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Moving Forward: Our Plans For Geocaching Mobile

We Hear You

Since introducing the Geocaching® app’s new name and icon earlier this year, we have received and read thousands of questions, comments, and survey responses from geocachers about our mobile apps. We take this feedback seriously and have spent a lot of time contemplating and debating next steps.

First things first: We’d like to acknowledge and thank you for the feedback—both positive and negative—that many of you have expressed. In the post below, we’ve collected and responded to some common themes, and laid out our plans for both the Geocaching® and Geocaching Classic apps in the near future.

Community Questions and Suggestions

The following questions and themes are the most common responses collected from the survey, as well as from emails, social media, and forum posts.

Offline geocaching is a must-have in the Geocaching® app.

Offline maps is the most requested feature by far. Geocaching happens outside after all! Building Lists and the ability to save them for offline use was our first step towards adding offline maps to the app. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information.

I need the option to award Favorite Points and submit different log types.

Geocaching is a community game that’s about more than a find count. We depend on geocachers to let each other know when a geocache needs maintenance or if there’s a great geocache worth trekking to. We agree that these features are essential. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information.

Did you really need to end support for the Geocaching Classic app?

Decisions like this are tough and we wish we didn’t need to make them. But we are a business. We don’t have unlimited resources. Retiring the Geocaching Classic app—an app we built and love—is not an easy decision, but it will free up resources to continue doing the work we believe is most important to helping the game thrive, which includes making improvements and adding new features to the Geocaching® app.

The Geocaching Classic app was developed in 2008. Mobile phone and app technologies have changed significantly since that time. The Geocaching® app was designed first and foremost to modernize the technology underlying our mobile products. We committed to making a better app built on more sustainable technology and that’s what we’re going to do.

The app doesn’t do what I need it to.

At Geocaching HQ, we consider it our responsibility to build products that serve as many people in as many places as possible all over the world. Sometimes that’s limiting. Because there are many different ways people like to play the game, we support geocaching partners—like Cachly, Looking4Cache, GSAK and Project-GC—who tap into the listing service we maintain to provide services we’re unable to at this time.

You said it and we agree: There’s still work to do. So what’s next?

Moving Forward

We originally planned to shut off the Geocaching Classic app in September 2016. If it’s not clear already, you’ve convinced us otherwise.

While the Geocaching® app is not yet complete, we are very proud of our sustained commitment to quality throughout its development. Since launch, we created a better way to find geocaches of all types, as well as trackables. We added 18+ languages to the app to be more welcoming to players around the world, and we added Message Center to make it easier for players to communicate. We also designed the app to better support outdoor play, including a live search for geocaching on the go. Most recently we built Lists, a feature that allows you to plan your geocache outings seamlessly between Geocaching.com and the app.

That all being said, the Geocaching® app is missing some of the most requested features: offline and trail maps, log types, draft logs and Favorite Points. We are working to complete these features by March 2017. Until we get there, the Geocaching Classic app should continue to function. However, we are unable to make updates or bug fixes, since the app is no longer available in Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

For now, that’s the plan. We promise to keep you updated as we know more—and of course, “more” will include many of the features you requested.

Thanks for taking the time to read this far. We hope that by sharing this, we at least communicated that Geocaching HQ is made up of folks who share your love for geocaching and always want to do the right thing for the game.

Sincerely,

Your friends at Geocaching HQ

 

Update for iOS users: If you update your iPhone to iOS 10, the “Sign in with Facebook” feature on the Geocaching Classic app will no longer work. Fortunately, there is a workaround for this.

First, you’ll need to request a password. To do so, go to Geocaching.com and log out of your account. Then, recover your password here. You’ll receive an email with a link to create a new password. Then, you can log into the app using your username and new password.

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International EarthCache Day is October 9!

On October 9, you can earn a new souvenir by learning more about the Earth (aka geocaching’s game board). All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day!

EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead bring you to a unique location and teach you a geological science lesson. Check out these stunning EarthCaches to learn more.

On International EarthCache Day, this special geocache type will be free to all players in the Geocaching® app.* The app makes finding and logging EarthCaches easy. Just send your answers to the geocache owner via Message Center!

Get the Geocaching® App.

*Excludes specifically designated Premium Member Only caches.
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And The HQ Duck Dash Winners Are…

From July 20–August 20, over 15,000 trackables competed in the HQ Duck Dash. The following trackables crossed the finish line at an International Geocaching Day event, and have been awarded eternal bragging rights (and a digital HQ Duck Dash Winner Badge) for the categories listed below. Congratulations!

Best Trackable Photo

1st Place: Natalie247 with Nat’s Wrath.

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2nd Place: Aerophile with Army Duck.

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3rd Place: n8vision with Monchhunts Deadly Duck Lust.

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Most Story-Worthy Moment (Best Log)

1st Place: 2512 with A Duck Called Wanda

2nd Place: AmigaAZ with Bugmann’s Greed.

3rd Place: stellarissa with ErnaE Water for Duck Race.

Furthest Distance Traveled

1st Place: geniejoan with GLUTTONY DUCK. Total Distance Traveled: 75,726.610 miles

2nd PlaceMoti7469 with 7 Deadly Ducks tag von MoTi. Total Distance Traveled: 66,187.34 miles

3rd Place: rubymoon05 with 7 Deadly Ducks TagTotal Distance Traveled: 55,065.08 miles

Most Geocaches Involved

1st Place: Isola d’Vess with Lucky the Greedy Duck. Number of Geocaches: 1095

2nd Place: Terkel10 with 7 Deadly Ducks Tag. Number of Geocaches: 1092

3rd Placevon’ene with 7 Deadly Ducks Tag. Number of Geocaches:1053

Most Geocachers Involved

1st Place: Fay, R+R with Doodle DuckNumber of Geocachers: 36

2nd Place: MommyTRex with Duck Dash ’16 Duck Hunt TBNumber of Geocachers: 7

3rd Place: The following geocachers’ trackables tied, with 6 geocachers involved each!

Thanks to all participants for helping us celebrate 15 years of trackables!

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Last Call For Fall CITO Events 2016!

Cache In Trash Out® Week is almost here! CITO Events are a chance for geocachers to give back to their local spaces and communities, and may involve tree planting, litter pick up, or even habitat restoration. From September 17–25, you can even earn a special souvenir by attending one.

It’s not too late to submit a CITO of your own. Check out this blog post for tips on hosting your own CITO. But remember: CITO Events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date.

Ready to get your hands dirty? Check out CITO gear from Shop Geocaching.

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2,9 millones de geocaches más tarde…

El 2 de septiembre, Geocaching.com cumple 16 años. Cuando se lanzó en 2000, la página web albergaba un total de 75 fichas de geocachés. Hoy, hay más de 2.9 millones de geocachés activos, así como miles de eventos de la comunidad y millones de rastreables.

Solo en 2016, esto es lo que habéis hecho realidad:

1,560,957 geocachers han encontrado al menos un geocaché
2,757,335 geocachés has sido registrados
374,674 nuevos geocachés se han colocado
23,449 eventos de Geocaching han tenido lugar
39,575 geocachers ayudaron a limpiar el planeta en eventos CITO

A todos vosotros geocachers: gracias por acompañarnos en este viaje.

Mira como era la página web.