Le 2 septembre, Geocaching.com aura 16 ans. Quand il a été créé en 2000, le site internet recensait les descriptifs des 75 caches existantes. Aujourd’hui, il y a plus de 2,9 millions de géocaches actives référencées, ainsi que des milliers d’events et des millions d’objets voyageurs.
Rien qu’en 2016, voici ce que vous avez réalisé :
1 560 957 géocacheurs ont trouvé au moins une géocache
2 757 335 géocaches ont été découvertes
374 674 nouvelles géocaches ont été placées
23 449 events géocaching ont eu lieu
39 575 géocacheurs ont aidé à nettoyer la planète lors d’events CITO
À vous tous géocacheurs : Merci de nous avoir rejoints dans cette aventure.
Am 2. September wird Geocaching.com 16 Jahre alt. Als die Website im Jahr 2000 gestartet wurde, waren gerade mal 75 Geocaches dort aufgeführt. Heute gibt es nicht nur mehr als 2,9 Millionen aktive Geocaches, sondern auch Tausende von Events und Millionen verschiedener Trackables.
Alleine im Jahr 2016 habt Ihr alle dies hier erreicht:
1.560.957 Geocacher haben mindestens einen Geocache gefunden.
2.757.335 Geocaches wurden geloggt.
374.674 neue Geocaches wurden veröffentlicht.
23.449 Geocaching-Events fanden statt.
39.575 Geocacher haben mit CITO Events geholfen, den Planeten ein Stück sauberer zu machen.
An alle Geocacher: Vielen Dank dass Ihr uns auf dieser Reise begleitet habt.
On March 24, 2009, Jon Stanley (username: Moun10Bike) stood on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA. He snapped a selfie before walking into the nondescript office across the street. It was Jon’s first day at a new job.
“I took a selfie — perhaps my first-ever — of me arriving at Groundspeak on my first day working here,” said Jon. “I was told I was employee #28.”
Jon had a long history with the game before joining the company behind Geocaching.com, now known as Geocaching HQ. He first met Founder Jeremy Irish in 2000. Over lunch, the two discussed software that Jon had provided for an early version of the website. “The community was small then and I was in the same geographic area,” Jon said. “So it was natural that we would end up getting together.”
Jeremy realized that Geocaching.com’s traffic would quickly outgrow the website he’d started as a hobby site. In 2000, he partnered with two co-workers, Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth, to start a new company. With the proceeds from selling 144 geocaching t-shirts, they began to scale the website to keep up with its growing audience. The three founders continued working at their day jobs while managing the website on the side.
Today, Cathy wears multiple hats: player (she’s going on 15,000 finds), volunteer reviewer, and Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because one guy had a crazy idea to hide a bucket of trinkets for other people to find with their newly accurate GPS receivers. Then another guy (Jeremy) had the gumption to build a website to list them all,” said Cathy.
Cathy first met Jon in 2005 while looking for the same geocache. Five years later, she joined him as an employee at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because of our community’s engagement,” Cathy said. “Without them, there would be nothing.”
Jon and Cathy were welcomed on their first days at Geocaching HQ by another long-time geocacher, Annie Love (username: Love). “I still pinch myself daily that I get to work here,” Annie said. “Geocaching was my hobby before I started working here and it’s a dream to get to do something I love for work. Sure, I sit at a desk most of the time, but getting to help people with this game for work is pretty awesome.”
Annie joined Geocaching HQ on January 29, 2007. “My first job was to work as the receptionist at the front desk, answer phone calls and emails about the game of geocaching.”
When Annie started, there were a dozen or so employees and 353,685 active geocaches. Today, Geocaching HQ has 74 employees and the website lists nearly 3 million geocaches hidden all over the world.
Annie, now Partner Programs Manager, said, “We really listen to our community. We might not be able to make everything to perfection overnight, but we definitely hear the wants and needs of the community and apply that directly to what we work on.”
A few months later, Jenn Seva (username: MissJenn) joined Geocaching HQ as employee #17, having previously served as a Community Volunteer Reviewer. “I started as a player of the game in 2001. I’m lucky enough to have combined my hobby and my livelihood without ruining either one of them.”
Now Senior Manager of Tourism and Travel, Jenn said, “Geocaching HQ is different than most other companies because we are made up of employees who want to be here. We want to delight our community and encourage people to go play outside. I don’t feel like just an insignificant cog in a giant wheel.”
Jon, Cathy and Annie feel similarly. “You only need to talk to the founders or any employee to see that we are passionate about the game and keeping people engaged with a fun and rewarding pastime for years to come,” said Jon. “While we may seem to move slow, it is not because of a lack of desire to improve things, only that we are a lot smaller than people know. I see our purpose to be good custodians of the game and provide the tools and means for people to have and share these experiences and adventures.”
Sixteen years later, Geocaching HQ remains a strong, independent organization on a mission to enable adventure, exploration, and discovery. We are led by our original founders and we have no outside investors or influences who would maximize profits at the expense of the game.
Annie said, “The community creates the game. We want to create the best tools to play it.”
Have questions about Geocaching HQ? Post them in the comments below.
We often hear geocachers say they love the game because they get to experience new places like a local. We love this about geocaching too.
We are excited to announce that GeoTours — custom collections of geocaches designed to introduce you to new locations — are now in the Geocaching® app! It’s easier than ever to explore the 60+ GeoTours currently available around the world.
Take a tour of the app’s newest feature.
First time exploring a GeoTour? Learn how to get started.
You’ve joined the HQ Duck Dash and you’re in it to win it — “it” being global recognition and eternal bragging rights of course.
Like competitive sports everywhere, trackable racing has its insider secrets. So what is the “carb-loading” (marathon running) or “jaw-xercising” (competitive eating) equivalent of trackable racing?
It all comes down to collaboration and communication! While not immediately obvious, the HQ Duck Dash is a team sport — you’re just playing with people you’ve most likely never met. Your job, as trackable team captain, is to get all your faraway teammates on the same page.
Here are 3 tips to get you started:
TB Tip #1: Establish a clear goal for your trackable. With five very different categories, it’s unlikely that you’ll sweep them all. Pick and choose your strengths!
TB Tip #2: Communicate your goal clearly on the trackable page so that other geocachers can help your trackable along. The trackable mission statement at the end of this blog post can be used as a sample for your own trackable racer. Make sure you tailor it to the HQ Duck Dash categories you’d like to compete in — and don’t forget to include the part about ending at an International Geocaching Day event on August 20!
TB Tip #3: Send encouraging messages to your fellow geocachers using the Message Center — encouraging being the key word here. Trackable racing is a polite sport!
Sample Mission Statement
This trackable is competing in the HQ Duck Dash!
This trackable <TB name> is racing in the HQ Duck Dash 2016. To be eligible for global recognition and eternal bragging rights, it needs to make it to a geocaching event on International Geocaching Day (August 20, 2016). You can find a list of events here: https://www.geocaching.com/calendar/
<TB name> is competing in the following race categories:
Most Geocaches Involved
Most Story-Worthy Moment (Best Log)
Please move this trackable to its next geocache and leave a nice log about your experience to help it meet its goal! Thank you!