Geocaching Unlocks the Secrets of the Earth – Geocaching Weekly Newsletter

Happy Birthday EarthCaching

EarthCache image orangeThe world’s first EarthCache just turned nine. EarthCache I in Australia was created on January 10, 2004 and EarthCaching has been growing up ever since. There are now more than 14,000 active EarthCaches around the globe. Instead of a physical container, EarthCaches use unique geological features as the “find.” Geocachers must then answer questions posted in the geocache description in order to mark the geocache as found. EarthCaches can reveal why rocks crack to look like a brick road or how an eternal flame can flicker behind a gushing waterfall. Get inspired to find an EarthCache with our new EarthCaching video, which takes adventurers to a rare find deep in the mountains.

Eternal Flame Falls EarthCache
Eternal Flame Falls EarthCache

This month, the EarthCache guidelines have been updated to clarify the process of development and review. All EarthCaches published after January 1, 2013 must meet these new guidelines. The year ahead will bring more EarthCaching news, including the Second International EarthCache Mega-Event on September 7 in the U.S. state of Utah. More than 500 EarthCache fans are expected to attend. We hope to see you there!

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  • Prying Pandora

    EarthCaching Rocks!!!

  • Miam

    Thank you for sharing Earth Caches. How have I not heard about them before? I’m totally stoked and can’t wait to find one.
    My question is, how do I search for one on the iPhone app?

  • Reid at Geocaching

    Hi Miam! Thanks for asking!

    When you’re on the main menu page in the iPhone app, click on “Advanced Search”. From there you can customize your geocache search based on location, cache type, difficulty rating, etc. Under the Geocache Type option, click the check box below the EarthCache icon – it looks like earth with its core exposed. Then, scroll to the bottom of the options, click search, and you will then see all the EarthCaches in that area. Enjoy!

    Geocaching Multimedia Specialist