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Step inside my geocache. — Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D) — Geocache of the Week

Quite possibly the first time these people ever went inside a geocache. Photo by geocacher xentiscarbon

Quite possibly the first time these people ever went inside a geocache. Photo by geocacher xentiscarbon

Geocache Name:

Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1/3

 

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Giant ammo cans, buckets, even whole cars—there are plenty of large-sized geocaches out there. However, few are large enough for you and a few of your friends to comfortably fit inside. In fact, you could even stretch out and take a mid-day geocaching nap inside this geocache. This geocache was once an unused farm house in the Austrian countryside. The geocache owner decided to breathe new life into this once ‘useless’ structure and turn it into something that brings to joy to geocachers across the world. The real question is, once you’re inside the geocache, do you become a piece of SWAG?

 

What geocachers are saying:

“…I’m at the cache and I see a very nice place! Hard to miss. I’m taking a little break here and I’m surprised about this location, never been ‘in’ a geocache…  A favoritie point is well deserved for this beautiful location! ” – Coyote0510

“While completing the series of PT Hochalpele, we took a deviation to find this cache without having seeing the pictures. When we arrived we were atonished! This is the biggest cache we have ever found! Fantastic!” – Zascandiles

[translated from German] “Super cool idea, we were excited! That was the largest I’ve done so far. We dried off, ate, drank and logged! The break was perfect for us to wait for better weather. I left a favorite here!” – Red-Habanero

Photos:

The geocache. No not behind the house, it IS the house. Photo by geocacher MCDenifl

The geocache. No not behind the house, it IS the house. Photo by geocacher MCDenifl

Inside the geocache. Photo by geocacher DL3BZZ

Inside the geocache. Photo by geocacher DL3BZZ

Signing the logbook while still inside the geocache. Photo by geocacher moses_was_here

Signing the logbook while still inside the geocache. Photo by geocacher moses_was_here

What’s the largest 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.

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Geocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. It says… (Part 1)

Message in a bottle dated July 7, 1970

Message in a bottle dated July 7, 1970

(Part 1 of a 2 part story… read Part 2)

 

Sometimes history sneaks up on you… while you’re trying to preserve the future.

 

It happened to a group of geocachers clearing garbage from a roadside marshland just west of Calgary, Alberta. The geocaching event is called a CITO (Cache in Trash Out). The group cleans up geocaching friendly locations. They had already found and removed a room-sized carpet, a fractured row boat and a steel rope. The location they chose to help cleanup is a wild space frequented by migratory birds. Jean-Francois Cianci (known in the Geocaching word as Monkeyturtle) was headed back to the meeting area when his team decided to clean up one more patch of land.

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The Geocachers at the CITO (Kathy, Laika and Chomper the other members of Team Monkeyturtle pictured) removed this discarded rowboat

That’s when a patient message’s 44-year wait to be opened ended.  Jean-Francois said, “The message in the bottle discovery came towards the end of the event. We were walking back to the gathering point, alongside the road, and decided to pick some of the garbage we had missed. The bottle was in plain view, near some bushes so I decided to pick it up. That’s when I noticed it had a piece of paper in it with a date. I was in bit shock to find a note with such an old date on it.”

Jean-Francois with bottle

Jean-Francois with bottle

He said the mystery began immediately, “The bottle looked old and we pulled strange enough things that day that we thought it was real from the beginning.” When he opened the bottle and removed the note, he also unlocked a nearly 50-year-old challenge by two girls from July 7, 1970. The note asked the finder to do some finding of their own. Thankfully geocachers are known to be especially good at finding. Jean-Francois had to contact the two girls, now women, who dropped the message in the bottle nearly a half century earlier.

The note read:

“Anyone finding this bottle please contact: Darilyn Yates and Georgia Love… ”

The message in the bottle

The message in the bottle

The message in the bottle sparked a small quest that would take weeks.

Read Part 2 of the story now.

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Geocachers, Gumbydude, Mr. Caneohead and Pokey and Reese(the event organizer), were among those that helped cleanup 25 bags of trash. The group plans to make this CITO a twice-annual event.

 

3 Ideas for Creating a Deviously Clever Geocache

A decoy from Before You Can Torment, You Must Learn to Annoy (GCK2BA). Photo by geocacher calipidder

A decoy from Before You Can Torment, You Must Learn to Annoy (GCK2BA). Photo by geocacher calipidder

I recently attended a the Berkshire Geobash #3 Mega-Event in Massachusetts and came across one of the most devious hides I’ve ever seen. So devious, it inspired me to write a whole blog post dedicated to creating geocaches that some may consider “evil”. Not evil in the possessed by spirits evil, but evil in that when searching, frustration is inevitable. If you’re ever in western Massachusetts, near Pittsfield, finding My Wife Thinks I’m Nuts (GC1MW7), created by Gary, is an absolute must.

The gum nano.

The gum nano.

Step 1: Decoys

Geocachers with a few finds under their belts will have developed a keen geo-sense, i.e. they know common places to look for geocaches. Some of these folks have seen it all, so getting past them can be hard. This is where decoys come in. Some geocaches have containers in all of the obvious spots, but instead of a logbook, it’s a note that let’s them know they’ve only found a decoy. Placing multiple decoys can create a fog of frustration that may cloud geocacher’s judgement when looking for the real container. (See image above.)

Step 2: Really Clever Camouflage

Don’t get me wrong—I love camo duct tape. It’s an easy way to add a little bit of cloaking to your geocache. However, when it comes to being truly devious, the right camouflage can make or break your hide. The real challenge is to make your geocache look like everything that’s around it—like it belongs there. Think fake logs, fake rocks, fake gum (ew) or even the always maligned fake dog poo.

 

Step 3: Hide in Plain Sight

You read that right. Hide in plain sight. This might mean skipping the traditional geocache container for something a little more creative. Just think: if your geocache looks like it’s just part of the surrounding decor, geocachers may not be apt to look there. This step is crucial for clever urban hides.

This just looks like it's supposed to be there. Surprise! Geocache! Photo by geocacher Lady Nomad.

This just looks like it’s supposed to be there. Surprise! Geocache! Photo by geocacher Lady Nomad.

 

These are just a few ideas. How would you make your geocache truly devious? Tell us in the comments. You can also check out some devious geocache containers at Shop Geocaching.

 

Add CITO to Your Geocaching Vocabulary

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CITO: Pick Up Trash and Pick Up a Find

 

Sigh-toe, see-tow, chai-to—No matter how you pronounce it, CITO (Cache In Trash Out) should be a part of every geocacher’s vocabulary. What’s it mean? It’s simple— whenever you’re out geocaching, clean up the area around you. It keeps the geocaching game board (the Earth, duh) clean and shows land managers that geocachers care. Here are a few tips to become the ultimate CITO champion:

  • Pack an extra trash bag in your geocaching kit.
  • Trash is gross! Bring gloves or a grabber tool.
  • Organize or attend a CITO event and turn trash or invasive species into a smiley.
  • Celebrate the next International CITO Weekend on April 25 and 26, 2015 and earn a digital souvenir for your Geocaching profile.

Share your favorite CITO tip on the Geocaching Facebook page.

Winner Winner Geocache Dinner! — Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) — Geocache of the Week

Give it a spin! Photo by geocacher Team Goju

Give it a spin! Photo by geocacher Team Goju

Geocache Name:

Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ)

 

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

3.5/3.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Finding a geocache can be as simple as walking to a location and looking down. But after a while, it’s natural to want to change it up—even make it more difficult. With this geocache, you won’t have to solve a word puzzle to make the find, but you will have to spin the wheel. Around the edges of this spinning contraption, loosely based on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune”, are many containers—only one of which holds the logbook. Make the hike, give the wheel a spin and see if you’re lucky enough to find it on the first spin!

 

What the geocache owner, dex4, has to say:

“I found a large discarded wooden cable spool on the side of the road in Burlington Ontario. I brought it home and separated the 2 large round spools. I searched for small cans of paint the same colors as the Geocache symbols, drew out the Geocache symbol and painted it…I drilled about 25 holes and added film containers in the holes. One container contained the log sheets…It was a “hit” with geocachers. I had some comments that the wheel did not spin.

In 2010 I painted the other spool and drilled holes for film containers and a hole in the center so it could spin. I had a location on Hyway 5 that had  abanded sign post. With the help of a ladder I managed to install the spool high on the sign post and make it SPIN. The caches require maintenance from time to time as the film container dry out and crack or fall out of their pre drilled holes.”

What geocachers are saying:

“this was the best cache I’ve found so far, quite the hike to the cache lol it was awesome!! TFTC!” – jessicaswr

“Wow did we have fun with this one. This has been on the radar for a long time and today we did it. This one gets a favorite for sure” – three-amigoz

“Dude, what a great, great cache! Very impressive. We had some fun with this one. A favourite for sure!” – thewhytes

Photos:

Wheel! Of! Geocaching! Photo by geocacher Nonsuch30

Wheel! Of! Geocaching! Photo by geocacher Nonsuch30

The wheel requires a little bit of a climb to get to. Photo by geocacher Mark0077

The wheel requires a little bit of a climb to get to. Photo by geocacher Mark0077

Two brave geocachers making the find. Photo by geocacher Superkatze

Two brave geocachers making the find. Photo by geocacher Superkatze

What is your geocaching lucky charm? 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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