EarthCaches and Virtual Caches are about discovering a location rather than a container. The requirements for logging these caches vary—you may be required to answer a question about the location, take a picture, complete a task, etc… In any case, you must visit the coordinates before you can post your log.
Though geocachers are certainly reaching new heights as they make their way through Reach the Peak, odds are that few are actually making the trip to Puncak Jaya, or Kilimanjaro to earn points on the leaderboard. They might be hard to get to, but there are many geocaches located by well-known mountains around the world. If making the physical trek to these mountains is out of the question right now, we recommend a tour through the photo galleries of five caches placed near five famous mountains. Each geocache has many impressive photos of breathtaking sights that are sure to transport your mind to higher altitudes.
Karibu! You made it!
GCGETW, D 1/T 5
The coordinates for this Virtual Cache are at the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. Looking through the photos in this geocache’s gallery, it is clear why Kilimanjaro is often called the Roof of Africa. When you achieve this kind of elevation, you end up looking down at the clouds.
EUROPE’S HIGHEST CREVASSES
GC15X1C, D 4/ T 4.5
This EarthCache highlights crevasses, a striking geological feature found on many mountains. Crevasses are deep cracks in glaciers or the surfaces of mountains and there are a number of them on display on Mt. Elbrus. Check out geocachers’ photos for this EarthCache to see the dramatic crevasses on the mountain’s snowy slopes.
GC32YN5, D 2/T 1
The Icelandic mountain Kirkjufell looks like something out of a fairy tale. The mountain has a distinctive shape and stands alone on the shores of a peninsula with a waterfall by its side. This EarthCache invites cachers to look closely at the layers of the mountain which tell the geological story of how the mountain came to be.
Colored Mountains of Vinicunca
GC6ZF9W, D 3.5/T 4.5
If Kirkjufell looks like a mountain out of a fairy tale, then the Peruvian mountain Vinicunca looks like a mountain out of a dazzling dream. The EarthCache at this location teaches cachers about the source of the multi-colored stripes on the mountain’s surface. The stunning colors are thanks to different minerals and weathering.
GC1B40Q, D1 / T 3.5
This EarthCache is located near the Bright Summit Peak in the Huangshan mountain range in eastern China. Looking through the beautiful pictures in this cache’s gallery, it is easy to understand why these mountains have been the subject of much art and literature in China, and why it earned status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Which mountains or destinations in nature capture your geocaching imagination? Share in the comments!