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Celebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!

Geocaching has evolved, and so have geocachers. On May 2nd, we’re celebrating the 17th anniversary of the birth of geocaching with a Big Blue Switch souvenir! Find any geocache or attend any event on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and you’ll earn a new digital souvenir for your geocaching profile! 

Tuesday, May 2nd is Big Blue Switch Day!
Tuesday, May 2nd is Big Blue Switch Day!

What is “Big Blue Switch” day?

On May 2, 2000, just past midnight, the U.S government discontinued its use of Selective Availability in order to make GPS more responsive to civil and commercial users worldwide. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed their new orders, and instantly the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. Tens of thousands of GPS receivers around the world had an instant upgrade. Prior to this date, only the military had the ability to receive accurate GPS readings. Now, the world and all its wonderful people could pinpoint their precise location. For reasons unknown, this is often referred to as the flipping of the “Big Blue Switch”.

The very next day, a computer consultant named Dave Ulmer hid a black bucket in the woods near Portland, Oregon. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos, books, software, and a slingshot, then posted the coordinates online.

N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800

Three days later, the container was located by Mike Teague. Now, seventeen years later, geocaching has become a global phenomenon to get off the couch and get outside.

The game has evolved, and so have geocachers:

In the past 17 years, geocachers have reached many milestones including 3 million active geocaches, 7 million active geocachers, and over 22 million awarded favorite points. The Big Blue Switch souvenir is one more way to celebrate the evolution of geocaching*!

Evolution of geocaching
Geocaching has evolved, and so have geocachers!

How to earn the Big Blue Switch souvenir:

Find any geocache type or attend any event on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Is there a special geocache you hope to find on May 2nd?

 

*Rumor has it that Shop.Geocaching.com will carry Big Blue Switch/Evolution of Geocaching geocoins (with an actual flipping switch) and trackable items verrrrry soon. Check out their Twitter @ShopGeocaching for updates!

Janelle
Joined Geocaching HQ in the fall of 2014 as Community Manager. Kind to animals. Loved by children. Excels at DNFs.
  • Michal Kundrát

    geocaching is super

  • simrebel

    Would of been nice to know about this sooner, Too late to create a event for it , I tried moving my may 16th event to the 2nd but the reviewer didn’t like that since it wasn’t submitted 2 weeks prior 🙁

  • Greg Mc

    just logged a cache this morning on the way to work, no sign of this souvenir in my profile!

  • Chris Dekker

    Same problem for me!
    Logged a cache but no souvenir….

  • Matt Black

    Me too. Found and logged a cache, no souvenir (yet).

  • +1

  • filipek12

    Ja tez zalogowałem Kesza i nic nie dostałem

  • Peter Hayden

    Just found a cache. There’s no big blue switch….yet!

  • Peter Hayden

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN’T FIND THE BIG BLUE SWITCH AFTER LOGGING A CACHE, IT IS LOCATED UNDER THE “SOUVENIRS” TAB AFTER LOGGING INTO YOU GEOCACHING ACCOUNT AND CLICKING ON YOUR NAME IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE SCREEN.

  • Peter Hayden

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN’T FIND THE BIG BLUE SWITCH AFTER LOGGING A CACHE, IT IS LOCATED UNDER THE “SOUVENIRS” TAB AFTER LOGGING INTO YOU GEOCACHING ACCOUNT AND CLICKING ON YOUR NAME IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE SCREEN..

  • Peter Hayden

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN’T FIND THE BIG BLUE SWITCH AFTER LOGGING A CACHE, IT IS LOCATED UNDER THE “SOUVENIRS” TAB AFTER LOGGING INTO YOU GEOCACHING ACCOUNT AND CLICKING ON YOUR NAME IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE SCREEN…

  • Peter Hayden

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN’T FIND THE BIG BLUE SWITCH AFTER LOGGING A CACHE, IT IS LOCATED UNDER THE “SOUVENIRS” TAB AFTER LOGGING INTO YOU GEOCACHING ACCOUNT AND CLICKING ON YOUR NAME IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE SCREEN…..

  • Peter Hayden

    FOR ALL THOSE WHO CAN’T FIND THE BIG BLUE SWITCH AFTER LOGGING A CACHE, IT IS LOCATED UNDER THE “SOUVENIRS” TAB AFTER LOGGING INTO YOU GEOCACHING ACCOUNT AND CLICKING ON YOUR NAME IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE SCREEN……

  • Also here no souvenir…

  • eilin

    But why can´t I se
    e it in my public prophile?

  • FUN4ks

    A cold day to go. FUN4ks

  • Dregs5

    Does this only work with premium accounts? I don’t have a souvenir tab

  • Dregs5

    Ahhh not in the app, in the website!

  • JoBeKe

    Done, +3 🙂

  • Emma Llinas

    DONE. Thanks keep caching.

  • Ian McPhee

    Why did they take the souvenir away? I’ve been left with a blank white box with and ‘X’ in the corner.

  • Jon

    The announcement of big blue switch day had a very cool looking design, but the actual souvenir and is there any idea why it’s kind of ugly. Why didn’t they go with a big blue switch looking souvenir?

  • 1redmeat

    I logged a Cache yesterday (5/2/17) but didn’t get the Big Blue Switch Souvenir. My log shows the Cache today (5/3/2017). What’s up with that?