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The Ice King’s palace. — Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08) — Geocache of the Week

Among the ice giants. Photo by geocacher boro0470

Among the ice giants. Photo by geocacher boro0470

Geocache Name:

Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08)


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Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

EarthCaches not only bring us to amazing places, they also teach us about the processes that shape our planet. If you’re looking for an especially ‘cool’ EarthCache to find and earn your International EarthCache Day Souvenir on October 12, the ice caves near Salzburg, Austria should be high on your list. These caves even made Buzzfeed’s list of “19 Surreal Caves You Won’t Actually Believe Exist“. But beware: This EarthCache isn’t for the faint of heart. Geocachers must climb 134 meters worth of stairs and endure below-freezing temperatures. One look at the photos though and you can see that earning this smiley is worth it.


What geocachers are saying:

“This cave really is an amazing experience – but warm clothing is really required. Luckily we came prepared  One of the advantages by arriving early is that you will be passing the clouds on your way up, and at the cave you are above the clouds. Looking just like from an airplane  On the way down (take the panorama route down!) the clouds had dissipated and the most amazing view lay open for us! Thanks for placing a cache at the amazing location” – msi911

“Spectacular caves. Highly recommended visit. TFTC” – robib

“Since we are camping in this area of Austria, this wonder of nature can not be missed. What a great visit.” – JapieD



Don't forget to bring a jacket. Photo by geocacher boro0470

Don’t forget to bring a jacket. Photo by geocacher boro0470

Standing among the ice formations. Photo by geocacher Dj FvM

Standing among the ice formations. Photo by geocacher Dj FvM

The entrance to the caves from below. Photo by geocacher geonauten

The entrance to the caves from below. Photo by geocacher geonauten

What’s your favorite EarthCache? 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!

2 Steps to Help Keep Your Travel Bug Traveling

2 Steps to Prep Your Travel Bug® for Its Journey


Everyone is doing the Travel Bug® 2-Step. Here’s how. It begins a bit like dropping your kid off at school for the first time. He may cry and stomp his feet, refuse to walk into the classroom, but in the end you know he’ll make it through just fine. Your Travel Bug is much the same. It might be difficult to part, but because you’ve taken the two key steps to ensuring his journey is successful you know you’ll see him again (online):

1. Seal the Travel Bug in a small plastic bag to prevent damage from moisture.

No matter how cute that little toy might once have been, if it’s icky now most people will take a pass. Nobody likes picking up a dirtied, smelly Travel Bug…queue the Ziploc. Some Travel Bugs are even sent off with provisions: sewing kits, an extra key chain, or superglue. You decide what goes in your Travel Bug’s luggage.

2. Include a note with a description of your Bug’s goal

Put yourself in the place of a first-time geocacher. You probably know slightly more about rocket science than about trackable etiquette. As a trackable owner, it’s difficult to fault a newbie for accidentally moving your Bug in the opposite direction it wants to go…but you can certainly prevent it! Make it clear that your Travel Bug wants to visit every country in Europe with a monarchy by writing this clearly on a note. Not only will this ensure that your TB isn’t accidentally brought to Fiji, it will also introduce new geocachers to the idea of Travel Bug goals, so they look out for them in the future.


Geocachers who do the Travel Bug Two-Step help create the beautiful global choreography that unfolds in this Travel Bug® Travels video.

Can’t get enough of Travel Bugs? Read more about how you can help keep others’ TBs on the road: 3 Travel Bug Travel Tips

Mia San Giga 2014

By Andrea Hofer

On August 16, 2014, the world’s first Geocaching Giga Event took place. Annie, Andrea, Raine and Annika traveled from Geocaching headquarters in Seattle to the Bavarian capital of Munich to witness this historic moment. Below is a trip report in the Lackey’s own words:

The first-ever Giga was a blast! In geocaching terms, Giga means 5,000+ participants, but Mia San Giga 2014 had well over 8,000 participants!

A Giga would not be complete with a whole weekend of mega entertainment. The night before the giga, we attended the “ochsenessen,” where a whole ox was roasted on a spit in true Bavarian style. This was a chance to sit down and chat about local ‘caching customs. We learned that German cachers refer to each other using “Du” instead of “Sie” (both meaning “You.”) Normally “Du” is reserved for family, extremely close friends and sports teammates. This is an example of the instant community geocaching creates.

Photo Credit: rejuch

Roasting Ox- Photo Credit: “rejuch”


Photo Credit: rejuch

Delicious!- Photo Credit: “Rony90″

Saturday was the big event! The doors opened at the Munich Olympic Stadium and hundreds of visitors to our shared lackey/volunteer booth started flowing in. We enjoyed the wide selection of options available from vendors, including geocaching socks, Geocoins, and T5 gear. The food stalls, beer garden, and stage also provided constant entertainment. Particularly fun were the bavarian-themed games for kids of all ages including a stein lifting contest, a “cow” milking contest, and a coaster toss (the target was a barrel.) All the while geocachers ziplined overhead across the stadium and toured the rooftops of this architectural marvel.

Geocaching HQ Crew

Geocaching HQ Crew

Event Grounds-Photo Credit: vossis 71

Event Grounds- Photo Credit: “vossis 71″

On Sunday we rounded out the weekend with a great finale at the breakfast event in the festive hall of the famous Munich Hofbräuhaus. Together with hundreds of cachers we enjoyed a beer and white sausages for breakfast followed by a tour of the most interesting places in Munich thanks to 30 lab caches.

Sunday Meal

Sunday Meal

City Walks

City Views

We would like to thank all the friendly geocachers from all over the world for the fun, the insights, and the opportunity to participate in the geocaching community. A special thank you goes to the giga organizers and all the volunteers for their hard work in creating such a smoothly running and memorable experience.


Want more? This video immerses you in the experience (and it’s only 3 minutes!)

Geocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. It says… (Part 2)


Jean-Francois with bottle

Jean-Francois with bottle

Part 2 or 2 [read part 1]


A message in a bottle captures the imagination…

…and apparently, the attention of media. Last week we published  Geocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. Its says… (part 1). Jean-Francois Cianci (known in the Geocaching word as Monkeyturtle) detailed how he discovered a bottle while clearing garbage from a wetland at a Calgary, Alberta area CITO event.

The bottle contained a very clear note from 1970. It also contained a request, a mission even. And Jean-Francois took the mission seriously. The note read, “Anyone finding this bottle please contact: Darilyn Yates and Georgia Love… ”

The message in the bottle


Jean-Francois, who discovered geocaching in 2003 and now has more than 250 logged geocaches finds, is used to finding. As determined geocachers often say, he wouldn’t DNF this (Did Not Find).  An online investigation began but success didn’t come easy, “(I) did a search online with the name and the city where they were from.  I found the name of Darilyn Yates’ father and found he had moved to another city. From there I contacted a Darilyn from the same area but with a different surname and it was a match!” Darilyn says she dropped the bottle in the Bow River while on vacation in 1970. She was just 14 years old, and according to news reports, not sure exactly where along the river she tossed the bottle in.

Darilyn today

Darilyn today [Courtesy CTV News]

Darilyn in 1970 [Courtesy CTV News]

Darilyn in 1970 [Courtesy CTV News]

Darilyn had moved hundreds of miles away to Vancouver Island. She fondly recalled the trip she took back in 1970 when she dropped the message in the bottle in a river. Jean-Francois says, “Darilyn has contacted Georgia’s cousin to let her know about the find.”

Since finding the message in the bottle, the story has spread across Canada.

calgary herald article

The story first appeared in the Calgary Herald (Click the image to read the story)

You can hear and see Darilyn and Jean-Francois. They’ve appeared on CBC radio together [click on Part Two in the link]. And even in this CTV television story.

The stories is not over yet though. Jean-Francois plans to hand deliver the bottle back Darilyn. He’ll drive to Vancouver, securing his first to find and reuniting Darilyn with a 44-years-old memory – that had patiently waited for her in a bottle.

Click to meet Darilyn and hear from Jean Francois

Click the image to see the news story featuring Darilyn and Jean-Francois

Deine neuen Kontoeinstellungen: Häufig gestellte Fragen.

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 10.40.29 AMWie finde ich meine Kontoeinstellungen?

Siehst Du das Zahnrad oben rechts in der Ecke? Wenn Du darauf klickst, kommst Du schnell und einfach zu den neuen Kontoeinstellungen.

Was ist mit meinem Avatar/Profilfoto passiert?

Um alles ein bisschen einfacher zu gestalten, haben wir die zwei verschiedenen Geocaching-Bilder (Avatar- und Profilfoto) auf ein Foto reduziert. Das jetzige Avatarfoto ist von nun an das einzige Profilfoto, das allgemein auf Deinem benutzt wird. In Zukunft werden zuvor hochgeladene Fotos nicht mehr gespeichert. Das heißt, wenn Du ein neues Foto als Profilfoto speicherst, wird das alte Foto nicht gespeichert.

Wo sind meine zuvor gespeicherten Avatar/Profilfotos jetzt?

Avatar/Profilfotos, die vor der Neugestaltung gespeichert wurden, kann man jetzt über den Link unter dem aktuellen Profilfoto finden. Wir raten Dir, dass du diese Avatar/Profilfotos von herunterlädst, da wir sie in Zukunft möglicherweise nicht mehr speichern werden.

Wie kann ich größere Fotos auf meinem Benutzerkonto zeigen, wenn das Profilbild nur kleine Fotos akzeptiert?

Du kannst größere Fotos in Deine Profil-Beschreibung einfügen. Deine Profil-Beschreibung findest du unter dem Profilinformation-Reiter. Verwende hier zum Einfügen der Fotos folgende HTML <img> Tags benutzen müssen, zum Beispiel: <img src=”[Bild URL einfügen]“>!

Wo sind Profildaten wie Name, Addresse, und Beruf gelistet, wenn nicht in den neuen Kontoeinstellungen?

Wir haben die neuen Kontoeinstellungen einfacher gestaltet und diese Profildaten sind nicht mehr enthalten. Wer mag, kann die Daten aber weiterhin in der Profil-Beschreibung angeben.

Wo kann ich meine Sprache oder meinen Heimatort auf einstellen?

Unter Einstellungen kannst Du Deine bevorzugte Sprache, Zeitzone, und Einheiten wählen. Wir haben weitere Zeitzonen und Datumsformate hinzugefügt, damit Du Dein Geocaching-Erlebnis überall auf der Welt anpassen kannst.

Wie kann ich meine öffentlich angezeigte Statistik bearbeiten?

Die Statistik kann direkt vom öffentlichen Profil aus unter bearbeitet werden.

Was ist mit “Neuste in [Land] anzeigen” passiert?

Diese Feature gibt es nicht mehr auf der Kontoeinstellungen Seite. Wir sind dabei andere Funktionalitäten auf dieser Webseite zu entwickeln, damit wir diese Information einfacher anbieten können. Bis dahin kannst Du die “Erweiterte Suche” verwenden. Wähle den Geocache-Typ, “Staat/Land” und dann das Land und Staat/Bundesland/Kanton/Provinz, die Dich interessieren. Du kannst diese Suche als Lesezeichen speichern, um das nächste mal schneller an die Resultate zu gelangen. Link zur Erweiterten Suche:

Wieso ist “Mein GPS-Gerät” nicht mehr gelistet?

Wir haben die GPS-Information seit längerer Zeit nicht mehr aktualisiert. Besprechungen für GPS-Geräte oder Smartphones kannst Du auf vielen anderen Webseiten finden.

Wie kann ich Freunde auf hinzufügen?

Unter “Deine Freundliste anzeigen” auf und “Deine Freundliste” unter Überblick kannst du Freunde hinzufügen, entfernen oder anschauen.

Kann ich meine Kontoeinstellungen von einem Mobilgerät aus aktualisieren?

Gute Frage! Die neuen Kontoeinstellungen wurden so entwickelt, dass sie auch in mobilen Browsern gut funktionieren.

Ich möchte die Profilfotos von anderen Geocachern nicht in den Logs sehen. Wie kann ich diese Funktion abstellen?

Unter Einstellungen kannst Du die Funktion “Show other geocachers’ profile images in logs”, deaktivieren.

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