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Das Müssmannhaus — Geocache of the Week

Mystery Cache
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by die 2 Schachtmeister
Difficulty: 
5
Terrain: 
4.5
Location: 
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
N 51° 40.635 E 006° 52.571

Required  for finding this Geocache of the Week: a tolerance for tight, pitch-black spaces.

The cache was built by these two guys, Joem and Andreas, collectively known as die 2 Schachtmeister. They’ve poured their souls, sweat, and earnings into creating this terrifyingly convincing haunted house-style geocache.

The COs of the Müssmannhaus.
The COs of the Müssmannhaus.

Solve the puzzle from the cache page and you’ll find yourself “trapped” inside the Müssmannhaus having been kidnapped… or so the story goes. The goal is simple: escape the house by finding the geocache.

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A popular photo opportunity near the entrance to the Müssmannhaus.

How it Works

The Müssmannhaus is actually several huge shipping containers owned by the cache owners. They’re stacked together and are connected by a series of secret hallways, tiny tunnels, and hidden rooms inside. Any team of geocachers who enter the house (at least 3 people are required) will face difficult puzzles and eerie, dark places in their quest to make it through.

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“In you go!”
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The outside of the Müssmannhaus.

But it won’t be easy.

For one, things get really, really tight. The cache owners have actually written a warning for those attempting to find the cache:

In order to complete the adventure, you cannot have any — and we mean any — fear of tight, dark spaces. You’ll need to be able to fit your entire body through openings that are no bigger than 40 x 40 cm.

You also need to generally be okay with grisly things (fake grisly, of course), and be able to think under pressure.

Spoiler photos are regularly cleaned from the cache page, so you’ll need to pay a visit to the cache in person in order to find out what it’s really like.

But if you can’t make it out to Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany anytime soon, watch these videos (in German) about the cache to catch glimpses of what happens inside the Müssmannhaus.

The cache has garnered quite a fan club. On the one year anniversary of the Müssmannhaus’s publication, a celebration was held in the vicinity of the structure. There was even a replica cake!

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Das Müssmannhaus

 

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Tweety Bird — Geocache of the Week

Multi-Cache
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by Hope and a Prayer
Difficulty: 
2
Terrain: 
1
Location: 
Washington, United States
N 46° 12.090 W 119° 10.690

Geocachers Hope and a Prayer are a husband and wife team, whose love of creatively recycled yard art may only be surpassed by their love of cartoon characters.

According to Mr. Hope and a Prayer, the allocation of the team name is ambiguous. “We have never figured out who is Hope and who is Prayer. Although, I need lots of prayer.”

One of several art pieces in Hope and a Prayer's yard.
One of several art pieces in Hope and a Prayer’s yard.

Back in the late 1970’s, Mr. Hope and a Prayer was an aviation electronic technician — or ‘AT’ — and a radioman navigator on the HU-16E Grumman Albatross. “We were called Tweets because we tweaked the black boxes on the plane to keep them in good running order.”

Mrs. Hope and a Prayer collects old 1960’s cartoon characters figurines, and has a particular affinity for Tweety Bird. Plus, says Mr. Hope and a Prayer, “It is by coincidence or providence that my wife and I live on Tweedt St.”

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‘Tweety Bird’ cache is hidden on Tweedt Street

It’s no surprise, therefore, that Tweety Bird became the theme for GC2VA7J, their highest-favorited geocache.

The cache is a multi hidden at their house. At Stage 1, geocachers meet Tweety Bird.

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A young geocacher finds Stage 1

At stage 2, one finds a small wooden barn decorated with copper leaves and flowers. Mr. Hope and a Prayer built the barn out of spare cedar fencing.

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Hope and a Prayer made this cache out of old, spare cedar fencing.

The door of the barn opens, and something amazing rolls out on four wheels…recycled from a pair of in-line rollerblades.

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Like a train car, the cache rolls out of the barn.

The cache was intended to surprise and delight young geocachers, but even the most seasoned geocaching veteran will agree — this cache is cute.

“We wanted something really fun for children to find. Something really large with lots of toys. We collected over time old fast food restaurant toys by the box full at yards sales. We thought what fun it would be for children digging thought toys, picking out their favorite and putting a large smile on their face. It would be like Christmas thought out the year.”

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Rifling through the contents of GC2VA7J is a delightful way to go geocaching.

The cache is hidden in a safe spot (good for trackables!) with the permission of their neighbors.

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Photo credit: Maggie Pietila

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And the April 2016 Geocacher of the Month Is…

Danie Viljoen

Danie Viljoen, April 2016 Geocacher of the Month
Danie Viljoen, April 2016 Geocacher of the Month

 

 

Since beginning geocaching in 2008, geocacher Danie Viljoen has been an active member of the southern African geocaching community. After reading an article about geocaching and finding an excellent geocache near his house, he was hooked. And, Danie says, the game fit well into his personal interests. “As an engineer, the technical aspects of geocaching appealed to me.”

There were less than 3000 geocaches in South Africa at the time.

Danie finds GC11H2Z, and a view overlooking the Blyde River Canyon
Danie finds GC11H2Z, and a view overlooking the Blyde River Canyon

“I remember attending a technical event shortly after I started caching, where somebody said that there are 3 aspects of caching: finding caches, hiding caches and solving puzzles. Although I like all three of these, I want to add a fourth (my favourite) – generating statistics on finds, hides, locations, etc. I publish these on the local (South African) geocaching forum.”

Geocacher Carbon Hunter adds: “[Danie’s] biggest contribution to geocaching, both locally and globally, has been his consistent and interesting inputs into the statistics of geocaching across Africa. His inputs on the forums are legendary and he was also used by Geoaware to develop statistics for the global Earthcache program on their 10th anniversary. This has provided unique insights to our game and added a lot of value to many people he is unlikely to ever meet.”

Danie finds the cache...and a muggle nearby.
Danie finds the cache…and a muggle nearby.

When asked what the best geocache he’s ever found was, Danie shared a story about a geocaching expedition very few others can say they’ve had.

“There are so many [geocaches] that stand out. I’ll answer with my most memorable cache: GC1KNCX – JohanChristel. I found this cache in 2009 and it has remained unfound since then! To get to the cache required quite a long walk in a reserve on a farm (7 km, 4 miles). The owner warned me that one of their leopards recently had cubs, so I was quite nervous during this walk (I was alone). On my way back I stopped to rest and to take a photo of a calf, and the next thing I heard was a bellowing bull, which chased me all the way down the mountain! Remarkable how that energized me.”

We can only imagine.

Thank you Danie for your outstanding contributions to the Geocaching community!

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If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:

  • Your name, the name of your nominee, their username
  • Description (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the Month. These descriptions can be written in any language.

Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award.

 

 

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16 años después del gran interruptor azul…

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Geocaching!

El 2 de mayo del 2000, aproximadamente a medianoche, fue accionado el gran interruptor azul* que controlaba la disponibilidad selectiva. En otras palabras, ¡los receptores GPS a lo largo del mundo, de repente tuvieron capacidad de encontrar tarteras en los bosques!

Justo al día siguiente, un entusiasta del GPS llamado Dave Ulmer, decidió probar esta nueva capacidad. La idea era simple: esconder un contenedor en el bosque y anotar las coordenadas con una unidad GPS. Al cabo de tres días, ese primer geocaché fue encontrado. ¿Quién diría que con el tiempo habría alrededor de 2,8 millones de contenedores escondidos en más de 180 países?

Así que ahí lo tienes — el comienzo del geocaching. Aprende más de la historia del geocaching en el Blog de Geocaching. Así pues, ¡sal y celebra el cumpleaños de geocaching encontrando un geocaché!

¡Busca Geocachés!

*No hay un gran interruptor azul… que sepamos.

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16 ans après l’activation pour tous de la technologie GPS…

Joyeux anniversaire Géocaching !

Le 2 mai 2000, à environ minuit à l’heure de la côte est des Etats-Unis, le gros interrupteur bleu* contrôlant l’accès sélectif a été désenclenché. En d’autres mots, les récepteurs GPS du monde entier sont soudainement devenus assez performants pour trouver des tupperwares au milieu des bois !

Le lendemain, un enthousiaste du système GPS nommé Dave Ulmer a décidé de tester cette nouvelle technologie en extérieur. L’idée était simple : cacher une boîte au milieu des bois et noter les coordonnées GPS avec un appareil. Dans les trois jours suivants, cette toute première géocache a été trouvée. Qui pouvaient s’attendre à ce qu’il y ait un jour 2,8 millions de contenants dissimulés dans plus de 180 pays ?

Donc vous l’avez compris — il s’agit du début du géocaching. Apprenez-en plus sur l’Histoire du géocaching sur le blog Geocaching. Ensuite, sortez pour fêter l’anniversaire du géocaching en trouvant une géocache !

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*Il n’y a pas vraiment de gros interrupteur bleu… en tout cas pas à notre connaissance.