GeoTour completed? Souvenir earned!

This blog post was written by geocaching veteran, Geocaching HQ employee and purple enthusiast, MissJenn.

Are you one of the people who recently received a souvenir for completing one of these official GeoTours? Congratulations! We hope you enjoyed the surprise. Do you have questions? We have answers.

Are you a person who has never been on a GeoTour? We have answers for you, too!

First things first:
Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art displayed on your public profile. GeoTours combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. With this latest update, we’ve combined them for a WIN-WIN-WIN combination! Today players around the world are receiving a souvenir for any live GeoTour they have completed.

Pack your bags! The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first.

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Thank a Volunteer Day is May 22!

Whether you’ve been part of the geocaching community for a long time or just recently found your first geocache, May 22 (and everyday!) is a great day to thank a volunteer. If you’ve found a cache, hidden a cache, used the forums, or used the Geocaching website or app in a language other than English, you’ve benefited from the amazing efforts of the community volunteers.

There are 400+ passionate and dedicated geocaching community members who volunteer behind the scenes. These include reviewers, EarthCache reviewers, translators, and moderators who keep the game in motion all over the world!

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HQ GeoTour completed: Souvenir earned

This blog post was written by geocaching veteran, Geocaching HQ employee and purple enthusiast, MissJenn.

Are you one of the people who recently received a souvenir for completing the HQ GeoTour? Congratulations! We hope you enjoyed the surprise. Do you have questions? We have answers.

First things first:
Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art displayed on your public profile. GeoTours combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. With this latest update, we’ve combined them for a WIN-WIN-WIN combination!

On May 8, 2018 Geocaching HQ is testing the process of awarding a digital souvenir for the completion of a GeoTour. Before we roll this out globally, we are testing it locally. Our own HQ GeoTour in Seattle, Washington, gives us the critical mass needed within just one small GeoTour composed of nine caches.

GeoTours are official collections of geocaches that serve as self-guided, themed tours around historic sites, parks, cities, and more. They are often sponsored by local tourism boards, historical associations, or national park systems. Local experts pick out the best places to visit. Players using the official Geocaching app while on location enjoy the dedicated section that makes GeoTour completion easy to track (see image above).

The HQ GeoTour takes players through the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, in and around the habitat of this momma and baby apatosaurus.

How did I qualify for the HQ GeoTour souvenir?
You found all the caches on the HQ GeoTour at some point in the past. Woohoo!

Do I get to keep the HQ GeoTour souvenir?
Yes! You’ve worked hard to earn it so it’s yours to keep.

One of the caches on the GeoTour was disabled when I was there. Do I still get the souvenir?
Sorry, but no. You have not completed the GeoTour. You’ll have to try the cache when it can be found again. We understand that a return trip to Seattle may be very difficult.

Do you plan to expand souvenirs to other GeoTours?
Our goal is to offer a souvenir for the completion of every GeoTour. The results of this test will determine how attainable that goal is. Our fingers are crossed for good luck. Are your fingers crossed, too?

How would I qualify for future GeoTour souvenirs if they were to become available?
Find all active caches on a GeoTour to earn their unique souvenir. Archived caches would not be part of the requirement. However, temporarily disabled caches are active cache listings, so you would need to find them once they are available.

What is the “acquired on” date?
The “acquired on” date is when you receive any digital souvenir. Although you completed the HQ GeoTour sometime between 2013 and May 8, 2018, the “acquired on” date will display as May 8, 2018 and cannot be adjusted. If we keep this test feature, the “acquired on” date will be the actual date that you completed the GeoTour.

What about the numbers?
The total number of caches on a GeoTour may increase or decrease over time. Your friend who completes the GeoTour at a different time than you may earn the same souvenir by finding a different number of caches. You’d both get the same completion souvenir.

What about the physical prizes?
Some GeoTours offer geocoins and/or other prizes. Those are unrelated to the completion souvenir.

Did you know?
Both Basic and Premium members can find and log GeoTour geocaches of all types and difficulty and terrain ratings! See the Premium vs. Basic membership features chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The HQ GeoTour souvenir became available to geocachers on May 8th. The square image will be used as the preview where a smaller version is needed.

Geocaching family wins Hurtigruten photo contest and sets sail on a cruise to Norway

Geocaching can take you to amazing places all over the world. For one geocacher, it took her on a Hurtigruten cruise to Norway where she saw northern lights and quaint coastal towns.

In July 2017, Hurtigruten expedition cruises released 3,000 polar bear and penguin trackables for an epic adventure to geocachers in the United States. Geocachers showed how they “connected with their inner explorer” on social media for a chance to receive a seven-day expedition cruise in Norway for two. The photo contest winner, Sarah (@myruggy89), shared with us the story of her trip.

Sør-Trøndelag, Norway GC34WJD

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Geocaching in New Mexico

Geocaching adventures in New Mexico

Geocaching in New Mexico
Geocaching in New Mexico

This blog post was written by geocaching superwoman and Geocaching HQ employee, Annie Love.

One might think of a band playing gigs in different cities when they hear the term “Lackeys on Tour.” But those of us who work at Geocaching Headquarters, lovingly known as “Lackeys,” it simply means geocaching in an interesting new location.

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