See that gear icon in the upper right corner? Click it! You will be magically transported to the new and improved Account Settings tabs page.
To make life just a little bit simpler, we’ve combined the Avatar and Profile images into one image (to rule them all, ahem) that will display universally across Geocaching.com. In other words, your current Avatar image will become the one image displayed on Geocaching.com and will be referred to as “Profile Image.” Going forward, we will not store images other than the current Profile image. This means that when you upload a new image as your Profile photo, the previous image will no longer be saved on Geocaching.com.
Profile/Avatar images stored prior to the Account Settings redesign will be available via the link next to your current Profile image. We suggest that you download these images from Geocaching.com as we may discontinue storing them in the future.
You can add larger images to your Bio box, located under the Profile Information tab. You will need to use HTML and use <img> tags. Example: <img src=”[Insert image URL]“>
To make Account Settings as easy to use as possible, we’re going for simplicity. You are still welcome to display your name, address, occupation, and whatever else you like on your Profile (as long as it’s appropriate of course!). You can do so in the Bio box.
Under the Preferences tab, you can select your preferred language, time zone, and distance units. We’ve added many more time zones and date format options so you can localize your geocaching experience wherever you are in the world. Note: We removed the Daylight Savings Time checkbox, as the time zones now automatically account for this.
Great question. You will now be able to edit statistics as they appear on your Public Profile directly from http://www.geocaching.com/my/statistics.aspx.
Our Account Settings page no longer supports this feature. We are working hard to improve other features on the website that will be able to serve up this information more efficiently. In the meantime, you can go to the Advanced Search page, select “By Country/Province”, and then select the country and province of interest to you. You can bookmark the results to have easy access to the same search. Link to Advanced Search: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx
We have not updated the “Your GPS” section for quite some time. If you would like to see reviews about a GPS or smartphone, there are many other websites out there that specialize in providing this content.
You will still be able to add/remove/view friends from the “View Your Friends” link on http://www.geocaching.com/my/default.aspx and “Your Friends” located under “Quick View”
Shucks, we’re glad you asked. And the answer is: YES! The Account Settings tabs page was designed to look great in a mobile browser.
Under the Preferences tab, you will need to uncheck the box “Show other geocachers’ profile images in logs.”
Sounds spooky, right? Don’t worry, it’s just a friendly Night Cache. These geocaches are the same geocaches you know and love—except they can only be found at night. Some Night Caches use reflectors, while others use glow-in-the-dark ink and require a UV flashlight.
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the shorter days of winter are a perfect time to learn all about geocaching at night. There also happen to be several Mega-Events around the world, like this upcoming event in Sweden, that are dedicated to Night Caching.
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.
“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
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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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
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.
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.
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.
Want more? This video immerses you in the experience (and it’s only 3 minutes!)
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