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Cooper River Cleanup — Geocache of the Week

CITO Event
by ODragon
New Jersey, United States
N 39° 56.132 W 075° 05.233

Last Saturday, 120 people from the Philadelphia, PA  and Camden, NJ area found themselves in the unlikely position of being consumed by mud from below, and drenched by rain from above.

Plastic ponchos were given out, and individuals who’d been roughly human-shaped their whole lives were suddenly  transformed into large blue flying squirrels.


Soon, the people picking up the garbage became nearly indistinguishable from the garbage itself. And still they worked, until 10,151 pounds of trash was scraped from the banks of the Cooper River.

Geocachers pirateducks had fun, got muddy.
Geocachers pirateducks had fun, got muddy.

How does a person create an account for a GPS treasure hunt game and end up cleaning up a muddy river on a rainy April morning?

A CITO — or Cache In Trash Out® event — is a type of geocache. But…instead of using an app or GPS to find a hidden container, you’ll need to attend a CITO event in order to be able to claim the geocache “find”. CITO events aim to improve the geocaching game board (Earth) by bringing people together to pick up trash, remove invasive species, restore greenspaces, or build trails. It’s geocaching’s ongoing environmental initiative, which people can participate in year round.

Last week’s CITO was hosted by ODragon, a veteran CITO organizer, Community Volunteer Reviewer, and 12-year geocacher. For the fourth year in a row, ODragon tacked his CITO event on to a large community cleanup organized by United By Blue. The apparel company puts on community events all over the United States (find one near you), out of which any geocacher can create a CITO event.

36 standard tires and 3 truck tires were pulled out of the mud.
36 standard tires and 3 truck tires were pulled out of the mud.

ODragon estimates roughly a third of the 120 attendees were there because of his CITO listing. And attendees at this event got more than they’d bargained for, in many ways. All cleanup supplies were provided, and the United By Blue organizers took care of disposing of all the collected garbage. Everyone who attended got t-shirts free of charge, as well as pizza for lunch.

CITO attendee and geocacher GerIRL said,

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but after 11+ years of geocaching, this is only my 1st ever CITO attended. I promise – I’ll try to do better over the next 11+ years! Anyway, I perused all the NJ CITO’s, and decided to drive the 80 minutes down the turnpike to come here. It was really a lot of fun – the weather was nasty, rainy and chilly, but I wore my waders and went on tire patrol, pulling out 5 tires from the tidal mud flats. Then I grabbed some bags to pick up regular trash. I was really impressed at the turnout – there must have been about a hundred people who volunteered. I waited for the weigh-in, and left before the pizza arrived. 10,000+ lbs of trash is amazing. The park looks a whole lot better now than it did yesterday. Thanks to ‘O for organizing.”

View from the "Sign up and stay dry" tent.
View from the “Sign up and stay dry” tent.

The cleanup was cut short when a geocacher pulled a human skull out of the mud. The police were called, the skull confiscated, and the area roped off with police tape. Logs on the cache page are littered with similar sentiment: “We hope that this find brings closure to someone somewhere.”

The geocacher who found the skull giving a statement to the police.
The geocacher who found the skull giving a statement to the police.

Despite the turn for the dark and grisly, ODragon says this is his most successful CITO cleanup event yet, in terms of pounds of trash removed and number of attendees at a Cooper River event. And for that reason, Cooper River Cleanup is the first ever CITO Geocache of the Week!

The group together.

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Trouvez l’inspiration avec ces 4 listes de géocaches

Qu’est-ce qui se trouve sur votre liste de souhaits pour le géocaching ?

Le monde est rempli de millions de géocaches : des gemmes cachées en ville, des vues paradisiaques, des arbres à escalader… avec tant d’aventures à vivre (et si peu de temps), que doit faire un géocacheur ?

La première étape : créer une liste ! Que vous prévoyiez une randonnée avec vos amis ou le voyage de vos rêves, les listes vous aident à organiser votre vie de géocaching. Et depuis la dernière mise à jour, planifier vos sorties géocaching devient beaucoup plus facile. Les membres Premium peuvent maintenant éditer des listes de géocaches directement depuis l’appli Geocaching®.

Les listes peuvent également vous permettre de sélectionner ces géocaches que vous voulez — ou plutôt, qu’il vous faut ! — trouver un jour. En voici quelques-unes faisant partie de notre liste de souhaits:

Quelles sont les géocaches que vous voulez le plus trouver ? Partagez votre liste de souhaits (comme celle-ci) sur Facebook ou Twitter en utilisant #geocaching et elle pourrait être mentionnée sur le blog Geocaching.

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Lass Dich von diesen 4 Geocache-Lesezeichenlisten inspirieren

Was steht auf Deiner Geocaching-Wunschliste?

Die Welt ist voll mit Millionen toller Geocaches: versteckte Schätze in der Stadt, friedliche Aussichtspunkte, Bäume zum Hochklettern … Es gibt so viele Abenteuer da draußen (und so wenig Zeit), was soll ich Geocacher da tun?

Schritt eins: Erstelle eine Lesezeichenliste! Egal, ob Du eine Wanderung mit Freunden oder Deinen Traumurlaub planst, Lesezeichenlisten helfen Dir, Dein Geocaching-Leben zu organisieren. Und seit dem letzten Update ist die Planung Deiner Geocaching-Ausflüge noch leichter geworden. Premium-Mitglieder können jetzt Lesezeichenlisten direkt mit der Geocaching®-App erstellen und bearbeiten.

Lesezeichenlisten helfen Dir auch, die Geocaches aufzuspüren, die Du eines Tages finden willst oder vielmehr: musst! Hier sind ein paar unserer beliebtesten Geocaching-Wunschlisten:

Welche Geocaches möchtest Du am liebsten finden? Teile Deine Wunschliste (wie diese!) auf Facebook oder Twitter, indem Du #geocaching benutzt und vielleicht erscheint sie im Geocaching-Blog.

The dinosaurs of the salt flats

Inspírate con estas 4 listas de geocachés

¿Qué hay en tu lista de deseos de geocaching?

El mundo está lleno de millones de grandes geocachés: joyas ocultas en la ciudad, tranquilas vistas, árboles para escalar… con tantísimas aventuras ahí fuera (y tan poco tiempo), ¿qué puede hacer un geocacher?

Primer paso: ¡Crear una lista! Tanto si estás planeando una salida al campo con tus amigos como si son las vacaciones de tus sueños, las listas ayudan a tener tu vida de geocacher organizada. Y, desde la última actualización, planificar tus salidas en busca de geocachés es mucho más fácil. Los usuarios premium ya pueden crear y editar listas de geocachés directamente desde la app de Geocaching®.

Las listas también pueden ayudarte a hacer seguimiento de los geocachés que quieres — mejor dicho: ¡necesitas! — encontrar algún día. He aquí algunas de nuestras listas de deseos de geocaching preferidas:

¿Qué geocachés son los que más te gustaría encontrar? Comparte tu lista de deseos (¡igual que esta!) en Facebook o Twitter utilizando #geocaching y podría aparecer como destacada en el Blog de Geocaching.


When Fools Rush In

Article by Reid Kuennen

Imagine this: It’s January in Seattle. It’s a dark, rainy Monday and you roll into work at Geocaching HQ. On your desk is a mysterious letter, addressed to you:


Intrigued, you neglect your first sip of coffee to immediately inquire about the contents within. You discover a simple note:

You are receiving this message because we think you are funny. As in, a good joke maker.

It is January. Which means April 1st is basically tomorrow. This is a big deal as Geocaching HQ has come to be known around the globe for its April Fools shenanigans. From geocaching workouts, to T.I.N.Y. caches, to being DNFing awesome – we’ve made an impact on our Gross National Hilarious (GNH).

This is where you come in. We need you to help make this year’s Geocaching April Fools joke even more epic than the rest. If you choose to accept, you will send us an email that says something like, “Duh,” or “I laugh in the face of laughs,” etc. Then, you will patiently await further instructions.

And this is how April Fools begins at Geocaching HQ.

A few weeks later, the 10-15 envelope-receiving comedians have a meeting to get down to some serious funny business. Each person is tasked to prepare two pitches for an April Fools story that will:

  1. Delight the geocaching community
  2. Be informative and/or drive the game forward
  3. Be funny

Sometimes being funny is hard… and vulnerable, so we start the meeting off with setting a safe and playful tone by playing improv games.*

Next, everyone takes turns confidently pitching their ideas as if they are the best April Fools jokes the world has ever seen. Let’s just say the 2016 pitches were… varied:



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Here is a photo-op I couldn’t resist during someone’s pitch.

We narrowed down the stories to pick the most funny yet feasible theme. And #spoilernotspoiler alert, we went with Galaxy Search, caching in the new frontier. You can learn more about how it all played out here.

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Serendipitously, we were able to tie-in this award-winning piece from the 2013 Geocaching International Film Festival:

And speaking of GIFF…

The 4th annual Geocaching International Film Festival is on. This means now you have the opportunity tell your own geocaching story that could be seen by the worldwide geocaching community. And if we’ve learned anything from our annual April Fools process, it is that geocaching is ripe with story. It is full of funny, heartfelt, adventurous, and inspiring moments that are waiting to be captured.

And thus, I leave you with my humble advice:

  1. Invite your friends over
  2. Provide snacks
  3. Warm up with some fun games*
  4. Pitch some geocaching Story Worthy Moments

You never know what you might come up with.


Here is the improv game we played this year:

Person A gives Person B a category, such as ‘Types of Trees.” As quick as Person B can, they have to name five types of trees—the weirder and less accurate the better. (In fact, someone actually said, “Canadian trees.”) Each time they name a new item, the rest of the group counts them out in a congratulatory manner, “One!” “Two!” etc. up to “FIVE!!!” Once they’ve listed all five, Person B gives a new category to someone else and hilarity continues to ensue.