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Geocaching Bucket List: Greatest Hits Edition

Any serious geocacher probably has a list of geocaches they wish to find before they “kick the bucket, so to speak. We’ll be doing an intermittent series dedicated to bucket list geocaches, and today’s theme is “Greatest Hits”. Have you found one of these famous geocaches or do you plan to?

Mingo (GC30)
Traditional in Kansas, USA
D1 / T1
Favorite Points: 1565

  • Mingo is thatta way...

This is the oldest active geocache in the world, and the 7th geocache ever created. If you need to complete your Jasmer grid, this geocache is an absolute must.  


Geocaching Headquarters (GCK25B)
Traditional in Seattle, Washington, USA
D1 / T1
Favorites Points: 3077

  • YES!

Geocaching HQ would be so excited and flattered if you came to find the Geocaching Headquarters geocache! Sign up for a hosted visit, stop by during drop-in hours, shop our store, and even collect a new souvenir for logging this one. And trackables? We got LOTS of trackables – take your pick!


Mission 4: Southern Bowl (GCC67)
Project A.P.E. Cache in São Paulo, Brazil
D3 / T3
Favorite Points: 216

  • Swedish geocachers have gone bananas

In 2001, fourteen geocaches were placed in conjunction with 20th Century Fox to promote the Planet of the Apes movie. Each geocache represented a fictional story in which scientists revealed an Alternative Primate Evolution (A.P.E.). These geocaches were made using specially marked ammo containers and contained an original prop from the movie. Only one Project A.P.E. cache still exists today.


Original Stash Tribute Plaque (GCGV0P)
Traditional in Oregon, USA
D1 / T1.5
Favorite Points: 2771

  • Family portrait, anyone?

This is where it all began.

On May 3, 2000, a five-gallon bucket was placed right at this very spot by Dave Ulmer. The original cache contained a Delorme Topo USA, 2 CD-Roms, a cassette recorder, a “George of the Jungle” VHS tape, a Ross Perot book, 4 $1 bills, a slingshot handle and a can of beans. The coordinates were then listed on the internet and modern-day geocaching was born.

The first finder of that first cache was Mike Teague who took the money and left some cigarettes, a cassette tape, and a pen.

That original bucket was severely damaged by an Oregon road crew mower and is no longer around. TEAM 360 and other concerned geocachers recognized the importance of the event that happened here and dedicate this Original Stash Tribute Plaque on behalf of cachers everywhere.


Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2)
EarthCache in New South Wales, Australia
D1 / T1.5
Favorite Points: 60

This first EarthCache ever published is a small tour of a few of the features of the rocks in this wonderful location.

An EarthCache is a special geological location people can visit to learn about a unique feature of the Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational notes along with coordinates. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. For more information about EarthCaches visit http://www.earthcache.org/.


Are there any other unforgettable geocaches you’ve visited that you would add to this list? What about other “Bucket List” themes or geocaches you’d like to see featured? Tell us in the comments below!

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