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NOPE. – Arachnophobia (GC2XHEQ) – Geocache of the Week

ACK! THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE. Photo by monkeymoo5

ACK! THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE. Photo by monkeymoo5

Geocache Name:

Arachnophobia (GC2XHEQ)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/1

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Some geocaches make us face our fears. For the acrophobic, a tree climbing geocache is a test. For hydrophobics, paddle caches are terrifying. For arachnophobics, like me, this geocache is a big fat NOPE. However, just looking at the logs and photos shows that plenty of geocachers aren’t afraid and are even elated to see a gigantic arachnid coming down from a tree. The furry spider looks pretty friendly, so I’d probably conquer my fear and give it a shot.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“Jeepers had to drag me to this cache! I gave in pretty quickly, actually, when he looked in the car window with a big grin on his face. That was fun! Fave point! SL TFTC!” – jeeperspeepers

“This was a great cache, especially the day after Halloween. This is one of the best caches that I have ever seen. Thank you for the creativity. This gets my first Favorite Point!” – barefootfamily

“Pulled up and almost immediately spotted this awesome cache. We both laughed with delight (as did a few muggles passing by, who seemed to think we were getting an early start on Halloween) Very clever! Gets a favorite point from me.” – twofalls

 

What the Geocache owner, fobofobic, has to say:

“Many years ago in my neighborhood, somewhere around Halloween time, somebody placed a big black hairy spider on the post of a stop sign. I would drive by it numerous times a day and it always brought a smile to my face…When it was time to hide my first geocache, I remembered that silly spider. The idea rolled around in my head for quite some time before I came up with the final idea of where and how to place the geocache.

The feedback that I received from the logs has been humbling. I particularly enjoy hearing about families that have stopped and found it. Because the location is not far from where I live, I am able to drive by and check on her frequently. This has also given me several opportunities to meet other geocachers that I have spotted searching for it. I have to admit that I get many smiles from logs and photos, and the favorite points gives me a warm feeling inside.
I’d like to thank the cachers who have left logs on this geocache. Their kind words have encouraged me to continue to try to hide unique geocaches. Also, a big thank you to some of the local cachers that have gone above and beyond with their creativity, their ambitious caches continue to inspire me. To the geocaching community, all of the volunteers and those cachers that truly try to make the sport more interesting, I have the at utmost gratitude and respect for you. It continues to amaze me how many wonderful people there are in the sport. Geocachers are truly a unique bunch of folks, with huge hearts and quick smiles. Thank you all, for everything you’ve given me.”

 

Photos:

Two brave geocachers with the spider. Photo by oceansurf182

Two brave geocachers with the spider. Photo by oceansurf182

The beast coming down from its lair. Photo by HockeyHiker19

The beast coming down from its lair. Photo by HockeyHiker19

How you release the beast. Photo by Joe-n-Jane

How you release the beast. Photo by Joe-n-Jane

 

What’s your biggest geocaching fear? 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!

Tools for the First To Find Hound: Getting Ready for the FTF Race

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There are Few Things Better Than a Blank Logbook

Lace up your running shoes, charge your phone or GPS, make sure there’s fuel in your geo-mobile’s tank—it’s time to go on an FTF hunt.

What’s an FTF? It’s the most popular unofficial stat in the geocaching community. It stands for First to Find. To achieve a FTF you must be the first person to sign the logbook after a geocache is published on Geocaching.com.

Want to join the race? Here are a few tips:

– Instant Notifications – Geocaching Premium members can receive an email as soon as a new geocache is published. Click to set yours up now.
– Keep Your Geocaching Tools With You – A new geocache can be published at any time, so be ready to go!
– Develop Your Geosenses – Knowing the right places to look can mean the difference between an FTF and searching for hours.

See even more FTF tips and then share your advice for making the FTF on the Geocaching Facebook page.

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Werkzeuge für den FTF-Jäger: Mach Dich bereit für das Rennen um den Erstfund

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Nur wenige Dinge sind besser als ein nagelneues Logbuch.

Schnür Deine Laufschuhe, lade Dein GPS-Gerät oder Smartphone auf und vergewissere Dich, dass genügend Sprit im Tank Deines Cachemobils ist — denn es ist Zeit, auf FTF-Jagd zu gehen.

Was ist ein FTF? Es ist der vielleicht populärste inoffizielle Wettkampf innerhalb der Geocaching-Community und die Abkürzung für den Erstfinder (“First To Find”). Um einen FTF zu erreichen, musst Du die erste Person sein, die sich in ein Logbuch einträgt, nachdem ein Geocache auf Geocaching.com veröffentlicht wurde.

Willst Du bei diesem Wettkampf mitmachen? Hier sind ein paar Tipps:

  • Sofortbenachrichtigungen – Geocaching-Premium-Mitglieder können eine Benachrichtigung per E-Mail erhalten, sobald ein neuer Geocache veröffentlicht wurde. Klicke hier, um jetzt Eine für Dich einzurichten.
  • Habe Deine Geocaching-Hilfsmittel immer dabei – Ein neuer Geocache kann jederzeit veröffentlicht werden. Sei also stets bereit.
  • Entwickle Deine Geo-Sinne weiter – Die richtigen Orte zu kennen, kann den Unterschied zwischen einem FTF und stundenlangem Herumsuchen ausmachen.

Teile Deine Tipps für einen FTF auf der Geocaching-Facebook-Seite.

Catch a cacher by the toe. – “EANEY-MEANY-MINEY-MOE” (GC3Q51P) – Geocache of the Week

Closer up.

A close up view of this tricky geocache.

Geocache Name:

“EANEY-MEANY-MINEY-MOE” (GC3Q51P)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2.5/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Some geocaches make you work for the find by being in a difficult-to-reach location, others make you solve a difficult puzzle before you can figure out the final coordinates. In the case of this geocache, the hard work comes once you get to the geocache’s location. Known as a field-puzzle (a puzzle solved—guess where—in the field), these geocaches require a certain level of patience, skill and maybe even a few TOTTs (tools of the trade). Geocachers at this puzzle have to use sticks to move a container to the top of the tube, but only one tube has the actual container. The best way to choose your tube? Eaney, meany, miney, moe.

 

What geocachers are saying:

“This is BY FAR, my favorite cache EVER!!!! Super fun, and quite inventive. Thx so very much for the cache, and the good time solving it!” – Caching Bayou Self

“Super Cool Cache!!! One of the best I’ve seen anywhere! I really wish there were more like this!! T4TC. Thanks so much for the Goodies as well.” – ISPI

“Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Truly a test of the fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination if ever there was one.” – Ian’s Dad

 

What the Geocache owner, mitrustme, has to say:

“You have to work a matchstick container to the top of the pipe that has holes drilled into it with two nails and hope it has the log to sign and it not you have to start on the next pipe and so on till you get the right one.

We had a cacher friend give us a single pipe and decided to make it a little harder, so we put four pipes on a pole and named it EANEY-MEANY-MENEY-MOE and put it in our front yard so we could watch everyone find it and bring them water on hot days and cocoa on cold days. We were very pleased everyone likes it and have made a lot of new friends.

I just wanted to let everyone know this was my husband Ricky and my idea, he did the labor and put it up.  My husband was diagnosed with leukemia in Sept. 2011 and after 4 months of treatment he was in remission for nine months.  And I would like to thank all of our caching friends for make those nine months great.  He enjoyed all the caching trips we all went on and the events everyone put on.  Ricky passed on Nov. 17, 2012, 10 days after we found out his leukemia was back and I would like to thank all of our friends for their support.  Ricky loved caching!”

 

Photos:

 

This geocache requires hard work and a lot of patience.

This geocache requires hard work and a lot of patience.

Two geocachers working to figure this one out.

Two geocachers working to figure this one out.

Which one will you pick?

Which one will you pick?

What has been the trickiest field puzzle geocache you’ve ever found? 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!

5 Tips for Writing the Best Log in the World

Some logs posted on Geocaching.com offer only a snapshot into the geocaching adventure, but great logs produce a panoramic view of the geocaching quest. Great logs inform other geocachers of what they might expect on their ‘caching adventure. They also reward geocache owners, who enjoy reading about the experiences of those seeking their ‘caches.

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Share your experience beyond a TFTC (Thanks for the Cache) or TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing) log by following these 5 tips:

 

1) See it and Say it – Describe what you saw and experienced on your way to the geocache. Did you see a rare bird, a hidden waterfall, or Harrison Ford? Tell folks about it.

2) Be a Superhero – If there are new conditions in the area, like a fallen tree or heavy snow, warn other geocachers. You’d want them to do the same for you.

3) Talk about Trades – Tell people what is in the geocache container along with what you took and what you left.

4) Shout Out for the Cache Owner – Thank the cache owner for placing the geocache. TFTC is a perfectly acceptable way to do it, but feel free to be a little more creative with it.

5) Learn from Others – Think about the best log you’ve ever read…what made it so special? Humor? Sincerity? A haiku?

Geocache owners can reward those who write great logs by sending them a thank you email through their Geocaching.com profile. Have you thanked a good logger recently?


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