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A photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the Week

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Hooray! I'm on a chip! Photo by geocacher rockhoundbmw

Hooray! I’m on a chip! Photo by geocacher rockhoundbmw

Geocache Name:

The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

3/3

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

For some geocaches, the photos you get are just as good as earning another smiley for the find. This just so happens to be one of those geocaches. After you make the beautiful hike up among the boulders, geocachers have the opportunity to take a pretty awesome photo standing on “Potato Chip Rock”. If you’re brave enough to walk out on it, that is. Plus, this geocache also happens to be one of the older geocaches in the world, placed in 2001.

What geocachers have to say:

“Went on a midnight hike up to Potato Chip Rock and found this awesome Cache with an amazing view! TFTC!” – meyerjp

“This was our favorite cache of the day due to its age and the beautiful view from GZ. Thank you so much for putting this cache out and taking us to a real cool place!” – chfshome

“A great morning hike topped off with finding this fun cache! I was with a friend who was new to geocaching and she was thrilled when she was the one to make the find. I think we have a new convert! Thanks for the fun” – Boy&Girl

What the geocache creator, Tuna , has to say:

“On January 5, 2001, I read about this guy named Jeremy Irish in an article in Outside Magazine.  Jeremy was talking about this new hobby called geocaching — only recently enabled by the military making accurate GPS signals available to non-military users.  I visited the brand new geocaching.com website and discovered that there was only one cache in all of San Diego county. So, the next day I installed the second San Diego cache — Double Peak Summit — 320th cache in the world!  That year I went on to stash about 15 caches. I love hiking the mountains and hills in San Diego, and was always looking for scenic places for new caches. I was hiking Woodsen Mountain regularly and stashed The Mountain Of Moonlight Rocks in a quiet out-of-the-way spot.  It’s gratifying to see that many others discovered Woodsen Mountain as a result of that geocache more than a decade ago! “

Photos:

The picture is mandatory, the pose is up to you. Photo by geocacher The JJ Duo

The picture is mandatory, the pose is up to you. Photo by geocacher The JJ Duo

Did anyone bring some guacamole? Photo by geocacher I C IT

Did anyone bring some guacamole? Photo by geocacher I C IT

As the original caption says, "YOLO." Photo by geocacher The Slocums

As the original caption says, “YOLO.” Photo by geocacher The Slocums

Show us your best post-find photo 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!

 

 

The Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 Begins Friday!

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Earn Your First New Souvenir This Weekend

Beginning Friday, June 19, you can earn your first brand new souvenir of the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15. All you have to do is find a geocache with 10+ Favorite Points. Any geocache, anywhere—as long as it has 10 or more Favorite Points. You can learn more about the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 and the 15 Years of Geocaching celebration here.

Check out the latest Featured Search on our brand new search page to find favorited geocaches near you. Geocaching Premium members can use the Geocaching app to apply filters and sort nearby geocaches by Favorite Points.

You have until September 2 to earn this souvenir, so don’t worry if you don’t find it right away. This also happens to be the perfect time to start awarding all those Favorite Points you’ve been saving up.

Search for Favorited Geocaches Now

11 Stunning EarthCaches, and how to find them

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EarthCaching is the magical combination of geocaching and geological discovery.

EarthCaches are meant to teach geocachers about particular (and typically jaw-dropping) geological features. EarthCaches do not contain physical containers like most geocaches. They do, however,  carry a piece of geological history that can date back millions and millions of years…which is certainly a treasure of sorts.

How to Find an EarthCache

  • Using Advanced Search you can customize your geocache search. Click on “Add Filters” to see advanced search options. Under “Geocache Types”, select EarthCache only.
  • Premium Members can now search for EarthCaches using the free Geocaching app.
  • Navigate to the posted coordinates of the EarthCache site. Bring a camera (most EarthCaches encourage selfies).
  • Once at the EarthCache site, take in the scenery, the geological marvels or oddities, and read the cache description. The cache owner will likely ask you to answer some questions about the site. You can use the Message Center on Geocaching.com or in the free Geocaching app to send answers to the required questions.

Now that you know how to find an EarthCache, check out these 11 stunning EarthCache locations to add to your geocaching bucket list. And remember: between July 31 and September 2, you can earn one of the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenirs for finding an EarthCache or attending a CITO event.

1. GC111XM in Pumakkale, Turkey

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2. GC20010 at Lake Baikal, Russia

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3. GC14W63 in Namib Desert, Namibia

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4.  GC25643 at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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5. GC11A56 at Jellyfish Lake, Ongeim’l Tketau, in Palau

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6. GC2PFGZ at Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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7. GC4CNMG in Western Australia

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8. GC13D90 near Monsanto, Portugal

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9. GCPCPX in Northern Ireland

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10. GC23HNZ near Darvaza, Turkmenistan

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11. GC1JY47 at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming

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These EarthCaches are on our bucket list. What EarthCaches are on yours?

 

5 Tips for getting your video into GIFF 2015

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Attention geocaching filmmakers! The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Geocaching International Film Festival is fast approaching (July 1, 2015). As you write, shoot, an edit your films, keep these 5 tips in mind. They’re straight from mouth of a GIFF judge.

 

1. Make it global

Geocaching is an international game, and so is every GIFF audience. Try to show an element of the geocaching experience that people in different corners of the world can feel connected to. That can range from a tangible moment in the gameFTF hunt, anyone?to something a little more abstractlike that feeling you get when you find the geocache after hours of searching…in the first spot you looked.

2. Tell a story only you can tell 

There’s nothing wrong with your film being about a geocaching love story or a race to the FTF, but it’s exactly because these are such universal geocaching themes that you’ll need to work to make your film stand out from others. We have it on good authority that you are a unique person, so…make it personal! Show the GIFF audiences why this crazy/nerdy/wonderful hobby is your wacky/nerdy/wonderful hobby. Odds are, the things that matter the most about geocaching to you are some of the same things that matter the most to others. The perspective you use to show those things will be the catalyst for surprising and delighting your audience. This finalist from GIFF 2014 is an awesome example of this:

 

3. Know the rules for submission

Seriously. Don’t make “Thriller” your main theme song unless you have permission from the King of Pop himself. Though a particular song might suit your geocaching love story perfectly, the GIFF judges will regrettably but firmly have to chuck it back to you. And rememberany geocache featured in your film should follow all basic requirements for hiding a geocache. (Hint: no buried caches, folks!) Review the GIFF 2015 submission guidelines and contact giff@geocaching.com if you have any niggling questions. And check out these free music websites if you’re struggling to find appropriate tunes to use:

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A moment from GIFF 2014 finalist, “Spend a Little Time With You”.

4. Make it visual

Show, don’t tell! Film is visual mediumwhile you might love the sound of your voice, you’ll have your audience hanging on tenterhooks if you keep the voiceover and dialogue to a well-planned minimum. That being said, dialogue can still make or break a film, so be thoughtful about what you do include. This GIFF 2014 finalist film was able to do a lot with no dialogue at all.

5. Quality over quantity

The submission guidelines say it all: “Film length must not exceed 4 minutes (including credits).” That may not seem like a lot of video to write, shoot, and edit, but creating four minutes of absolute video gold is the challenge. So be discerning about what your audience gets to seeMake those four minutes the best four minutes of their week. Month! Year!

Find out "How To Geocache in Thailand" from this GIFF 2014 finalist.

Find out “How To Geocache in Thailand” from this GIFF 2014 finalist.

 

As someone once said, “We are on the edge of our exercise balls over here at HQ”…to see what geocaching filmmakers create for GIFF 2015.

 

Watch all of last year’s finalists here.

 

Are you going to be in Seattle, watching GIFF 2015 finalists on the big screen with us? Log your Will Attend here!

 

Ain’t no Mountain High Enough… for Geocachers – The Photo Album

Geocachers celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching by embarking on a grand #Geocaching15 adventure over the Alps

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Last week we reported on three geocachers – Alexander Monsky (Berufsgeocacher), Tim Krüger (psycho_vm) and Benjamin Gorentschitz (MudMen_GER) – and their plans to cross the Alps on foot. Read the full article here.

After almost seven days and many miles they send us some of the highlights of their trip fixed on film. Enjoy their #Geocaching15 #GCTransAlps photo album below!


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