New leaderboard challenge: Reach the Peak

Inspired by the mountaineering challenge of reaching the summits of the tallest mountains on all seven continents, we’re inviting you on a challenge to reach new heights in geocaching. Over seven months, geocachers have the chance to earn up to two souvenirs each month. Players who earn all 14 souvenirs will earn an additional meta souvenir for completing each month of the challenge.

The challenge begins with our first mountain, Puncak Jaya, the highest peak on the continent of Oceania. Starting August 2, find geocaches and Adventures to earn up to two souvenirs, the Puncak Jaya Basecamp and Puncak Jaya Summit souvenirs.

How do I participate?

From August 2 at noon UTC through March 6, 2022, collect points by logging geocaches and Adventure Locations. Earn up to two new souvenirs each month of the challenge by collecting enough points to “reach the summit” of each month’s mountain.

Can I join the challenge at any time?

Yes! The challenge is ongoing from August 2 at noon UTC through March 6, 2022. Cachers who join in the challenge later on will only be able to earn souvenirs available for the specific months when their finds are logged.

Can I still earn the Peak Performer meta souvenir if I start after August?

To earn the Peak Performer meta souvenir you must earn the two available souvenirs for each month of the challenge. It is not possible to complete past months’ challenges. If you want to earn the Peak Performer souvenir you have to start with the August challenge.

How can I earn points?

Each month will have different point values for different types of finds. We will share the new set of values on the last Tuesday of every month before the leaderboard refreshes and resets to zero on the first Monday of each month during the challenge.

For the first month of the challenge geocachers must collect 325 points to earn the Puncak Jaya Basecamp souvenir and 4,884 points to earn the Puncak Jaya summit souvenir.

Here are the point values for the first month of the challenge:

Found a Multi-Cache600
Found a Mystery Cache500
Found an EarthCache450
Found an Adventure Lab Cache350
Found it*325
*Log a Found it on any other cache type

The maximum number of points you can earn for any cache log is 600 points.

What are the souvenirs I can earn?

Reach the Peak: Puncak Jaya Basecamp
Reach the Peak: Puncak Jaya Summit
Reach the Peak: Vinson Basecamp
Reach the Peak: Vinson Summit
Reach the Peak: Elbrus Basecamp
Reach the Peak: Elbrus Summit
Reach the Peak: Kilimanjaro Basecamp
Reach the Peak: Kilimanjaro Summit
Reach the Peak: Denali Basecamp
Reach the Peak: Denali Summit
Reach the Peak: Aconcagua Basecamp
Reach the Peak: Aconcagua Summit
Reach the Peak: Everest Basecamp
Reach the Peak: Everest Summit
Reach the Peak: Peak Performer

How to play

From Monday August 2 at noon UTC through March 6, 2022, find geocaches and Adventures to collect points on the geocaching leaderboard and earn new souvenirs.

Each month features one of seven mountains and geocachers can earn up to two souvenirs for each, a basecamp souvenir and a summit souvenir. The points required to earn the summit souvenir each month will correspond to the height of that month’s mountain. For example, Puncak Jaya is 4,884 meters tall so cachers must “reach the height” of 4,884 points to earn the Puncak Jaya summit souvenir.

The leaderboard will refresh with a new mountain and goal on the first Monday of each month and will reset to zero points. Each month the leaderboard will have different point values for different types of finds. Geocachers who earn all 14 souvenirs will earn an additional meta souvenir.

Where can I see the leaderboard?
You can see your leaderboard here or access it from the Reach the Peak link on your dashboard.

How do I find Adventures?

Download the Adventure Lab® app for Android or iOS and start playing!

  • Open the app, go to your profile, and log in with your Geocaching account.
  • Select a nearby Adventure from the map or the directory list. Read the description to learn more.
  • Tap Start and navigate to the nearest available Location.
  • Follow the instructions in the description. Find and enter the Location answer.
  • After submitting the correct answer, you earn a find for your geocaching statistics and points on your leaderboard.
  • Visit all Locations. Enter the solution for each Location to complete the Adventure. Be sure to rate it and share your experience!

Are Adventures in the Geocaching® app?

Yes! Premium members can see Adventure Lab pins on the Geocaching® app map.

What about COVID-19?

We encourage geocachers to follow the most current guidance from public health authorities when choosing how to participate in activities such as geocaching. Your health and safety are the top priority.

Our goal is to have a promotion that is both fun and safe. As such, we will continue to make any adjustments as needed so that the promotion is as inclusive as possible.

Where can I see my souvenirs?

As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile on Geocaching.com and in the Geocaching® app under the souvenir tab.

Is this souvenir challenge in the Geocaching® app and the Adventure Lab® app?

Geocaching® app: Reach the Peak will be in the Geocaching app at the beginning of the challenge on August 2, and will be accessible until March 6, 2022. Go to your profile and tap on Reach the Peak to see your progress in the Geocaching® app.

Adventure Lab® app: The challenge and your souvenirs are not accessible in the Adventure Lab app at this time, however the Geocaching Leaderboard will still reflect points for completed Adventure Locations.

My points aren’t adding up correctly, help!

  • If you change a Write Note, DNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized in Reach the Peak.
  • You logged on Monday, August 2 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC—which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight. Otherwise, the points will not count for the first week.
  • You saved a Draft on a Monday, August 2 before noon UTC.

If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images,” then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website*. Your logs should now be counted towards your total.

*At this time, you can only edit your logs on Geocaching.com, not in the Geocaching® app.

What does UTC stand for?

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.

Genevieve is a Marketing Associate at Geocaching HQ.