Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012

February 29 – This Day in Geocaching History

In the 11 years and 9 months since the first geocache was placed, there is single date on which only a small fraction of geocachers have ever logged a cache. We suspect that’s because this particular date has only happened twice in geocaching history; it’s February 29, also known as leap day.

Given our penchant for all things that leap (frogs, horses, excited geocachers), we wanted to mark the third leap day in geocaching history — February 29, 2012 — by seeing how many accounts can log a cache that day.

Last February 29, way back in 2008, 36,696 distinct accounts logged an “Attended” or “Found it” on a cache. Given the growth of the geocaching community since then, we think we can double that number this year. But 73,392 distinct accounts logging a cache is a lofty goal; it’s the second highest number of accounts to log a cache in a single day. The current record, 78,313, was set on 10/10/10. Considering that 10/10/10 was a Sunday and February 29 will be a Wednesday, it is going to require a huge push to reach our goal.

So, talk to your fellow geocachers, your friends, and your co-workers about going geocaching (and logging their find) on February 29. In order to count toward the goal, people only have to log a single cache.

Everyone who logs a “Found it” or “Attended” this February 29 will receive the Leap Day Souvenir on their profile. As an added bonus, Premium Members who love to look at their “finds by date” statistics most likely see a blank square on the calendar on February 29. This is your chance to fill in the square —the 366th day of geocaching!

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  • Wirralfruitloops

    We are looking forward to a Wirral Caches meet 🙂 at The Saughall

  • Fjm

    living up here in Victoria BC Canada & haveing cached for only 2 yrs this will be our first leap year we well defenetly find a cache or two.thanks for the info

  • Geocacherrhcv

    That day will be twice as special for us. First it’s the real birthday of my wife and second, it will be a one of a kind log!!! Thanks for the info thou.

  • Clo2jim

    We already have an event planned for that day GC38RZ7 – February 29 – Only Comes Once Every 4 YearsWe also plan to have a Leap Year Cache published that day near the event location

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  • Happy Birthday to your wife, are you attending a special Birthday Event Cache on the 29th for her?

  • jadefalcon

    I have an event planned for this day as well… 22 will attends already! Hopefully the restaurant can hold us all.

  • jadefalcon

    Sorry, forgot the GC code… GC39ZN4

  • E of authorized users

    Looking forward to caching on 2/29/12!  My broken ankle (that resulted from the attempt of a final during the first hours of 2012… go figure!) should be healed by then!  I’m also assisting with an event on 2/29/12… so excited!

    Though, I have a question… why did they never release the totals from 11-11-11?  And, why did we not get an 11-11-11 souvenir for caching on that day?  They made a small deal about caching on 11-11-11, but never followed up on it… disappointing.

  • We actually didn’t make a big deal out of it in respect for the European community, who celebrate Armistice Day on 11/11.

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  • ChickareesTreasures

    Will definitely be Geocaching for leap day! Our first leap day since we started 🙂

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  • roymerc

    Hope the souvenir will take local time into account!

  • David Eichenmiller

    I’m taking a vacation day to celebrate Leap Day Caching.  We’re hosting a breakfast event to start the day.

  • Allan Wilson

    Just the info I was looking for, thank you!

  • Joshclark_awning

    can’t wait

  • andast

    Will meet up on the 29th!

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  • skoracklers/DebbieS

    I don’t care if it is freezing and pouring on the 29th! I just recently learned about the calender challenge after not csching much for awhile. I will fill this calendar hole!  Debbies