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Epic Winter Adventure Awaits! – Georgia on my mind (GCV3AH) – Geocache of the Week

 

Get to the choppa! Err..I mean the cache!

Get to the choppa! Err..I mean the cache!

 

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Geocache Name:

Georgia on my mind (GCV3AH)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2.5/3.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

All across the Northern Hemisphere, geocachers are braving colder temps in order to earn smileys, keep streaks alive and get outdoors. It’s difficult to stay stoked on geocaching while the weather isn’t ideal, so this week’s Geocache of the Week is a little bit of winter inspiration. Not only is it the first geocache in Georgia (the country), it’s nestled high-up on a mountain, ready for skiers and snowboarders to find it. The team that hid this geocache made their trip even more epic by working it into their heli-skiing adventure.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“Quite a quick find after some walk on a sunny day. The mountains here are wonderful! Hopefully I will be able to come back here in winter to snowboard a bit. Thanks a lot for the cache! Greetings from Latvia!” – Inez Rodriguez

“Great Cache! the view was amazing! First time in Georgia, but not the last one. Sun, skiing, and Geocaching. TFTC!” – KlizmaHH

“This is until now the most beautiful site of a georgian cache! And i’m happy to found it. It’s good to breath fresh air after much time in Tbilisi and Batumi. The cache is in perfect condition and don’t need any kind of maintenance!” – Gumpf

 Photos:

Where the adventure begins.

Where the adventure begins.

Carving some nice tracks on the way to GZ.

Carving some nice tracks on the way to GZ.

Even in summer, this geocache provides beautiful views. Photo by geocacher Vikani

Even in summer, this geocache provides beautiful views. Photo by geocacher Vikani

That's a pretty sweet Geo-Mobile!

That’s a pretty sweet Geo-Mobile!

The team of geocachers who hid this geocache.

The team of geocachers who hid this geocache.

A geocacher's view from the cache site. Photo by KlizmaHH

A geocacher’s view from the cache site. Photo by KlizmaHH

What’s the most epic winter adventure you’ve had? 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!

Meet Me at the Mega-Event in Berlin, Bring an Extra Coat

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Amy (left) with a geocacher at the Berlin Mega-Event

 

Berlin in November is cold. Very cold. However, my trip last month to Germany for Mega-Berlin was more heart warming than I could have ever imagined.

The weekend full of events began Friday night with a Meet & Greet (GC4YYYX). The venue for the weekend’s activities was a lost place named Motowerk, a former factory of breakthrough electrical engines and elevators that opened in 1914. During world War II, the British government became aware of the factory and, in a raid on Berlin, dropped 24 bombs on the company grounds. Miraculously, the production hall and all of the company’s employees were unharmed.

After the war, the building was turned over to the Russians and used as a publicly owned business manufacturing condensers in the GDR. After the German reunification the factory became a location for events and, ultimately, the setting for Berlin’s largest Mega-Event to date, Mega-Berlin.

The Meet & Greet event had 1500 geocachers in attendance who enjoyed exchanging geocaching stories in between sets from the Polkaholix, a German, polk/punk band.

 

After a fun filled night, I returned to Motowerk bright and early the following day for the big event (GC4YYYY). The event hall was busy with geocachers, vendors, and activities around every corner. After checking out all of the vendors and walking through the children paradise and seeing all of the creative and fun activities there were for the kids, I headed out to find some of the nearby geocaches with a few geocachers I had just met.

If I didn’t mention this before, it was cold (really cold) but that wasn’t going to stop us—there was a variety of geocaches in the area to be found.

Returning to the event, I stopped by the event map and realized that there were geocachers from all over the world in attendance. This was truly a global event.

The best part of the event for me was hearing the stories from geocachers and seeing how the Berlin geocaching community came together to produce this event.

The next morning I returned again to the event hall for the Secret Santa Breakfast (GC4YYYZ). I sat down for breakfast with a few Swedes that I met at the event, Team-Prince and Palmarna. We had a great breakfast discussing geocaching events and experiences. The organizers of the event had arranged a gift exchange for the event. You drop off a gift, get a ticket, and return later to pick up your gift. My gift was a stocking full of all kinds of geocaching goodies and some candy!

Overall, I had a great time in Berlin and met some fabulous people while I was at the event. I cannot thank the geocachers I came across and the Orga Team for all of the hospitality they showed me during my visit.

Tell the Story of Your Geocaching Journey

Don’t Forget to Log Your Geocaches Online

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There’s more to a geocache than just a location and a container. Every time it’s found—or not found—there’s a story. Those stories are the logs geocachers leave on the geocache’s page. The reasons to leave quality logs on the geocaches you attempt are numerous, but here are just a few to get you started:

Geocache owners love reading new logs. It also helps them keep tabs on how their geocache is doing.
– Other geocachers may check previous logs for hints or information.
– DNF logs help let others know that the geocache may be more difficult than expected or may need maintenance.

Let’s show the geocaching community what it means to write a great log: head over to the Geocaching Facebook page and share the best log you’ve ever read (or written).

(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen)

Erzähle die Geschichte Deiner Geocaching-Reise

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Vergiss nicht, Deine Geocaches online zu loggen.

Ein Geocache besteht nicht nur aus einem Ort und einer Dose. Mit jedem Fund – oder Nichtfund – ist immer auch eine Geschichte verbunden. Diese Geschichten sind die Logeinträge, die Geocacher auf der Seite des Geocaches hinterlassen. Es gibt zahlreiche Gründe, aus denen Du bei den von Dir angegangenen Geocaches hochwertige Logs hinterlassen solltest, aber für den Anfang findest Du hier schon mal ein paar:

  • Geocache-Owner lesen gern neue Logs. Sie helfen ihnen auch dabei festzustellen, wie es um ihren Geocache bestellt ist.
  • Andere Geocacher suchen gern in früheren Logs nach Tipps und weiteren Informationen.
  • DNF-Logs teilen anderen Geocachern mit, dass der Geocache möglicherweise doch etwas komplizierter als erwartet ist oder eine Wartung benötigt.

Also zeige der Geocaching-Gemeinschaft, was es heißt, einen tollen Logeintrag zu verfassen: Teile auf der Geocaching-Seite auf Facebook den besten Logeintrag, den Du jemals gelesen (oder geschrieben) hast.

 

Getting warmer… — Fire and Ice (GC4TXB2) — Geocache of the Week

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And a good one at that.

And a good one at that.

Geocache Name:

Fire and Ice (GC4TXB2)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

3/2.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

As the first Geocache of the Week for 2015, this geocache sets the bar pretty high for the rest of the year. While it’s located in a nearby park, this multi-cache takes you on a journey that requires a few specific tools of the trade. It begins with a 9V battery to power the Arduino computer inside. From there, you need to either raise or lower the temperature of the probe on the geocache. Once you’re at the right temp, you’ll get the coordinates to the next location. If your geocaching New Year’s resolution is to hide a geocache, consider creating something as innovative and fun as this one. Good luck and Happy New Year!

 

What geocachers are saying:

“This was super fun with all the different stations and i would love to hunt for this one again!! Girl Scout Troop #55492 LOVED IT!” – laurakwik

“The best cache I had encountered yet. I brought some friends along that are not big on caching, but they both absolutely loved. Once we had seen and had been trying Stage 2 we all kept saying, “This is so cool.” TFTC” – TheAdamBomb98

“Took a couple of trips but we got ‘er done. When will I learn … read the instructions … always read the instructions first. Exceptionally well done cache. Will send a fave point once I get my account back up to par. Thanks.” – surfnturfnsky

What the geocache owner,  bflentje, has to say:

What inspired you to build this geocache?
One of the things that keeps me deeply interested in geocaching is finding the higher profile geocaches; oldies, caches with high favorites, caches that are interesting or out of the ordinary, and challenges. Gadget caches particularly standout as my all time favorites. One of the ways I give back to the community is to hide caches that I like to find on the notion that I might inspire others to find geocaches that I like to find, I can’t say that my mission has been successful or not but in my home area, there has recently been an increase in the amount of those more interesting geocaches.

Do you have an engineering/programming background?
I do have a background in science and technology. I acquired my BS in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1995 but have worked in the IT field for the last 20 years. Within the the IT field it is safe to say that the majority of my skillset revolves around software, databases, and computer programming. Though to not scare others away from building gadget caches, the knowledge required to build Fire and Ice was the simplest form of the C programming language and how to apply fundamental logic to code.

How long did it take to create?
The construction of multiple iterations of the device took about a month but to be fair, I also had to balance my family, my job, and my need to find other geocaches. I went through three different models before I was able to construct what I thought would be the best way to apply my high level idea for the cache. Though by far more time was spent finding the perfect location for the device which required the perfect location, safety from muggles, and land owner involvement,

What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs and favorite points?
Watching the positive reactions to the cache by my fellow geocachers is probably one of the most rewarding things in geocaching for me. And knowing that someone may have walked away following their find with the idea that “maybe I could build a cache like that” is even better.

Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community?
I just wanted to say that by and large, geocaching has been a tremendous part of my life for about 10 years now. It still amazes me the wonderful friends that I’ve made, the places I’ve discovered, and the other related activities I’ve attempted along the way that I wouldn’t have otherwise given much thought to (biking, paddling, exploration etc).

 Photos:

A glimpse of the geocache before it was placed in the wild.

A glimpse of the geocache before it was placed in the wild.

The geocache in the wild, attached, with permission, to a pole that was already there.

The geocache in the wild, attached, with permission, to a pole that was already there.

Lovely view from the final. Photo by geocacher berresfamily

Lovely view from the final. Photo by geocacher berresfamily

What’s your geocaching New Year’s resolution? 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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