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37 Ways to Spice Up Your Geocaching

What inspires you to geocache? For some, it’s the pure hunt that ignites the excitement. For others, it’s the adventurous and often unusual things one partakes in along the way. Here are 37 amazing ways to spice up your geocaching.

 

1. Hike to a viewpoint that you never knew existed

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Geocaching journey to Bariloche, Argentina (GC1M51M)

2.Take care of our planet

Good planets are hard to find. While you’re out on a geocache hunt, make sure to CITO (cache in trash out).

Cleaning up Yosemite (GC4Y868)
Cleaning up Yosemite (GC4Y868)

3. Equicache (horseback geocaching)

Jump on up and gallop away. Explore the geocaching wilderness with the help of a furry friend.

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FDR by Horse – Lonesome Dove (GC4AHH8)

4. Make new friends

There are thousands of worldwide geocaching events each year. Join in the fun and meet fellow geocachers. Check out a geocaching event near you.

2014 Geowoodstock
2014 Geowoodstock

5. Deep sea dive (divecaching)

Take a deep breath and venture down into deep blue waters to uncover some of the most mysterious geocaches in the world.  “Clearwater Paradise – SCUBA” (GC1T16F) by BlazerDiver has yet to be found since it was hidden in 2009. FTF anyone?

GC1T16F off the coast of Honduras
GC1T16F off the coast of Honduras

6. Complete a geocaching quest

We all have different bucket list items to check off.  There’s no better feeling in the world than when you do (and drink an ice cold mini-beer to celebrate).

Celebrate
Celebrate

7. Release your inner artist

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced,” Vincent Van Gogh.

Motopony Fan Cache (GC3R8RN) by "HugeBeef"
Motopony Fan Cache (GC3R8RN) by “HugeBeef”

8. Encounter a celebrity

Hugh Jackman (aka Wolverine) geocaches. ‘Nuff said.

The wolverine himself geocaching in Australia
The wolverine himself geocaching in Australia

9. Explore by water (kayaking, canoeing, cruise ships)

Some geocaches are only accessible by water. And they are awesome.

Water-caching
Water-caching

10. Propose to that special someone

See how a FTF hunt can turn into a marriage proposal.

11. Help a newbie find their first smiley

First geocache= happy dance
First geocache= happy dance

 

12. Take a leap of faith (literally)

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The Leap (GC16R4B) in Arizona

13. Stumble upon something totally random

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Gnomesville (GCHTN7)

 

14. Spot an exotic animal

Ever so often, you’ll come across a rare breed…

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Lava Iguanas in the Galapagos

But, more commonly you’ll come across…

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Geo-cat

15. Climb Mount Everest

Many geocachers are unaware that climbing Everest results in (obvious) bragging rights as well as an awesome geocache find.

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Geocacher “kenyansherpa” making the impressive climb

16. Reach a fitness goal

A recent study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center shows that geocaching is a great way stay healthy and burn some extra calories. So get off the couch and start hunting!

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Washington Coast Camping and Geocaching

17. Travel to a new and exotic place

Get ready to pack your bags. With over 2 million geocaches worldwide, the game can take you anywhere. Oh, the places you’ll go.

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Geocaching in Morocco (GC35436)

18. Venture out at night

Night Hike
Night  Caching with friends

19. Photograph your journey and share it with others

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Trackable frame journey

20. Go to the end of the world

Geocachers "apres ski 66" at Fin Del Mundo (GCH7MR)
Geocacher “apres ski 66” at Fin Del Mundo (GCH7MR)

21. Become a historian

Geocaching is a great way to learn about the history of a location. The Star-Spangled Banner GeoTour takes geocachers to the locations of significant historic events during the War of 1812.

Star-Spangled Banner Geotour
Star-Spangled Banner Geotour

22. Solve a puzzle

Release your inner geek and solve a puzzle geocache.

Puzzle cache tBLT - The Klingoni Sudoku (GC53BPD)
Puzzle cache tBLT – The Klingoni Sudoku (GC53BPD)

 

23. Climb (anything and everything)

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Climbing to a find

24. Taste the local cuisine

Mmm! There’s nothing better than a scrumptious meal after a day of geocaching. Bloggers and geoachers “Peanuts or Pretzels” stumbled upon a delicious Venezualan restaurant while exploring the city of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

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25. Film your adventure

Just like the Geocaching Vlogger, you too can capture your favorite geocaching moments and share them with the world.

The Geocaching Vlogger
The “Geocaching Vlogger”

26. Blast off to space

If you ever get the chance to discover the International Space Station (GC1BE91) geocache, do it.

Geocaching and Space
Geocaching and Space

 

27. Master a new language

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Un train peut en cacher un autre?

28. Create a new identity (in the geocaching world)

What’s in your username?

 

 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered

29. Step outside your comfort zone

Do something you never thought you could. Like 116 geoaches an hour at the ET Highway.

ET Highway. Complete.
ET Highway. Complete.

30. Trek through snow

Lace up those boots and get ready for snow and ice. Some of the best geocaching memories can be made in the coldest of months.

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View from GC1CWV4 in Iceland. This EarthCache is a glacial river lagoon.

31. Build something

In geocaching, there’s the hunt and there’s the hide. Hone your carpentry skills and create a masterpiece that others would want to find.

The Maker
The Maker

32. See the place where it all began (original stash)

The only thing missing from the picture below is you and the original can of beans.

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Original Stash (place feet here)

33.  Visit the Geocaching Headquarters  in Seattle

And join us for the Geocaching Block Party. We’d love to meet you!

The official HQ Geocache
The official HQ Geocache

34. Complete a challenge (7 souvenirs of August)

You can do it!

35. Venture out on two wheels

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Geocaching and biking in Mendoza, Argentina

36. Soak in the beauty of the world around you

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Summer geocaching on the coast of Portugal

37. Last but not least, remember where you parked your geo-car (you have to return to reality eventually)

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Geo-Car

Now, what’s #38? How do you spice of your geocaching experience, and how many of the above have you already accomplished?

Carly
Outdoor enthusiast, geocached in 24 countries to date, social butterfly, friend to all animals (especially cats)