The “GCTransAlps” team graciously agreed to an interview with us at Geocaching HQ. Read what Alexander Monsky (Berufsgeocacher), Tim Krüger (psycho_vm) and Benjamin Gorentschitz (MudMen_GER) had to say below.
Ahhhhhh. Every geocacher knows the satisfaction of spotting that ammo can, prying the lid open, and climbing inside.
That’s right, folks. This geocache in Washington state, also known as GC4RPG8, is totally real, totally not photoshopped, and totally cool. And it isn’t going to be lost anytime soon.
Big—and we mean BIG—geocaches are a whole new type of geocaching fun, for a few very big reasons.
1. The element of surprise
A good geocache container has the finder saying, “WOAH.” A great geocache container has the finder saying “WOAH” and then mass-texting all the other geocachers she knows a photo of it. Creative geocaches don’t always have to be sneaky small, tricky to open, or intricately built. Sometimes they just need to be really, really big.
2. No trackables left behind.
Ever pick up a trackable that’s just too big for any other geocaches? Those days are over, my friend, once you find a Big Cache. Big geocaches don’t discriminate by size—though you may still have a hard time parking your trackable car.
3. Sign your name, write a novel.
No need to squeeze your ‘caching name into a strip of paper smaller than your finger…with the logbooks in Big Caches, you won’t be mincing your words. Anybody have War and Peace memorized?
4. Photo opportunities like no other.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are seven thousand words.
Just taking a break on GC3F3CW.
GC1DC55, or "Rat Trap"
GCXCEX, or "Bridge Boutique", in Ontario.
Typical "Where is it?!" moment at GC15RQB.
"Haksulandia", or GC16QCH, in Finland.
A cache the whole family can fit in! GC2Y8Q8.
Sometimes, it’s not The geocache itself that’s big, but the structure that’s been built around the cache. We applaud those makers whose creativity knows no bounds, who moonlight as engineers, carpenters, and blacksmiths.
What’s the draw for a cache owner to make a Big Cache? Well, geocachers will often come from far and wide in order to find a Big Cache, often with oversized trackables and buckets of swag. A Big Cache done well can draw a range of visitors dropping favorite points left and right.
Then there’s the logbook, which, since there’s no restriction to its size in a big cache, can be a lot of fun to sign.
There’s something about walking up to a big geocache, and knowing that nobody in the world but a geocacher really knows what it is. Take this featured Geocache of the Week: to a muggle (non-geocacher) walking by, this is merely a beautifully constructed forest restroom.
The geocacher sees it as the final in a truly awesome multi-cache. Because that’s exactly what it is.
It’s easy to find geocaches near you using the new Advanced Search. Premium Members can filter by size to suss out large geocaches near their home coordinates. Check back soon to see some really BIG trackables!
Share the BIGGEST Big Cache you’ve ever found, and the words you used to describe it to friends?
May 2nd marks the 15th anniversary of when Geocaching began. Get out on May 2 and May 3 to find a geocache—any geocache—or attend a Geocaching event—any event or CITO— you’ll earn a special 15 Years of Geocaching souvenir. Plus, you’ll discover your geocaching mission for the summer.
On the new search page, we’ve put together three new one-click searches to make choosing the geocache you want to find—and earn your souvenir with—easier. Just click the box to find events near you, the oldest geocaches in your area, or nearby geocaches with favorite points.
Any excuse to find a geocache in a ghost town, right? Geocaching HQ received notification that public access to the ghost town of Monte Cristo in the mountains outside of Seattle was about to be closed. Hazardous mining-related waste has to be removed. It’s the same location where Geocaching founder, Jeremy Irish and his wife Samsy placed one of the oldest caches in the state, on November 19, 2000. We decided to use the last weekend before the closing date of April 15th, 2015 to retrieve the historic geocache.
An unexpected snowfall upped the terrain rating of the caching trip but gave us a chance to explore a winter wonderland. The 10 mile hike (including side excursions to cache) led us across rivers, through woods, and to crumbling miners’ homes.
We look forward to repeating the hike and replacing the cache when the mining town opens up to visitors again. Now to fill in the next hole for the Jasmer Challenge!
Check out the pictures of the adventure below. Tell us your favorite geocaching adventure below, and we just may feature it in our next blog post!