Your Mission GC, Should You Choose To Accept It

Good morning, geocacher.

Recently, intelligence agents at GCHQ 47 intercepted a series of encoded messages from a highly classified source. We believe these messages include detailed instructions for securing three new geocaching souvenirs. However, our analysts have been unable to decipher their meaning.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves decoding these messages and securing these souvenirs for your Geocaching profile. Fair warning: This isn’t mission difficult. It’s Mission GC.

New intel suggests souvenirs will only be available for procurement on the following dates:

  • The window for securing Souvenir #1 is July 30-31, 2016.
  • The window for securing Souvenir #2 is August 13-14, 2016.
  • The window for securing Souvenir #3 is August 27-28, 2016.

Given the top secret nature of this mission, the encoded messages will be sent for analysis only to those with proper security clearance. Premium members will receive an email including the encoded message one week prior to each souvenir release. Decoding the message will unlock instructions for securing the next souvenir. The first encoded message will be sent to Premium members on July 22, 2016.

Instructions for unlocking the souvenirs will be made available to members of all security levels on the morning of each souvenir release. This information will be posted on all major GCHQ 47 channels (Geocaching.com, Geocaching® app, Facebook and Twitter).

As always, should you or any member of your team be caught by muggles, GCHQ 47 will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.

Good luck. The fate of the geocaching universe is in your preferred TOTT.

Visit the GCHQ 47 Help Center for further information.

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  • Sherry Sallings

    No fair! We got the first souvenir, are subscribed to the blog, and have tips/tricks turned on, but we didn’t get the info for the second mission.

  • ChrisH

    Where can I find out what the mission is? Has anyone got a link?

  • Alan Gault

    Could you let us know what the email says please Marilyn. I’m a premium member and like many others we are getting the e-mail.

  • Beagie

    Anyone solve the plates yet? I tend to over think puzzles. In need of a hint or two, thanks.

  • Nella Caput

    The. Second mission decoding I had to pull out my highlighters!? August 13th can’t get here fast enough!!!

  • cattivikkio

    Has anyone received the email for the second mission yet? I think it was supposed to be sent yesterday or today, since the second window is next week-end. I still haven’t received anything and I wonder if it’s only me…

  • cattivikkio

    can anyone send out the email for the second mystery please? Still haven’t received anything… 🙁

  • cattivikkio

    Never mind, finally got the email. solved it using GIMP bucket fill, easy

  • TDB

    can anyone send out the email for the second mystery please? Still haven’t received anything .

  • Lambdaline

    Can anyone send us the email, please?


  • Grant Flexman-Smith

    Conquered the maze even though we will be told what we need for the souvenir. Took a while!

  • DH5MM

    Does anyone have the key word for the second puzzle and would send me?

  • DH5MM

    do you have the key word for the maze puzzle?

  • biek

    Same, no email, but premium member for a while already

  • biek

    Didn’t receive an e-mail with the next mission…and I am premium member…

  • Jared Walker

    You can only find a geocache once. My area is cleared out. I have to make a day trip if I want a new cache. For now at least, I’m still trying to get all 142 pokemon currently available in the US. I have 101. When a new cache pops up, I’ll grab it, unless it’s like GC341XG, which has remained unsolved for years now.

  • Sandra Grauschopf

    Me, too. So frustrating!

  • Romain Cuvelier

    Est ce que quelqu’un peux m’expliquer ce qu’il faut faire ?

  • Randall Fisher

    I believe I’ve been getting all the encoded emails, except I never got anything initially on the back story, so I know very little about what these missions are doing.

  • Patrick Grogg

    Neither did I.

  • Patrick Grogg

    Already have that checked and still did not get an email.

  • Patrick Grogg

    I never recieved the emails. Can someone please forward them to me? redstormrising999@gmail.com. Been premium member for a couple years.

  • Janet Ellis

    You’re right. My friend still got hers but I haven’t gotten mine. Glad I have friends who send me the email.

  • Patrick Grogg

    Will you be my friend 🙂 I am a very friendly guy. : )

  • Fabio899

    me too! Im premium but i ve never received email, even with tips and trick flagged!

  • dreamteam2119

    After not receiving the first email, I changed the profile settings as mentioned by several others. But again no email regarding the second souvenir.
    Is there anything else I have to do?

  • kristy

    same here, also premium member since 2012. I’ve tried a few different things. thankfully a friend is helping me by forwarding hers to my box.

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  • Bob Allard

    Any help with the answer would be nice, I have tried many ways and believe I have missed something.

  • Bob Allard

    What is GIMP , bucket fill and how does one get it.