Peace, love, and sunshine abound at GeoWoodstock XX 2024 Mega-Event

Geocaching HQ Lackeys attend dozens of Mega and Giga-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and, of course, geocaching! Emma (mostly_moss) is a Community Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. Emma recently traveled to Arizona, USA, to attend GeoWoodstock XX (GCA6GW6). Here’s her trip summary.

Attending my first Mega-Event, I was nervous, excited, and altogether not quite sure what to expect as I headed to Flagstaff, Arizona, for GeoWoodstock XX.

All I can say is, “Wow!” I was blown away by the dedication of the hosts and volunteers and the tremendous turnout from the geocaching community!

GeoWoodstock XX was an extra-special Event celebrating 20 years of GeoWoodstock! One of the longest-running geocaching Events, GeoWoodstock is the birthplace of many geocaching traditions, including the first appearance of Signal the Frog®, Event geocoins, and the first geo-wedding at a Mega-Event!

Soaking up the sun at GeoWoodstock XX. Image by GeoTurtles.

GeoWoodstock XX certainly lived up to its legacy—with two weeks of non-stop events, activities, and fun for all! Side-events ranged from early morning CITOs and late-night pints in the pines, to a GPS Adventures Maze, and even an opportunity to ride a gondola to Arizona’s highest mountain.

Taking geocaching to new heights! Image by mostly_moss.

Co-hosts f0t0m0m, ShareBear64, and foomanjoo created an all-star series of Events from start to finish. Their attention to detail was clear for all to see. Volunteers of the event worked tirelessly to facilitate activities and keep this Event going strong.

From left to right: f0t0m0m, ShareBear64, and foomanjoo, the super-star hosts! Image by GeowoodstockXX.

My favorite part of GeoWoodstock XX, however, was meeting such a wide array of geocachers! From a couple who like to plan entire road trips around their favorite cache type to a team of geocachers caching through every county in Texas (twice!). I met avid trackable collectors, gadget cache creators, and even a geocaching family that spanned three generations.

It never ceases to amaze me how many ways there are to play the game. No matter your interest or ability, there’s a geocache out there for you!

A big Event needs a BIG logsheet! Image by Yosemite John and Debbie.

Whether setting out to discover a caching milestone, trade trackables, or fill in their geo-map, attendees left GeoWoodstock XX with so much more—new friends, unforgettable memories, and a smile from ear to ear. Kudos to f0t0m0m, ShareBear64, and foomanjoo for their hard work! Well done!

Emma is a Community Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. Emma loves all things weird in the woods from ferns to fungi, bugs to slugs!