Throughout the world, many people have heard the tale of Robin Hood. In case you haven’t, here’s a quick recap: an expert archer and his gang of merry men live in the forest, steal from the rich and give to the poor. There have been many movies made and even more books written about him. However, for this week’s Geocache of the Week, we’re going to get to know a man who is sometimes known as the “German Robin Hood”, Schinderhannes. In fact, you’ll even come face-to-face with this German literary hero when you earn your smiley for (the aptly named) Schinderhannes (GC23VXF).
To find this difficulty 1, terrain 2.5 geocache, you’ll have to travel deep into the Hunsrück mountains in the Rhineland. This is the area that Schinderhannes and his gang were known to hide out. While he is now known as a literary hero, this wasn’t always the case. Before his death, he was merely known as a criminal. It wasn’t until afterwards that incredible tales of his life emerged and he became known as a gentleman thief and helper of the poor. These tales became more widely known with the 1927 premier of Carl Zuckermayer’s play Schinderhannes.
While the story is interesting, the actual craftsmanship that went into the container is where this geocache shines. One look at one of the more than 2,200 logs and you’ll see why this geocache have over 1,200 Favorite Points. Geocacher BenTien says, “what a cache !!! Really amazing – never seen something like this. It must have been a lot of work to create this one, and get it here to this beautiful location. Definitely one of my top favorite caches, so another well deserved FP.” “Extremely good cache. I will gladly share a FP on this one. One of the best caches on the whole week,” said geocacher camdan.
You can tell from the photos of the installation, this geocache is the product of several geocachers coming together to create something amazing. If you’re looking to collaborate with other geocachers—on hides or finds—be sure to check out the Geocaching event calendar and our new “Events and Groups” tab on the Geocaching Facebook page. Have you ever worked together with your local geocaching community to create a geocache, solve a tough puzzle ‘cache or host an event? Tell us about it in the comments.
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