Last week we reported on three geocachers – Alexander Monsky (Berufsgeocacher), Tim Krüger (psycho_vm) and Benjamin Gorentschitz (MudMen_GER) – and their plans to cross the Alps on foot. Read the full article here.
After almost seven days and many miles they send us some of the highlights of their trip fixed on film. Enjoy their #Geocaching15 #GCTransAlps photo album below!
Geocaching takes us to some pretty amazing places and can teach us the history of a location. This geocache takes you 8 miles out to see to a group of abandoned World War 2 era forts that were used to protect London from invasion. The history is incredible, but the view is what makes it worth it. Coming up to these forts evokes an almost post-apocalyptic feeling. The photos remind me of something I would read about in a zombie-survival novel. They’re quite creepy and awesome at the same time.
“Brilliant cache thanks for bringing me out here. Pics of course and a fav too. Unbelievable that this has only 3 favs so far! Don’t know what it must take for some people to fav a cache!!” – maattmoo
“Ive been after this ever since seeing it existed. Gutted that we didn’t think about the tide and as you can see from the photo, there was no way we were ever going to get on the platform. Out of interest, without any ladder in place is it ever possible? Great cache, which was almost touching distance away!” – Rhinoback
“Thanks for the cache – we are really pleased to be able to give Red Sands it’s 1st favourite point!” – The_Buffs
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Nervous about finding your first Multi-Cache but tired of seeing that non-smiley spot on the map?
Finding a Multi-Cache is a great way to uplevel your Geocaching game. Multi-Caches involve two or more locations, with the final location being a physical container with a logbook inside.
There are many variations to this idea, but typically you’ll visit at least two locations, or stages, to collect the information you’ll need to find the physical geocache container at the last stage. Watch this short instructional video for an overview:
The spot where the Multi-Cache is shown on the map is the first set of coordinates, or the first “stage” of the Multi-Cache. Rather than finding the geocache container at this spot, you’ll have to figure out where the second stage or collect a piece of information that will help you find the final location of the geocache. How this is accomplished will vary from geocache to geocache, but these are a few common ways it’s done:
The geocache owner may ask you to find a number, word, or other clue, which you’ll need to write down before moving to the next stage.
Example: The second number on the plaque at this location is the ‘X’ in the final coordinates of the cache: N 47° 37.38X W 122° 19.197
You may find the coordinates for the next stage of the Multi-Cache hidden somewhere at the first stage.
Example: A sticker with the coordinates printed on it and hidden somewhere at this location.
The geocache owner may provide the incomplete coordinates for the second stage in the cache description. You might then be required to count something at the first stage to fill in the blanks.
Example: Count the number of flags in front of the UN building to find the ‘X’ in the set of coordinates for the next stage: N 45° 29.468X W 114° 23.1543
Once you’ve collected the information required at the first stage, you can move on to the next stage. Enter the coordinates for the next stages into your GPS, or if you’re using one of the geocaching apps, use the app to add a waypoint to the geocache and navigate to that.
If the second set of coordinates is not the final location of the geocache, you’ll again need to accomplish a task such as the ones described above.
Since a Multi-Cache has at least two stages, the second stage could be the final location of the geocache, where you’ll find the physical cache container. If that’s the case, you can sign the logbook, trade some swag, and do your multi-cache happy dance!
Ready to find your first Multi-Cache? Download the free Geocaching app for iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone and go play!
Twenty four hours ago, three hardcore geocachers started on the geocaching adventure of a lifetime. Combined Alexander Monsky (Berufsgeocacher), Tim Krüger (psycho_vm) and Benjamin Gorentschitz (MudMen_GER) from Germany have 14 years worth of geocaching experience under their belt. Benjamin (Benny) and partner Sandra write about their geocaching endeavors on the MudMen-GER blog.
In the coming days the team will cross the Alps on foot following a trail of geocaches. The intense hike will take them on an almost 100 mile long path overcoming close to 33,000 feet of elevation.
When asked why they chose to embark on this journey, Benny explains: “Just like geocaching in general, it is our lust for adventure that drives us. To escape from everyday life and search for adventure is in our opinion a reason why millions of geocachers go out into the world in search for geocaches. Be it a climbing cache giving you an adrenaline rush, a multi drawing you in with a suspenseful story or a nerve-racking mystery—in the end its the adventure that gets us going.”
Ergo crossing the Alps on an ordinary path was not enough: “[We] searched for a more interesting component to the trip. […] and finally found what [we] were looking for: ‘Rope teams’ and ‘Glacier crossings.’ Of course another component had to be finding geocaches on the way.”
The chosen path will include climbing two mountain peaks: Similaun and Wildspitze (each about 12,000 feet high) and crossing a glacier. Benny explains how they prepared for this extreme part of the trip: “ […] we completed a climbing and safety class and a search and rescue tour in an old mine. The choice of location might sound odd, but the large but the large rocks on the ground were similar to the conditions we expect to encounter in the alps.”
To celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching, they plan to drop Geocaching ‘15 SWAG* in some of the most amazing geocaches on their path.
Geocaching HQ will follow their trip and you can too. Keep an eye out for posts with #Geocaching15 and #GCTransAlps, and subscribe to the official Geocaching blog for updates.
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