to seeing this kind cacher, at an event or in the bush. He is an asset to our local (ok…. not so local, nearly state-wide) caching community.”

 

 

 

Even with the greatness of all three geocachers, there can only be one winner. October’s Geocacher of the Month is…

 

CAPT BIGGINS

Your newest Geocacher of the Month

Your newest Geocacher of the Month

There’s no doubt that this geocacher puts his heart and soul into everything that is geocaching. If you’re in south Florida–heck, if you’re anywhere in Florida–Capt Biggins might just be your go-to guy if you’re in need of geocaching advice. Cathie Bailey says of him, “Capt. Biggins is not only an avid and accomplished geocacher, he is a generously kind person. He helped out my family and I when we were new to the sport, and he makes himself available to teach the techniques, gps use, hiding and seeking of the caches, and purchasing or making the necessary equipment. He is most deserving of this honor on any given month, and this one is as good as any.”

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Geocaching is exciting when caves are involved.

Capt Biggins is a geocacher with a big heart. Valeria sings his praises: “[Capt Biggins is] a fantastic ‘cacher who recently designed a gorgeous tag to help a fellow ‘cacher raise money to take care of unexpected expenses she has incurred since her MS diagnoses this year including a major relapse this summer which has left her unable to stand or walk.”

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He’s a tree-hugger too!

Capt Biggins’ helpfulness isn’t limited to in-person interactions, either. One geocacher, Stefan, “was a Tourist in Florida last three weeks. Before the trip I asked questions on a forum for cachers in that area. Cpt. Biggins ALWAYS answered with in helpful way. And in a friendly and funny way too. A real geocacher ambassador.”

Based on the comments we saw in our nominations post, Capt Biggins is the reason why a lot of geocachers started geocaching…and the reason why a number of them keep on doing it.

Congratulations Capt Biggins!

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin.

The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin.

If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.

 

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A Cacophony of Creepy Caches – MEGA HERTZ (GC5ENHH) – Geocache of the Week

One brave geocacher finds MEGA HERTZ. Photo by Pebbles&Co

One brave geocacher finds MEGA HERTZ. Photo by Pebbles&Co

Geocache Name:

MEGA HERTZ (GC5ENHH)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/2.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Every year a group of Halloween aficionados hold and exciting—and terrifying—event in the UK. Along with each event comes a plethora of geocaches that are designed to make geocachers scream—and hand out their Favorite Points. Not only are these geocaches frightening, they’re also extremely well-built and designed. Since tomorrow is Halloween, it seemed only fitting to award one of these the Geocache of the Week, but also feature a few of the others. Although the event is over and some of the more expensive parts of the geocaches have been put away, geocachers are still able to make the find and earn their smileys at these locations. Check out a few of the other geocaches:

MEGAPHOBIA (GC5ENHV)

Maiden Northampton (GC5ENK)

Thriller! (GC5ENHQ)

 

What geocachers are saying:

“Fantastic caches and a great day out meeting LOADS of new friends,still aching but they are just reminders of a great day. TFTC.
Brilliant just brilliant” – siluspoker

“Oh my goodness, this one frightened the life out of us last year and it’s still the best cache ever!! We stood for ages just marvelling at it while others came up and signed the logs.” – Southalls

“Excellent caches once again. Great to see the return of MEGA HERTZ and the addition of Megaphobia was a real treat.  You guys have outdone yourselves again. Roll on next year.” – Pipesy

 

Photos:

 

MEGA HERTZ is pretty creepy even when it's still. Imagine when the tech kicks in. Photo by geocacher Pebbles&Co

MEGA HERTZ is pretty creepy even when it’s still. Imagine when the tech kicks in. Photo by geocacher Pebbles&Co

Maiden Northhampton can cause quite a fright! Photo by geocacher Pebbles&Co

Maiden Northhampton can cause quite a fright! Photo by geocacher Pebbles&Co

MEGAPHOBIA is basically a large-scale version of my nightmare. Photo by geocacher stooby

MEGAPHOBIA is basically a large-scale version of my nightmare. Photo by geocacher stooby

How have you celebrated Halloween through geocaching? 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!


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