“Geocache” GC40 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 15, 2011

One of the first pictures (circa 2001) from GC40 cache page

The oldest active geocache on the European continent, simply called “Geocache” (GC40), has become a magnet for geocachers.  The cache was placed on July 7, 2000 – months before Geocaching.com even existed. The difficulty one, terrain one cache was logged for the first time nine days later.

The location in southern Belgium was chosen because it sits at the confluence of two significant degrees. You’ll have to check the cache page to find out the exact latitude and longitude.

The original description remains on the the cache page. While much changed in the world of geocaching in the past eleven years, this next sentiment hasn’t. The cache page reads, “As the rule says: take something, leave something, write in the log book…” More than 600 adventurers have done just that. They’ve logged smileys on the cache, and hundreds more logs are expected for “Geocache” in the next few weeks.

Tour of geocachers discovering GC40

GeoCoinfest 2011 – Europa is scheduled for August 28 not far from “Geocache” in Cologne, Germany. The largest Geocoin event in the world will attract as many as 4000 geocachers. Organizers are even arranging buses to take geocachers (including Lackeys) to discover “Geocache” and other historic geocaches in the region.

Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.

  • radioscout

    Indeed, this is a wonderful cache located at a very nice place in a beautiful forest.

    We enjoyed searching for this fantastic cache very much.

    And Belgium is a very beautiful country with lots of fantastic caches.

  • Mabel Denham

    This looks like a lot of fun .Do the Geocacher get to gether in Anderson S.C. I would really like to try this but first I have to get the equipment then learn how to use it.I enjoy reading the blogs Thank you all for being free spirits

  • This one is still on my “to do”-list, hope to get there this year. 1500 ??? 😉

  • GC40 – Geocache
    I would like to thank Fudgeman, from Dorset, UK for telling us about this Amazing cache prior to our 2 week holiday to France, with caching in mind of course, with my husband aka Bull Family, and our children: Horsey Mad Girl (13) & Geo Oly (9) 🙂 – 30/3-13/4/13.
    We had a trip down to GC40 and indeed, we found this awesome cache 🙂
    Upon arrival our children were very excited and raced off to find the Cache.
    They were delighted to find it and happily posed for photos ‘before’ even opening the cache!
    I tried to get my iPhone to show the cool coords, only managing to get either N or E at any one time, but did manage to get a screen shot of the awesome E coords in the end.
    What an Awesome adventure and holiday memory for us all. 🙂
    Thanks to the Cache setter and adopted Cache Owner for such a cool cache 🙂

  • Bull Family with Horsey Mad Girl & Geo Oly at GC40