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Geocaching events tend to attract a pretty diverse audience, so you never know who you’re going to have an awesome interaction with. You could meet a newbie, a Geocaching HQ employee, or maybe even a famous celebrity! And no, we’re not talking about our very own Signal the frog…

Geocacher Casseill “spied out” a very special someone at a geocaching event in Ireland, leaving us feeling very envious. Here is her wonderful story.

“I had only recently started going to events (this was to be my fifth) but as soon as I saw this one, I knew it was one I definitely wanted to do. One – because I grew up around the area. Two – I’m starting to like these events – great people and great craic (as we say here). The weather looked a bit iffy the night before and it was dubious whether the ferryman would be sailing the next day. But, the day dawned bright and sunny and Sarah sent out word that it was “go, go, go”.

Dalkey Island is a small uninhabited Island – with a couple of ruins and the Martello Tower. It is normally a very quiet and peaceful place with stunning views. Once on the island we set off in groups to find the final of a Multi-Cache and a Traditional. Around this time, we heard a rumor that Pierce Brosnan was on the island and soon after – there he was in the flesh. A couple of the cachers got a photo with him – I hesitantly went over to him but was bid a good day very politely but quite firmly letting me know that he didn’t want to pose again. Which is absolutely fair enough. I’m sure he escaped to the island for a couple of hours looking for peace – not a horde of mad cachers.Ireland5

A while later, geo-chat and picnics finished so we started heading back for the return journey. Who followed us and waited in line behind us for the return journey? Only our celebratory of the day! This time he was very chatty and invited my children and self for a photo. We had a chat – he loves the area and I am from the area -so we had plenty to chat about.

His presence on the island added a lot of buzz to the event – which was already a huge success thanks to Sarah’s planning. Sarah has said she will make this an annual event – so we are all dying to see who she will organize to be on the island next year!!”

We can’t always promise there will be a celebrity in attendance, but geocaching events are a great way to meet new people and learn about the game. From July 3 – September 2, you can also earn a souvenir by attending any Geocaching Event (excluding CITO events).

Mr. Bond, we hope to see you at many more geocaching events to come. We’d also love to send you out on a geocaching mission to recover all the muggled caches out there.

Which celebrity would you love to see at a geocaching event?

Your Sneak Peek at Geocaching Block Party 2015

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Get ready: Geocaching Block Party 2015 is right around the corner. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give you a small taste of the awesomeness you can expect when you’re here in Seattle, Washington. And never fear! You still have time to log your Will Attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Geocaching Block Party.

[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4) — Geocache of the Week

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Sci-fi movie set or geocache location? Only one way to find out. Photo by icmsv

Sci-fi movie set or geocache location? Only one way to find out. Photo by icmsv

Geocache Name:

[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Geocaching takes us to some pretty interesting places. Sometimes it’s to the top of a mountain. Sometimes it’s to a spooky abandoned place. This geocache will take you on an adventure to a decommissioned Army base in Italy. The relics of communications equipment and buildings still remain and are open for exploration. Places like this can teach us about the history of a local area and also the history about what was happening in the world at the time.

What geocachers have to say:

“A bit spooky, but it was all worth it . Classic LP cache, that was found by chance without amy searching at all – somehow I went straight to the box . That´s worth a FP!” – Noogman1

“What a must have Lost Place Geocache! For our old VW Bus was the climb up this road a really hardcore test. But he did it, and the Result was an incredible view over the valleys in front and back of us. An surely this LP is the hard way up really worth. Thanks for bringing up here.” – Mystic-G

“what a fantastic lost place. The satellite dishes were very impressive. It was scary to explore the abandoned buildings. The view was great and the wind was strong. Thank you for showing this great lost place.” – CharityLaird

Photos:

Even without the history, the view makes the journey worth it. Photo by CharityLaird

Even without the history, the view makes the journey worth it. Photo by CharityLaird

One of the many empty corridors. Photo by snoopyschiri

One of the many empty corridors. Photo by snoopyschiri

Spooky, isn't it? Photo by snoopyschiri

Spooky, isn’t it? Photo by snoopyschiri

I bet you can get every channel from there. Photo by tlapak

I bet you can get every channel from there. Photo by tlapak

What’s the most amazing abandoned place you’ve found while geocaching? Post your photos and stories 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!

 

 

12 Tips for Hosting a Geocaching Event

 

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Who doesn’t love a good party with great geocaching friends? Answer: No one.

Geocaching Events are a great way to meet the local geocaching community where everyone is oddly enough, just like you. Geocachers will designate a time and location to meet and discuss their favorite hobby. Geocaching events are fun, so always expect a good time!

Anyone can plan and host an event. Here are 12 tips and tricks to get you started on planning the best geo-bash around.

 

  1.  Pick a great time and location to maximize your attendance. It can be indoors or outdoors, in the morning or at night. Whatever you decide, make sure there’s enough room and parking for everyone who’s attending. Schedule your event so it isn’t the same day or at the same time as other events nearby.

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  1.  Pick the appropriate event type for your geocaching event. There are different types including Social/Regular and CITO.

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  1. Uplevel your event with a fun theme. Pirates, holidays, Pi Day… the possibilities are endless

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  1. Add optional activities. You can combine almost any non-geocaching activity with geocaching; biking, eating, swimming, potlucks, pancake breakfasts, etc. But geocaching has to be a focus of the event. You could also have geocaching activities as well; camouflage tips, container decorating, trackable trading, etc.

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  1. Prizes are awesome and geocachers enjoy winning them. You can give prizes away based upon competitive games that you create or perhaps a fun raffle.

 

  1. Commercial events are not permitted on Geocaching.com. Read about this and all other event guidelines before submitting your event on Geocaching.com.

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  1. After you have all details squared away, submit your event on Geocaching.com through the online form. Note: All events should be rated appropriately (events are typically rated a Difficulty 1).

 

  1. Submit your event for review at least 2 weeks in advance. Events can be posted up to 3 months prior.

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  1. If you need to update your attendees before the event, you can use the “Announcement” log type. Everyone who has logged a “Will Attend” will receive an email notification!

 

  1. For an accurate estimate on how many geocachers will be attending, double the number of the “will attends” on your geocache page. Geocachers will bring friends and family.

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  1. It’s not required, but bring a logbook to your event for everyone to sign. These can be as creative as you like and attendees enjoy adding their names!

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  1. Last but not least, have a blast. Enjoy your event, make new friends, and earn a smiley.

 

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Are your party pants on yet? Good. Time to start planning the next epic geocaching event or attend an event near you for inspiration.

 

Near the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the Week

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Found it! Photo by geocacher bubendorf

Found it! Photo by geocacher bubendorf

Geocache Name:

Near the top of Europe (GC2BVRY)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

5/5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Beginning tomorrow, you can earn your Let’s Get Extreme Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenir by finding a D5 or a T5 geocache. Or, if you want to get SUPER EXTREME, you could find a 5/5 geocache like this one. This geocache is located on Mont Blanc, the highest point in Europe and one of the most popular alpine climbs on the continent.

What geocachers have to say:

[translated from German] “A super cache up here, great views safe is our highest cache and I’m pretty proud to have done it! thanks for hiding!” – D Gniesser

“It was our first find after the climbing Mont Blanc (summit). We have decided to look for the caches along the route on our way down. This cache was really great and I liked it very much. I also guess it´s my highest placed cache I´ve ever found. Merci!” – -Iti-

“My 6-th time on MontBlanc and 5-th successful time on the summit! And just first time remember to look for a cache :) It wasnt easy – still a lot of snow, ice. Was looking around, turning rocks for ~15 mins while found it :) Also placed small lithuanian flag to container. Thank you for cache in amazing place!” – Pilypas.lt

Photos:

On top! Photo by geocacher Maacher

On top! Photo by geocacher Maacher

Sunrise from the top of Europe. Photo by geocacher Gnas

Sunrise from the top of Europe. Photo by geocacher Gnas

On the way up! Photo by geocacher DeepButi

On the way up! Photo by geocacher DeepButi

The approach. Photo by geocacher heli89 & Mr. Pink !

The approach. Photo by geocacher heli89 & Mr. Pink !

What geocache are you planning to find for your Let’s Get Extreme souvenir? Post yours 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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