The Alabama Well Rounded Cacher
GC11E8N, the original "Fizzy Challenge" was published in California on April 6, 2007. Kealia, the owner of the first Fizzy Challenge created the cache in honor of a local cacher, FizzyMagic. Including this cache, there are currently an unknown number of active Fizzy Challenges across the United States. Other Fizzy Challenges include …
A number of people have taken it upon themselves to help the rest of us track the various challenges available. These include Shell1fish and Blue Blazes ... please pass along your thanks to let them know how much we appreciate their effort!
It’s important to keep in mind this cache is not for everyone. To accomplish finds for each of the 81 required combinations will test your intellectual skills, your athleticism, and your endurance. Those who complete the requirements for this cache are truly "Well Rounded Cachers."
To be able to claim a find on this cache, you will need to first:
- Find at least one cache of every difficulty/terrain combination (81 unique combinations).
- As part of those finds, you will need to have at least one find of 10 of the 14 cache types shown below (the different cache types count against the 81, so if you find a 3.0/2.5 multi cache, it fulfills both requirements).
| Traditional Cache
|| Multi Cache
|| Mystery Cache
| Virtual Cache
|| Project Ape
|| Letterbox Hybrid
|| Webcam Cache
| Event Cache
|| CITO Event
|| Wherigo Cache
| Mega Event
|| GPS Adventure
- Note of the 10 needed cache types, you’ll need to find at least one of the following somewhat rare and/or archived caches: Project APE, Mega Event, Locationless, GPS Adventure, or Whereigo. In the case of the Locationless caches, you can not log a now archived cache, but you can count a find made and logged before the Locationless caches were archived.
- As part of your 81 caches, include a cache of every size; i.e., large, regular, small, micro, and not chosen.
- Included in your 81 caches, find at least one cache Published in every year from 2000 through the current year (e.g., from 2000 to 2012 for a total of 13 caches).
First and foremost, if you are an Alabama Cacher, you are going to have to leave the state to find a cache published in the Year 2000. There are several options available near Atlanta, and one option available near Meridian, MS. If you have not already done so, you will need to plan a trip to find one of those caches.
Your statistics tab on your profile/quick view screen shows a lot of valuable information concerning your status on finding the AL WRC. The basic tab is the most valuable and, on it, you can see: Cache Types you've Found; Container Types you've Found; Difficulty and Terrain of Caches you've Found.
Armed with the information of your current status makes it very easy to determine what you will need to do to complete the Challenge. All you have to do is to make notes on which caches you need to find in order to find the caches you are missing.
Of course, it's ultimately up to you to decide how to track your progress. Post your progress on this page will help you keep track of what else is needed.
When you’re done, be sure to alert us of your status before logging the cache. The best way is to click on the cache owner's name of above and then send us an e-mail. You might as well tell us in this e-mail which cache you found that was placed in the year 2000 to save some time. We'll verify your information and get back to you.
Sorry, but to be fair to everyone and to maintain the prestige associated with being a Well Rounded Cacher, unannounced/unplanned logs and logs involving unfulfilled requirements will be immediately deleted. Please be sure you are familiar with this rule.
- All previous cache finds count. You do not have to start from 0 and your finds can be from anywhere and from anytime.
- Generally accepted rules, guidelines, and conditions for logging a find apply... all finds must be caches listed on geocaching.com that you have personally (physically) found.
- If others are with you when you find the final, only those who have fulfilled all the criteria for this cache will be allowed to log the cache as a find.
- This particular cache does not count as the 5/5 in the matrix... you must find a 5/5 before this one.
- There is no cut-off date... you’re on your honor to fulfill these requirements with caches using legitimate difficulty and terrain ratings that have not been padded or altered to meet the WRC requirement.
The following GC Numbers are excluded for this Challenge Cache.
When tracking your progress on completing this challenge, be sure to not include the following caches.
Given the finals for the Alabama DeLorme and Alabama County Challenges are in the northern portion of the state, it’s only fitting the Alabama Well Rounded Cacher (Fizzy Challenge) Final be in the southern part of the state. To log the final, you’ll need to visit beautiful Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.
The cache itself is on one of our favorite trails, Hurricane Ridge Trail, in Gulf State Park. Although it’s one of the oldest trails in the park, it’s been shortened as a result of Hurricane Ivan. During your short hike among the sugar white sand, driftwood, and diverse flora, you’ll have the opportunity to witness a variety of wildlife. Alone, we would rate the final at 1.5/2.0. You’ll be looking for a fully stocked ammo box.
Any questions? … just ask! Enjoy!